VATICAN CITY, 13 MAR 2009 (VIS) – At midday today, the Holy Father received participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who have been meeting to consider the question of Eucharistic adoration.
The Pope expressed the hope that collegial reflection upon this theme “may help to clarify, within the limits of the dicastery’s remit, the liturgical and pastoral means by which the Church of our time can promote faith in the real presence of the Lord in the Blessed Eucharist, and to ensure that the celebration of Mass fully incorporates the aspect of adoration”.
“The doctrine of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine, and of the real presence, are a truth of faith, already evident in Holy Scripture and later confirmed by the Fathers of the Church”, said Benedict XVI.
After then explaining that, “in the Eucharist, adoration must become union: union with the living Lord and with His mystical Body”, the Pope recalled words he had pronounced at World Youth Day 2005 in the German city of Cologne: “God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in Him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outwards to others until it fills the world, so that His love can truly become the dominant measure of the world.
“On that occasion”, he added, “I also reminded young people that in the Eucharist we experience the fundamental transformation of violence into love, of death into life. This brings other changes in its wake”.
The Pope highlighted the importance of a renewal of Eucharistic adoration. This, he said, “will only be possible through a greater awareness of the mystery in complete faithfulness to Sacred Tradition, and by enhancing liturgical life within our communities”. In this context, he also expressed his appreciation at the fact that the plenary had examined the question of “the formation of all the People of God in the faith, with particular concern for seminarians, favouring their development in a spirit of authentic Eucharistic adoration”.
“Recalling three penitential practices particularly dear to biblical and Christian tradition (prayer, almsgiving and fasting)”, he concluded, “let us encourage one another to rediscover and practice fasting with renewed fervour, not only as a form of asceticism but also as a preparation for the Eucharist and as a spiritual weapon to fight against any disordered attachment to ourselves”.