July/August/September 2016 Newsletter No. 121
“Adoration is what is most important: the whole community together look at the altar where the sacrifice is celebrated and adore.” (Pope Francis)
REMEMBER TO RECEIVE A PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR YEAR OF MERCY UNTIL NOVEMBER 20, 2016
“I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God's mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.” (Pope Francis)
To receive a plenary indulgence: Be in the state of grace, have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; sacramentally confess sins; receive the Holy Eucharist; pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff (offering of Holy Communion, Our Father and Hail Mary); and walk through the Holy Door of a designated Church. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin). Indulgences can be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth. (Adapted from the plenary indulgence decree for the 2000 Jubilee Year)
EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE: PEZILLA-LA-RIVIERE, FRANCE—1793
During the violence and anti-Catholic furor of the French Revolution several brave French citizens took the Blessed Sacrament from their Church and kept the Real Presence of Jesus in their homes. The French government was enforcing a ban against Catholicism at the time, and even sold Churches and their sacred contents! Aware that their church was about to be sold, Rosa Llorens and Jean Bonafos went in and retrieved the Sacred Hosts from the tabernacle. If they had been caught, death would have been nearly certain. Despite the obvious danger, Rosa welcomed fellow brave Catholics who wished to adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The persecution of Catholics increased rapidly during the Reign of Terror, and many of the faithful suffered great losses of home and even life. Amidst this mayhem and persecution, the homes of Rosa Llorens and Jean Bonafos miraculously escaped unscathed, protected by the Divine Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be canonized Sept. 4, 2016
Nobel Peace Prize winner and foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa brought the homeless, sick, destitute and dying home to “die like angels.” She attributed her many charitable works to her daily Holy Hours of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Mother Teresa said, “I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.” Following are some of Mother Teresa’s beautiful reflections on Eucharistic Adoration.
“Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration with exposition needs a great push. People ask me: ‘What will convert America and save the world?’ My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer.” “Perpetual adoration is the most beautiful thing you could ever think of doing. People are hungry for God.”
-Excerpts from our A-8 Mother Teresa pamphlet. Pamphlets, prayer cards, and posters of Mother Teresa are available through us.
St. Junipero Serra, Franciscan priest and missionary, Patron of vocations, Spain (1713-1784)—Feast, July 1
Filled with zeal to spread the Gospel of Christ, St. Junipero traveled to Mexico and California. He founded several missions there and is known as the “Father of California.” St. Junipero shared his great love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and brought over 5,000 to the faith. He traveled extensively to bring the Real Presence of Christ to others, despite poor health and advanced age.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of World Youth Days,
Italy (1901-1925)—Feast, July 4
Bl. Pier Giorgio was a handsome and athletic youth. He attended daily Mass and prayed the Holy Rosary. Bl. Pier Giorgio’s parents discouraged his religious fervor, however, this did not keep him from spending whole nights in Eucharistic Adoration, evangelizing other young people, and serving the poor. Fueled by his love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, Bl. Pier Giorgio encouraged his friends to spend time in Adoration and live chastely. Bl. Pier Giorgio became a Dominican tertiary and died caring for the sick.
St. Elizabeth (Isabel), Wife, Mother, Queen of Portugal, Patroness of Franciscan Tertiaries (1271-1336)—Feast, July 4
St. Elizabeth married Dinis when she was around 12. Together they had two children; Dinis fathered at least seven other children by other women. St. Elizabeth cared for his children. When her son revolted against his father, Dinis initially imprisoned her falsely, claiming she encouraged the rebellion. Still, St. Elizabeth mediated and became known as an “Angel of Peace.” St. Elizabeth drew strength from Mass and the Holy Eucharist. She served the poor and sick, becoming known for her healing abilities.
St. Maria Goretti, Martyr, Patroness of Youth and Children of Mary, Italy (1890-1902)—Feast, July 6
“He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting for an instant.” (St. Maria Goretti) Martyr of Purity, St. Maria’s greatest desire was to make her First Communion, which she did on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the year before she gave
her life to avoid sin. St. Maria pray for us and our youth!
