April/May/June 2017 Newsletter No. 124
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (Jn 6:35)
“This is the Easter sacrament because the Eucharist makes present all the Paschal Mysteries of Christ,
and is the completion of the Paschal Mysteries of His life, death, and resurrection.
The Eucharist is Our Risen Lord, where all the power of His resurrection flows out
to all who come into His Eucharistic Presence, increasing within us His very image and likeness.
A true Christian is one who believes that Jesus is alive today in the Blessed Sacrament—
living, dwelling, loving and calling us to Himself. (Loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary, available through us)
Morning Salutation and Offering to the Blessed Sacrament
O sweetest Jesus, Divine Friend, Thou hast been watching and waiting patiently and lovingly in Thy lonely tabernacle all through the night for this moment, which finds me once more at Thy Blessed Feet, that I may be consoled and strengthened by Thy presence. I have come, dear Lord, to adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, with a heart full of thanks to Thee for abiding with us ‘all days’. I thank Thee, in particular, for having protected and preserved me during the past night, and for having given me another day to labour for Thy greater honour and glory, for the good of my neighbour, and for my own sanctification and salvation. In reparation for all the sufferings Thy Sacred Heart endures in the Blessed Sacrament, I offer Thee the adoration and praise of all the just on earth, of all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, and especially of Thy Blessed Mother. I offer Thee my heart, my soul, my body, and all that I have. My whole being shall be consecrated to Thy service. Deign to make me obedient, modest, humble, patient, kind, and magnanimous in my conduct toward others; draw me to Thee in ever closer union with Thy loving, Sacred Heart; make me resigned to Thy Holy Will, and grant that I may be found worthy one day of that reward which Thou hast promised to those who love and serve Thee faithfully on earth. Give me Thy grace, that I may become a Saint. O stay with me, dearest Jesus, my good Lord and Master, till the evening of my life. Pardon me all my sins; I am very sorry that I have offended Thee, because Thou art infinitely good; I love Thee truly with my whole heart; let me not be separated from Thee, and when death comes, say to me: ‘Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord’. Amen. (The Blessed Sacrament Book, Fr. Lasance)
“O come and let us worship Christ, of all the nations Lord,
Who doth to them that feed on Him, The Bread of Life afford.”
(Corpus Christi invitatory)
Trust Him when
dark doubts assail you;
Him, then, through doubts and sunshine;
Trust Him when your strength is small; All your cares upon Him cast,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him Till the storm of life is over
Seems the hardest thing of all. And your trusting days are past. (Author unknown)
Trust Him, He is ever faithful;
“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
Trust Him for His will is best; from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us,
Trust Him, for the Heart of Jesus I trust in You” (Diary, 186).
Is the only place of rest
Holy Thursday—April 13:
“I want to tell them of the poignant sorrows which filled My Heart at the Last Supper. If it was bliss for Me to think of all those to whom I should be both Companion and Heavenly Food, of all who would surround Me to the end of time with adoration, reparation, and love . . . this in no way diminished My grief at the many who would leave Me deserted in My tabernacle and who would not even believe in My Real Presence . . . . It is love for souls that keeps Me a Prisoner in the Blessed Sacrament. I stay there that all may come and find the comfort they need in the tenderest of Hearts, the best of Fathers, the most faithful of Friends, who will never abandon them. The Holy Eucharist is the invention of Love . . . Yet how few souls correspond to that love which spends and consumes itself for them! I live in the midst of sinners that I may be their life, their physician, and the remedy of the diseases bred by corrupt nature. And in return they forsake, insult and despise Me! . . . Poor pitiable sinners, do not turn away from Me. . . . Day and night I am on the watch for you in the tabernacle. I will not reproach you . . . I will not cast your sins in your face. . . . But I will wash them in My blood and in My wounds. No need to be afraid . . . come to Me. . . . If you but knew how dearly I love you. And you, dear souls, why this coldness and indifference on your part? . . . Do I not know that family cares . . . household concerns . . . and the requirements of your position in life . . . make continual calls upon you? . . . But cannot you spare a few minutes in which to come and prove your affection and your gratitude? Do not allow yourselves to be involved in useless and incessant cares, but spare a few moments to visit and receive this Prisoner of love!” (Words of Jesus to St. Josefa Menendez, The Way of Divine Love)
Good Friday—April 14
“As Jesus is stripped of his clothes at Golgotha (cf. Mk 15:24, etc.), our thoughts turn once more to his Mother. They go back in time to the first days of this body which now, even before the crucifixion, is covered with wounds (cf. Is 52:14). The mystery of the Incarnation: the Son of God takes his body from the Virgin's womb (cf. Mt 1:23; Lk 1:26-38) . . . . At this Station we must think of the Mother of Christ, because in her womb, in her eyes and in her arms the body of the Son of God was most fully adored.” (St. Pope John Paul II, Good Friday 2003)
Holy Saturday—April 15
“During his passion Jesus was bound; He lost His liberty. In the Eucharist He is the one who binds Himself. He has chained Himself with the unconditional and perpetual chains of His promises....In the Eucharist...He has no movement, no action of His own, although He retains within Himself the fullness of the risen life.”
(St. Katharine Drexel)
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord—April 16:
Praise You Eucharistic Jesus, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday—April 23: Go to Confession, Adoration, & pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!
