The Catholic Church has been likened to a Ship many times. And in St. Don Bosco's dream he saw the ship with the Pope at the helm leading the way through danger and perils on every side. He was leading many other boats that were following the Ship to safety.
Many times we find ourselves confused and fighting off perils from every angle. It gets overwhelming very quickly. Fear and distress increase. But when a ship cannot find direction in fog, it looks for the beacon of light from the lighthouse. This beacon is what keeps the Catholic Church progressing without being overcome by danger. This beacon is Jesus Christ in the Sacraments of the Church. Not only are these life giving Sacraments for the Church at large, but for each little one of us. For the rich and the poor, for leaders and servants, for children and parents. No one is kept back from being able to receive the Living God in the Sacraments, we keep ourselves back.
So next time you find yourself overwhelmed with worry or fear, make time to spend much time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, seek out confession to clear your heart and soul, and give yourself and your concerns over to God. He will lead you and show you the path of light.
On this Holy Thursday, let us thank God for the riches of the Church...for we have the Living God available to us to meet in His Sacraments so He may live in us! Praise God for our priests, bishops and Pope...and for all his little ones!