Personally I have no problem with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament if that is a meaningful practice for some Catholics. However, I would like to propose another thought on the subject, that of remembering that we are in the presence of Jesus whenever we are in the presence of another person with all of his or her human idiosyncracies and difficulties.
It’s often so much easier to kneel peacefully in the tranquility and calm of a church than it is to deal with Christ in present-day human form. If we lose sight of the latter, I believe we lose sight of what are about as Christians.
I hope that The Catholic Messenger will continue to carry Father Richard McBrien’s column as we need to see both sides of a picture, whether we agree or not, so that we don’t become too narrow in our thinking. Surely the Catholic Church is big enough for all of us.
Sister Ruth Ellen Doane, S.P.