As I was saying a few departing prayers after Mass the other day, I was approched by someone I didn’t know. He asked how I deveoped, what he preceived, as a “moving devotion” to the Mass and the Holy Eucharist. This took me by surprise because I never really thought that I did anything outwardly to show my love for Our Lord in the Eucharist.
I do arrive at Mass at least a half hour before it begins so I can say a few prayers and meditate. I go over the daily readings at home before Mass so I can reflect on them as I walk to Church, which means I don’t “read” them during Mass, I listen to them being read.
I attend Mass alone, and really try to concentrate on the miracle that happens before us. I bow before the Presence of the Lord, or the mention of His name. I attempt to keep a sense of reverence at all times in His Presence. (Genuflecting, kneeling, silence …) I don’t think I’m doing anything “extra”, or anything outwardly that would seem to be out of the norm. I keep my bodily actions within the norms of the Church and the GIRM.
My only response to this man was that I truly believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist, and I pray for continued faith everyday. He said he could tell and walked away.
So the question is, Do you truly believe in the Real Presence?