- Fr. Tarcisio
The Tabernacle, source of light and blessing.
Some months ago, an angry person came and asked me why we did not have the Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. I explained that we did have it, and I took her before the altar, showing her the place of the tabernacle. I also pointed out the red lamp that usually indicates the place where the Blessed Sacrament is found. After this, a little ashamed, she thanked me and was left alone to pray.
The Tabernacle is the place where a reserve of consecrated hosts is kept; it is a kind of little house, with its door and its key. There is Jesus Christ, and for that reason, next to it, a small lamp is lit. From this reserve, hosts are used to bring communion to the sick. It is very important that you consider Jesus Christ in the tabernacle, not as a thing, but as a Person who feels, loves, listens and is waiting for you.
JESUS CHRIST IS REAL AND TRULY PRESENT IN THE TABERNACLE, ALTHOUGH COVERED UNDER APPEARANCES OF BREAD, IN THE CONSECRATED BREAD.
At least once a week there is an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The faithful kneel before Him to worship the Lord, thank Him for His love, and ask for His help. At the end of the exposition, the faithful are blessed with the Blessed Sacrament: then, it is Christ himself who blesses them and pours his graces on them.