April/May/June 2016 Newsletter No. 120
“Now the heavenly powers join invisibly with us in adoration. Behold, it is the King of Glory Who is coming in procession. Behold, that which is carried is the mystical sacrifice already completed. In faith and in awe do we approach to participate in life eternal.” (Byzantine hymn, sung between consecration and communion)
My loving Savior!Ah, what depth of love
Hath made Thee leave Thy heavenly throne above
And come to visit me, to be my Food,
To make my sinful body Thy abode;
To shield me from the world, to make me pure,
To give me strength, with patience to endure.
Ah, let me with a burning soul draw near,
And fondly, with St. John, without a fear,
Lean my poor head upon Thy loving breast,
And in Thy sacred arms serenely rest.
Depart, each earthly care, each worldly smile;
Leave me alone with Jesus for a while.
Sweet Jesus! By this Sacrament of Love
All gross affections from my heart remove;
Let but Thy lovingkindness linger there,
Preserved by grace and perfected by prayer;
And let me to my neighbor strive to be
As mild and gentle as Thou art to me.
Take Thou the guidance of my whole career,
That to displease Thee be my only fear;
Give me that peace the world can never give,
And in Thy loving Presence let me live.
Ah! Show me always, Lord, Thy holy will
And to each troubled thought say, “Peace, be still!”
(“My Loving Savior! Ah, What Depth of Love!,” R. Trainer)
“In this silence of the white host, carried in the monstrance, are all His words; there is His whole life given in offering to the Father for each of us; there is also the glory of the glorified body, which started with the resurrection, and still continues in heavenly union.” (St. John Paul II, Angelus Address, June 17, 1979)
Eucharistic Miracle: Avignon, France—1433
The Sorgue river in Avignon, France was heavily flooded in November of 1433. The waters rose steadily and reached a dangerous height. Along the teeming Sorgue, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed perpetually in a little church. The Gray Penitents of the Franciscan order were certain that the little church and had been destroyed by the raging waters. Fearing that the Blessed Sacrament would be destroyed as well, two friars rowed to the Church. To their astonishment, although water around the church was 4 feet high, a pathway from the entrance to the altar was perfectly dry! Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, our sovereign King, was unscathed! The pathway from the entrance to the altar called to mind the parting of the Red Sea in Moses' time, for all along the sides of the Church, water steadily rose. Despite the surrounding flood, the pathway remained completely dry, untouched by even a drop of water. Amazed by what they were seeing, the Friars had others from their order come to the Church to verify the miracle. On that day our Eucharistic Lord was victorious over the raging water.
Feast of Divine Mercy—April 3: Go to Mass, Adoration, Confession, & Pray the Chaplet!
I adore You, Lord and Creator,
hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of
Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord.
You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your
beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You,
incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and
concealed your beauty, my eyes, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul
recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed
in prayer of adoration.
My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of grace flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen. (St. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
Annunciation of the Lord—April 4 (moved for this year because of Good Friday):
“At the Annunciation Mary received Jesus first in her heart and then in her womb, and then with Jesus she went in haste to give him to her cousin Elizabeth and others” (Fr Sebastian Vazhakala, M.C.). “The Annunciation was Our Lady’s first Holy Communion day’” (Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
St. Vincent Ferrer, Dominican Priest, Missionary, and Miracle Worker, Spain (1350-1419)—April 5:
“O holy Priest and Preacher, whose only comfort in this world was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle, was it not your great joy to distribute the Eucharist to the people who visited you? You refused Communion to the souls who refused to reform but to souls of goodwill you opened wide the doors of the Eucharistic Feast. You, who each day at Holy Mass received Holy Communion with great love, give me some of your fervor.” (From the novena to St. Vincent Ferrer) St. Vincent was an ardent promoter of frequent communion and devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Patron of Educators, France (1651-1719) —April 7:
World Day of Prayer for Vocations—April 17
“Almighty and Eternal God, your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before he died, offered the Church the gift of the Eucharist: the Sacrament of His Body and Blood. May we celebrate this sacred Mystery worthily and adore it profoundly. Help us to imitate Jesus your Son by offering the gift of our lives in loving service to your Church. Inspire many people to prophetically live a Eucharistic life as priests, brothers, and sisters. This we pray through the same Christ our Lord.” (Eucharistic Novena for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life)
St. Mark, Evangelist, Archbishop of Alexandria, Patron of Notaries, Libya (d. circa 68)—April 25:
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins” (Mk 14:22-24).
St. Louis Mary de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28
“In the Blessed Sacrament God loves us so tenderly, He empties Himself completely. O, who could believe it? Withholding nothing, He gives his all. He gives his flesh for us to eat He gives his blood for us to drink. He gives his soul, his infinite being To transform us into Himself. Praised be the Blessed Sacrament!” (St. Louis de Montfort, Hymn No. 30, 3rd Stanza).
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28
“When Jesus, in Holy Communion, shows us His wounded heart, how can we tell Him we love Him if we make no sacrifices to be united to His and offered to Him in order to save souls?” (St. Gianna)
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Church Doctor, Ptn. of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29
“O You who are mad about Your creature! true God and true Man, You have left Yourself wholly to us, as food, so that we will not fall through weariness during our pilgrimage in this life, but will be fortified by You, celestial nourishment.” “O unfathomable depth! O Deity eternal! O deep ocean! What more could You give me than to give me Yourself?” (St. Catherine)
The Ascension of the Lord—May 8
“It is related in the life of St. Gertrude, that one day, on the festival of the Ascension, when she received the Sacred Host from the hand of the priest, she heard Jesus say to her, ‘Behold Me: I come, not to bid thee farewell, but to take thee with Me to heaven, and present thee to My Father’” (Marmion, citing St. Gertrude: The Herald of Divine Love).
