Friday, 29 July 2011

Holy Hour

It hadn't ever occurred to me, until it was mentioned in a sermon recently that the supreme example of the Evangelical Counsels (Poverty, Chastity and Obedience) is Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I found myself meditating on this during Holy Hour today....and if Christ himself lives by these counsels, we ought to aswell (to the extent that our state of life will permit). They aren't just for the consecrated religious.

Poverty: The poverty of the host, the poverty of the surroundings, no matter how beautiful the church or the monstrance, the poverty of the company Our Lord is keeping during Holy Hour....Holy Poverty is infinitely generous and beautifully simple.

Chastity: The chaste love Our Lord has for each of us. The love that never imposes itself, but patiently waits for us to draw closer to it, only desiring our good....Holy Chastity is passive and demure (the candles and the sunlight through the windows outshine the Host).

Obedience: Our Lord is obedient to the prayers of the priest as He is made present at Mass and becomes our Divine Prisoner in the tabernacle. Our Lord is obedient to us as he listens to our fumbling prayers and sees our unworthy devotion. ...Holy Obedience is humble to the point of nakedness and totally underserved by those who are being obeyed.

What have we done to deserve any of this?

painting by Jan van Kessel (17th century)

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