Actions speak louder than words…
Recently during the feast of Corpus Christi. The homily was mostly about The Blessed Sacrament particularly our belief in it as Catholics.
We as Catholics are required to believe that Jesus Christ is physically and substantially present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion…the Most Blessed Sacrament.
During the homily the priest discussed an example of a recent class of children preparing for First Communion. The students were asked who believed that Jesus was literally present in the Eucharist. Out of 30 students, only three believed in the Real Presence, and the remaining 27 children believed it was symbolic. Yes, this indeed is sad, for I fear the same sort of problem must have been true in my First Communion class about 18 years ago. The priest kept preaching about how this is terrible and that we need to make sure children and all faithful believe in the Real Presence (at least the vast majority or as many as possible). He went to discuss poor education, and teachers whether religious or laity not pounding it into their heads that Jesus is truely physically present in the Eucharist.
This went on for several minutes as most homilies. During this time my frustration grew…I could not bear the thought of the lack of common sense on behalf of the majority of our Catholic religious and lay teachers of our faith. I can not understand for the life of me why they can not see the obvious and instead blame the lack of belief on a simple lack of education. So many in the church seem to think the decline in the belief of the Real Presence is because they are not taught properly on an intellectual and knowledge based level.
You can tell a child a thousand times that they shouldn’t do something, and they may not listen until they experience for themselves the painful reason why you (the parent) were once again correct.
When my father told me he loved my mother, all I could think was “sure dad, if you say so”. I knew he loved her when I could see him outwardly performing kind gestures toward her, perhaps even a simple kiss on his way out the door before work. The fact that he provided for us proved his love for us, his children.
Why would a forienger believe that millions died for this country and what it represents if the American flag was to be treated with little respect and indifference by the very soldiers sworn to protect it?
Why would a wife believe a husband loves her when he only gives her half his heart in everything he does? Why would God believe that we love Him when we so often do the same.
I can not understand why the leaders of our church are so blind as to not see that it is in the way we recieve Holy Communion that shows to all (internally or externally) what we profess and believe (not just what we say we believe)…Yet, the majority of our church does not kneel before our Lord and recieve Him as a Humble yet Divine Kiss…Those who we trust with our faith are not promoting or fostering this. What are our supposedly “fearless” bishops and leaders so afraid of in getting rid of Hand Communion and bringing back the rails and the reverence so utterly needed. If only our children could see the devotion shown to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament while kneeling and recieving our Lord Jesus Christ in this Most August Sacrament of the Alter…how could they not see that surely something greater than us must be in our sinful presence?
It is as if all the knowledge and wisdom learned in their studies, can not provide our clergy and laity with the temerity and fortitude to carry our and enforce standards that foster faith instead of apathy and instead catering to out comfort and pride.
Why can’t they stop giving us what we want, and give us what we NEED…That is what they are there for, to LEAD us.