Go perseveringly to the Tabernacle

Go perseveringly to the Tabernacle, either bodily or in your heart, so as to feel safe and calm: but also in order to feel loved… and to love.

I copy some words which a priest wrote for those who followed him in an apostolic enterprise: “When you contemplate the Sacred Host exposed on the altar in the monstrance, think how great is the love, the tenderness of Christ. My way to understand it is by thinking of the love I have for you: if I could be far away, working, and at the same time at the side of each one of you, how gladly I would do it! But Christ really can do it! He loves us with a love that is infinitely greater than the love that all the hearts of the world could hold; and he has stayed with us so that we can join ourselves at any time to his most Sacred Humanity, and so that he can help us, console us, strengthen us, so that we may be faithful.'”

St Josemaria, The Forge

The external signs of love should come from the heart and find expression in the testimony of a christian life. If we have been renewed by receiving our Lord’s body, we should show it. Let us pray that our thoughts be sincere, full of peace, self-giving and service. Let us pray that we be true and clear in what we say — the right thing at the right time — so as to console and help and especially bring God’s light to others. Let us pray that our actions be consistent and effective and right, so that they give off “the good fragrance of Christ,” evoking his way of doing things.

St Josemaria, Christ is Passing

Practice meditation for a fixed period and at a fixed time

Practice meditation for a fixed period and at a fixed time. Otherwise we would be putting our own convenience first; that would be a lack of mortification. And prayer without mortification is not at all effective. – St Josemaria, Furrow

Overcome any sluggishness you may feel, and the false excuse that prayer can wait for later. Let us never put off this vital source of grace until tomorrow. Now is the right time. God, who is a loving spectator of everything we do, watches over our most intimate needs. You and I, I tell you once again, we need to confide in him as we might confide in a brother, a friend, a father. Tell him, as I am telling him now, that he is all greatness, all goodness, all mercy. Tell him also, ‘This is why I want to fall in love with you, despite my rough manner and poor hands, soiled and ill‑treated by the dust and grime of this earth’…

Each day without fail we should devote some time specially to God, raising our minds to him, without any need for the words to come to our lips, for they are being sung in our heart. Let us give enough time to this devout practice; at a fixed hour, if possible. Before the Tabernacle, close to him who has remained there out of Love. If this is not possible, we can pray anywhere because our God is ineffably present in the heart of every soul in grace.

– St Josemaria, Friends of God


« Haslach - Kirche Hochaltar 5 Tabernakel » par Wolfgang Sauber — Travail personnel. Sous licence CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
« Haslach – Kirche Hochaltar 5 Tabernakel » par Wolfgang Sauber. Sous licence CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

L’Eucharistie est un exercice continuel d’éducation de notre regard. Les accidents du pain et du vin « voilent un réel divin », comme chante la séquence de la liturgie de demain ; Jésus nous invite à pénétrer le grand mystère de l’amour divin, à contempler l’attitude du cœur de Dieu, qui a été capable de donner sa vie tout en nous laissant sa présence. Dans l’Eucharistie l’apparence est secondaire, la pauvreté du signe cache et ennoblit la totalité du don, l’absence du spectaculaire cache et élève le miracle de la présence divine. Dieu regarde l’âme et reconnaît en elle la foi qui pénètre l’invisible.

« Sion, célèbre ton Sauveur, chante ton chef et ton pasteur par des hymnes et des chants. » – Saint Thomas d’Aquin

La promesse de Dieu de marcher avec nous s’est accomplie en Jésus, il marche avec nous, ressuscité et présent dans tous les tabernacles qui attendent notre visite et notre adoration.