Sunday, June 26, 2011

"The first condition for the New Evangelization is adoration"

That's a quotation from Bishop Dominique Rey of France, founder of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist.  The Missionaries just held a conference in Rome called Adoratio 2011, which was addressed by Cardinal Ranjith (pictured above).   According to a report of the conference at Rorate Coeli, Cardinal Ranjith stated that, in his view:

"there was often a lack of wonder and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, quoting St Augustine saying, "We would sin if we did not adore Him before receiving Him."
"The Cardinal also spoke of the meaningless and tasteless (in many senses) experience of the Eucharist in many parishes because of a noisy and frenetic atmosphere that was no longer devout, adoring and contemplative. These aspects are not of choice but essential to a celebration of the Mass - an experience much more usual in the "Tridentine" Mass."

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