Thoughts for Corpus Christi from Fr Willie Doyle

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Real devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is only to be gained by hard, grinding work of dry adoration before the Hidden God. But such a treasure cannot be purchased at too great a cost, for once obtained, it makes of this life as near an approach to heaven as we can ever hope for.

COMMENT: Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. While the feast properly falls on a Thursday, the liturgical celebration is translated to the following Sunday in many dioceses.

In today’s quote, Fr Doyle shows us that the encounter with Christ in prayer and adoration is not primarily emotional. We may experience consolations, but it is often more likely that this will not happen. 

It was this hard, grinding work at prayer (and indeed in all aspects of his life) that prepared Fr Doyle and procured for him the grace to willingly suffer the deprivation of the trenches and to make the ultimate sacrifice of giving his life while serving others. 

I recently read (on the always excellent Vultus Christi blog) a wonderful quote from Mother Mectilde du Saint-Sacrement (1614-1698), foundress of the Benedictines of the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament, which is relevant for today’s topic.

The interior life is not what one thinks or imagines. It consists not in having beautiful thoughts, nor in saying beautiful words, nor in remaining in a passive kind of prayer without applying one’s mind, as if one were in lofty heights. All of this is, more often than not, no more than fantasy. 

The interior life is found in the solid practice of mortification, in the love of littleness and in total detachment from oneself and from creatures. 

May we all seek to love the Lord through this tried and tested manner, whether we feel like it or not.

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One thought on “Thoughts for Corpus Christi from Fr Willie Doyle

  1. Just recently I came across this article by Fr Raymond de Souza of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario, about the death of Lieutenant Governor Paul Comtois of Quebec in 1966. It is both inspiring and saddening, the latter because it seems that even the Catholic media at the time didn’t give the reason for his death – his saving the Blessed Sacrament in a fire. Not long after that there was a catastrophic falling away not only from the Church, but from the faith, in Quebec, which had so many similarities with the then predominantly, but no more, Catholic Ireland. http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/father-raymond-j-de-souza-paul-comtois-a-martyr-for-the-eucharist

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