“In your presence there is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11)
“Christ is truly Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us.’ For He is in the midst of us day and night; He dwells in us with the fullness of grace and of truth. He raises the level of morals, fosters virtue, comforts the sorrowful, strengthens the weak and stirs up all those who draw near to Him to imitate Him, so that they may learn from his example to be meek and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interests but those of God. Anyone who has a special devotion to the sacred Eucharist and who tries to repay Christ's infinite love for us with an eager and unselfish love of his own, will experience and fully understand—and this will bring great delight and benefit to his soul—just how precious is a life hidden with Christ in God and just how worthwhile it is to carry on a conversation with Christ, for there is nothing more consoling here on earth, nothing more efficacious for progress along the paths of holiness.” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei, the Mystery of Faith. Pope Pius XVI will be canonized a Saint on October 14, 2018)
Reflections on Jesus, our Eucharistic King: “Moreover, you must console our Lord. He expects consolation from you and will receive it with pleasure. Ask Him to prepare good priests for Himself; priests who are apostolic and zealous for the salvation of souls; priests who are the glory of their age and who present God with kingdoms.” “Fine monuments mean much less to our Lord than do our hearts. And since the nations have driven Him out, let us raise Him a throne on the altar of our hearts... Let us proclaim Jesus Eucharistic our King by lifting Him up on our hearts and by serving Him with fidelity and devotedness.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
Advent and Christmas Reflections
“One night there went out over the stillness of the evening breeze, out over those chalky hills of Bethlehem, the cry of a new born babe. “The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.” Earth did not hear the cry, for the earth slept; men did not hear the cry, for they did not know that a Child could be greater than a man; kings did not hear the cry, for they did not know that a King could be born in a stable; empires did not hear the cry, for empires did not know that an Infant could hold the reins that steer suns and worlds in their courses. But shepherds and philosophers heard the cry, for only the very simple and the very learned know that the heart of a God can cry out in the cry of a Child. And they came with gifts—and adored, and so great was the majesty seated on the brow of the Child, so great was the dignity of the babe, so powerful was the light of these eyes that shone like celestial suns, that they could not help but cry out: “Emmanuel: God is with us.” (Ven. Fulton Sheen)
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite, Church Doctor, Ptn. of Missionaries, (1873-1897), France—Oct. 1
“St. Thérèse’s fiat in the Holy Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus, was her sustenance. She received the love of her heart as often as possible in Holy Communion, and spent time before him, pouring out her heart—with all of her love, desire and pain. ‘On her return to Lisieux [from her visit to Rome], she sent her gold bracelet to the chaplains of Montmartre so it could be melted into part of a great monstrance—a gesture that clearly expressed Thérèse’s desire to keep watch day and night close to Jesus in the Eucharist.’ (Descouvement and Loose) The monstrance was built and placed in Le Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris where Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament is adored perpetually—day and night—to this day.” (From the new book The Little Way of Healing Love Through the Passion of Jesus: The Stations of the Cross With St. Therese of Lisieux, available through us)
The Holy Guardian Angels—Oct. 2
Angels,/made the bread of men;
The Bread of heaven/puts an end to all symbols:
A thing wonderful!/The Lord becomes our food:
poor, a servant, and humble.
We beseech Thee,/Godhead One in Three
That Thou wilt visit us,
as we worship Thee,
lead us through Thy ways,
We who wish to reach the light
in which Thou dwellest. Amen.
St. Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence, (1798-1856), France—Oct. 3
St. Theodore and her Sisters traveled to Indiana to found a convent. Fr. Richard Eldred, inspired to begin a Perpetual Adoration chapel bearing her name, reflects, “Her love for the Eucharist is what I’ve always seen as her true charism. When she first arrived here, she and her companions … never said a word to anybody until after they went before the Eucharist and prayed. Then after putting their trust in the Lord in the Eucharist, they began their work.”
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Franciscan Founder, Stigmatist (c. 1181-1226), Italy—Oct. 4
St. Francis bore a great love for the Blessed Sacrament and wrote letters proclaiming Jesus’ Real Presence. He said: “The Lord is always with His faithful, as He Himself says: ‘Behold I am with you even to the end of the world!’”
Marie-Rose Durocher, Founder, Srs. of the Holy Names of Jesus and
Mary, (1811-1849), Canada—Oct. 6
Bl. Marie-Rose encouraged souls to go before the Blessed Sacrament for light and consolation. She said: "Ask Our Lady to help you. Ask her to entreat her Son to let you know what you should do."
Respect Life Sunday—Oct. 7
“Jesus gives us the Eucharist – ‘This is My Body, given up for you.’ The Eucharist teaches us how to live and how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their babies.” (Fr. Frank Pavone)
St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite, Doctor of the Church, Reformer, Mystic, (1515-1582), Spain—Oct. 15
“In the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament we ought to be like the Blessed in heaven before the Divine Essence.” (St. Teresa of Avila)
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Apostle of the Sacred Heart (1647-1690), France—Oct. 16
“Love keeps Him there [in the Blessed Sacrament] as a victim completely and perpetually delivered over to sacrifice for the glory of the Father and for our salvation. Unite yourself with Him, then, in all that you do.” (St. Margaret)
Sts. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), John de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier & Companions, Martyrs, France—Oct. 19
A spiritual director of St. Issac Jogues writes: “It would have been well if I had learnt from Father Jogues the manner of praying and making thanksgiving (after Mass) as from a soul, if I can use the phrase, glued to the Blessed Sacrament. It was before this hidden God that he performed all his spiritual exercises, his prayers, his breviary, and he did not mind the bitterness of the cold nor the annoyance of the insects.”
