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I would like to share this:
Do You Treasure His Presence?
(Originally posted August 25, 2014)
My wife and I will be boarding a train later this afternoon to return home ending a nearly three week visit with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. I thank God that He blessed us with this unforgettable time together.
Unfortunately, my visits to the local Catholic Church here created a heaviness and sadness in my heart. There was no tabernacle in the main Church or Chapel. Our Lord was confined to a small room that accommodated only eight individuals.
The loud chatter and laughter before and immediately after the end of Mass each day made silent prayer an enormous challenge if not an impossibility. The conduct of those present gave no visible evidence that His Presence among and within them was of much importance.
When I later discovered that most of those at Mass that morning were teachers in the parish's school, I held little hope that any of the children in their care would ever come to really appreciate, value and reverence our Eucharistic Lord.
I pray and will pray that I am wrong.