April/May/June 2013 Newsletter No. 132
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
“From the Blessed Sacrament you call me continuously: ‘My joy is to be with the children of men!’ I hear the accent of that divine voice and I hasten to your arms. But what can a child of men say to the heavenly Father? I call the angels and the saints of paradise around me, and in their company I dare to say: ‘I love you, Lord!’
“From the throne of the Blessed Sacrament, you make me experience the compassion of this discourse: ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdensome of your iniquities; come to me and I will refresh you.’ My Jesus, I come to you panting like the prodigal son. Like Peter and Mary Magdalene, I wish to be able to die in a sea of tears!. . . .
“I am comforted, however, by your presence, O my Jesus. You are already coming to me to embrace me, while you address to me your consoling words: ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!’ Lord, come and let me embrace you. You have cleansed the house of my heart, and I open the doors of its poor affections for you. Come in, Lord, and bless me as you blessed the house of Zacchaeus. Come in, and bless me as you blessed the Apostles in the Cenacle. May the Body of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Father, bring me to everlasting life!” (St. Luigi Guanella)
“Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration will help bring back the faith and understanding of Jesus Christ being really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, and accomplish a powerful spiritual renewal within the Catholic Church.
“Jesus told St. Margaret Mary to tell the world that: ‘If you believe in My love, if you really believe in My love, then you shall see miracles of My love. I will reign in every heart and My victory shall be total and complete for I will reign through the omnipotence of My love in the Blessed Sacrament.’
“Be encouraged by the meaning of the miracle of the sun. Seventy-thousand people saw it May 13, 1917. It was raining hard. A sign of tears, the copious tears of mans inhumanity to man. Mud was everywhere, like the corruption of everything we see today. Then the sun started to spin with the splendor of many colors coming down upon the earth. This foretells the coming glory of the Blessed
Sacrament. The rain stops, the mud disappears and everything is made radiant. Seventy-thousand people witnessed the miracle of
the sun, while the whole world will see this: ‘then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away.... Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.... He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning or pain, for the old order has passed away.’” (Rev 21:1-4)
The Annunciation of the Lord—April 8
“The moment He became incarnate, God became present as the God-man, and having instituted the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday night, from the Annunciation through the Last Supper, God has decided to remain on earth as the God-man in the Blessed Sacrament until the end of time.” (Fr. John Hardon)
St. Bernadette, Lourdes Visionary
and Nun, France (1844-1879)—April 16
“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.’” (St. Bernadette)
World Day of Prayer for Vocations—April 21
“Only a Church in love with the Eucharist generates, in turn, holy and numerous priestly vocations. And she does so through prayer and the testimony of holiness, offered in a special way to the new generations.” (Bl. Pope John Paul II, Homily, Holy Thursday, 2004)
St. Catherine of Siena—April 29:
“O Trinity, eternal Trinity! Fire, abyss of love...Was it necessary that you should give even the Holy Trinity as food for souls?... You gave us not only your Word through the Redemption and in the Eucharist, but you also gave yourself in the fullness of love for your creature.” (St. Catherine of Siena)
St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
“‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men of good will’ (Luke 2: 14). Consider how great was the love and tenderness of St. Joseph when he beheld with his own eyes the Son of God become an infant; when he heard the Angels singing around their newborn Lord, and saw the stable filled with light. Kneeling down and weeping with love and compassion, Joseph said:
‘I adore Thee, yes I adore Thee, my Lord and my God. How great is my happiness to be the first, after Mary, to see Thou born, and to know that in this world Thou wisheth to be called and reputed my Son! Allow me, then, also to call Thee my Son, and to say: My God and my Son, to Thee I consecrate my whole being. My life shall be no longer mine, but shall be Thine without reserve!’ St. Joseph, grant that I may spend my life, like thee, in the service of God.” (“Daily Devotions to St. Joseph,” St. Alphonsus Liguori)
The Ascension of The Lord—May 9
Mary is the perfect adorer of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Blessed Lord. After Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, Mary spent much of her life in Eucharistic Adoration.
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—May 10
St. Damien, apostle to the lepers, wrote about his life and work among the lepers, “It is in the Blessed Sacrament that we find strength.” “Without my daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament I could not have stood it for one single day. But with Christ beside me, I continue to be cheerful and happy, I can be zealous in my work for the poor people entrusted to my care.” One of the first things Damien did when he arrived at the leper colony of Molokai was build a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, where the lepers spent hours with Jesus experiencing His love, joy and peace.
St. Isidore and St. Maria,
Married, Parents (A .D. 1160)—Feast,
This married couple were poor farmers from Spain, with a great love of God which was passed on to them by their parents. They rose early to attend daily mass and commune with God. They continued their faithful love of God even after their only son died young. They devoted their lives to God through prayer and service to the poor!
