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Two saints, specifically, may help us renew our love for the Eucharist

Joseph F. Naumann is Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas Metropolis in Kansas.

by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

The date of the publication of this week’s Leaven coincides within the church’s liturgical calendar with the feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, extra popularly often called Padre Pio.

Individuals got here from all around the world to go to confession to Padre Pio and to take part in a Mass celebrated by this humble Franciscan friar. Padre Pio continuously entered into deep contemplation of the thriller of the crucified Jesus throughout the celebration of Mass. The Lots that he celebrated may final greater than two hours.

The patrons for our archdiocese is Mary beneath her title of the Immaculate Conception. Our secondary patron is St. John Mary Vianney, who can be the patron for monks. John Vianney got here of age throughout the French Revolution. As a younger boy, he attended along with his household clandestine Lots celebrated in the course of the night time in barns. If authorities authorities found the celebration of those secret Lots, each the priest and the congregation can be executed.

Within the early a part of the nineteenth century, when the lately ordained priest — John Vianney — arrived at his pastoral project, St. Sixtus Church within the small, humble city of Ars, a lot of the 230 residents got here to Mass to guage their new pastor , however only a few acquired holy Communion. The following Sunday, only a few confirmed up for Mass.

The long run saint made his first precedence serving to his parishioners recuperate an appreciation of the right observance of Sunday, the Lord’s Day. He didn’t look ahead to parishioners to indicate up for Mass however sought them out working of their fields or carousing within the taverns, participating them in dialog and difficult them to make Sunday a very powerful day of the week by making participation in Mass the center of their Sunday.

Lots of his parishioners didn’t admire his efforts to get them to rethink how they spent Sunday. A few of his critics of him authored a petition asking the bishop to interchange Father Vianney due to his poor preaching and his persistent and demanding pastoral fashion of him. Certainly one of his supporters of him introduced Father Vianney a replica of the petition. He learn it fastidiously after which signed it. Luckily, the bishop correctly didn’t substitute Father Vianney.

Finally, Father Vianney’s persistence had its desired impact. Step by step, a lot of the city’s individuals started coming to Sunday Mass.

Subsequent, John Vianney started to catechize his parishioners in regards to the significance and that means of the Mass. He taught his parishioners that the Mass is a real sacrifice, making hearts current to imagine a very powerful occasion in human historical past, in addition to the best act of heroic love—Jesus giving his life on Calvary for us, for sinners.

At Mass, we’re invited to put on the altar not simply bread and wine, however our personal imperfect efforts to comply with Jesus alongside the pathway of heroic love. Husbands and wives supply their efforts to sacrifice their very own desires and wishes for the nice of their partner, in addition to for the nice of their youngsters.

No matter our state of life or vocation, lively participation within the sacrifice of the Mass includes uniting our humble and imperfect acts of sacrificial love with essentially the most good act of affection in all of human historical past: Our Lord’s reward of himself on Calvary.

Father Vianney, often known as the Curé of Ars, then fostered in his parishioners an understanding and consciousness of the true presence of Jesus within the Blessed Sacrament.

One Sunday, Father Vianney’s total homily consisted in repeating the sentence with tears streaming down his face and pointing towards the tabernacle: “He [Jesus] is there!” He urged his parishioners to come back to church any time of the day or night time to hope within the presence of the eucharistic Lord.

The Curé of Ars, consistently striving to foster throughout the hearts of his individuals profound eucharistic devotion, reminded his flock that Jesus was out there to them any time of the day or night time.

Lastly, Father Vianney inspired his parishioners to obtain holy Communion as continuously as attainable—not simply each Sunday, however day by day as nicely. St. John Vianney was well-known for spending greater than 12 hours every day within the confessional, making this sacrament of mercy out there to his individuals.

By the top of his pastoral ministry in Ars, the French railway had added further trains coming to Ars to accommodate the hundreds of pilgrims descending on this tiny city to obtain the sacrament of God’s mercy from this extraordinary confessor. Not solely was St. Sixtus Church in Ars stuffed with individuals on Sunday morning but additionally for the 7 am day by day Mass.

As we embark on the implementation in northeast Kansas of the three-year nationwide pastoral initiative geared toward renewing in our hearts amazement on the heroic sacrifice of Calvary made current to us at each Mass, in addition to deepening real love for the true presence of Jesus within the Eucharist, allow us to petition these two nice saints — Padre Pio and St. John Vianney — to intercede for us.

Pray for me and all monks that we’d comply with the examples of Padre Pio and the Curé of Ars in our personal private love for the Eucharist and have a good time Mass with true devotion.

Padre Pio and St. John Mary Vianney, pray for us.

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