I have read so many articles about Fr. Michael Pfleger now that my head is spinning! Even if you're not Catholic or even vaguely interested in this story, it will pop up on the internet or in print.
But through everything I've read, I got the feeling that something was missing. Something wasn't right. Even in the Catholic articles and blogs, something wasn't there that should be. And then I realized what it was: the Eucharist.
In the Catholic Church, the priest, as a result of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, has the power to turn the bread and wine into the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is called the "consecration." Once this is done, both "species" is viewed as Our Lord. There is no "undoing" of this.
Years ago I spoke with a priest who was counseling a small group of people who were planning to leave the Catholic Church. They had decided to start their own church. The priest was frustrated because of their determination to leave. Finally, he told them, "If you leave the Catholic Church, you leave the Eucharist." I honestly don't know what happened to them.
Over the years, I've known many priests. Some were wonderful and holy men. Some, not so much. But even the ones who were close to my heart, couldn't keep me away from Our Lord.
I hope that the people of St. Sabina will decide to support Fr. Pfleger as a Catholic. If he decides to walk away from his priesthood, I hope they don't follow him. I hope they stay with the Eucharist. I hope they stay with Our Lord.
Prayer While Visiting The Most Blessed Sacrament
bySt. Alphonsus Liguori
My Lord Jesus Christ,for the love which You bear to men, You remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute
Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:
1.In thanksgiving for this great gift;
2.To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies;
3.I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.
My Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I grieve for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. I promise with Your grace never more to offend You in the future.
Now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to You without reserve;
I give You my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From now on dispose of me and of all that I have as You please. All that I ask of You and desire is Your holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Your will. I recommend to You the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.
My dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Your eternal Father, and beseech Him in Your name to vouchsafe, for Your love, to accept them.