More debate on noise at Masses - Catholic Courier

More debate on noise at Masses

To the editor

What a telling example of the lack of understanding of the Catholic faith by Catholics themselves in the letter “God present in all prayer”. To dare to say that one cannot expect to come to Mass to pray to our Eucharist Lord present in the Tabernacle in peace, but must struggle to pray in the midst of the din of people coming to Mass to socialize! In the words of Vatican II document on Sacred Liturgy, “Although the sacred liturgy is principally the worship of the divine majesty it likewise contains much instruction for the faithful. For in the liturgy God speaks to His people‚Ķ” As the Church sees the Mass, it is worship of God and God speaking to us, not a gathering to “share what is going on” with our neighbor.

As regards :God’s true presence” not being confined to a tabernacle, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1374) explains, “The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique‚Ķthe body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained. This presence is called ‘real’ — by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they would not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense.. a substantial presence..” This is why Catholics desire to pray in silence before their Eucharistic Lord. He is truly present here unlike any other place.

Lastly, please do not spin St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the omnipresence of God. Of all people, St. Thomas Aquinas knew and worshipped his Eucharistic Lord. He is the one responsible for writing the Mass of Corpus Christi and so many other Eucharistic hymns.

Amy Valentini

Five Mile Line Road

Penfield
 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Again we note that a production error caused the words “prior to Mass” to be omitted from the referenced letter’s question about whether there may be better times for Eucharistic adoration.

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