Pentecost Sunday—May 19
“Crossing the threshold of the Faith demands that we celebrate life. That we let ourselves be transformed because we have been made one with Jesus at the table of the Eucharist celebrated in community and from there our hands and heart be busy working in the great project of the Kingdom: all the rest will be given us in addition (Mt. 6.33)…. Crossing this threshold of the faith supposes that we’ll not be ashamed to have the heart of a child who, because he still believes in impossible things, can still live in hope, which is the only thing capable of giving sense to and transforming history. It means asking unceasingly, praying without weakening and adoring so that our vision may be transfigured…. Meditating all these things, we look at Mary. May she, the Virgin Mother, accompany us in our crossing the threshold of the faith and bring the Holy Spirit over our Church, as in Nazareth, so that just like her we may adore the Lord and go out to announce the marvels he has done in us.” (From Pope Francis’ Year of Faith letter, written as Cardinal Bergoglio, Oct. 2012)
Cristobal Magallenes, Priest, and Companions, Mexican Martyrs—Feast, May 21
Between 1926 and 1929, 90,000 people were killed during a Catholic persecution in Mexico. 35 martyrs were canonized, and 15 others recently declared blessed. The martyrs included several priests, Knights of Columbus, and a 15 year old boy, Jose Sanchez del Rio. They drew their strength to give witness from Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, in Mass and Adoration, and devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. An amazing book and movie, For Greater Glory, was released last year about the Cristiada movement.
St. Rita of Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Patroness of the Impossible, Italy(1381-1457)—May 22
St. Rita, patroness of the Impossible, is a powerful intercessor. She became a widow and, soon after, her two sons died. Rita became an Augustinian nun and spent hours with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration daily. She was a stigmatist and suffered Christ’s passion for the last 15 years of her life. St. Rita’s incorrupt body is preserved in a shrine in Italy.
The Most Holy Trinity—May 26
“To live by love is to hold you
Uncreated Logos, Word of my God.
Ah! Divine Jesus, you know I love you;
the Spirit of Love embraces me with his flame.
It is in loving you that I attract the Father;
My feeble heart clings to Him forever.
O Trinity! You are the Prisoner of my Love!”
(“Vivre d’amour,” St. Therese of Lisieux)
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth—May 31:“Blessed is she who believed.” (Lk 1:45)
“As John the Baptist recognized Jesus hidden in the womb of Mary, the first tabernacle of the Lord, so we now recognize Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, the mystery of our faith.” (From our pamphlet “Eucharistic Rosary Meditations,” A-13)
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus——June 7
Jesus of the Eucharist! Come to us and be our Ruler! All that we have and are is Yours to command, for all that we have is Yours.
If our hearts are poor, enrich them with Your grace. If they have been sinful and soiled, accept them pure and cleansed through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Suffering Heart of Jesus! to You we confide all the trials of our souls.
Sweet Heart of Jesus! to Your care we confide our weaknesses and ask You to accept our sincere repentance.
Compassionate Heart of Jesus! to You we confide our souls tormented by our suffering conscience.
Gentle heart of Jesus! we confide to You the peace and salvation of our families.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus!
the world, worried unto death, finds a refuge in Your Heart, where the lance
once opened for us the source of Life.
Come, O Jesus! Be our brother in the pure joy of Christian love!
Come, O Jesus! Be our friend in the depths of this world’s sorrows.
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—June 8
“It is from this fruit that other generation of this Immaculate Heart is to be fed, as Jesus said: ‘I am the bread of life. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As [...] I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me’ (Jn 6:48, 56-57). And to live thus because of Christ is also to live because of Mary, since Jesus had received his body and blood from Mary. It was in this Heart that the Father placed his Son, as if in the first Tabernacle. Mary was the first pyx that held him, and it was the blood of her Immaculate Heart which communicated to the Son of God his life and his human nature from which we all, in turn, receive ‘grace upon grace’” (Jn 1:16). (Sister Lucia of Fatima)
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of
the Church, Patron of the Poor,
Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
St. Anthony was a great defender of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. He explained, “Upon the Altar there takes place the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. That Body which the Virgin begot, which hung upon the Cross and was placed in the sepulchre, which rose again the third day, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, this Body the Church today and everyday presents and distributes to her faithful. When the priest speaks the words: This is My Body, the essence of the bread is changed into the Body of Christ.”
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of
Youth, Jesuit Seminarian, Italy (1568-1591)—June 21
St. Aloysius came from a wealthy family in Italy. He had a very fervent devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and made frequent visits daily, communing with Jesus for hours. St. Aloysius had a great love of the sick, and often cared for them, imagining that he was tending to the wounds of Jesus. He had an ardent desire to become a priest. St. Aloysius was a Jesuit seminarian when he died, of the plague, on the Eve of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ), at the age of 23.
St. John Fisher, Bishop and
Martyr, England (1469-1535)—Feast, June 22
Faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, St. John Fisher defended the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist—dedicating one of his writings to this purpose—the authority of the Holy Father and the Sacrament of marriage. His unwillingness to recognize Henry VIII’s remarriage led to his beheading, in the same year as St. Thomas More’s.
St. Thomas More, Martyr, Father,
Patron of Lawyers, Chancellor of England—Feast June 22
St. Thomas was a husband, father, lawyer and Chancellor of England. He refused to pass a law making King Henry VIII head of the Catholic Church in England, so King Henry could divorce and remarry. Strengthened by daily reception and adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, St. Thomas upheld his Faith, the Pope, and the Church even though it cost him his life by martyrdom! St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, pray that the faithful may always uphold and be true to the Faith and not succumb to the great apostasy!