July/August/September 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Newsletter No. 125

 “They overcame him [satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and...the word of their testimony.” (Rev 12:1)

JESUS WAITS FOR US HERE WITH DIVINE LONGING

          Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken by men in His Sacrament of Love. Man has time for everything except for visits to His Lord and God, WHO IS WAITING AND LONGING FOR US in the Blessed Sacrament. The streets and places of entertainment are filled with people; the House of God is deserted. Men flee from it; they are afraid of it. Ah! Poor Jesus! Did you expect so much indifference from those You have redeemed, from Your friends, from Your children, from me? . . .

          Receive His Divine Blood as it mystically flows from His Holy Wounds, and offer it to the Father in perfect atonement for the sins of the world...Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross or the altar, and from the love of Jesus for His Divine Mother you will obtain everything. (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

 

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“One Sunday in July 1887, Therese [of Lisieux] received a great Eucharistic grace at Saint-Pierre cathedral. At the end of the Mass, a picture of the Crucified Christ stuck out of her missal. She was struck by the idea that His Blood was falling to the ground without anyone thinking of collecting it. She decided to remain at the foot of the cross for the rest of her life to receive this precious Divine dew for the sake of sinners. In her heart sounded the cry of Jesus, ‘I thirst.’ It was her thirst for love.” (Therese and Lisieux, Pierre Descouvemont and Helmuth Nils Loose)

Eucharistic miracle: Santarem, Portugal, mid-13th century

A woman of Santarem, upset by the perceived infidelity of her husband, desperately sought the counsel of a sorceress. In exchange for a consecrated Host, the sorceress promised to restore the affections of the woman’s wayward husband. Although the woman was distressed, she realized that such an action was dreadfully wrong, and a sacrilege against the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist. Despite her trepidation, the woman went to Mass and received, but did not consume, the Sacred Host. After hurrying from the church, she placed the Blessed Sacrament in her kerchief. Intent on her mission, the woman did not notice that the Host had started to bleed profusely. Another villager worried that the woman was injured, and drew the blood to her attention. Horrified that the Host was bleeding, she rushed home and placed the Blessed Sacrament in a trunk. In the middle of the night, the woman and her husband were awakened by the rays of bright light emanating from the trunk. Other townspeople came to the house and also beheld the miracle. The parish priest brought the miraculous Host back to the church in a wax container and placed it in the tabernacle. This was not the end of the miracle of Santarem, however: when the priest again opened the tabernacle, the wax container was broken, and instead a crystal container held the Blood of the Host! The church which contained the Sacred Host has been re-named the Church of the Miracle. 

American priest and martyr, Fr. Stanley Rother to be beatified on September 23, 2017

Fr. Rother, an Oklahoma native, became a missionary and was sent to Guatemala. “The Okarche farmer became the pastor who invited his parishioners to the Eucharistic table—while driving the tractor and plowing the Guatemala fields side-by-side with his Tz’utujil parishioners.” (Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda) Fr. Rother offered mercy and care to all those in need. Endangered as the civil war and Anti-Catholic bias in Guatemala raged, Fr. Rother wrote: “If it is my destiny that I should give my life here, then so be it. ... I don’t want to desert these people” and “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger.” Nurtured by the Holy Eucharist, Fr. Rother drew courage to lay down his life for his sheep. He was murdered at his rectory in 1981 at the age of 46. He is the first martyr born in the U.S.

 

Most Precious Blood of Jesus—Feast, July 1

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” (Jn 6:56)

 

“I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness.” (St. Albert the Great)

 

“Was it not enough to gift us with creation in your image and likeness, and to create us anew to grace in your Son's blood, without giving us yourself as food, the whole of divine being, the whole of God? What drove you? Nothing but your charity, mad with love as you are!” (St. Catherine of Siena)

 

“O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloe to which you sent the blind man. But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood, filled with life and light. The purer we are, the more we receive.” (St. Ephrem)

 

