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Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

"Hallowed be Thy name"(Lk 11:2) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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He's Come

- By Teresa La'Rive

Wake up, oh humanity! Be generous with yourself – with your time, to see the Lord. Does the living God fall on the blind spot of our eyes? Perhaps we need a walk with the Lord through Emmaus and then we need to urge him to stay with us, for the night will soon fall. He would then take us to the banqueting table, and in the bread broken and blessed, will our eyes be opened to recognize him.

When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to him; He shall come to us, the one to ask and the other to receive. It will be like a breath - one to another.

As in Pharaoh’s dream we fill ourselves during our ‘seven years of plenty’, as we ‘throw ourselves before the tabernacle like a dog before its master’ to tide through the ‘seven years of severe famine’ to come in every private life. This Simile of the dog and its master is drawn by St. John Marie Vianney, who said “I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his master.” He prayed for long hours day and night before the tabernacle for his parishioners. His parish, in Ars, shut down for 26 years became the hospital for souls. And Ars a place so small that it would not feature in the map of France became the major pilgrim centre of ninetieth century France. And the parishioners whose main occupation on a Sunday, was to go for the country dance, dressing immodestly, began to attend the three hour long mass Vianney celebrated standing for hours in queues, for confession.

He’s come to Bethlehem, warmed by the breath of the animals who shared his straw laden manger. He’s come to Jericho to ask the blind beggar Bartimaeus, sitting by the road side, rudely silenced by the great multitude, “What do you want me to do for you?” He’s come to Capernaum, giving us a promise for the today of our lives; “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.’’ Ever more He’s come into the market place, to the commercial blocks where money never sleeps, to human habitations in concrete jungles, to exclusive social circles. He’s come as Lord of every courtship; the Lord of the tennis court; of homes where the only warmth is confined to the fire place. Wherever you are, you can worship in spirit - Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. If you still your soul and listen, you would hear His footsteps, and be pierced by His look.

No where on earth are you more welcome, nowhere on earth are you more loved than by Jesus, living and truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth.

A priest was making an holy hour in the chapel of perpetual adoration. It was a terribly hot day and he was so tired and bothered by the heat that he could not pray. Just staying in the chapel for his hour was an effort. He was wondering if his hour had any value when, at that moment, a little kitten walked in. It was so hot that someone had left the door open. At first he thought how much he hates cats. Then he watched as the little kitten went along each pew until it reached behind where he was sitting. The kitten stopped, looked up at the priest, put its head on his shoes like a pillow, and went to sleep. The priest was thrilled. The little kitten had chosen to rest his head on his shoes. He heard his inspiration as loud as the Sunday Church Bells. How much more would Jesus, who loves us infinitely, be delighted if we choose to be with Him. Jesus awaits us in the Sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith.

As I was typing in these words a doctor came in and shared how his profession came under the anointing he received in the presence of the Lord. It led him to work in a hospital that catered to the poor. He testifies that the same medicine used elsewhere worked differently there. The power of God to heal flowed freely there.

I have printed in my mind’s eye, the look of regret in the eyes of a young lady whose family spent fourteen years in and out of legal entanglements over their neighbor’s mango tree that leaned over into their compound. It started with an annoyance over the fallen leaves that needed to be swept away every other day. And it snowballed into a case put before the magistrates. For as they shouted out their demand for the branches or the tree to be cut down, their demand was buried and lost in a cloud of animosity; neither could communicate with each other. They had lost the anointing in their communication as in the tower of Babel. Even if they shouted out loud, they could never make themselves understood. For what they heard was only the fear and hate pent up in the other.

Communicating with the living God, sitting in His Holy presence, we will learn how to communicate with our brother and sister in the world. We will find the peace that we so badly seek.

 
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