Rorate Caeli

Adoring the God of Jesus Christ, made bread, broken for love, is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and of today. Kneeling in front of the Eucharist is a profession of freedom: who bends to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate before any earthly power, as strong as it may be. We, Christians, kneel only before God, before the Most Holy Sacrament, because we know and believe that in it is present the one true God, who has created the world and has so loved the world to give his only begotten Son.

We prostrate before a God who first inclined himself toward man, as Good Samaritan, to rescue him and give him life, and who knelt before us to cleanse our filthy feet. Adoring the Body of Christ means believing that there, in that piece of Bread, there is truly Christ, who gives true meaning to life, to the immense universe as well as to the smallest creature, to the entire human history as well as to the briefest existence. The adoration is a prayer which prolongs Eucharistic celebration and communion, and in which the soul continues to nourish itself: it is nourished with love, with truth, with peace; it nourished itself with hope, because the One before whom we prostrate does neither judge us, nor humiliates us, but transforms us and makes us free.
Benedict XVI
Homily (Most Holy Body of Christ)
May 22, 2008


Anonymous said...

!!!!!!!!Breaking News!!!!!!!!!!!!!

During the Holy Father’s Corpus Christi Mass (Rome - S. Giovanni in Laterano - 7 pm), the Holy Father gave Communion only to people kneeling at a kneeler set up before him.

poeta said...

Now that is great news!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it just? How I love this Pope!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, relative to his most recent predecessors he's really something. Relative to his more distant predecessors he's so-so.

Anonymous said...

Holy Father distributes to those kneeling, on the tongue.

LeonG said...

New Catholic

This is a beautiful and encouraging picture of Pope Benedict XVI. It certainly sets the record straight on his youthful doubts in the 1960s about such acts of adoration in places set aside for the purpose. Who could resist such an act of worship before The Blessed Sacrament.

Encouraging news too about communion on the knees for Corpus Christi.

Now, if he would only say The Latin Mass of All Times in public.......

We must pray in earnest for this.

Anonymous said...

!!!!!Breaking News!!!!!

The Pope acts like a Pope (most of the time (see the neo-cat way post above):

He adores Christ on his knees! He distributes communion properly! He allows that which was never licitly disallowed: TLM!

Anonymous said...

I have read these words many times.
They are beautiful.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.