“The Eucharist is the sacrament of hope, for Jesus assured us before he ascended into Heaven that He would come back to us: ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I will come back to you.’ The way He chose to come back and to dwell with us always is through this most Holy Eucharist, the fulfillment of His promise: ‘Know that I am with you ALWAYS even to the end of the world.’” (From Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament, available through us)
Pentecost— May 15
“By the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the Church was born and set out upon the pathways of the world, yet a decisive moment in her taking shape was certainly the institution of the Eucharist in the Upper Room. Her foundation and wellspring is the whole Triduum paschale, but this is as it were gathered up, foreshadowed and ‘concentrated’ forever in the gift of the Eucharist. In this gift Jesus Christ entrusted to his Church the perennial making present of the paschal mystery” (St. John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 5).
Trinity Sunday—May 22
Heavenly Father, increase our faith in the Real Presence of Your Son, Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We are obliged to adore Him, to give Him thanks and to make reparation for sins. We need Your peace in our hearts and among nations. We need conversion from our sins and the mercy of Your forgiveness. May we obtain this through prayer and our union with the Eucharistic Lord. Please send down the Holy Spirit upon all peoples to give them the love, courage, strength and willingness to respond to the invitation to Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. We beseech You to spread perpetual exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in parishes around the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen. (D-11 prayer card, available through us.)
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy(1515-1595)—May 26
“Our sweet Jesus, through the excess of His love and liberality, has left Himself to us in the Most Holy Sacrament.” “Let all go to the Eucharistic Table with a great desire for that Sacred Food.” (St. Philip Neri maxims)
Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—May 29: Adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!
The Church believes and proclaims that Jesus, Our Risen Lord, remains with us in the most Holy Eucharist. “Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1413) Eucharistic Adoration is worship of Jesus “as God, as the Creator and Saviour, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love” (CCC, 2096-2097). Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed “In Christ, whom we adore present in the mystery of the Eucharist, the father uttered his final word with regard to humanity and human history. How could the Church fulfill her vocation without cultivating a constant relationship with the Eucharist, without nourishing herself with this food which sanctifies, without founding her missionary activity on this indispensable support? To evangelize the world there is need of apostles who are ‘experts’ in the celebration, adoration and contemplation of the Eucharist . . . . The Eucharist is the comfort and the pledge of final triumph for those who fight evil and sin; it is the ‘bread of life’ which sustains those who, in turn, become ‘bread broken’ for others, paying at times even with martyrdom their fidelity to the Gospel. At the end of every Mass … all should feel they are sent as ‘missionaries of the Eucharist’ to carry to every environment the great gift received.” (Message for World Mission Day, 2004)
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus——June 3
“O living Host, my one and only strength, fountain of love and mercy, embrace the whole world,
fortify faint souls. Oh, blessed be the instant and the moment when Jesus left us His most merciful Heart!”
(St. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy in My Soul, 223).
O DIVINE JESUS
O Divine Jesus, lonely tonight in so many tabernacles, without visitor or worshipper, I offer You my poor but loving heart. May its every beat be a prayer of love for You.
You are ever watching under the sacramental veils; in Your love You never sleep and are never weary of Your vigil for sinners. O good Jesus, I love You; I am truly sorry for ever having offended You.
O lonely Jesus, may my heart be as a lamp, the light of which shall burn for You alone. Bless me, O Jesus, come spiritually into my soul and fill my heart with love for You. Make me completely Yours. Take this sinful heart of mine and guide it through this vale of tears.
Heart of Jesus, hear me.
When I draw my parting breath, when my eyes shall close in death; then sweet Jesus be near to me. Heart of Jesus, hear me.
Watch Sacramental Sentinel, watch for the weary world; for the erring soul and for your poor lonely child.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I place all my trust in You.
May the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised and adored forever.
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.
Praise and adoration ever more be given to the Most Blessed Sacrament.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine! All praise and thanksgiving be every moment thine!
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—June 4
“O Mary, inflame in our hearts the sacred fire, which inflamed the hearts of the saints, so that it might consume in us all that is opposed to the reign of Jesus our Eucharistic Lord.”(Mother Marie de Saint Claire)
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Patron of the
Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
There was a man named Bononillo who did not believe that the Eucharist is Jesus. He mocked of people who believed that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
One day, St. Anthony challenged the man, saying, "If the mule you often ride were to adore the true Body of Christ under the appearance of bread, would you believe in the truth of the Lord's Sacrament?" Bononillo said "Yes." So, they made a bet. In a few days they would place both the Blessed Sacrament and a pile of hay in front of the mule, to see what he would do.
Bononillo told everyone about the event. Because he wanted to make sure to prove that he was right and St. Anthony was wrong, he didn't give the donkey any food for two days before the test. Of course, he thought, the mule will be so hungry that he will not even look at the Eucharist, but run straight to his food.
On the day of the test Bononillo led the donkey toward where St. Anthony was standing with the Blessed Sacrament, in front of a great crowd. When they were a few steps away from the Holy Eucharist, Bononillo placed a bag of hay under the mule's nose, but the mule turned his head. The mule walked over to St. Anthony, and when he was close, bent his front legs as if to kneel in Adoration! Even Bononillo saw that the Sacred Host is really Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—and believed in Him.
St. Anthony loved Jesus in the Holy Eucharist very much, so he told everyone he met about His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. (From the book Stories of the Eucharist, available through us).