April/May/June 2018 Newsletter No. 128
“Exalt the LORD our God; worship and bow down at his footstool; He is holy!” (Ps 99:5)
“Our Christian communities must become genuine ‘schools’ of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly ‘falls in love’” (St. Pope John Paul II).
“I see the angelic choirs giving You honor without cease, and all the heavenly Powers praising You without cease, and without cease they are saying: Holy, Holy, Holy. . . . I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. . . . Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You” (St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul).
Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted
the Holy Eucharist nineteen hundred years ago; and I hold that, on that
memorable occasion, the thought of you, dear Eucharistic souls, brought
sweet consolation to His most Sacred Heart. This is what we should do
during our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Whether it is in the
daytime or at night, the hour of adoration should reproduce the beautiful
scene of the Cenacle: John reclining at Jesus’ bosom.
The Eucharistic soul has two places of honor, then: at the foot of the cross and on the bosom of Jesus. One demands the other; both complement each other. They must remain loyal to Jesus, loyal to their vocation, loyal to their special mission, so that the divine Victim, looking down from the Sacred Host in the monstrance, as He looked down from the cross, might always see, at His feet, His chosen souls, of whom it may be said as it was of John “They were standing by the cross.”
Souls dedicated to perpetual adoration, who during the hours spent before the Sacred Host would like to imitate at least from afar the fervor of those who adore in heaven, be neither surprised nor scandalized by those weaknesses: fatigue, drowsiness, dryness of spirit, and that “I can’t” feeling. If you are tempted to see in it all a sign of deficient love, you are mistaken. Much to the contrary, your displeasure at them and your battle against them
are proofs of love, because they are acts of sacrifice; and suffering is the proof and nourishment of love.
Christ’s heart is deeply touched by the sight of you adoring Him, not in joy as He is adored in heaven, but in pain, as only on earth He can be adored. And you, in your turn, must feel deeply consoled by the thought that you
adore Him at the price of your health, strength, and life. (The Holy Eucharist, Jose Guadalupe Trevino)
When we come to the Eucharist, we come to the Resurrection, for this is where our Risen Savior dwells! When we come before Our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration He showers us with an outpouring of His healing love, mercy and grace. We must run to Him and bring our loved ones and everyone with us. Each and every Holy Hour of Adoration we make will shorten the time until He will bring about a new day, the resurrection of His people, His church, and His world! He is “the Lamb on the throne” who shepherds us, He is the source of "life-giving water" who "will wipe every tear" from our eyes (Rev 7:17). Through our Eucharistic Adoration we witness to His resurrection and tell the world: “He is risen ... He is here!” (Lk 24:34). “My strength and my courage is the Lord and He has been my Savior!” (Is 12:2).
Eucharistic Miracle: Faverney, Burgundy, France--Pentecost Sunday 1608 (Notre Dame de la Blanche)
It was a glorious feast of the town, and Dom Garnier had erected an especially magnificent repository for the Blessed Sacrament. At 3:00 a.m. of the feast, Dom Garnier returned to the Church and saw a glow around the chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament was exposed. Fearing the Church was on fire, he ran to the nearby Benedictine monastery for help. Accompanied by several monks, they returned to the Church and opened the door to witness a miracle. The Monstrance was suspended in mid-air! The stone, which was previously underneath the Monstrance, lay in three fragments on the floor, surrounded by the broken remains of the altar and candles. The Monks, who had fallen away in belief and practice, fell to their knees in adoration of the Sacred Host, Who they recognized as their Lord and Savior. This miracle inspired many conversions of those who had fallen away from Jesus and was declared valid by the Bishop within a few months.
The Resurrection of the Lord—April 1: Praise You Eucharistic Jesus, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
“‘Salvation is from our God...on the throne, and from the Lamb!’ This is the same Jesus Whom ‘everyone in the crowd was trying to touch...because power came out from Him that cured them all.’ ...From the Lamb flows a river of grace which heals every nation.
“Each time we look upon Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, He raises us up into deeper union with Himself, opens up the floodgates of His merciful love to the whole world, and brings us closer to the day of His final victory ‘where every knee will bend and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord.’ ‘The reign of God is already in your midst.’ The coming of Jesus to us in the Eucharist is assurance of His promise of final victory: ‘BEHOLD, I COME TO MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.’” (Rosary Meditations from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Loving Jesus With the Heart of Mary)
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest, Brothers of the Christian Schools Founder, France (1651-1719) —April 7
In meditating on the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, St. John said to reflect: “God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbour.” St. John is the patron saint of teachers and brought about educational reform. St. John, intercede for teachers and students, that they may be guided by Jesus Eucharistic! Please intercede for their wisdom and protection in these difficult times.
Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday—April 8: Go to Confession, Adoration, & pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!
“In an epoch marked by hatred, selfishness, the desire for false happiness, by the decadence of customs, the absence of father and mother figures, instability in numerous young families and by widespread frailty and hardship to which many young people fall prey, we look to you, Jesus in the Eucharist, with renewed hope. In spite of our sins we trust in your divine Mercy. We repeat to you, together with the disciples of Emmaus, ‘Mane nobiscum Domine!,’ ‘Stay with us, Lord!’ In the Eucharist you restore to the Father all that comes from him and thus bring about a profound mystery of the justice due to the Creator on behalf of the creature. The heavenly Father has created us in his image and likeness; from him we received the gift of life, whose preciousness from conception until death we become particularly aware of when it is threatened and manipulated . . . . ‘Adoro Te devote, latens Deitas!’ We adore you, Jesus in the Eucharist! We worship your Body and your Blood, given for us so that our sins might be forgiven: O Sacrament of the new and eternal Covenant! (St. Pope John Paul II, March 15, 2005).
Annunciation of the Lord—April 9
“‘How can this be?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come down upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you’ (Lk. 1:34-35). The angel explained to Mary how she was to become the mother of God. The power of God was manifested at the annunciation and Jesus came into this world (as a tiny embryo) inside the womb of His virgin mother. Likewise a tiny piece of bread, The Host, becomes the body of Jesus—by the power of the Holy Spirit—every time the Priest prays the words of consecration at every Catholic Mass. (Excerpt from the book “Adoration for Children,” available through us)
Bernadette, Lourdes Visionary and Nun, France (1844-1879)—April 16
“Take advantage of Our Lord’s presence to ask Him for all kinds of graces.” (St. Bernadette)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28
St. Gianna was a physician, wife, mother, and martyr, from a large family with devout parents. From age 5, when she was allowed to receive her First Communion, Gianna attended daily Mass. At 12, she became involved in Catholic Action, which was centered on Eucharistic devotion. Receiving and adoring the Blessed Sacrament, St. Gianna was energized to care for the poor, sick, and lonely and help in the evangelization of the young, to whom she spoke of purity. Gianna was a holy physician with a great love of Jesus, Mary, and children. When Gianna was pregnant with her 4th child, she had fibrous tumors in her ovary and her Doctor wanted to have an abortion. Gianna refused, giving her unborn baby life. Gianna gave birth to a healthy daughter, and died soon after.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28
“Faithful child of the Blessed Sacrament, what profit, what wealth, what pleasure is yours kneeling at the feet of the generous and inestimable Lord of lords. Be brave, take courage, enrich yourself and rejoice as you burn yourself out each day like a lamp. The more you give of yourself, the more God will give of Himself to you!” (From a letter to his sister, Louise, a Benedictine of the Blessed Sacrament)
St. Peter Chanel, Priest, Martyr, & Missionary, France (1803-1841)—April 28
St. Peter drew strength from the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady to help transform a neglected post-Revolution country parish into one of fervent faith. When the Marist order formed, he joined and was eventually sent to minister to the people of Oceania. St. Peter administered the Sacraments, and helped attract many conversions as well as future missionaries. He was martyred by enemies of the faith.
Pius V, Pope (d. 1572), Italy—April 30
When forces sought to destroy Christianity in Europe, in the Battle of Lepanto, Pope Pius V instructed all Churches to hold Forty Hours Devotions (Adoration) and pray the Rosary. They were victorious, and the Catholic faith was saved and preserved by prayer before our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and Our Blessed Lady’s intercession!
St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
St. Joseph, who by the sweat of your brow obtained the living Bread for your children, pray for us (St. Peter Julian)
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—May 10
A member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which is centered on the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Damien brought the love of Jesus in the Sacred Host to the forgotten suffering lepers in Molokai, Hawaii, where he began Perpetual Adoration and spent his life for the lepers.