St. Benedict, Priest,
Benedictine founder, Patron of Europe, kidney disease, and students, Italy
(c.480-547)—Feast, July 11
St. Benedict loved Jesus Crucified and the Holy Eucharist. He is invoked for help against evil. After his death, a medal was developed with St. Benedict and the Cross, along with special protection inscriptions, including in Latin: “May his presence protect us in the hour of death.” (St. Benedict prayer cards and medals are available through us.)
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Consecrated Virgin, Patroness of Native Americans, North America (1656-1680)—Feast, July 14
“Every day St. Kateri woke up early and ran through the woods to get to the chapel, even in the deep snow of winter. She made the journey quickly, because she was going to see her best friend Jesus in the Sacred Host, where He waited for her in the tabernacle. When she reached the doors of His house, she would wait outside in the cold until the priest came . . . St. Kateri did not want to miss spending one moment with her best friend Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, so she visited Him whenever she could throughout the day. She attended all of the Masses and learned everything she could about Jesus. Her face became so beautiful when she received Holy Communion that everyone wanted to be close to her.” (From the book Stories of the Eucharist, available through us)
St. Bridget of Sweden, Wife, Religious, Foundress, Patroness of Sweden, Co-patron of Europe, Sweden (1373)—Feast, July 23
“Oh Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the Cross for Love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen.”
Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patrons of parents and
grandparents—Feast, July 26
“Good St. Ann, fortify me by the sacraments of the Church at the hour of my death. Admit me into the company of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven, where I may praise and thank the adorable Trinity, your grandson Christ Jesus, your glorious daughter Mary, and yourself, dear St. Ann, through endless ages.” (From a novena to St. Anne) Sts. Joachim and Anne, pray for us!
St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor, Patron of Confessors, Theologians and Arthritis, Italy (1696-1787)—Feast, Aug. 1
“What joy ought not we men to conceive, what hopes and what affections, in knowing that in the midst of our land, in our churches, near our houses, the Holy of holies, the true God, dwells and lives in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar! He who by his presence alone renders the saints in heaven blessed! He who is love itself.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest, Apostle of the Eucharist, France (1811-1868)—Feast, Aug. 2:
“Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is the grace and need of our times. Exposition is the sovereign grace, the life-blood of the Church and the faithful . . . how powerful is the work of perpetual adoration . . . . Exposition is also necessary to arouse the slumbering faith of many good people who have forgotten Jesus Christ, because they have lost sight of the fact that He is their Neighbor, their Friend, and their God.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars, Patron of Priests, France (1786-1859)—Feast, Aug. 4
“We ought to visit Him often. How dear to Him is a quarter of an hour spared from our occupations or from some useless employment, to come and pray to Him, visit Him, and console Him for all the ingratitude He receives! When He sees pure souls hurrying to Him, He smiles at them.” (St. John Vianney)
The Transfiguration of the Lord—Feast, Aug. 6
“Peter, James and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor. The whole world will witness the glorious transfiguration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. It will have the exact opposite effect of the bombing of Nagasaki . . . there will be an explosion of divine energy which will release the power of His love and renew the face of the earth. Then the world will see Real Power! All will be made well. All will belong to His Heart. All will be made one.
“In the meantime, there are five graces we receive each time we visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. By His glorious wounds we are the ones who are transfigured and changed through His healing love. Restoration, sanctification, transformation, reparation and salvation are the graces being poured out graciously upon us with each holy hour we make. Like Peter... this is why we should exclaim in His Divine Presence, 'Lord, how good it is for us to be here!’” (From the book Letters to a Brother Priest, available through us)
St. Dominic, Priest, Dominicans Founder, Patron of Astronomers and Astronomy, Spain (1170-1221)—Feast, Aug. 8
“O good Jesus, who didst delight to see Saint Dominic kneeling every night before Thine altar, adoring Thee hidden in the Blessed Sacrament with lively faith and offering in turn groans, prayers and penances in behalf of the Church, at that time persecuted by her enemies and profaned by her own children; defend this Thy Spouse through the intercession of Saint Dominic from the insults and the plots of the infernal enemy of mankind.” (From a prayer to St. Dominic)
St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), Doctor of the Church, Carmelite Nun, Martyr, Germany (1891-1942)—Feast, Aug. 9
“A woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Only in daily, confidential relationship with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s wishes and pretensions, and have a heart open to all the needs and wants of others.” (St. Teresa Benedicta)
St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Patron of Deacons, Cooks, and the Poor, Rome (d. 258)—Feast, Aug. 10
St. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of Rome, responsible for providing for the poor. He was martyred under the persecution of Valerian. According to tradition, St. Lawrence saved the Holy Grail (the chalice used by Jesus at the last supper) and sent it to his parents in Aragon, Spain. This chalice was used by St. Lawrence when he gave the Precious Blood of Christ in Holy Communion.
