|St Peter Consecrates Stephen as Deacon by Fra Angelico |
Recently I've been practicing lectio at Mass, praying with the readings before Mass begins. If possible, I spend some time with these before leaving my house, and again when I get to Church.
And then, I have the most amazing opportunity. I shudder to think of the times I've taken it for granted. I can actually be in the physical presence of Christ Himself, and more than that: I can receive Him. I think I would faint were I to really grasp the fullness of this Truth. I believe it is by the grace of God that He has gently veiled this unutterable Reality.
Once in awhile, however, Our Lord gives us a glimmer of what's actually happening. "Mass gave me such a joyful feeling," one of you wrote recently. "I have not had that feeling at Mass in a very long time. I felt an incredible sense of God's mercy flowing into me. It made me feel such sorrow for my sins. It was not a sad sorrow, like 'woe is me, I am so sinful.' It was more like a sorrow wrapped in the joy of God's mercy. If that makes sense."
Continue reading at Nancy's blog The Cloistered Heart.