Saturday, 1 October 2011

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Little Way

As this post is being written, A Procession of the Blessed Sacrament is about to set off from Westminster Cathedral on its way to St George's Cathedral, Southwark.  This procession is taking place to celebrate the anniversary of, and to give thanks for, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to this country last and the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman.

This is also an important means of witness and encouragement, and one way to be Confidently Catholic.

Here is some footage of the 2009 Corpus Christi in Rome, led by the Holy Father.

Today is also the day when we commemorate St Therese of the Infant Jesus and of the Holy Face, St Therese of Lisieux, often known as the Little Flower, the only saint to be declared a Doctor of the Church during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.  She is Patroness of the Missions of the Catholic Church. 

When St Therese's relics were brought to England in 2009, this was an instance of how the actions of the many people who crowded out the various venues where her relics stopped on their tour, were able to provide a great witness to all of the power of the Catholic faith.  The small act of each individual who visited her relics achieved a powerful end, and this is a prime example of the Little Flower's "Little Way", sometimes viewed as too simplistic, but nonetheless a potent means of communicating to all that the way to holiness is not necessarily filled with heroic acts, but more often with the small acts of every day.

Today too, those undertaking the hour long walk from Westminster to Southwark, by engaging in this small act, are witnessing to the world of the Glory of God as they give thanks for the Beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman and for the Holy Father's visit.

Let us send those in the procession our best wishes, join with them in thanksgiving and praise, and ask the intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham, St Therese of Lisieux and Blessed John Henry Newman for the success of this great gesture of Catholic witness, achieved through the little deeds of individuals.

St Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

No comments:

Post a Comment