Such a child has "that within him which actually vibrates, responds, and gives a deep meaning to the lessons of his first teachers about the will and the providence of God." For the child "has in mind the image of an Invisible Being who exercises a particular providence among us, who is present everywhere, who is heart-rending, heart-changing, ever-accessible, open to impetration
But the conclusion that the people offer the sacrifice with the priest himself is not based on the fact that, being members of the Church no less than the priest himself, they perform a visible liturgical rite; for this is the privilege only of the minister who has been divinely appointed for this office; rather it is based on the fact that the people unite their hearts in praise, impetration
, expiation, and thanksgiving with the prayers or intentions of the priest, even of the High Priest himself, so that in the one and same offering of the victim and according to a visible sacerdotal rite, they may be presented to God the Father.(11)
There is not a hint in the Helfta literature that heaven's inhabitants are cocooned by the joy of eternity in serene indifference to the little victories, the trials, the impetrations
of the living, or to their queries, anxieties, and devotions.