THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
Pope Francis calls upon us to rediscover “the sense
of the sacred” in the Eucharist. As Catholics, the Eucharist
is at the center of our spiritual lives. But not only are
most Catholics not going regularly to Sunday Mass, but many
of those who go do not show any awe and reverence at all.
This cannot be the case with us CFC-FFL. As such, allow me
to cite just a few important aspects of showing reverence
whenever we participate in the Eucharistic celebration.
First, reverence should be shown from entry in the church
to exit. When we enter the church premises, we should no longer
be talking indiscriminately, looking at our cell phones, looking
around to see who is there, and the like. We are already in
the presence of Jesus who is in the tabernacle. Let us maintain
a silent and prayerful posture while waiting for the Mass
to start. Then we should remain at our places until the priest
proceeds to exit, and even as we exit, should reserve our
conversation and fellowship for outside the main hall of the
Second, though standing is permitted, I recommend that we
kneel at the consecration (after the Hosanna) and at the Communion
Rite (after the Lamb of God). While respect and reverence
can be shown while standing, a better posture is to kneel.
In fact, an even better posture is to prostrate ourselves,
but that is impractical.
Third, though the communion host is permitted to be received
on the hand, let us receive the host on our tongue. By the
way, when we go to Mass, then we should also go to communion.
Would you go to a banquet and not fully partake of the feast?
Thus, if there is serious sin in our life, we should prepare
for Mass by going to confession first.
Fourth, let us spend a good amount of time kneeling in prayer
after receiving communion. We have just received the greatest
gift of all, Jesus himself. Hold on to that moment.
Pope Francis Calls on Faithful to Regain "Sense of the
Eucharist is Opportunity to Enter Into the Mystery of God
CITY, February 10, 2014 (Zenit.org) - In his homily this morning
at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis invited the faithful to
“enter into the mystery of God” in the Eucharist
and rediscover the sense of
on today’s first reading, which recalled the manifestation
of God in the form of a cloud at the temple during the reign
of King Solomon, the Holy Father said that while God spoke
through his people through the prophets and Scripture, the
Lord speaks in a different manner through this theophany.
This theophany occurs today through the liturgical celebration,
particularly the Eucharist.
we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation
of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation,”
he stressed. “It is something else: it is the Last Supper
itself. It is to really live once more the Passion and the
redeeming Death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord is
made present on the altar to be offered to the Father for
the salvation of the world.”
hear or we say, ‘But, I can’t now, I have to go
to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass.’ The Mass is not
‘heard’, it is participated in, and
it is a participation in this theophany, in this mystery of
the presence of the Lord among us.”
Pope went on to say that despite the importance of God’s
presence in the liturgy, many often spend their time in Mass
looking at the clock and “counting [down] the minutes.”
is not the attitude the liturgy requires of us: the liturgy
is God’s time, God’s space, and we must place
ourselves there, in God’s time, in God’s space,
and not look at the clock,” he said.
liturgy is to really enter into the mystery of God, to allow
ourselves to be brought to the mystery and to be in the mystery.
For example, I am sure that all of you have come here to enter
into the mystery. However, someone might say: ‘Ah, I
have to go to Mass at Santa Marta, because on the sight-seeing
tour of Rome, each morning there is a chance to visit the
Pope at Santa Marta. It’s a tourist stop, right?’
All of you here, we are gathered here to enter into the mystery:
this is the liturgy. It is God’s time, it is God’s
space, it is the cloud of God that surrounds all of us.”
his homily, Pope Francis called
on the faithful to ask the Lord to give them the “sense
of the sacred” in order to distinguish between everyday
devotions and the importance of the Eucharist.
Eucharistic celebration is something else,” he said.
“In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God,
into that street that we cannot control. Only He is the unique
One, the glory, the power. He is everything. Let us ask for
this grace: that the Lord would teach us to enter into the
mystery of God.” (J.A.E.)