December 2004                                                                                                           Newsletter No. 85

 

THE YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST

“For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests.  

They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5).

“Jesus, what made You so small? LOVE!” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux).

 

“Jesus Christ is truly Emmanuel, God-with-us from his Incarnation until the end of time.  And he is this in a particular intense and hidden way in the mystery of his continual presence in the Eucharist.  What vital strength, what consolation, what firm hope is discovered in contemplating the mystery of the Eucharist!  It is God-with-us that enables us to share his life and impels us to go out to evangelize the world, to sanctify it!" (Pope John Paul II).

“Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright.” When we go to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist we experience His birth once again, with Mary, Joseph and the Angels! When we go to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist “shepherds quake at the sight; glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing ‘Alleluia’!” When we go to Jesus in the Eucharist we are showered by “radiant beams from Thy Holy Face, with the dawn of redeeming grace.” Go to Eucharistic Adoration!

“Today solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is the grace and need of our time.  Society will be restored and renewed when all its members group themselves around our Emmanuel” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).

 

Ideas inspired by Ecclesia de Eucharistia to help celebrate the Year of the Eucharist:

Week 9  “The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel” (Is 7:14). “The Son of God became man in order to restore all creation, in one supreme act of praise . . . to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. Truly this is the mysterium fidei which is accomplished in the Eucharist” (Art 8).  Share about the Personal Presence of Jesus with others. Invite them to come experience the peace and love of Jesus in the Eucharist during a weekly Holy Hour this Advent.  Suggest prayers especially for the restoration of the respect for all human life.

Week 10 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we have seen his glory; the glory of an only Son coming from the Father, filled with enduring love” (Jn 1:14). What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord” (Ps 116:12-13).  “The Eucharist, as Christ’s saving presence in the community of the faithful and its spiritual food, is the most precious possession which the Church can have in her journey through history” (Art 9).  Encourage parishioners to offer Holy Hours as Christmas gifts for all (loved ones, sick, poor, needy, depressed and our troops in war torn areas).

Week 11 “Going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother,  and they fell down and worshipped him” (Matt 2:11). “Is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us?” (Art 55).  “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also an important daily practice and becomes an inexhaustible source of holiness” (Art 10). Give Jesus the Birthday gift of starting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in your parish and community this New Year!

Week 12 “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen” (Lk 2:20).  “I wish once more to recall this truth and to join you, my dear brothers and sisters, in adoration before this mystery: a great mystery, a mystery of mercy. What more could Jesus have done for us?  Truly, in the Eucharist, he shows us a love which goes ‘to the end’ (cf. Jn 13:1), a love which knows no measure.”  The Eucharist is “the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself [Jesus]” (Art 11).  Begin a study group or book club, for which books on the Holy Eucharist are read and discussed during this New Year.  (Books are available through us).

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We wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Holy New Year!

 

St. Francis Xavier, Jesuit Priest, Patron of Missionaries, Spain (1506-1552)—December 3

“St. Francis Xavier, that seemingly indefatigable missionary, said that he refreshed himself and drew strength for his labors from his nightly visits to the Blessed Sacrament”  (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

 

St. John Damascene, Monk, Priest, Doctor, Syria (c. 675-c. 749)—December 4

“The Word of God himself willingly became man and made flesh for himself out of the most pure and undefiled blood of the holy and ever Virgin, why should he not be capable of making bread his Body and wine and water his Blood? . . .‘This is my Body’, and ‘This is my Blood.’”

 

St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor, Pt. of Candlemakers, Italy (c. 340-397)—December 7

Ardent proponent of daily Holy Communion, St. Ambrose said of the Holy Eucharist: “In this Mystery, the Son of God satisfies all the wants of our spiritual life.”

 

Feast of the Immaculate Conception—December 8

“The Eternal Father and the Holy Spirit sanctified Mary in order to make her a worthy tabernacle for the Divine Word . . . the remote preparation for Holy Communion” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).

 

St. Juan Diego, Visionary of Guadalupe, Mexico (1474-1548)—December 9

An Aztec Indian to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, chosen by God to spread her message!

 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe—December 12

“‘I ardently desire,’ she [Our Lady] said, ‘that a church be built here.’  Right from the start, then, God’s mother indicated the Eucharistic orientation of her mission.... Guadalupe itself is now a world famous shrine visited by some 20 million pilgrims a year.  The miraculous image, displayed above the high altar of the basilica, appears to look down adoringly on the tabernacled Lord below.  The adjoining Adoration Chapel attracts large numbers, including many adorers making the Holy Hour.... The grace of the Lord’s sacramental presence reaches far and wide” (Fr. Foley).

 

St. John of the Cross, Carmelite Priest and Doctor, Spain (c. 1542-1591)—December 14

Of St. John of the Cross it is written that the Holy Eucharist was “all his glory, all his happiness, and for him far surpassed all the things of the earth” (The Collected Works of St. John of The Cross).

 

Merry Christmas, O Come Let Us Adore Him in Eucharistic Adoration!!!—December 25

“The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem brought joy to the world and to every human heart.  The same Jesus comes again and again in our hearts during Holy Communion.  He wants to give the same joy and peace.  May His coming this Christmas bring each of us that peace and joy that He desires to give.  Let us pray much for this grace of peace and joy in our own heart, in our communities, in our society and in the Church”  (Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta).

 

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph—December 26

“The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in  a manger” (Lk 2:16). “We fall down in adoration before the Son of God. We unite ourselves in spirit to the wonder of Mary and Joseph. As we adore Christ, born in a stable, we make our own the faith filled with astonishment, of the shepherds of that time; we feel their same amazement and their same joy”  (Pope John Paul II).

 

Feast of the Holy Innocents—December 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).

 

December Intentions: Send us the names of family, relatives, friends and loved ones you would like us to pray for throughout the Christmas Season and New Year, before Jesus Eucharistic—our Prince of Peace! 

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