(Thanks Lorraine Cronin)
I work as an art facilitator in a residential nursing home. Yesterday I called in for a chat with one of the participants of the art sessions I give once a week. He was very excited to show me a medal he had bought in commemoration of the Eucharist Conference in Dublin (above).
However, he was terribly disappointed when he took the medal out and
realised there was no way to fix the medal to a chain. Sure, you could thread a ribbon through it but he thought that would cheapen the beautiful thing he had just paid close to €50 for. FIFTY EURO!
But he didn’t mind the price because he had been told it was very limited edition, I didn’t have the heart to point out the number on the accompanying card – 285 out of 1000.
Now it’s just sitting in a cardboard box on his bedside locker instead
of around his neck with his other holy medals.
“The Congress also occurs at a time when the Church throughout the world is preparing to celebrate the Year of Faith to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council…
…but it is equally clear that there have been many misunderstandings and irregularities. The renewal of external forms, desired by the Council Fathers, was intended to make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery. Its true purpose was to lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord, present in the Eucharist, and thus with the living God, so that through this contact with Christ’s love, the love of his brothers and sisters for one another might also grow.
Yet not infrequently, the revision of liturgical forms has remained at an external level, and “active participation” has been confused with external activity. Hence much still remains to be done on the path of real liturgical renewal.”
Part of Pope Benedict’s address (via video) to the faithful at Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday for the final mass of the Eucharistic Congress.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)