Saturday, June 05, 2010

Corpus Christi--Our Freedom

This Sunday is Corpus Christi Sunday--the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is traditionally a day parishes have an outdoor procession of the Holy Eucharist. This can be a bit jarring to those in the neighborhood unaccustomed to such public display of Catholicism, but it is an important tradition to continue, not only for its spiritual benefits, but also for its political.

A Corpus Christi procession can be a strong witness for Christ by literally bringing Jesus to the people. I have seen people poke their heads out of their windows in wonder to watch the procession pass by. Many have not been to church in decades. Many have never been to church at all.

Such a public display of belief is becoming more and more rare and indeed frowned upon in today's society. And yet, we still have freedom of religion in America. We are still free to practice our religion, even in public; even when it becomes uncomfortable for others. We need to maintain that freedom by exercising it on a regular and frequent basis.

This video makes me wish I could be in New York  City for *this* Corpus Christi procession!

6 comments:

Michele said...

another excellent post! i posted something funny for Sunday Silence. pop over if you like:)

LC said...

Wow all I can say is Wow!

evanscove said...

So inspiring. Thanks!

May the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord nourish our spirits, and may we grow in our love for the holy Eucharist.

Evan

Dymphna said...

This is a very inspiring video, thanks!

Anne said...

I never get tired of watching this video! What a gift it is to publicly process with our Lord!

Dymphna said...

I know! It's a great video! Unfortunately, there is next to no residential development near our church, but we processed anyway.

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