I was celebrating Holy Mass in a private chapel in Europe. I don't know why, but a man who was scandalizing the people... was present. It was really shocking the way he acted... It was truly satanic. But the people were struck, you may be sure, when at the consecration this man fell on his knees, trembling and staring at the altar, wide-eyed, apparently seeing something astounding...

When the Mass was over, this person rushed into the sacristy... "Please, tell me, what have you been doing at the altar?" "Why, I have been celebrating Holy Mass." He demanded to know what Mass is. I explained to him how the same Jesus, who was nailed to the Cross on Calvary, and who shed the last drop of His Blood for us sinners, does the same thing now on the altar but in an unbloody way. "That is what we call the Mass." Imagine my surprise when this man claimed to have seen what I had just described. When I asked him to tell me just what he had seen, he told me he saw me come from the sacristy to the altar and reading from a big book and going back and forth. "Then you bowed; you said something; and then you lifted up a round white object, when suddenly you disappeared and in your place, I saw a wonderful personage with arms outstretched; what beauty, what majesty! I can still see that face, those features, those eyes, the blood gushing from those wounds. His lips were moving as though he were talking to someone. And His body was shining like the sun. Then, after some time, this wonderful personage disappeared and you returned."

Jesus, King of Love
Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.

Reprinted from Witness Ministries, a lay apostolate dedicated to renewing appreciation for the Mass as the greatest gift which God has given to His beloved spouse, the Church. Their mission is to show how, in the Eucharistic Liturgy, Jesus renews and transforms us–and the world–in His life and love.