August 2003                                                                                                                                        Newsletter No. 69

The Transfiguration (Mt 17:5-7): When Peter, James and John saw the luminous Face of Christ they were afraid.  They heard The Father say "This is my beloved Son on whom my favor rests. Listen to Him."  Jesus said, "Do not be afraid!"  In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus waits to give us love, light and life.  With Our Blessed Mother Mary, we pray for  His healing presence and transforming love, for ourselves, our families and loved ones.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug. 15) & Queenship of Mary (Aug. 22)
"Let us take our place, dear brothers and sisters, at the school of the saints, who are the great interpreters of true Eucharistic piety. In them the theology of the Eucharist takes on all the splendour of a lived reality; it becomes 'contagious' and, in a manner of speaking, it 'warms our hearts.' Above all, let us listen to Mary Most Holy, in whom the mystery of the Eucharist appears, more than in anyone else, as a mystery of light. Gazing upon Mary, we come to know the transforming power present in the Eucharist. In her we see the world renewed in love. Contemplating her, assumed body and soul into heaven, we see opening up before us those 'new heavens' and that 'new earth' which will appear at the second coming of Christ. Here below, the Eucharist represents their pledge, and in a certain way, their anticipation: 'Veni, Domine Iesu!' (Rev 22:20). (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 62)
 

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor, Italy (1696-1787),Feast, Aug. 1
"Upon her entrance into heaven, our dear Mother humbly presented herself before God himself.  She adored him and thanked him for all the graces bestowed upon her in life. Then our almighty God embraced his beloved daughter, blessed her, and declared her Queen of the universe, exalted above all the angels and saints."

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest, Martyr, Poland (1894-1941)Feast, Aug. 14
"The more we are devoted to Our Lady, the greater is our love for the Blessed Sacrament," wrote St. Maximilian Kolbe, who offered his life to the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  His writings are filled with passages about the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady: "In order to draw and transform souls by love into Himself, Christ the Lord demonstrated and proved a limitless love.  His heart, burning with love for souls who forced Him onto the Cross, remains with us in the Eucharist and desires to enter our hearts.  In His Last Will and Testament He has bequeathed us His own Mother to be ours as well."  "Love the Immaculate with all your heart, fly often to Her by means of ejaculations, or simply with the thought of Her, and She will teach you how to return to Jesus a love without measure for the love which He showed on the Cross and in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar." Called with St. Therese, the greatest Saint of modern times, St. Maximilian explained his mission, saying, "My aim is to institute perpetual adoration," for this is "the most important activity."  "At the high altar I would like to see a beautiful statue of the Immaculate with arms outstretched, forming a backdrop for the monstrance during perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as the brothers take their turns at adoration.  Whoever should make a visit to the chapel--'Basilica'--would kneel, remain in adoration (of the Blessed Sacrament), glance at the Immaculate and depart, leaving her with Jesus to resolve his problem."

St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest of the Eucharist, France (1811-1868), Feast, Aug. 2
"The Eucharist is the supreme proof of the love of Jesus."

St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests, France (1786-1859), Feast, Aug. 4
"Of all the Sacraments there is not one that can be compared to the Holy Eucharist."

St. Dominic, Priest & Preacher, Founder of Dominicans (1170-1221), Feast, Aug. 8
It was to St. Dominic that Our Lady gave the Holy Rosary which has become, next to Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the most powerful prayer in the Church.

St. Teresa Benedicta, Carmelite Nun & Martyr, Germany (1891-1942), Feast, Aug. 9
St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), wrote, "The Lord is present in the tabernacle in his divinity and in his humanity.  He is not present for his own sake but for ours: it is his delight to be with the 'children of men.'  He knows, too, that, being what we are, we need his personal nearness.  In consequence, every thoughtful and sensitive person will feel attracted and will be there as often and as long as possible.  And the practice of the Church, which has instituted perpetual adoration, is just as clear."

St. Clare of Assisi, Foundress of Poor Clare Nuns, Italy (1193-1253), Feast, Aug. 11
"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. Tarcisius, Martyr, Patron of First Communicants, Italy (d. 255), Feast, Aug. 15
St. Tarcisius was a devout altar server who loved Jesus in the Sacred Host.  This boy "Martyr of The Eucharist" died while protecting the Blessed Sacrament from pagans.  He was carrying the Eucharist to his parents and other Christians imprisoned for their faith.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow & Religious, France (1572-1641),Feast, Aug. 18
St. Jane Frances was a widow and mother of several children. Strengthened by her  Eucharistic prayer life she grew close to God and was given the grace to minister to the sick, poor and needy.  St. Jane founded the prolific "Order of the Visitation of Our Lady."

St. Monica, Wife, Mother, North Africa, (332-387), Feast, Aug. 27
Wife of a pagan and mother of three, one a prodigal son. Through her devotion and intercessory prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist, her husband converted shortly before he died. Her wayward son became St. Augustine, due to her faithful perseverance in prayer.

St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, N. Africa, (354-430), Feast, Aug. 28
Prodigal son of St. Monica, Augustine lived a wild life before her prayers were answered and he repented and converted. St. Augustine once wrote  "Jesus (in the Eucharist) took His flesh from the flesh of Mary." "No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it."

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Let us take our place at the school of Our Blessed Mother Mary and all of the Saints!  Start Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in your parish and help spread it throughout the world! We need your prayers and donations to achieve this goal, please be generous.

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