St. Clare of Assisi, Nun, Foundress, Patron of Communications, Eyes, & Embroidery, Italy (1193-1253)—Feast, Aug. 11
“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.” (St. Clare). St. Clare gave up a life of wealth to become a nun and imitated St. Francis’ life of poverty. She spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration and placed her trust in Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, even when her convent was besieged by an army. Looking upon Jesus Eucharistic, the enemies fled in fear.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Wife, Mother, Nun, Patroness of Widows & the Forgotten, France (1572-1641)—Feast, Aug. 12
An ardent lover of the Holy Eucharist, following the death of her husband, St. Jane became sought God’s will. She met St. Francis de Sales and, after providing for her children, became the superior of the Visitation Sisters. Her life of prayer helped the order flourish.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (1 Cor 2:9)—Solemnity, August 15
“Mary is assumed into Heaven and Her Heart is made forever one with the Heart of Jesus. These two Hearts beat as one. Where Jesus is, Mary is also. She is called Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. The Heart of Mary is the door WHICH LEADS US DIRECTLY TO JESUS. She is the gate through which we enter His Sacred Heart. Each ‘Hail Mary’ we pray opens our heart to His love
and leads us INTO A DEEPER UNION WITH THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS. ‘Happy are those invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’ (Rev 19:9) …. By Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, earth unites with Heaven; ‘day and night’ we come before God and ‘minister to the Lamb on the throne.’ (Rev 7:15-17) Here Jesus draws us to Himself and detaches us from the things of earth that we may yearn for the things of Heaven, where everyone will be united in the bosom of the Holy Trinity, and be made one forever in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.” (From the book Loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary, available through us)
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Feast, August 22:
“Mary is raised to the height of glory, and crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth by the Most Holy Trinity, because of her humility. We make a total consecration to Jesus through Mary, ‘Totus Tuus,’ totally yours. We surrender our hearts to You in the Holy Eucharist, Lord, where You give Your Heart to us. With each Hail Mary we pray—for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Reign of the Most Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in every heart!” (From our A-13 pamphlet “The Eucharistic Rosary)
St. John Eudes, Priest, Founder of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists), France (1601-1680)—Feast, Aug. 19
“Your most loving Heart, O Jesus, dwells in this Sacrament burning with love for us. It is there continually performing thousands of good deeds towards us.” (St. John Eudes)
St. Rose of Lima, First Saint and Patroness of the Americas (1586-1617)—Feast, Aug. 23
During the celebration of a Forty Hours Devotion St. Rose adored Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament from morning until night, without eating or drinking. St. Rose had such a great love for the Blessed Sacrament that she started Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in every parish in her village. When pirates sought to destroy her village, she led the faithful in standing near the tabernacle.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Religious, Patroness of the Gutters and World Youth Day, Albania (1910-1997)—Sept. 5
“Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer and the difference it will make in our world.” “Ask your parish priest to have Perpetual Adoration.” “Put your sins in the chalice for the precious blood to wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world.” (St. Mother Teresa)
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Sept. 8
“Come, all you faithful, let us hasten to the Virgin: for long before her conception in the womb, the one who was to be born of the stem of Jesse was destined to be the Mother of God. The one who is the treasury of virginity, the flowering Rod of Aaron, the object of the prophecies, the child of Joachim and Anne, is born today and the world is renewed in her. Through her birth, she floods the church with her splendor. O holy Temple, Vessel of the Godhead, Model of virgins and Strength of kings: in you the wondrous union of the two natures of Christ was realized. We worship Him and glorify your most pure birth, and we magnify you.” (Byzantine prayer)
The Most Holy Name of Mary—Feast, September 12: “Blessed be her most holy name!”
