Never Abandoned

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“…for in all of the beautiful little countryside of Westmoreland, there is no church beside ours where the most Blessed Sacrament is reserved, and besides, no one comes to our church all week long except for me and my brothers. At times, it seems quite burdensome to go to the church seven times a day (the first time at four o’clock in the morning and the last time at half past seven in the evening), when it storms or snows severely, or when it rains in buckets, or when the melting snow makes every step toward the church muddy, or when the cutting North American wind chills you to the bone. However, I have never given in to the temptation not to go, because it hurts too much to see the most Blessed Sacrament, that is, Jesus Christ in it, to be so abandoned.”

—From Boniface Wimmer, Abbot of Saint Vincent in Pennsylvania, translated by Dr. Maria Von Mickwitz and Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., editor.