“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.. the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the Tabernacle as King of Mercy.. they have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.”
– Diary of Saint Faustina, para. 367
It is truly a pitiable thing to listen to the complaint of the Lord and Master, the King of the Universe, complaining that He is left alone in the Tabernacle, dwelling there for souls but receiving nothing in return except silence and abandonment. The Churches have become like the new Gethsemane, where the Apostles sleep and cannot keep watch with the Lord.
In October 2016, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, revealed the secret to knowing the Lord; it comes, he said, from immersing onself in silent Eucharistic Adoration. But he then went on to echo the same complaint which the Lord made to Saint Faustina –
“One cannot know the Lord without being in the habit of adoring, of adoring in silence. I believe, if I am not mistaken, that this prayer of adoration is the least known among us; it is the one we engage in the least.. To adore, there in the silence, in the silence of adoration. He is the Lord, and I adore Him.”
While it is true that many Catholic Churches are now locked during the day, still a great many remain open; and amongst these, a number offer Eucharistic Adoration. Of several such Churches near here, one offers Adoration all day every Monday; and another has Eucharistic Adoration all day every day. And yet, both of these Churches have long periods where there is no-one kneeeling there before the Lord, the King of the Unvierse, despite these being good and very active parishes, where the Priests, who are holy men, are very much amongst the people – Pope Francis would respectfully describe them as having ‘the smell of the sheep’. But our Priests, so many of whom work tirelessly for the good of souls, can only do so much.
We, the people, must play our part, too.
In Baptism, “we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (Catechism, para.1213). Saint Paul tells us that in Baptism we “have put on Christ” (Gal.3:27). This places responsibilities upon us – toward God, toward ourselves, toward the Church both locally and universally, and to our neighbour. But our first priority is always toward God, Who demands and deserves to be loved and adored – and if we cannot do this in the Sacrament of His abiding presence, then where will we do it?
The subjects of a King kneel before him and pay him their homage, for this is their first repsonsibility. So it is with us, in relation to Christ, the King of the Universe.
Find your nearest Catholic Church, and begin to spend time there in that silent adoration of which the Holy Father speaks, and keep watch with your King, Christ the Lord.