Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 14, 2020
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

The famous Catholic novelist Flannery O’Connor was once asked why so many of her stories were grotesque and even violent. She responded, “The novelist with Christian concerns will find in modern life distortions which are repugnant to him, and his problem will be to make these appear as distortions to an audience which is used to seeing them as natural; and he may well be forced to take ever more violent means to get his vision across to this hostile audience. When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal ways of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock — to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.”

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