April/May/June 2015 Newsletter No. 116
The glorious resurrection of Our
continues in the glory of this most Blessed Sacrament
BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE OUR RISEN SAVIOR DWELLS,
pouring out His life, His light, and His love
to all who come into His presence.
We pray through the Immaculate
Heart of Mary
that You help our parish and all parishes
to become a faith community by responding to Your appeal
to be loved day and night in this most Blessed Sacrament,
where You call us to “pray without ceasing,”
for this is where You, Our Risen Savior, dwell,
helping us by the power flowing from You resurrection
to share in the pattern of Your sufferings,
that we may share also in the glory of Your resurrection.
“ALL I WANT IS TO KNOW CHRIST JESUS...”
(From the book Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament, available through us)
“Restoration of adoration of the Sacrament will heal our church, and thus our nation, and thus our world. It is one of Satan’s most destructive lies that sitting alone in a dark church adoring Christ is irrelevant, impractical, a withdrawal from vital contemporary needs. Adoration touches everyone and everything in the world because it touches the Creator, who touches everything and everyone in the world from within, in fact, from their very center. When we adore, we plunge into the center of the hurricane. ‘the still turning point of the turning world’; we plug into infinite dynamism and power. Adoration is more powerful for construction than nuclear bombs for destruction.” (Peter Kreeft, Catholic theologian, professor, and author)
“The Eucharist is supremely effective for transformation of the world
into a world of justice, holiness, and peace.” (Bl. Paul VI)
Eucharistic Miracle at Cascia, Italy
At St. Rita’s Basilica in Cascia is preserved a Eucharistic Miracle, which happened near Siena in 1330. A priest was asked to bring Communion to a sick peasant. The priest took a consecrated Host, placed it in the pages of his prayer book, and brought it to the peasant. After hearing the sick man’s confession, the priest opened the book. He found that the Host was bleeding on both pages between which the Blessed Sacrament was placed. The priest, confused and penitent, went to Siena to the Augustinian Priory to ask the counsel of Fr. Simone Fidati of Cascia, known by all to be a holy man. Fr. Fidati granted the priest pardon and asked to keep the two pages marked by Blood. Many popes have promoted veneration of this miracle.
Holy Thursday—April 2
“Could I but make known to all souls the loving sentiments with which My Heart overflowed at My Last Supper, when I instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist...! 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 of 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!... Were you weak or ill in body surely you would find time to see a doctor who would cure you?... Come, then, to One who is able to give both strength and health to your soul, and bestow the alms of love on this Divine Prisoner who watches for you, calls for you and longs to see you at His side.” (Words of Jesus to Sr. Josefa Menendez, Way of Divine Love)
Good Friday—April 3
“Among the 4,000 priests who were at Dachau [concentration camp], a few had secretly fashioned a monstrance with barbed wire. For us, who were entirely surrounded with barbed wire, this monstrance took on an extraordinary meaning. It was Christ crowned with thorns and sharing our own. And the body of Christ was often exposed in it. Like many priests, I spent long hours of adoration before him and Our Lady of Dachau at his right. This has marked me for life.” (Br. Claude Humbert, O.P.)
Holy Saturday—April 4
“God alone knows what happens in the hearts of those who adore him in spirit and in truth, expressing their love by keeping vigil by the Eucharist all night long. As the hours pass, the adorer is transformed by what he adores; he takes part in the Passover of the Lord, in his death and Resurrection. Thus is born the Eucharistic man, a man full of wonder, a man of contemplation, indwelt by interior peace and joy. Thus is born the Marian man, in faith carrying within him his Lord, man visited by God radiant with his gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faith, sweetness, and self-mastery.” (Cardinal Godfried Danneels)
Feast of Divine Mercy—April 12: Go to Mass, Adoration, Confession, & Pray the Chaplet!
“Come to Me, all of you . . . Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. I am not surrounded by a retinue of guards. You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and I desire to grant you grace.”. “(Daily) adore in the Most Blessed Sacrament My Heart, which is full of mercy.” (Jesus to St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy in My Soul)
World Day of Prayer for Vocations—April 26
“We should strongly support perpetual adoration with exposition. Jesus made himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Day and night, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, return to the Eucharist, return to Eucharistic adoration. . . . Ask him to grant you the grace of knowing him, the love of loving him, the courage of serving him. Seek him fervently.” (Bl, Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
St. Louis Mary de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28
St. Louis De Montfort considered spending time in Eucharistic Adoration after Mass so important, that he used to say, “I would not give up this hour of thanksgiving even for an hour of Paradise.”