Pope St. John Paul II, Apostle of the Eucharist, (1920-2005), Poland—Oct. 22
“Continue on this journey of adoration, bringing into the sight of Jesus Christ, the anxieties, hopes, toils, and even the sins of humanity.” (St. Pope John Paul II)
All Saints Day—Nov. 1
“If we get in front of the sun, we get sun tans . . . But when we get in front of Jesus in the Eucharist, we become Saints.” (Carlo Acutis, Servant of God)
All Souls Day—Nov. 2: Masses, Holy Hours, Rosaries and other prayers for the Holy Souls!
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most
Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said
throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners
everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and
within my family. Amen.” Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that this
prayer would release 1000 souls from purgatory every time it is said. The prayer
was extended to include living sinners as well. (The Chaplet of St.
Gertrude prayer card, item D-20, is available through us.)
St. Martin de Porres, Patron of South America, Surgeon, Miracle Worker, (1579-1639), Peru—Nov. 3
Through his many Holy Hours before Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and sufferings, this Father of the Poor was an instrument of Christ’s healing love and generous care to multitudes. He was named the first black Saint of the West.
Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Nun, Mystic, Writer, (1880-1906),
“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 His adorable Sacrament.”(Elizabeth)
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Religious, Ptn. of Immigrants, (1850-1917), Italy—Nov. 13
Greatly devoted the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Frances said “We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.”
Margaret of Scotland, wife, mother, (1045-1093)—Nov. 16
Margaret, of England, reluctantly agreed to marry Malcolm III, King of Scotland. They had eight children. Margaret loved Jesus Eucharistic and devoted herself to prayer, the sick, the poor, and social reform. With her love and virtue she won the hearts of all of Scotland. Her husband and eldest son were killed in battle, and she died four days later. She is patroness of large families, and those grieving the loss of a child.
St. Agnes of Assisi, Poor Clare Nun, Virgin, Miracle Worker, (1197-1253), Italy—Nov. 16
“I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary to see the life and food of my soul. As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to Thee, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Thy majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thine infinite love; that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed every day, and that the sacrifice of my whole being may accompany Thine.” (St. Agnes)
St. Gertrude the Great, Benedictine & Patroness of the West Indies (1256-1302)—Nov. 16
“Each time we contemplate with desire and
devotion the Host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our
merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision
of God.” (St. Gertrude)
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother, 3rd Order Franciscan, (1207-1231)—Nov. 17
As a child, St. Elizabeth spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration. St. Elizabeth was devoted to the sick and poor. Empowered by Jesus, her Eucharistic love, she built a hospital and fed hundreds daily! St. Elizabeth spent the end of her life in a monastery, praying before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Nov. 21
“Hail, holy throne of God, divine sanctuary, house of glory, jewel most fair, chosen treasure house, and mercy seat for the whole world, heaven showing forth the glory of God. Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise, sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition, virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine, fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child, mother without knowing man.” (Adapted from a homily by St. Germanus)
Feast of Christ the King—Nov. 25:
“Christ the King who rules the nations, come, let us adore” (Invit.) “There he is: King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, hidden in the Bread. To this extreme has he humbled himself through love for you.” (St. Josemaria Escriva)
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, France—Nov.
Prior to her visions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, St. Catherine Laboure (Feast, Nov. 28) received daily manifestations of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Traditionally, following the recitation of the Miraculous Medal novena, there was Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as noted even in the novena booklets of today. True Devotion to Our Blessed Mother is adoration of her Son in the Holy Eucharist, where Mary leads us to his “altar.”
Nicholas, Bishop, Patron of Children and Russia, (4th century), Myra—Dec. 6
The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.” (St. Nicholas) May we imitate St. Nicholas in imitating the love of Jesus Eucharistic.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Dec. 8
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception! From the moment she was conceived Our Lady was without sin, a pure tabernacle for the Lord. “Today in this Eucharist . . . Jesus knocks at the door of our heart. In us, He wishes to take up His abode and, through our body, enter human history. When we welcome Him, He gives birth to divinity within the crib of our hearts. What answer will our heart give to His divine proposal?” (Cardinal Robert Sarah)
of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, (Apparition 1531),
When Our Lady appeared in 1531 the worship of false gods and human sacrifice were rampant. In the few years after a Church was built for her Son in the Blessed Sacrament, nine million people were converted! Through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration it can happen again today.
St. John of the Cross, Carmelite Priest and Doctor, (c. 1542-1591), Spain—Dec. 14
St. John of the Cross spent long hours in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, including nights in prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. As he lay dying, St. John asked to adore the Holy Eucharist.
St. Stephen, Deacon, Martyr, Patron of Deacons and Stonemasons, (d. 35)—Dec. 26
St. Stephen is known as the first martyr of the faith and the “praying martyr.” He died on his knees, asking God’s forgiveness for those who killed him, beholding God and declaring the truth of Jesus.
John, Apostle and Evangelist, Patron of Theologians, Asia Minor, (d.100),
“It is invaluable to converse with Christ [in the Blessed Sacrament] and, leaning against Jesus’ breast like his beloved disciple, we can feel the infinite love of his Heart.” (St. John Paul II, Letter to the Bishop of Liege, 1996)
of the Holy Innocents—Dec. 28
Called in the East “The Children killed by Herod.” “These have been ransomed for God and the Lamb as the first fruits of mankind; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (Rev 14:4).
Feast of the Holy Family of
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—Dec. 28
“Jesus will bless you, your family and the whole world for this hour of faith you spend with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’”(Jn 20:29) (From our A-3 pamphlet “Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: One Lord, One Body, One People,” available through us.)
St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop and Martyr, Patron of Clergy, (1118-1170), England—December 29
St. Thomas wrote to a friend that he frequently prayed for him before “the Majesty of the Body of Christ” in the Holy Eucharist. Encouraged by his time in Adoration, St. Thomas gave his life in defense of the faith.
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