May/June 2006                                                                                                 Newsletter No. 100

“Indeed, this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him

 shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” (Jn 6:40).

POPE BENEDICT XVI ENCOURAGES PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

“I only wish to thank God, that following the [Second Vatican] Council, after a period in which something of the meaning of Eucharistic adoration was lacking, this adoration has been reborn everywhere in the Church, as we saw and heard in the Synod on the Eucharist.”  “Certainly with the conciliar constitution on the liturgy, all the wealth of the Eucharist was particularly rediscovered, the celebration where the Lord’s will is fulfilled: He gives himself to us and we respond giving ourselves to him.” “We have rediscovered” that “the ability to celebrate his sacrifice and in this way enter into sacramental, almost corporal communion with him, loses its profundity and human richness if adoration is lacking, adoration as the act that follows receiving Communion.” “Adoration is to enter into profound heartfelt communion with the Lord, who makes himself bodily present in the Eucharist” (Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City, March 2, 2006).
 


“O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!”



Pentecost, the descent of The Holy Spirit upon the apostles and Our Lady (Acts 2:1-4)
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 inflames Jesus in The Eucharist, where the love of God is poured into each of our hearts. Let us pray, “Come Holy Spirit and Renew The Face of The Earth!” (From our A-13 Rosary Pamphlet)

“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 Your fullness of love for Your creature” (St. Catherine of Siena).



Humbly Let Us Voice Our Homage             Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
Humbly let us voice our homage                         Tantum ergo Sacramentum
for so great a Sacrament;                                   veneremur cernui;
let all former rites surrender                               et antiquum documentum,
to the Lord’s New Testament;                           novo cedat ritui;
what our senses fail to fathom                            praestet fides supplementum,
let us grasp through faith’s consent                     sensuum defectui.

Glory, honor, adoration,                                     Genitori, genitoque
let us sing with one accord.                                 laus et jubilatio,
Praised be God almighty Father;                         salus, honor, virtus quoque                                                        Praised be Christ, His Son, Our Lord;                sit et benedictio:
Praised be God the Holy Spirit;                          procedenti ab utroque
Triune Godhead be adored. Amen.                    compar sit laudatio. Amen.
                                                                         -By St. Thomas Aquinas



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A Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Increase of Priestly & Religious Vocations

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Eternal Father, Son of the Virgin Mary, we thank you for offering your life in sacrifice on the Cross, and for renewing this sacrifice in every Mass celebrated throughout the world. In the power of the Holy Spirit we adore you and proclaim your living presence in the Eucharist. We desire to imitate the love you show us in your death and resurrection, by loving and serving one another. We ask you to call many young people to religious life, and to provide the holy and generous priests that are so needed in your Church today. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer Amen. (By Justin Cardinal Rigali)
 


Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament—Feast Day, May 13
“This title, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,
is perhaps the most meaningful of all.”
-Pope St. Pius X

        St. Peter Julian Eymard, of France, had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and Our Lady and began his priestly life in the Society of Mary. Our Blessed Mother drew St. Peter Julian close to her Eucharistic Son. Jesus spoke these words to his heart: “Ask permission to establish a religious society of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.” Our Lady told St. Peter Julian: “All the mysteries of my Son have a religious order of men to honor them. The Eucharist alone has none.” With the encouragement of Pope Pius IX, St. Peter Julian founded the Congregation of the Most Blessed Sacrament on May 13, 1856.
        The title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament was first given to Mary by St. Peter Julian Eymard in May 1868. A few years later he described what her statue should look like: “The Blessed Virgin holds the Infant in her arms; and He holds a chalice in one hand and a Host in the other.” He exhorted them to invoke Mary: “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”
        Later, Pius IX enriched the invocation with indulgences. Twice, St. Pius X did the same. On December 30, 1905, he granted a 300 days indulgence to the faithful who pray: “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.”
        In 1921 the Sacred Congregation of Rites authorized the Blessed Sacrament Congregations to celebrate each year, on the 13th of May, a “solemn commemoration of the Blessed Virgin,” with the intention of honoring Mary under the title of “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.” And of course this Feast is still celebrated today with great joy by all the spiritual sons and daughters of St. Peter Julian Eymard.
        Pope Bl. John XXIII codified the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament when he declared St. Peter Julian Eymard a saint on December 9, 1962, at the end of the last session of the Second Vatican Council.


Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament—Our Lady of the Sacred Heart!
Mother and Model of all adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us who seek thy protection.


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St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
“Our great saint has a part to play in the Sacred Mystery which the Church presents to us. It was the bread gained by him that formed, or at least increased, the Blood which was shed on Calvary and which today we receive at the altar. This bread, transformed into the Flesh of the Son of Man, gives us life. The Sacred Host comes to us sweetened by the thought of the guardianship which Saint Joseph exercised over it; and the chalice of the Divine Blood carries with it sacred memories of the sufferings and trials of the carpenter of Nazareth” (Bishop Peter Anastasius Pichenot).
Bl. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—May 10
Born in Belgium, Damien became a priest and volunteered for the Hawaiian missions. When Damien arrived at Molokai, he built a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, where the lepers spent hours with Jesus experiencing His love, joy and peace. Speaking of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, Bl. Damien of Molokai said, “I find my consolation in my one Companion Who never abandons me.” “Were it not for the constant presence of our divine Master in our humble chapel I would have found it impossible to persevere in sharing the lot of the lepers in Molokai . . . The Eucharist is the bread that gives strength.”
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Fatima—May 13
"Every Catholic devotion, when stripped down to its bare elements, is directly or indirectly aimed at finding the Child with Mary his mother (cf. Lk 2:12). These two are inseparable, the two hearts are intimately allied. This explains why Our Lord, as Lucia of Fatima was instructed to tell us, wishes his own Eucharistic Heart and that of his mother to be placed alongside each other and jointly honoured. In this way it comes about that we meet the alliance of hearts in all Marian sanctuaries. There, along with God's mother, we offer our homage and adoration to him who was the fruit of her shining faith as much as of her womb. . For she is called blessed because she believed (Lk. 1:45). And now in turn Mary helps pilgrims to believe ever more strongly—especially in the sacrament of her Son’s loving presence” (Fr. Richard Foley, S.J.).
St. Rita of Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Ptn. of Impossible Cases, Italy(1381-1457)—May 22
“Christ Jesus had stolen the heart of Rita—He alone possessed it. He made her heart His heart; and under the white veils of the Eucharist He was for her soul, as He is for all loving hearts, heaven upon earth. How sweet is the moment in which poor humanity, wearied and afflicted, may remain alone, with Jesus alone, in the Sacrament of Love; for there the Lord, with His flaming heart open, calls unto all, ‘You that are burdened and heavy laden, come unto Me and I will refresh you.’ Happy are those hearts that know how to satisfy the unquenchable hunger and thirst in this heavenly banquet! And in truth our Rita had such a heart” (Fr. M. J. Corcoran, OSA).
The Ascension of The Lord—May 25
“Ascending once again to the Inaccessible Light . . . You remain still in the ‘valley of tears,’ hidden beneath the appearances of a white host” (St. Therese). “When he ascended into heaven the majestic flow of the Blood of Jesus did not cease on this earth; it still flows in an ever-widening stream through untold centuries of grace . . . in the Blessed Sacrament” (Pope Bl. John XXIII).
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy (1515-1595)—May 26
Promulgator of the 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration Devotion, St. Philip wrote: “Our Sweet Jesus, through the excess of His love, has left Himself to us in the Most Holy Sacrament.”
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—May 31
“Our best life, all our spiritual life, is nothing but a succession of Visitations, Visitations from Mary bringing Jesus with her. But nowhere is the similitude so faithful as it is in the Blessed Sacrament. How often when we come near to the tabernacle, a secret fire comes forth, and our hearts burn within us without apparent cause. Cares fall off, tears are dried, doubts melt away, temptations are paralyzed, anxieties are allayed, our soul is bathed in quiet sudden jubilee. Joy, exultation, praise, delight, and the sense of forgiveness, the spirit of worship, these are exactly the fruits produced within us, as they were produced in [John] the Baptist’s soul” (Fr. Faber).
