Coming back from Poland where we had loads of time altogether as a group: praising God, sightseeing, singing, rollerblading, playing Werewolf, eating and praying, Malta brought us all to a sudden sense of silence. We were no longer all surrounded by each other 24/7, we no longer felt safe, in a way, sharing the same values and faith and we were used to not being afraid of being ourselves.
We were made to return to routine here as we began leading our lives at home as before. We still had a burning passion for Christ but among the rest of the people here, we were like single flames in the midst of a looming sense of darkness, portrayed as impatience, contempt and sadness that living a life without Jesus would be about. What a difference it was being surrounded by people seeking God in the same way we were – with an overflowing desire! In Poland, we became so used to the loud sharing of our faith and being proud of knowing Jesus that when we returned home, we found it was a kind of awkward thing to spend time alone with God in prayer and not amongst people all the time.
During a time of sharing, God used Gabriel to point out to us the importance of being silent, being alone with God especially in His presence, in an Adoration chapel,or in front of the Eucharist. It’s good to worship together with people but it’s also so important to spend some time connecting with God on a personal level, reading his Holy Word and waiting on Him to speak to us because we cannot give of what we do not have and we cannot hear God’s voice in the noise, even if it’s good noise. Gabriel shared with us that we sometimes take mass for granted. We don’t realise what’s actually happening in mass because “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” St. John Vianney.
Here are a few Saints’ quotes on mass that will change the way you look at mass:
“The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.” ~St. Augustine
“Man should tremble, the world should quake, all Heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.”~St. Francis of Assisi
This is my personal favourite, by Padre Pio:
“[When asked if the Blessed Virgin is present during the Holy Mass], Yes,she places herself at a side, but I can see her, what a joy. She is always present. How can it be that the Mother of Jesus, present in Calvary at the foot of the Cross, who offered her Son as a victim for the salvation of our souls, not be present in the mystical Calvary of the altar?”
Thanks, Gabe, for letting God use you and not being afraid to share your thoughts. Because of your words and who you are, you are making a difference in people’s lives and I’m sure that God is extremely pleased! I’m so grateful to know men of God like Gabriel who teach me more and more how to get closer to our Creator, the Lord of Heaven and Earth!
(He also has a great way with words in Maltese so encourage him to start a blog every time you see him! No pressure! #Gabillotstartablog 😛 )