The Founder of our Brigidine Congregation, Bishop Daniel Delany, had a great devotion to the Eucharist. In 1784 he surprised everyone, and shocked many, when he announced a public procession through the town of Tullow on the Feast of Corpus Christi. This was a subversive act as no such display of Catholic faith had been seen in Tullow for at least a century. Hundreds of people flocked from all over the country to join the procession. Other processions gradually became widespread throughout the diocese.
On the Feast of Corpus Christi this year, we celebrate once more God’s presence with us even as we are so aware of the suffering, stress and experiences of inequality highlighted by Covid-19 throughout the world. Many of us are still unable to join with others in celebrating the Eucharist, as are thousands of others around the world. However, we continue to strive to be Eucharistic people wherever we are
The following reflections by Dominican Sister, Veronica Rafferty OP, Pope Francis and Mickey McGrath are offered to enrich our celebration of the feast this year:
(Mickey McGrath (National Catholic Reporter June 2021)