Pentecost Sunday—June 4
“The Eucharist thus appears as the culmination of all the sacraments in perfecting our communion with God the Father by identification with his only-begotten Son through the working of the Holy Spirit” (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 34).
The Most Holy Trinity—June 11
“In the consecrated Host we find . . . that same Jesus who rose again and appeared to the Apostles and in whose wounds Thomas put his finger; who ascended into heaven, who now is seated in glory at the right hand of His Father, and who, in union with the Father, sends us the Holy Spirit” (Divine Intimacy, Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.). “To engage in Eucharistic contemplation means then, concretely, to establish a heart to heart contact with Jesus really present in the Host and, through him, to be raised to the Father in the Holy Spirit . . . . Eucharistic contemplation is to look at one who is looking at me.” “Not only is the entire history of salvation present in the Eucharist, but also the Trinity which is its author. The Father so loved the world that he gave his Only-begotten Son to save it; the Son so loved men as to give up his life for them; Father and Son willed to unite men so intimately to themselves that they infused the Holy Spirit in them, so that their own life would dwell in their hearts” (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa).
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Miracle worker, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13
A man named Bonvillo did not believe in the Eucharist and mocked people who did. St. Anthony challenged him, saying, “If the mule you often ride were to adore the true Body of Christ under the appearance of bread, would you believe in the truth of the Lord’s Sacrament?” Bonvillo said “Yes.” In a few days they placed the Blessed Sacrament and hay in front of the mule. Bonvillo didn’t give the mule food for two days. On the day of the test Bonvillo led the mule before a crowd. When they were a few steps away from the Eucharist, Bonvillo placed a bag of hay under the mule’s nose, but the mule turned his head and knelt in Adoration! Even Bonvillo saw that the Eucharist is Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—and believed.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—Corpus Christi, June 18
“In the feast of Corpus Christi we repeat the procession (of Holy Thursday), but in the joy of the Resurrection. The Lord is risen and He goes before us . . . . Jesus goes before us to the Father, He ascends to the heights of God and invites us to follow Him . . . . The true goal of our journey is communion with God.” “We bring Christ, present in the form of the bread, along the streets of our city. We entrust these streets, these houses, our daily lives, to His goodness. May our streets be Jesus’ streets! May our houses be for Him and with Him! May our daily lives be penetrated by His presence. With this gesture we place the suffering of the sick, the solitude of the young and the old, temptations and fears, all our lives, under His gaze. This procession seeks to be a great and public blessing for our city. Christ in person is the divine blessing for the world —may the rays of His blessing extend over us all” (Pope Benedict XVI, Corpus Christi 2005).
Sts. John Fisher (1469-1535) and Thomas More (1478-1535), Martyrs, England—June 22
Devoted to the Eucharist, Sts. John and Thomas gave their lives for Christ and the faith. “Let us with Mary [Magdalene] also sit in devout meditation [with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist], and hearken well what our Savior, being now our guest, will inwardly say unto us” (St. Thomas More).
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus—June 23
“Jesus [in the Holy Eucharist] wishes to save us from our present trials and from discouragement, which is truly the greatest of all evils. We desire particularly to draw your attention to the manifestation of his Sacred Heart, which serious reflection will show us, is not merely a shining revelation but the sweetest encouragement, since in it we can clearly see the beginning of an era of mercy, of tenderness and love for poor humanity” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).
The Birth of St. John the Baptist—June 24

“Lord, may we always recognize with joy the presence of Christ in the Eucharist we celebrate, as John the Baptist hailed the presence of our Saviour in the womb of Mary” (Visitation liturgy).