I just have to relate something that happened in Mass today. While at Mass during the consecration something absolutely amazing happened. In fact it was I dare say miraculous. I witnessed the bread and wine transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. In fact another miraculous event also occurred. Even though through transubstantiation what was bread and wine had an actual change of substance the accidents remained – amazing! Two miracles for the price of one. Now I am not trying to pass myself off as special or other than another sinner striving for holiness, but this is not the first time I witnessed this miraculous event. In fact my timing has been perfect in that whether I go to weekday or Sunday Mass or whether I go to one parish or another exactly the same thing happens each time during the consecration! That each and every time through the eyes of faith I witness the same supernatural event. Scoff if you want, but I swear that it is all true.
Seriously though what I wrote above is trying to make a point about what we all can take for granted. That some will chase off towards any rumor of the latest apparition while at the same time the miraculous is constantly happening in our neighborhoods and cities everyday. I was thinking of this fact because I noticed a little heavier attendance at Mass today than normal. Today being the feast day of St. Blaise I am sure many were there to get the blessing of the throat. Not to diminish the effects of sacramental such as blessed candles, but it should be the Eucharist in and of itself that should draw us to Mass. I guess St. Blaise’s feast is similar in a smaller way to Ash Wednesday where if the Church uses a sacramental Catholics seem to find time to suddenly go to Mass. The great thing about the Catholic Church is that it is like a late night infomerical. Yes you get Redemption, forgiveness of sins, and the Eucharist. But wait there is more! Much more! Sacraments, sacramentals, indulgences, devotions, etc. We’re the sacramental superstore where God uses all he can to bring us to him.
On a side note ironically our priest celebrating the Mass today had a slight case of laryngitis and asked the pastor to bless his throat first. Though if Fr. Keene ever found out I used his picture in my Liturgy for Ignoramuses post I would probably really need a healing of the throat also.