“I adore and venerate you as much as ever I can, though my love is so cold, my devotion so poor. Thank you for the good gift of this your holy Body and Blood.” (St. Anselm, Archbishop and Doctor of the Church) 

 

“What need I fear? He Who sustains the world is within me. The Blood of a God circulates within my veins: Have no fear, O my soul. The Lord of the Universe has taken you up into His Arms and wants you to find rest in Him.” (Luisa M. Claret de la Touche, Servant of God)

 

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of World Youth Days, Italy (1901-1925)—Feast, July 4 
“Many times I have seen him when partaking of the Eucharist almost transfigured, so intense was his longing for Christ.  That healthy, strapping youth, bronzed by the sun and air, with clear transparent eyes, at the banquet of Life, was a strikingly beautiful sight.” (Emilio Zanzi)

St. Isabel, Wife, Mother, Queen of Portugal, Patroness of 3rd order Franciscans (1271-1336)—Feast, July 4

Saint Isabel of Portugal: most of Portugal’s Kings of that time visited the Eucharistic Miracle [of Santarem, retold on page 1]. The most famous visit was from two visits that Queen Saint Isabel  (Isabel of Aragon), in 1295 and 1322. Her first visit was during her trip to Coimbra coinciding with the feast of St. Irene. The second visit was to request before the Holy Miracle peace between her husband, King Dionisio and her son, the future Alfonso VI, who were in discord. She requested the Holy Host be taken in procession in the streets. She herself accompanied the procession, deposing of her royal vestments, her crown and jewels. She covered herself with ashes, walked barefoot, with a rope around her neck. This act of penance from the Queen was very pleasing to the Lord, granting her the grace of peace and reconciliation between her husband and son. (piercedhearts.org)

St. Maria Goretti, Martyr, Patroness of Youth and Children of Mary, Italy (1890-1902)—Feast, July 6

“St. Maria Goretti was able to live the life of the Beatitudes even as a child because her peasant parents though terribly poor and lacking formal education were profoundly Christian. Their child had been baptized in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and they had taught their child to love God, to converse with God in prayer, to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, and to be devoted to Our Blessed Mother.” (Fr. John Hardon)

St. Benedict, Priest, Benedictine founder, Ptn of Europe & kidney disease, Italy (c.480-547)—Feast, July 11 
Inspired to live an authentic Christian life, St. Benedict became a hermit and was asked to lead a community of monks. He founded a monastery and wrote the Benedictine rule, which spread throughout Europe. A great restorer of the faith and religious life, St. Benedict’s motto was “ora et labora.” St. Benedict sought to always live in the presence of God, and center his life on the Holy Eucharist. He urged Eucharistic Communion and devotion. St. Benedict died after receiving his last Holy Communion. Many miracles were attributed to him and the St. Benedict’s medal, which is blessed with special prayers for protection against evil, and is still worn by many today.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Consecrated Virgin, Ptn of Native Americans, N. America(1656-1680)—Feast, July 14

St. Kateri received Holy Communion with great love. Reflecting upon this, her spiritual director, Fr. Cholenec, wrote that: “Only God knows what passed between Himself and His dear Spouse.” St. Kateri attended two Masses daily, even in the bitterest cold, and visited the Blessed Sacrament five times a day. She cared for the sick and the poor. St. Kateri continued to go to Church in her final illness; when she could no longer walk, she dragged herself to Church. St. Kateri, lily of the Holy Eucharist, pray for us to have an ever greater devotion to Jesus Hostia!

Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Bl. Virgin Mary, Patrons of parents & grandparents—Feast, July 26 
“St. Joachim and St. Anne were poor . . . . However, Mary was born with a splendor far surpassing all the riches of the daughters of the world . . . She was enriched with God’s choicest gifts. But on the day of her birth, she was already rich in her own right; she had already acquired treasures of merit during the nine months of silent, uninterrupted adoration in her mother’s womb.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard). Sts. Joachim and Anne, pray for us!

