Tuesday, 21 June 2011
The Nuncio and Adoration
As Simon has already posted, we had a wonderful Invocation event for young people at the weekend, which concluded with the Nuncio's celebration of Mass on Trinity Sunday. I was struck by some of his words in the homily about Adoration. Here is the paragraph:
"I should like to commend to you the practice of Eucharistic Adoration which you have experienced during this weekend of discernment. Adoration draws us away from external distractions into a growing communion with Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. Encourage your friends to join you in this practice. In Eucharistic Adoration, whatever our personal circumstances, we are drawn out of ourselves towards the Sacramental Presence of Christ who came so that we might have life."
It is encouraging to see an Archbishop so frank about the importance of Adoration, even to the point of encouraging us to share its importance with others. It is in the Eucharist that we find the answer to our very existence, an existence which is founded on a relationship with Another. Bishop Mark Davies made this point very well the day before. The Nuncio was very gracious after the Mass, and made a point of meeting many of the young discerners during lunch, including a group of East Anglians. He even seemed to appreciate our invitation for him to visit East Anglia!