At Calvary, it was after being pierced that the effulgence of grace poured forth from Our Lord (Jn 19:34).
“Hence it is, that the sacred mysteries flow; as often, therefore, as thou approachest the awful cup, approach it as if thou wert going to drink from thy Saviour’s sacred side.” (S. Chrys. hom. lxxxiv. in Joan.)
Likewise, whenever heresy pierces the side of the living Church, there is an even greater outpouring of grace and beauty.
“And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.” (Rom. 5:20)
The thrust of this sermon resonates well with a post I wrote a few months ago, when my Catholic sanity was finally getting “fixed” and coming back into shape.