Our Lady and Sheen

Installation of a Pastor

One of the first Masses I attended in Natchitoches was the installation of the new pastor at the church that is now the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary… or just “Immaculate Conception.”  Four years later, bright and early tomorrow morning, I will drive a few miles away to Campti to see a priest who is a friend of mine be formally handed over to his parish.  I like to read canon law… sometimes when something is interesting, and so I went to the handy dandy Code of Canon Law and looked up some information on the role of a pastor. My favorite:

Can. 528 §2. The pastor is to see to it that the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful.

§1 speaks of the necessity to inform the faithful of the Gospel, the spirit of the gospel, informing what social justice is, and interacting with the faithful so that the gospel message reaches those who may have stopped practicing the religion.  But, section 2 makes it clear that “the Most Holy Eucharist is the center of the parish assembly of the faithful.”  This intrigues me as I watch “catholics” attempt to make other issues the center of their parish.  Even if Can. 528 is speaking purely of the actual assembly of the faithful for prayer in a literal sense, it seems to me that if the Eucharist is replaced by agendas or innovation, then we have a problem.

I guess when it comes down to it, I just enjoy that in the “dry” reading of law, you come to this sentence that is almost poetic and is definitely beautiful, speaking of our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  It’s like reading a grocery list and halfway down the page your husband or wife or child or parents has written, “and I still love you.”  How great is the love of even the lawyers of the Church.

Our Lady, conceived without sin and born to bear The Lord, pray for us.

July 30, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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