“Before that Host of pardon and peace…”

February 5, 2011

In this post on his Vultus Christi blog yesterday, Dom Mark Kirby OSB shares some teaching on Eucharistic Adoration by Bd Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (1839-1905), Bishop of Piacenza.  It included these beautiful thoughts:

Before that Host of pardon and peace, the tumult of our earthly desires subsides, our obsession with worldly matters calms down, pride loosens its grip on us, love and compassion for our brothers and sisters quickens, a holy rivalry in good works heats up, and the longing for a holier life intensifies.

Don’t you hear a voice coming from that Tabernacle, a voice that ennobles and dignifies your very sufferings, assuring you that the tears you shed at the altar are counted by him who takes care of the lily of the field, of the bird in the forest and of the least hair of our head? Oh, indeed, here our spirit finds strength in the power of resignation and hope. Here, where confidence in God soars, nothing is hopeless. Here we are all sons and daughters of God. He who comes here to draw the strength that wells up from that divine Tabernacle is not at the mercy of fate or of enemies….