G E T T I N GT
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O S T O U TO FT H E E U C H A R I S TB Y A D O R I N G G O
From a positive standpoint, then, what can we do to adore
God in the Eucharist?
First we must foster a sense of reverence
for God.The actions in the Mass of kneeling, bowing, and beating our breasts
all have meaning. They cause us to consciously call to mind that God is present
and to focus all of our attention on what God wants of us at the present moment.
Second, we need to worship the Eucharist
outside of Mass in order to foster a deeper communion with our Eucharistic Lord
when we receive his awesome gift at Mass. When we actively worship Our Lord
Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament we grow in awareness of what it means to
receive him at Communion. Pope John Paul II has written about this as a
to restoring an
awe of the precious gift of the Eucharist. A Franciscan friend recently told me
that when preaching about the Eucharist to young people, he begins by telling
them to “Be amazed,” paraphrasing the Holy Father’s injunction.
to reverence Christ in the Eucharist, realizing that he is before us, has the
same power to change us as he did to those who came into his earthly presence.
LIVING THE E UCHARIST
Try to find time to make a visit to a chapel or church to
adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Give Christ whatever time you have,
whether a little or a lot. Make acts of worship in his presence.
Consciously call to mind God’s presence throughout the day,
no matter where you are.
to understand what the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “the implications
of faith in one God.” It means: