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the risk of adoration

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 18, 2005

Danger: Divinity. The U.S. Catholic points out the "downside" to devotions:

The risk of adoration, as theologian and professor Sister Susan Wood, S.C.L. noted at a recent liturgy conference held at the University of Notre Dame, is that we might get "stuck" at the Real Presence, forgetting that the eucharistic mystery also contains what she calls a "presence of absence."

Can't say I remember anything corresponding to the "presence of absence" in my catechism, but the phrase expresses unsurpassably well what the professional liturgists have endeavored to give us. With your kind permission, Sister, I prefer to stay stuck where He Is.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 18, 2005 9:40 PM ET USA

    With Sr. Susan, how could the SCLs (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth) wonder why their order is dying? Only sisters about 75 & older are permitted to wear a habit. Of the few SCL sisters under 80, even fewer consider obedience to the Church & the Church's Teaching to be essential. Even one of my traitorous brother priests invented a "dynamic" (at Mass) & "static" (in Tabernacle) Presence of Jesus. Jesus is Jesus is Jesus. His Presence doesn't alter w/ location, from altar to tabernacle. AMDG

  • Posted by: Coco - Jul. 18, 2005 6:39 PM ET USA

    I had heard that a local parish had perpetual adoration. How could this wacky parish with the decon's wife giving the homily, and all of the other liturgical innovations hold Perpetual Adoration? I volunteered & was briefed: Fr. T doesn't want adoration on the weekends, it's too hard to fill the slots...Fr. T doesn't want adoration on holidays, again, too hard...if there's a snow day, Fr. T doesn't want adoration, too dangerous to get there... Fr. T has his own definition of perpetual!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jul. 18, 2005 5:44 PM ET USA

    The presence of absence is the state of your parish and Catholic school when the priest is incarcerated. I can see why someone would get a little touchy about 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration when it might be the Efficient Cause of some temporal justice being delivered to someone in a position of responsibility who is, how shall we say?, less than forthcoming with their proclivities. Truly Divine Dispensation.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 18, 2005 5:25 PM ET USA

    Many of our greatest saints were mystics who got "stuck" I guess you could say at the Real Presence. It was a supernatural gift from God and one most highly esteemed. For a Religious to say this -- my dear God, what have they become?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jul. 18, 2005 1:06 PM ET USA

    The great hope in Sister (sic) Susan's words are simply the reverse in her case, along with those of US Catholic and the legion of tiny heterodox people still braying, which is their "absence of presence" as they fade out into their long overdue sunsets. From the Prelate of LA down to the local Sr. Fatuousas and Fr. Flakes they are, at last, a vanishing breed. Kyrie eleison.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 18, 2005 11:38 AM ET USA

    Further investigation of the article reveals a palpable aversion to worship and contempt for the first three commandments. Wine as vehicle for the Eucharistic Sacrament is replaced by the whining VOTF litany to social justice.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Jul. 18, 2005 11:33 AM ET USA

    Absence, as in the Abusso? I wonder if Sister knows who else is there (beside heretical theologians, that is).

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