Mother’s Day—May 13
When May 13 does not fall on a Sunday, we celebrate the feasts of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Fatima. Though Jesus gave everything possible for us and to us He gave us an added comforter and consoler, His own Mother Mary, to be our Mother! While on earth Our Blessed Mother spent most of her days and nights in adoration of her Son in the Eucharist, interceding for the Church. Our heavenly Mother is our advocate, constantly praying for us. When we adore her Son she is there praying with us. “You are the Mother of the Eucharist because you are the mother of grace. You, more than all others after your Son, were aware of this sacrament hidden from the ages.” (John Gerson)
“O Virgin Immaculate, while the Apostles went to preach the Gospel, thou didst remain close to the tabernacle, supplicating for them the goodness of the Savior, and thy prayer obtained for them the grace to convert the world! Teach us to pray, above all, to pray near the tabernacle, where Jesus wills to abide continually in order to hear our petitions. Teach us to pray for the extension of the Eucharistic Kingdom, for the salvation of the whole world, for the exaltation of the Holy Church, and most especially for the sanctification of the clergy and the conversion of sinners.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
An Act of Oblation to the Holy Spirit: ON MY KNEES
before the great cloud of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself body and soul to
Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring
keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and
light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and have my being. I desire never to
grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept
from the smallest sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and
grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy light, and follow
Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee, and I ask
Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced
feet of Jesus, looking at His five Wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood and
adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, adorable Spirit,
Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against
Thee with the sin which Thou wilt not forgive. Grant to me the grace, O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Father and of the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak,
Lord, for Thy servant hears.” Amen. (After a prayer by Cardinal Newman)
Trinity Sunday—May 27
“Not only is the entire history of salvation present in the Eucharist, but also the Trinity which is its author. The Father so loved the world that he gave his Only-begotten Son to save it; the Son so loved men as to give up his life for them; Father and Son willed to unite men so intimately to themselves that they infused the Holy Spirit in them, so that their own life would dwell in their hearts” (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa).
St. Rita of
Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Ptn. of Impossible Cases, Italy(1381-1457)—May 22
After the tragic death of her husband and sons, Rita became an Augustinian nun and had a deep devotion to the passion of Christ and the Holy Eucharist. She spent many hours in Eucharistic Adoration daily and sometimes lived on Holy Communion alone. She was a stigmatist who suffered a wound of Christ on her forehead.
The Visitation—May 31
“Our best life, all our spiritual life, is nothing but a succession of Visitations, Visitations from Mary bringing Jesus with her. But nowhere is the similitude so faithful as it is in the Blessed Sacrament. How often when we come near to the tabernacle, a secret fire comes forth, and our hearts burn within us without apparent cause. Cares fall off, tears are dried, doubts melt away, temptations are paralyzed, anxieties are allayed, our soul is bathed in quiet sudden jubilee. Joy, exultation, praise, delight, and the sense of forgiveness, the spirit of worship, these are exactly the fruits produced within us, as they were produced in [John] the Baptist’s soul” (Fr. Faber).
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus—June 8
“Behold this Heart which so much loved men, that it spared nothing, even to exhausting Itself, in order to give them testimony of Its love.” (words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque when He appeared to her before the Blessed Sacrament). As Jesus spoke, flames burst from His Heart symbolizing His burning love for us and His great desire that we love Him. Jesus promised to extend great love and mercy to those who adore and honor Him in the Holy Eucharist!
On adoring the Blessed Sacrament, Pope John Paul II writes, “It is invaluable to converse with Christ and, leaning against Jesus breast like his beloved disciple, we can feel the infinite love of his Heart. We learn to know more deeply the One who gave himself totally, in the different mysteries of his divine and human life, so that we may become disciples and in turn enter into this great act of giving, for the glory of God and the salvation of the world.” (1996 Corpus Christi letter) Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us!
Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—June 9
“No invocation responds better to the immense desire of my Eucharistic Heart to reign in souls than: Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, may your kingdom come through the Immaculate Heart of Mary” (Words of Jesus to Bl. Dina Belanger). “Our Lady of the Eucharistic Heart, I beg you to give Jesus to souls!” (Bl. Dina Belanger).
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Patron of the
Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
“Delight of the Blessed Virgin, Pray for us. Most chaste youth, Pray for us …Desirous of the salvation of souls, Pray for us. Perpetual adorer of the Holy Eucharist, Pray for us” (Litany).
Sts. John Fisher (1469-1535) & Thomas More, England
(1478-1535), Martyrs—June 22
Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More gave their lives in witness to Christ and the Catholic Church. They shared a deep devotion to the Holy Eucharist, at Mass and Adoration, defended marriage and the truth in their words and example.
Sts. Peter and Paul—June 29
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen explains, “When I stand up to talk, people listen to me; they will follow what I have to say. Is it any power of mine? Of course not. St. Paul says, ‘What have you that you have not received and you who have received, why do you glory as if you had not?’ But the secret of my power is that I have never in fifty-five years missed spending an hour in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. That’s where the power comes from. That’s where sermons are born. That’s where every good thought is conceived.”