Jesus told St. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament: “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. … Let no soul fear to draw near to Me. … It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Divine Mercy in My Soul, 699) “Adore in the Most Blessed Sacrament My Heart, which is full of mercy.” (Diary, 145)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor (1922-1962), Italy—April 28
St. Gianna offered her life so that her baby could live. “The great challenge for us today is to live our faith like Saint Gianna, seeking to influence those around in ways both subtle and strong. We can do this only by a sustained prayer life, our constant recourse to the Sacrament of Penance, our intense hunger to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, our burning desire to remain close to Jesus through Eucharistic Adoration, and by our daily devotion to Mary, Mother of the Church and Help of Christians, particularly through praying the Rosary.” (Cardinal Justin Rigali, April 25, 2007)
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Missionary (1673-1716), France—April 29
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)
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor and Patron of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29
St. Catherine of Siena was invited to drink the Precious Blood of Jesus, which flowed from His side. After drinking from the Fountain of His Precious Blood, she could not eat or drink anything more. For seven years before her death she lived on no food but Our Lord in the Eucharist. She was not hungry, but remained active and strong.
St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
“Our great saint has a part to play in the Sacred Mystery which the Church presents to us. It was the bread gained by him that formed, or at least increased, the Blood which was shed on Calvary and which today we receive at the altar. This bread, transformed into the Flesh of the Son of Man, gives us life. The Sacred Host comes to us sweetened by the thought of the guardianship which Saint Joseph exercised over it; and the chalice of the Divine Blood carries with it sacred memories of the sufferings and trials of the carpenter of Nazareth” (Bishop Peter Anastasius Pichenot).
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—May 10
Born in Belgium, Fr. Damien became a priest in the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and volunteered for the Hawaiian missions. When Fr. Damien arrived at Molokai, he brought the love of Jesus in the Sacred Host to the forgotten suffering lepers. He built a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, where the lepers spent hours with Jesus. Damien said: “I find my consolation in my one Companion Who never abandons me.”
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 Ascension—May 25
“Ascending once again to the Inaccessible Light . . . You remain still in the ‘valley of tears,’ hidden beneath the appearances of a white host.” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
The Visitation—May 31
“When Jesus entered the house of St. Elizabeth, although he was imprisoned in Mary’s womb, he sanctified both mother and child; and Elizabeth exclaimed, ‘Whence comes so great a happiness to me, that the Mother of my God deigns to come to me?’ I leave you to consider how much greater is the happiness of him who receives Jesus Christ in Holy Communion” (St. John Vianney).
Pentecost— June 4
By the power of the Holy Spirit, and the invocation of the priest, the bread and wine at Mass become the Body and Blood of Christ. The Holy Spirit inspires and teaches us to pray. Come Holy Spirit, enkindle in our hearts the fire of Your Divine Love, that we may adore the Blessed Sacrament in spirit and truth!
Trinity Sunday—June 11
“O Light of light,
With Thy blest ray
Direct our steps throughout this day,
We humbly Thee implore;
Praise we the Father, praise the Son,
And Holy Ghost, blest Three in one,
both now and everymore.”
(Annus Sanctus, Campbell)
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Patron of the
Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
“Anthony was a friend of St. Francis and became a Franciscan priest. He was a great preacher on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and told everyone he met about his love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. St. Anthony was also known as a great miracle worker who loved the poor and sick people very much. Wherever he went, St. Anthony performed many miracles to help feed the poor, heal the sick, and care for the needy. He is known as a great Doctor of the Church, patron of the poor, and finder of the lost” (Adoration for Children).
Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—June 18: Adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!
Eucharistic miracle: Bawol, Poland 1264
It was a turbulent and trying time in Poland's history; many people fell victim to the dreaded Black Plague that stalked Europe. The population was depleted, and religious standards changed. People were devastated by the loss of family and friends, and the overall outlook was hopeless. A strange phenomenon arose from the swamps near Bawol. Nobody knew what to make of the rays of light and lightning bolts that ran across the sky. After the lights were seen, people visited the spot to see who or what was causing the amazing light that nightly lit up the sky.
During this miraculous occurrence, news reached Bawol that someone had broken into a church in Krakow and stolen the pyx containing the Most Holy Eucharist. The bishop entreated the people to pray and fast for the safe return of the Sacred Host, but was fearful that the thief had desecrated the Real Presence of Jesus.
Hearing of the mysterious lights emanating from the swamp, the Bishop led a procession to the site. The people dug into the marsh and found the pyx, which contained the Blessed Sacrament, perfectly preserved. After the Sacred Host was restored to the Krakow church, the mysterious lights stopped. King Casimir the Great had the swamp drained and erected a magnificent church, which he dedicated as Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus——June 23
“We come here to meet the Heart of Jesus pierced for us, from which water and blood gush. It is the redeeming love, which is at the origin of salvation, of our salvation, which is at the origin of the Church. Now still, today, the living Christ loves us and presents his heart to us as the source of our redemption... We are called not only to meditate and contemplate on this mystery of Christ’s love; we are called to take part in it. It is the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the center of our faith, the center of our worship of Christ’s merciful love manifested in his Sacred Heart, a mystery which is adored here night and day. In the Holy Eucharist--this is also the meaning of perpetual adoration--we enter the movement of love from which all interior progress and all apostolate efficacy springs.” (from St. Pope John Paul II’s address at the Basilica of Montmartre in 1980, where he spoke of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament Who has been perpetually adored there for more than one hundred years.)