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, Founder of Jesuits, Spain (1491-1556)—Feast, July 31

Devoted to the Holy Eucharist, St. Ignatius promoted 40 hours of adoration in the 1500s. He lived for God’s glory, writing, “Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor, Ptn of Confessors, Theologians & Arthritis, Italy (1696-1787)—Aug. 1

“If people loved You, all the churches would be continually filled with people prostrate on the ground adoring and thanking You, burning with love for You and seeing you with the eyes of faith, hidden in a tabernacle.”

St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest, Apostle of the Eucharist, France (1811-1868)—Feast, Aug. 2

“Today, more than ever, we must make amends, a reparation of honor, to the adorable Heart of Jesus. Let us lavish our adorations and our love on the Eucharist. To the Heart of Jesus living in the Most Blessed Sacrament be honor, praise, adoration, and kingly power for ever and ever!” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars, Patron of Priests, France (1786-1859)—Feast, Aug. 4

“A priest was saying Mass in a church of the town of Bolsena and, after pronouncing the words of consecration, doubted the reality of the Body of Jesus Christ in the Sacred Host. At that same instant the Sacred Host was all covered with blood. It seemed as though Jesus Christ would reproach his minister for his infidelity, and make him sorry for it and, at the same time, show us by this great miracle how firmly convinced we ought to be of His Holy Presence in the Eucharist. The Sacred Host shed blood with such abundance that the corporal, the cloth, and the altar, itself, were covered with it. The Pope . . . ordered that this corporal, all blood-stained, should be brought to him; and, being sent to the town of Orvieto it was received there with great pomp and exposed in the church. Every year this precious relic is still carried in procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi.” (St. John Vianney)

The Transfiguration of the Lord—Feast, Aug. 6

“As He then lived upon earth, so now He lives in our midst, but transfigured and veiled to the bodily eyes [in the Blessed Sacrament]” (Fr. Faber)

St. Dominic, Priest, Dominicans Founder, Patron of Astronomers & Astronomy, Spain (1170-1221)—Aug. 8

St. Dominic’s ardent love of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary strengthened him in his mission of prayer and the conversion of souls. Fueled by the Eucharist, he preached the Gospel far and wide.

St. Teresa Benedicta,  Doctor of the Church, Carmelite Nun, Martyr, Germany (1891-1942)—Aug. 9

“Each one must know, or get to know, where and how she can find peace. The best way, when it is possible, is to shed all cares again for a short time before the tabernacle.” (St. Teresa Benedicta, Edith Stein)

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Patron of Deacons, Cooks, and the Poor, Rome (d. 258)—Feast, Aug. 10

St. Lawrence, kindle in all deacons a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament!

St. Clare of Assisi, Nun, Foundress, Ptn of Communications, Eyes, & Embroidery, Italy (1193-1253)—Aug. 11

“At night she prolonged her vigils, and then, alone, prostrate on her knees before the tabernacle, she gave free course to the transports of her devotion. Going in spirit to the heights of Calvary, she joined her tears to the tears of the Redeemer, and never wearied of offering herself a pure victim to the Eternal Father for the conversion of peoples.” (St. Clare of Assisi, Leopold de Cherance, OSFC)

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest, Martyr, Poland, (1894-1941)—Feast, Aug. 14

“My aim is to institute perpetual adoration, for this is the most important activity.” (St. Maximilian)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (1 Cor 2:9)—Solemnity, August 15

“When the conquest for the Immaculate [Mary] of the whole world and of every single soul now living or to live until the end of the world, and through Her for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is completed, . . . then souls will love the Sacred Heart as they have never as yet loved Him, because like Her they will have been immersed as never before in the mystery of love, the Cross, the Eucharist.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

St. Pius X, Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, Italy (1835-1914)—Feast, Aug. 21

“The daily adoration or visit to the Blessed Sacrament is the practice which is the fountainhead of all devotional works.” (Pope St. Pius X)

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Feast, August 22:

“Blest of all women, both Virgin and Mother,/Favored in grace for the Son whom you bore, Christ is Your Son whom all peoples must worship./Christ is your Son whom all angels adore.”

