Continued from yesterday...
Chapter 6. After His Ascension
Jesus on our Altars
And, as if that were not enough, He remains on the Altar, waiting for our visits, ready to console and comfort us, ready to pardon the most depraved sinner, even as He pardoned the Publican in the Temple, to give help and strength to the weak, to comfort the sad, to console the sorrowful.
This Sacrament is indeed a Sacrament of peace and love. Here Our Lord is on a throne of Mercy, continuing the work of His life on Earth, but - dare we say it - in a more merciful way.
When on Earth, He was in one land; only the people of that land could hope to approach Him. In the Blessed Eucharist, He is in all lands, in all cities and towns, even in the deserts, wherever a Catholic missionary is found.
He is really and truly present; He sees us distinctly; He hears us; He loves us. He is waiting, longing for our visits.
A few incidents of recent occurrence will show us how really Our Lord is on the Altar.
A Protestant Minister in England was taking a walk with his little daughter [who was] six years old. They entered a Catholic church, where the minister explained to his little girl the meaning of the Way of the Cross and other objects of note in the Church.
The little one, attracted by the red lamp burning before the Tabernacle, asked what that meant. Her father replied that it was to show that Jesus was in the Tabernacle.
"Jesus!" she exclaimed. "Our Jesus, the Son of God?"
The child was deeply impressed. Even after, when walking with her father or mother, she insisted on going into a Catholic church to see the lamp and to visit Jesus.
Wonderful visits! Our Lord was speaking to their hearts.
After six months the child with her father and mother became fervent Catholics....
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949