Archbishop Joseph Naumann joined with Bishop Robert Finn for the 6th year to celebrate Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, benediction and a procession through downtown Kansas City. In his homily, Bishop Finn noted:
“While the Holy Father affirmed in clear terms the importance of the Mass, he went on to emphasize, ‘It is a mistake to establish a contrast between celebration and adoration, as if they were in competition with one another. The opposite is true. The (adoration) of the Blessed Sacrament represents the spiritual environment with which the community can celebrate the Eucharist correctly and truthfully,'” Bishop Finn said.
“The pope presents a wonderful image,” the bishop said, further quoting the pope’s June 7 homily: “At the moment of adoration, we are all on the same level, on our knees before the Sacrament of Love… By remaining together in silence before the Lord, present in his sacrament, we have one of the most authentic expressions of being church, one that is complementary to our celebration of the Eucharist… Communion and contemplation cannot be separated. They go together.”
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