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Humility and Dependency on Jesus are Themes of Holy Hour Homily

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was Homilist at a Holy Hour celebrated during the Eucharistic Congress, sponsored by the Diocese of Charlotte. The annual Congress was held at the Charlotte Convention Center, September 23-24, 2011.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge reflected on a moving moment for his during the World Youth Day pilgrimage in August. He spoke of the Prayer Vigil with the Holy Father during a driving rain storm and how when the rain stopped and the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the monstrance and on the altar, “All of a sudden, without any instruction, almost two million young people simply knelt, and there was dead silence.” The Bishop said when he asked one young person about it, the pilgrim responded, “The power of Jesus.”

“This Eucharistic Congress proclaims and celebrates the power of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament,” Bishop Burbidge said. "And so we come to this Holy Hour and fall on our knees; we offer praise and worship to our God; and, we allow time to be still and silent in the presence of Our Eucharistic Lord and to experience His grace and power in our lives."

Pointing to the Gospel account of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the need for humility and what prevents us at times from acknowledging our dependence on Jesus. 

“Remember,” Bishop Burbidge said, “there is no sin, no failure, no mistake that is greater than His love and mercy. Thus, ponder anew God’s great love for you and give thanks for the gift of this Eucharist and for all His countless blessings.” 

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