June 11, 2021

A Virtual Sign on the Feast of Corpus Christi

Sr. Josefa María Fuentes

Every year on the Feast of Corpus Christi,

at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Bellavista (Santiago, Chile) we have a solemn procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Because it was not possible again this year to do so, we prepared a virtual event.

We laid a carpet of flowers in the shrine so that after the Holy Mass, which was transmitted from the Cenacle Shrine online, we could have a moment of adoration of the Eucharistic Christ.  Afterwards, as a sign that Christ goes out from the Shrine to meet and bless each one of us in the realities of our life, the priest went out of the shrine to give the blessing.  Anyone could connect in spirit and virtually from their homes to receive our Lord. Thus Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament walked—in the hands of the priest–across the carpet of flowers prepared for him.

With the Eucharist, Jesus becomes one of us, remains with us, and goes on pilgrimage in us through this time. In the midst of so much uncertainty because of political, medical, and economic realities–in our country and in society in general– prayer, the personal encounter with the living God is what keeps our faith and hope alive. It spurs us to continue through life like Mary, “strong and noble, simple, gentle, spreading love, peace and joy.” (Hymn of the Instrument)

This small event is meant as a contribution in the covenant with Mary, from her Cenacle Shrine, toward the blessing and sending forth of us again so that Christ may walk in us through our times and lead us to the Father.