The other day I was celebrating Mass in the school chapel. There were very few people in the congregation and I had time for silence, more time to slow down in the midst of the Mass.

As I did, time began to slow down. Everything seemed suspended for a moment. Was it a moment or was it an eternity? The crucifix before seemed luminous. Then as I gazed at the bread and the chalice they seemed to be one with the crucifix and they all took on a different dimension. It was like they opened up. A window or a door opened onto light. This makes it sound like what I experienced was somehow ethereal or ‘spiritual.’ It was the opposite. Everything was far more concrete, far more solid and shared in a greater dimensionality than I can express, and the words came into my mind, “This is Reality.”