LET IT aLL sTART hERE
For Catholics who care...
I never see what is there. I notice what is not, then, imagine the rest.
Perhaps it is the poet or the dreamer in me, but it happens quite often. It happened most recently with a photograph I encountered on Facebook: A black and white portrait of Catholicism at its best.
In the snapshot, a purposeful priest is clad in a black robe and adorned in a white frock. He is walking through a sleepy village...moving away from the camera. Slovakia. Circa 1940’s? Although, I can only see him from the back, I imagine the priest to be transporting the Eucharist--the "real and living presence" of Our Lord.
In the center of the photo, two men grip their caps and are kneeling in a muddy street, the deep rut of a wagon wheel separating them from the approaching cleric. There is an omnipotent oxen standing in the foreground of the photo. His “all-seeing” eyes remind us that: God is watching.
I thought then of what Sherry Weddell wrote in her guide to Forming Intentional Disciples: “Invite people to live with Him and for Him, anchor people in the Eucharist, and they won’t wander off.” Weddell's words might have been the caption to this photograph of two men firmly grounded in their reverence of and belief in the Risen Christ.