Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament

Newsletter No. 72


November 2003 

"You say I am a King. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice" (Jn 18:37).

"How great is the value of converse with Christ [in the Blessed Sacrament], for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness" (Mysterium Fidei, Pope Paul VI). When we spend time visiting and adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, He speaks to our hearts with words of love, guidance, wisdom, and truth! Come worship the Lord, Jesus Christ the Eucharistic King!

"In celebrating the sacrifice of the Lamb, we are united to the heavenly 'liturgy' and become part of that great multitude which cries out: 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!' (Rev 7:10). The Eucharist is truly a glimpse of heaven appearing on earth. It is a glorious ray of the heavenly Jerusalem which pierces the clouds of our history and lights up our journey." "In the Eucharist 'unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union.' Precisely for this reason it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II, 19 and 34).

"Union with Christ, to which the sacrament itself is directed, is not to be limited to the duration of the celebration of the Eucharist; it is to be prolonged into the entire Christian life, in such a way that the Christian faithful, contemplating unceasingly the gift they have received, may make their life a continual thanksgiving under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and may produce fruits of greater charity" (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium).

"The visit to the Blessed Sacrament . . . is a great treasure of the Catholic faith. It nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication. . . . Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament [is] . . . in full accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council" (Pope John Paul II, Phoenix Park, Ireland, 1979).

"This practice [of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament], repeatedly praised and recommended by the Magisterium, is supported by the example of many saints. Particularly outstanding in this regard was Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who wrote: 'Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.' The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace. A Christian community desirous of contemplating the face of Christ . . . cannot fail also to develop this aspect of Eucharistic worship, which prolongs and increases the fruits of our communion in the body and blood of the Lord." "Like the woman who anointed Jesus in Bethany, the Church has feared no 'extravagance,' devoting the best of her resources to expressing her wonder and adoration before the unsurpassable gift of the Eucharist" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II, 25 and 48).

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All Praise and All Thanksgiving be every moment Thine! Proclaim Jesus Christ the Lord, as Eucharistic King. Start Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in your parish and community today!

All Saints Day, November 1: "The devotion to the Eucharist, together with the devotion to the Blessed Mother, is the devotion of Paradise, because it is the devotion which the Angels and Saints of Heaven also have" (Jesus, Our Eucharistic Love, Fr. Stephano Manelli, O. F. M.).

All Souls Day, November 2: "And since so few people now hear the words, 'Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened,' let each of us, when he approaches the Holy Table, look upon himself as the delegate of all those he loves or has loved, living or dead. When God makes His way into our souls, He does not find us alone. All those from whom we proceed and who have gone to sleep before us may receive, in Purgatory, some benefit of grace pervading us, their living children, when we pray for them. And all our friends who are kept away from the Source of grace by sin, indifference, ignorance, and incredulity--those who have helped us and those we have harmed--are present in our thoughts in this ineffable instant" (Francois Mauriac).

Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Nun (1880-1906) France, November 8: Bl. Elizabeth wrote, "When Our Lord was on earth, the Gospel says 'a secret power went out from Him,' at His touch the sick recovered their health, the dead were restored to life. Well, He is still living! living in the tabernacle in His adorable Sacrament." "When you are close to the tabernacle in which love incarnate dwells, there is no distance."

St. Martin of Tours, Bishop, Patron of Soldiers (316-397) Italy, November 11: As a soldier and catechumen, Martin was very charitable to beggars. Shortly after his departure from the military, Martin became a Priest because of his great love for Jesus in the Eucharist. Filled with great zeal for Jesus, Martin became a great educator and preacher!

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Religious Missionary, (1769-1852) France, Nov. 18: "Although they could not communicate with her verbally, the Indians loved Mother Philippine. They named her 'The Woman Who Prays Always,' for she spent much of her time praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament for the success of their mission" (Modern Saints: Their Lives and Faces, Book I, Ann Ball).

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21: As a child, Mary was presented to the Lord in the temple by her parents, Anne and Joachim. Mary gave herself completely to do the Father's will. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the womb of the Virgin Mary became the first tabernacle of adoration for Christ the King!

St. Andrew the Apostle, Advent Novena, Feast day, November 30: Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. Advent Prayer: O Jesus, little child, come into my heart on Christmas morn, to wash away my sins and remain there in eternally. O Mary, Mother of my Savior, prepare for Jesus a cradle in my heart. Amen. O Come Let Us Adore Him in The Eucharist!

Help spread Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of Jesus Christ Our Eucharistic King! Please be generous with your prayers and your tax deductible donations, we need your help!

Contact us for information, to schedule a Missionary, or obtain Adoration materials: M.B.S., P.O. Box 1701, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-8193 www.ACFP2000.com

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