Very Strong, Yet Infinitely Gentle
Father Mateo Crawley- Boevey was ill. He had received permission to travel from Valparaiso, Chile to Rome. He wanted to see the Pope and then travel to Paray –le-Monial in France, to prepare for an early death. He was 32 years old.
After seeing the Pope, he did indeed travel to Paray-le-Monial, and prayed in the Chapel of the Visitation, where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had received the apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He knelt in prayer, with the Lord present in the tabernacle, on the night of August 24, 1907. He states that: “Suddenly, I felt within myself a strange shock. I was struck by a blow of grace, at the same time very strong, yet infinitely gentle. When I arose, I was completely cured.”
This Lent, let us remember the very strong, yet infinitely gentle Love that resides in the Eucharist.
(Adapted from an entry in My Daily Eucharist by Joan Carter McHugh, containing an excerpt from Eucharistic Heart Anthology by Fr. Albert Kretschmer.)