The feast of the Holy Name of Mary, which celebrates the virtues of Our Blessed Mother, and the graces that flow from her intercession, was first celebrated in Spain in 1513. It spread to other dioceses and became a universal feast following the victory of John Sobieski, King of Poland, over the Turks in 1683. King Sobieski and his troops visited the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa to invoke Mother Mary’s intercession before the battle. After the victory, through which Austria was spared and Christendom saved, King Sobieski attended Mass and offered thanksgiving to Our Lord for Whom he fought.
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross—September 14
“The Eucharist is the source of the Christian life because whoever shares in it receives the motivation and strength to live as a true Christian. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross imparts to the believer the dynamism of His generous love; the Eucharistic banquet nourishes the faithful with the Body and Blood of the divine Lamb sacrificed for us, and it gives them the strength to follow in His footsteps.” (St. Pope John Paul II General audience on the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church, April 8, 1992)
Our Lady of Sorrows — September 15: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27)
“Every Holy Mass makes present in an unbloody manner the unique and perfect sacrifice, offered by Christ on the tree of the cross, in which Mary participated, joined in spirit with her suffering Son, lovingly consenting to His sacrifice and offering her own sorrow to the Father (c.f. Lumen Gentium, no. 58). Therefore, when we celebrate the Eucharist, the memorial of Christ's Passover, the memory of His Mother's suffering is also made alive and present, this Mother, who, as an unsurpassable model, teaches the faithful to unite themselves more intimately to the sacrifice of her Son, the one Redeemer. Through spiritual communion with the sorrowful Mother of God, believers share in a special way in the paschal mystery and are opened to this extraordinary action of the Holy Spirit that produces a supernatural joy because of communion with the glorious Christ, on the example of the joy granted to Mary in the glory of heaven, as the first person to share in the fruits of redemption.” (St. Pope John Paul II, 19th Intl. Marian Congress, August 15, 1996)
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic, Miracle worker, Patron of Healing, Italy (1887-1968)—Feast, Sept. 23
The patron of Eucharistic adorers, St. Padre Pio was passionately in love with the Holy Eucharist. He wrote: "Let me recognize you as your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the eucharistic Communion [may] be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart." "In the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist, in this sacrament of love, we have true life, a blessed life, and true happiness." "Let us spend our whole lives giving thanks to the divine Father who, in an excess of love for us, sent His only begotten Son and our most sweet Lover. Protected, covered and defended by the Presence of this dear Lord, let us stand before Him [in the Holy Eucharist] and pray with the humility of the creature and the confidence and freedom of the child." (From our D-9 Padre Pio prayer card, available through us)
Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Saints—Feast, Sept. 29: Holy Archangels pray for us!
“O angelic spirits, who guard our tabernacles, wherein lies the adorable treasure of the Holy Eucharist, defend it from profanation and preserve it for our love” (St. Josemaria Escriva).
The Attack on The Church: One day, after celebrating Mass, Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor. Physicians rushed to his side, could find no trace of his pulse, and feared that he had died. After a short period the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion: “Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!” He had been shown a vision of evil spirits who had been released from Hell and their efforts to destroy the Church. But in the midst of the horror the archangel St. Michael appeared and cast Satan and his legions into the abyss of hell. Soon afterwards Pope Leo XIII composed the following prayer to Saint Michael:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host--by the Divine Power of God--cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Lord we give you thanks and
praise for the faithful protection and guidance of your Archangels.
St. Michael, protector of the Eucharist, pray for us! St. Gabriel bring us God’s word! St. Raphael bring us God’s healing! (St. Michael chaplets, a powerful sacramental and devotion, are available through our Catalog. Order now!)