Pope Francis during the Epiphany Mass
During Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis reflected upon the “climactic moment” of the Magi at the end of their journey: “they fell down and worshiped the Child”. The Holy Father reflects:
They worshiped. Let us we never forget this: the journey of faith finds renewed strength and fulfilment only when it is made in the presence of God. Only if we recover our “taste” for adoration will our desire be rekindled. Desire leads us to adoration and adoration renews our desire. For our desire for God can only grow when we place ourselves in his presence. For Jesus alone heals our desires. From what? From the tyranny of needs. Indeed, our hearts grow sickly whenever our desires coincide merely with our needs. God, on the other hand, elevates our desires; he purifies them and heals them of selfishness, opening them to love for him and for our brothers and sisters. This is why we should not neglect adoration, that prayer of silent adoration which is not so common among us. Please let us not forget adoration.
There are several opportunities to Adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament here in the parish throughout the week:
Tuesdays – 10:30am until 11:30am at St. David’s Church, Pontnewydd
Fridays – 10:30am until 12:00pm at Our Lady’s Church, Old Cwmbran
Saturdays – 10:30am until 11:45am at Our Lady’s Church, Old Cwmbran
The Holy Father’s homily can be read in full here.