Friday, November 28, 2014

Surprise! Fisherman makes a Miracle Catch in the Water....Share!



Catholic Review A new adoration chapel in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, dedicated to be used in a special way to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, holds a monstrance that was fished from the Loch Raven Reservoir. (Special to the Review | Catholic Review)
Monstrance fished from reservoir centerpiece of new adoration chapel
By George P. Matysek Jr. gmatysek@CatholicReview.org Twitter: @ReviewMatysek
A man fishing at the Loch Raven Reservoir in north Baltimore County some two decades ago was convinced he had snagged a big fish after his line hooked something substantial. After reeling in his haul, the angler had no fish. He had, however, caught something even more remarkable: a large Gothic monstrance used by Catholics to hold the Eucharist for worship.Unsure what the ornate object was, but thinking it looked “churchy,” the man took the monstrance to a local Catholic church. A priest examined the vessel, suggesting that the man take the beautiful brass finding to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, where it subsequently remained in storage for years.During a joyous Nov. 23 Mass that attracted hundreds of people to the historic basilica, Archbishop William E. Lori placed the consecrated host inside the restored monstrance fished from the water and carried it in a solemn procession to the church’s undercroft.There, he placed the monstrance atop a gleaming altar inside a new adoration chapel that he dedicated to be used in a special way to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. "Using a monstrance fished out of a lake, we will ask the Lord to send us new ‘fishers of men,’ ” Archbishop Lori said in his homily prior to dedicating the new chapel, “both here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in the whole church.”How the monstrance found its way into the reservoir is a mystery, Archbishop Lori said, “but how it found its way here to the basilica is a remarkable sign of God’s providence.”
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