Friday, July 06, 2012

He is here, Here he is


Bishop Mark Davies said at Liverpool Cathedral today on the visit of the heart of St Jeanne Vianney.

St. John Vianney never set out to ‘please people’ responding to demands like a tin can blown about on the piazza outside. Rather he proceeded purposefully in seeking to please God. This led him very close to all his people and especially close throughout his life to the most difficult and confused of his people – the types of people we might naturally be inclined to avoid. Yet there was nothing of a ‘people pleaser’ in this. The stories are legion of his remarks and sayings which might appeal to Lancastrian plain-speaking. Yet it is hard to know how they were first received such as when he told his congregation that in their dealings with each other most of them were probably thieves! Or that man who brought his fine dog for the CurĂ© to see, who was told with a sigh ‘If only your soul was as beautiful as your dog!’.”

“…It is the CurĂ©’s short, pithy, insightful phrases that are most remembered. All of these lead, as Pope Benedict notes, towards the Eucharistic Presence before which he would kneel every day. Indeed, he would point all those who came to see him to the Altar and Tabernacle saying: “He is here, He is here, the One who loves us so much He is here!” I often repeat those same words in the parishes I visit because we always need to be reminded of the mystery and reality of the Holy Eucharist at the very centre of every parish’s life.  In his last days when frailty and sickness no longer allowed him to be heard, he would stand in the pulpit of Ars and repeatedly point to the Tabernacle. Everything he wished to say and us to seek was there in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.” 

“…. The ‘pastoral plan’ of the Cure of Ars from which Pope Benedict tells us we all have something to learn leaves our parishes in northern England and beyond with many searching questions. This relic represents a call to the heart, a call to return to what must lie at the heart of the life our parishes declining or apparently flourishing in city, town and countryside. St John Vianney had no doubt that whatever lies at the centre, the heart of our parishes must always serve to bring us back to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.  Where there is not much love for God, we must not resign ourselves to it. The Saint of Ars challenges us to bring love for God there!”

2 comments:

Supertradmum said...

How beautiful and I think of Mother Teresa's words about being in prayer at Adoration. Someone asked her what she did. "I look at Him." She said, and added "And He looks at me." Such is love. She also wrote: “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.”

Doodler said...

The Visit of the Relic of Saint John Vianney to Shrewsbury Cathedral on Saturday 7th July will be streamed live on

www.churchservices.tv

Follow the link to 'Shrewsbury Cathedral'. Mass is at 12.30 pm GMT and will be followed by Veneration of the Relic.

The cathedral steam is live 24 hours a day and covers all Sunday and daily Masses.