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the risk of adoration

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Jul 18, 2005

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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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