March 19, 2013

In the Quiet of a Church – Outdoors

For Easter one year, the mayor of Petrosa invited a priest from a nearby monastery to say Mass. The priest was a man later called St. Peter of Alcantara. Peter was well-known in the area and, when word spread that he was going to celebrate Easter Mass, many people came. Due to the size of the crowd, the Mass had to be held outdoors.

As Peter began the second half of the Mass, the part devoted to the celebration of the Eucharist, a storm arose. Despite the thunder and lightning, Peter remained calm. Rains poured down upon the surrounding fields, but the area in which the Mass was held remained dry. The entire area was also noticeably quiet, as quiet as if they had been inside a church. After the Mass ended, those assembled all gave thanks. They knew they had been a witness to something extraordinary.

How would it be to see the rain but not hear it as should sound? Would not we also tell others something extraordinary happened, something extraordinary during the celebration of His Presence.

This Lent, let us celebrate His Presence among us.

(Based on an account in Moments Divine Before the Blessed Sacrament by Rev. Frederick A. Reuter, K.C.B.S.)


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