Hidden in the Tabernacle

Friday, November 16, 2007Hidden in the Tabernacle

Recently my daughter, Mary-Catherine volunteered to help at the parish with the Christmas pageant auditions. The people in charge decided to use the Church to hold the auditions. Various stations were set up in the Church for the many roles in the pageant.

I decided to stay and pray before the Blessed Sacrament while my daughter was helping out – it would be an hour or two – so good to use this time wisely, I thought. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was gracing us with His presence while all of the mothers were bringing in their children of all sizes to try out for the pageant. There was much hustling and bustling all around the Church and the adjacent hall getting ready for the rehearsal and try outs to begin. It really was lovely to see all of the people come in to the Church at a time when no one would normally be there other than a stray visitor of Jesus or two. But, some of the Moms allowed their children to run through the Church and climb over pews as if it were a playground.

Wouldn't it be nice if all of these parents realized that Jesus was present here in our midst, I thought. Jesus, who is God is here — right here — now! I wonder if that knowledge would change any one's life, perspective, or attitude if they really knew. I sadly have not seen any genuflections or bows. Perhaps everyone feels that this is not a Mass, therefore no need to show reverence. I wish they knew, dear Lord. I wish they would acknowledge You!


A Catholic wife, mother of five, award-winning journalist, best-selling author, photographer, lover of nature and a lay Missionary of Charity (Mother Teresa's Order).

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  • Guest

    God loves you .

    My parish church is my God’s local palace. Would any meet a simple, flawed human royal with the shenanigans (including shabby alternatives to their ‘Sunday best’) so many Catholics do?

    One Muslim commented to Peter Kreeft that if Muslims believed as Catholics are presumed to believe, in the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, Muslims would enter reverently on their knees, and not leave their knees until exiting the church.

    The Pope thinks that even large numbers of Catholics are for all intents and purposes subject to a practical ‘atheism’ that barely registers God even where He lives with them.

    Remember, I love you, too .

    In the Suffering of Christ, and in His hope of His Resurrection,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell @catholicexchange.com or … yahoo.com)

  • michele

    I too love praying in a quiet reverent church. But wouldn’t it be sublime if we practiced charity and had compassion for these children who are bored as their families do their auditions. We can pray for these kids. And not so much worry about how well or bad others do their genuflections, but focus on how well or bad, or better yet how reverently we do our own genuflections, reverently on the inside (with a little prayer)and on the outside.
    Adults often don’t appreciate children in church. Didn’t Jesus say to the desciples who were trying to keep the unruly children from Jesus, “Let the children come to me,” And He didn’t add, “…but only if they sit still as statues…”