From the desk of Monsignor Charles J. Parry
Next Sunday will begin our annual Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion that will take place from Sunday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 21. Following the 12 noon Sunday Mass next week, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar of sacrifice throughout the afternoon until 7:30 p.m. at which time we will celebrate Vespers and Benediction. On Monday and Tuesday, following the 8 a.m. morning Mass in the Church, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar of sacrifice throughout the day until 7:30 p.m. at which time we will celebrate Vespers and Benediction.
There is an awful lot of unrest in the world in which we live. There is the constant threat these days of terrorist attacks. There are armed conflicts throughout the world in which we live. Sometimes we experience difficulties within our own families, not to mention the constant care of daily duties. We are confronted daily with the challenges of the working world. At times we must face personal problems, setbacks, and health issues. There is just so much that it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.
Our country is in critical need of prayer, most especially our elected officials, as we drift further and further from a sense of the sacred and from the spiritual roots upon which we were founded to a society that is increasingly secular, self-centered and self-serving. Our country needs to turn from its arrogant individualism to a humble recognition of our need for and dependence upon Almighty God. Someday history will testify that the turbulent 1960’s was a turning point for our nation – lost innocence from the assassination of three political figures of the day including President John F. Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy. It seems that at that time our country experienced a breech in traditional values that has extended unhealed to this very day.
Forty Hours gives us the opportunity to sit quietly in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ exposed in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. There, as we face the challenges of life that are ours, we are given in an extraordinary manner all of the graces and strengths that we need in our own lives. We are reassured once again of the powerful presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in our midst. We realize once again in the profound experience of adoration and prayer that we are not abandoned or left to our own devices to solve all of the problems around us, but that our Blessed Lord who comes to us in the Blessed Sacrament and who sits among us as we worship Him, will give us all that we need to please Him by a life of holiness and peace. Time with the Blessed Sacrament is time well spent, and time with the Blessed Sacrament strengthens the bond of love and friendship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
I encourage you and your family to spend some time with the Lord beginning next Sunday.
May the Lord bless and protect each of you in the week ahead.