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Church Doctor, Ptn. of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29
“We humbly adore Thee in this Sacrament of Thy power and love. We will ever honor Thy adorable person by coming into Thy sacred presence with due reverence, and will strive to repair the outrages offered to Thee by loving and venerating Thee with all our hearts.” (St. Catherine)
St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
“St. Joseph worshiped Jesus as no saint before had done. From his deep, calm soul he poured out a very ocean of love—tenderest love, humblest love… No angel might love Jesus as Joseph loved Him, as Joseph was bound to love Him. No temporal love but Mary's could be more like an eternal love than the love of Joseph for the Child, because of its likeness to the love of the everlasting Father.” (Fr. Faber)
World Day of Prayer for Vocations—May 11
“His calling is a declaration of love. Your response is commitment, friendship, and love manifested in the gift of your own life as a definitive following and as a permanent sharing in His mission and in His consecrations. To make up your mind is to love Him with all of your soul and all of your heart in such a way that this love becomes the standard and motive of all your actions. From this moment on, live the Eucharist fully; be persons for whom the Holy Mass, Communion, and Eucharistic adoration are the center and summit of their whole life. Offer Christ your heart in meditation and personal prayer which is the foundation of the spiritual life.” (John Paul II, Spain, 11/8/1982)
The Ascension of The Lord—May 14
Day and night Jesus dwells in the Blessed
Sacrament because of his Infinite love for you!
“Behold I will be with you always even to the end of the world,” because “I have loved you with an everlasting love, and constant is My affection for you.” (Mt 28:20; Jer 31:3)
St. Isidore and St. Maria de la
Cabeza (of the Head), Married, Parents, Spain (A .D. 1160)—Feast,
St. Isidore went to mass each morning, although it meant he was late for work. In addition to her other duties, St. Maria cleaned churches and chapels. They had one child who died in infancy. During their lives, miracles were reported. When the poor needed food it appeared. Sts. Isidore and Maria adored God fervently.
St. Rita of Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Patroness of the Impossible, Italy (1381-1457)—May 22
St. Rita, one of the greatest Saints whom God has been pleased to raise up in modern times, may be truly considered a model for every condition in life as well as a bright exemplar of the virtues that ought to adorn every good and fervent Christian. Holy Church has solemnly declared that she practised these virtues in an heroic degree. However, there is one practice that in her holy life stands out more prominently than all the others, and that is her love and devotion toward Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. As a child, she spent her free time in church speaking to the Prisoner of Love on the altar. As a wife and mother, her chief delight was to receive into her loving heart the divine Spouse of her soul. As a nun, she spent whole nights prostrated before the Tabernacle, and when the first rays of dawn began to break on her long vigil, she complained because other duties called her away from those sacred precincts. Yet no matter what duties she was called on to perform, her affections were ever directed to that sacred spot where her treasure was. Oh, dear client of St. Rita, learn from her that no devotion is of any account that does not bring you into closer contact with the Most Blessed Sacrament. (From a novena to St. Rita)
Pentecost Sunday—May 24
“The apostles were gathered around Mary in prayer . . . when the Holy Spirit descended
upon them as tongues of fire, that same fire of divine love/that inflames the Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
where the very “love of God is poured into our hearts.”
The Holy Eucharist is the “new and everlasting covenant,”/the “sacrament of unity,”
the “bond of love” between God and man. (From Rosary Meditations, available through us)
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy(1515-1595)—May 26
St. Philip helped Protestantism from spreading through Europe through the promotion of Eucharistic Adoration, his work catechizing young people, and his priestly ministry of preaching and teaching.
The Most Holy Trinity—May 31
“From the heights of the Trinity, the incarnate Word descends to man in the Eucharist so that through Communion man might rise up to his final end, the adorable Trinity.” (Bernadot)
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus——June 12
“It is pleasant to spend time with him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf. Jn 13:25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart.” (St. John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 25)
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—June 13
From your pure heart, Mary, peerless Virgin,
I have come to draw the most perfect love,
To delight the Eucharistic Heart, oh! Lend me your ardors
In your blessed soul, O mystical oven,
I have come to draw the love that adores,
To pay homage to the Eucharistic Heart, Virgin of love,
Oh! Lend me your heart.
Our Lady, O seraphic canyon,
I have come to draw the love that restores,
To console the Eucharistic Heart, O mother of love,
Oh! Lend me your heart.
Alongside you, angelic Sovereign,
I have come to draw the love that mirrors,
To imitate the Eucharistic Heart, O Queen of love,
Oh! Lend me your heart!
(Bl. Dina Belanger, “Lend Me Your Heart”)
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor
of the Church, Patron of the Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
St. Anthony was devoted to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and Our Lady from his childhood, when he served Mass for his uncle who was a priest. St. Anthony is known for his defense of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, miracles and conversions. Before his death, St. Anthony received the last Sacraments and said “I see my Lord.” He proclaimed: “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 every day 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.”