St. Rose of Lima, First Saint and Patroness of the Americas (1586-1617)—Feast, Aug. 23

St. Rose had a  contagious love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! Once she protected her parish church from being attacked by pirates. She started Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at the Churches throughout her village!

St.  Bartholomew (Nathanael) the Apostle, Martyr (d. 71)—Feast, Aug. 24 
Lord, sustain within us the faith which made Saint Bartholomew ever loyal to Christ. Let your Church be the sign of salvation for all the nations of the world.” (Prayer)

St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, N. Africa, (354-430)—Feast, Aug. 28

“Thou art Christ, my holy Father, my tender God, my great King, my good Shepherd, my one Master, my best Helper, my most Beautiful and my Beloved, my living Bread.” (St. Augustine)

St. Teresa of Calcutta, Rel. founder, Ptn of the Gutters & World Youth Day, Albania (1910-1997)—Sept. 5:

Benedict XVI spoke of “Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity, who in the poorest of the poor loved Christ, received and contemplated each day in the consecrated Host.” Mother spent two hours in Eucharistic Adoration daily; she attributed this to the doubling of vocations and encouraged everyone to make a daily holy hour.

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Sept. 8:

“Let us rejoice at the birth of our Queen and Mother, which filled heaven with joy, earth with hope, and hell with terror!  Behold, at last 'the strong woman,' the predestined Mother of the Messiah! . . . The world rejoices, for it beholds the advent of its liberatrix.  Mary's birth heralds that of the Savior . . . .  In like manner should we rejoice, since Mary brings us the Bread of Life.  From the day of her birth we salute her as the aurora of the Eucharist, for we know that the Savior of mankind will take from her the substance of that Body and Blood which He will give us in the Adorable Sacrament of His love.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).

The Most Holy Name of Mary—Feast, September 12: “Blessed be her most holy name!”

“In the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion.” (St. Bridget)

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross—September 14

Behold the wood of the Cross, on which has hung our salvation: come, let us adore! In any preaching you do, admonish the people concerning repentance, and that nobody can be saved except he who receives the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord. And when It is sacrificed on the altar by the priest or borne anywhere, let all the people on bended knees render praise, glory and honor to the True and Living Lord God.” (St. Francis of Assisi)

Our Lady of Sorrows — September 15: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27)

“Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, reign over the afflicted; become their consolation through this consecrated Bread, the gift of the Queen of Sorrows.” (Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey)

St. Padre Pio, Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic, Miracle worker, Patron of Healing, Italy (1887-1968)—Sept. 23

This Capuchin Friar—who bore the five wounds of Christ—led a life totally devoted to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, through prayer, Adoration and good works.  Known for his gifts as a Confessor, spiritual director, and intercessor, Padre Pio wrote, “We must always have courage, and if some spiritual languor comes upon us, let us run to the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and let us place ourselves in the midst of the heavenly perfumes, and we will undoubtedly regain our strength.”  “Kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Confide all your needs to him, along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart, and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.”  St. Pio is referred to as the patron of Eucharistic adorers. Countless miracles and healings are granted through his intercession. (From our D-9 Padre Pio prayer card, available through us)

St. Vincent De Paul (1581-1660) Priest, Servant, France—September 27 
Known as Patron of Charitable Societies, St. Vincent spent his life working to help all who were in need. His zeal to help others was fueled by his intimate union with our Eucharistic Lord, the source of all love. St. Vincent founded and organized groups of priests, religious and laity to help and care for the poor, sick, aged, and orphaned.

Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Saints—Feast, Sept. 29

Those who, especially in the silent hours of the night, gather together in adoration with the Angels and render to the Lamb, who was immolated, the thanksgiving due to Him, draw abundantly for themselves and for all the Church waters from the fountains of the Savior (Pius XII). Holy Archangels pray for us!

 

In the sight of the angels, let us praise God! St. Michael, protector of the Eucharist, pray for us! St. Gabriel bring us God’s word! St. Raphael bring us God’s healing! (St. Michael chaplets, a powerful sacramental and devotion, are available through our Catalog. Order now!)

 

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