Thank You, Lord, for Eucharistic Adoration
From Light and Silence: A Eucharistic Diary, by Bishop Massimo Camisasca
Thank you, Lord, for the Eucharist, the gift, ever new, that surpasses every human desire and every human imagination.
Thank you for your incarnation, which has forever bound human history, the history of our mortal bodies, to the reality of your holy and immortal body.
Thank you for the resurrection of the body, of which the Eucharist is a sure pledge.
Thank you for your death and resurrection, which in the Eucharist takes place at every moment and for everyone.
Thank you for the transfiguration of creation, of which the Eucharist is the miraculous beginning.
Thank you for the communion that is stronger than sin and death, which you have given us in baptism, and that you strengthen each day in the Eucharist.
Thank you for having made us capable of offering all, even our sufferings. The passion of Christ, the now-glorified Lord, enters into the Eucharistic sacrifice through the human passion of the faithful who form the body of Christ.
Thank you that the sacrifice of the Mass in this way becomes the Church’s sacrifice, and that the sacrifice of the cross works in the world through the sacrifice of the Mass.
Good Friday—April 15:
“In the Eucharist, adoration is directed to the Body and Blood of Christ in the mystery of His Real Presence. In the Cross we have a sign of our redemption, of the sacrifice of redemption, of the central act of salvation history. That is why the Christian sign par excellence is the Cross, but the Cross with the corpus (not empty, as the Protestants have it), to underline the human reality of the Incarnation and Passion of the Lord. We adore this sign because it brings us back to the sacrifice of our redemption. That is why, on Good Friday, we genuflect before the crucifix—a gesture also reserved for the act of adoring the Eucharist.” (The Catholic Mass, Bishop Athanasius Schneider)
Holy Saturday—April 16:
“I have come to spend a few moments with You, O Jesus; and in spirit I prostrate myself in the dust before Your Holy Tabernacle to adore You, my Lord and God .... O Jesus, my heart longs for You, the true Bread of Life, which contains all sweetness and relish. O my Jesus, mercifully grant me pardon for the faults and ingratitude of this day and come to me to refresh my poor heart which longs for You .... As the heart pants for the waters, as the parched earth longs for the dew of heaven, Thou Fount of Life. I love You, O Jesus; I hope in You” (St. Conrad of Parzham)
Divine Mercy Sunday—April 24:
When we come to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we encounter the same Jesus Who is Divine Mercy. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II imparted a Special Apostolic Blessing “to all the faithful, who during Adoration of Our Most Merciful Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and for those throughout the world who will be dying in that hour.”
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28
St. Gianna, a Catholic action member, was devoted to the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary, which inspired her to care for the poor, sick and lonely, and form the young in faith. Gianna was a holy wife, mother, and physician with a great love of Jesus, Mary, and children. When Gianna was pregnant with her fourth child she had fibrous tumors in her ovary and her Doctor wanted to terminate her pregnancy. Gianna refused, giving her unborn baby the gift of life. Gianna gave birth to a healthy daughter, and died seven days later. She said, “Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world should see God.”
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28:
In one of his hymns, St. Louis wrote about the relationship between Our Lady and the Holy Eucharist: “It was you, Virgin Mary, /Who gave us this body and blood / Which raises our status so high / that it is beyond the reach of the angels. May you be blessed throughout the world / For giving us such a great gift.”
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Church Doctor, Patroness of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29:
“For the seven year period prior to her death, Saint Catherine of Siena took no food into her body other than the Eucharist. Her fasting did not affect her energy, however. She maintained a very active life during those seven years. As a matter of fact, most of her great accomplishments occurred during that period. Not only did her fasting not cause her to lose energy, but became a source of extraordinary strength, she becoming stronger in the afternoon, after having received our Lord in His Eucharist.” (Bl. Raymond of Capua, Life of St. Catherine of Siena).
Sts. Philip and James the Lesser, Apostles—Feast, May 3:
O Glorious Saint Philip, at the Last Supper you said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and it will be enough for us.” Help us to make this our prayer also and to seek God in all things. Obtain for us the grace to know the Father and Jesus Christ whom he has sent—for in this does eternal life consist. Sts. Philip and James, pray for us to remain faithful and share the gift of our belief in Jesus Eucharistic with others!
