I saw no temple in the city… 1May2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 699


As fallen creatures who abandoned our original unity with the Father in the Garden of Eden, we are chained to earthly things. That is why Christ gave us the Sacraments, those Glorious institutions that visibly make present and represent His active participation in our lives of Faith and of the Church, with which He promised to remain until the end of time. This is one of the great mysteries of our Roman Catholic patrimony. The Sacraments set us apart from our Christian brothers and sisters and provide for us a depth and fullness that permeates, if we allow them, our entire lives. While Christ’s Real Presence is housed in the many tabernacles around the world, His Desired Presence is to be with each of us: body, mind and soul.

The 4th verse of the hymn, “Gift of Finest Wheat,” is most beautiful in describing this Holy Desire of Jesus:

The mystery of your presence, Lord,

no mortal tongue can tell.

Whom all the world cannot contain,

comes in our hearts to dwell.

Besides the Eucharistic—the center of His Sacramental activity—He is present at Baptisms, in the Confessional, at Confirmation, at Ordinations, at Marriages, and at the bed of the Sick and Dying. In short, He is with us always and in all ways. His physical presence still walks the earth in the persons of those ordained to a life of His ministry.

In the First Council of Jerusalem, the Apostles proclaim, “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us.” Jesus tells His disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” John, in his vision, declares, “I saw no temple in the city for its temple is the Lord.” Christ’s presence pervades every aspect of our existence. He remains with us through the Sacraments, in the tabernacle and in the temple of our hearts by the Grace of the Holy Spirit.

Deacon Richard


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