Mother’s Day: Honor your Mother, love her, pray for her!—May 8:
“Hail Mary, O Mother of the Most Holy Eucharist, help me to believe completely, help me to love completely, help me to live what I believe.” (From the Chaplet to the Mother of the Most Holy Eucharist)
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—Feast, May 10:
“The Eucharist is the bread that gives strength. . . It is at once the most eloquent proof of His love and the most powerful means of fostering His love in us. He gives Himself every day so that our hearts as burning coals may set afire the hearts of the faithful.” (Saint Damian of Molokai)
St. Paschal Baylon, Patron of Eucharistic Congresses, Spain (1540-1592)—Feast, May 17:
St. Paschal spent many hours in meditation before the Holy Eucharist while tending his sheep as a youth. While traveling through France once, he defended the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament against heretics and managed to slip away from an angry Hugenot mob. Many miracles have occurred through his intercession.
St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest and Patron of Advertisers, Italy (1380- 1444)—Feast, May 20:
“The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world” (St. Bernardine).
The Ascension of the Lord—Solemnity, May 26:
“Christ is risen! In him is my faith, my love; in him I live. He sang us a love song from the moment of his birth to the moment of his death and unto his resurrection. At the moment of his ascension—which comes soon—he will leave us tokens of his love: first, himself in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Blessed Sacrament, and in his priests. For he is so in love with us that though he went to the Father, he remained with us. Only God can do that.” (Season of Mercy, Catherine Doherty, Servant of God)
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy (1515-1595)—Feast, May 26:
“At Holy Communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined” (St. Philip Neri).
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth—Feast, May 31: “Blessed is she who believed” (Lk 1:45): “Enter into an Ignatian contemplative scene and imagine Mary travelling. Her joy, her quick pace, her awareness of Jesus within her, her determination to carry out God’s will despite the possible obstacles—all of these, made up the long trek to Ain Karim. You can accompany Mary, admire her majesty, but also be inspired by her humility and simplicity; during this long journey with Mary, open up your heart and talk to her about what is going on in your life. Why not even tell her what is most heavy on your mind. Mary is the best of listeners! . . . . Remember! The little Jesus is already present in the womb of Mary. Therefore, as you travel, remember that this indeed is a “Eucharistic Procession” (a Corpus Christi procession). Mary always wants to draw us closer to Jesus; her last words at the wedding Feast of Cana were: ‘Do whatever He tells you!’ Great advice! Beg for the grace to have a greater faith, love and devotion towards the Eucharist!” (Fr. Edward Broom, OMV)
Pentecost —June 5:
“The power of the Holy Spirit makes Jesus present in Mary and at the altar. John offered Mass in their home and Mary adored Jesus in the Eucharist daily.” (“A Second Pentecost With Mary,” Rev. August P. Bosio)
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church—June 6: With Mary, let us adore Jesus Eucharistic! The Most Holy Trinity—June 12:
“The Eucharistic gift assumes even more awesome proportions when we reflect that the Son of God present herein is ever united, intimately and indivisibly, with his co-Persons in the Trinity—his Eternal Father and their mutual Spirit of Love; which means that they, too, are mysteriously yet really with him, and consequently with us no less. In effect, then, the total Eucharistic mystery includes the presence of both the Father and the Holy Spirit as an inseparable concomitant. That is, the Blessed Sacrament embraces the Trinitarian mystery within its compass.” (Mary and the Eucharist, Fr. Richard Foley, S.J.)
St. Anthony of Padua—June 13:
“That Body which the Virgin begot, which hung upon the Cross and was placed in the sepulchre, which rose again the third day, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, this Body the Church today and every day presents and distributes to her faithful. When the priest speaks the words: This is My Body, the essence of the bread is changed into the Body of Christ.” (St. Anthony of Padua)
Happy Father’s Day—June 19: Honor your father, love him, and pray for him!
“O Blessed Host, in whom is contained the fire of purest love which blazes forth from the bosom of the Eternal Father, as from an abyss of infinite mercy for us, and especially for poor sinners.” (St. Faustina, Diary, 356)
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Solemnity, June 24) and Immaculate Heart of Mary (Feast, June 25):
Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with your heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His kingdom.
Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race.
Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as you wish, to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, rule over me, and teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me, as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, protect us!
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