November 2005                                                                                                                 Newsletter No. 96



“They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them,
for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings,
and those with him are called, chosen, and faithful”
(Rev 17:14).



“The encounter with Christ, constantly intensified and deepened in the Eucharist, issues in the Church and in every Christian an urgent summons to testimony and evangelization” (Pope Benedict XVI, 10/9/05). “God waits for us. ... In this very moment when we are celebrating the Eucharist . . . He comes to meet us . . . . Will this find a reply? Or does it happen with us as with the vineyard, about which God says in Isaiah: ‘He expected it to yield fine grapes; wild grapes were all it yielded’? Is our Christian life often not perhaps rather vinegar than wine? Is it self-pity, conflict, indifference?” (Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 2, 2005).

Lay people must join priests so that together we point to the Lamb, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, as the answer to all the ills of the Church and human society. From the Lamb flows the river, crystal clear, which provides the healing and the medicine for all the nations (Rev 22:1-2). The Lamb on the throne will shepherd us and lead us to springs of life-giving water (Rev 7:17). The lamp is the Lamb whose light casts out the darkness (Rev 21:22-24). Those in authority fight against the Lamb, but the Lamb is victorious because He is “Lord of lords and King of kings” (Rev 17:14). The war against the Lamb is the terrible indifference toward Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. (Excerpt from our A-5 pamphlet)

John heard a voice crying out from heaven, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive honor, glory and praise” (Rev 5:12). Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is worthy of the unceasing Adoration of humanity for all that He has done for our salvation. John saw the faith of the people in action. They were going before the Lamb on the Throne, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, day and night “without pause” (Rev 4:8).

“The whole world” should “come together to venerate and adore Christ the King hidden under the Sacramental species. Thus by sermons preached, by public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed and by solemn processions, men unite in paying homage to Christ, whom God has given them for their King.” “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony” (Pope Pius XI).

Francis Cardinal Arinze writes of “the beautiful practice of Perpetual Adoration. It is the adoration offered to Jesus in this sacrament all the time, by day and by night . . . Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to people, the object of his blessings. With the angels, the saints, and all creation, we sing: ‘To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and power, for ever and ever’” (Rev 5:13).

First Sunday of Advent—Nov. 27:
“The Divine Child whom we will worship in the nativity scene is Emmanuel, the God with us Who is really present in the Sacrament of the Altar” (Pope John Paul II, December 21, 2004).
Daily Advent Prayer: O Jesus, little child, come into my heart on Christmas morn, to wash away my sins and remain there in eternally. O Mary, Mother of my Savior, prepare for Jesus a cradle in my heart. Amen. O Come Let Us Adore Him in The Eucharist!
Advent Novena: Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen (St. Andrew, Feast—Nov. 30).

All Saints Day—Nov. 1
“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’” (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 62).
All Souls Day—Nov. 2
“The perpetual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is an angelic service, an act of sublime faith and ardent love, a signal act of reparation to the Divine Heart of Jesus, a support for the Church Militant, a cause of special delight for the Church Triumphant and a source of indescribable relief for the members of the Church Suffering in Purgatory. It is not surprising, therefore, that the grace of an attraction toward the Holy Eucharist is considered one of the greatest graces God can bestow upon a soul” (The Blessed Sacrament: God With Us).
St. Martin de Porres, Patron of South America, Surgeon, Peru (1579-1639)—Nov. 3
St. Martin loved to spend time with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, where he was granted many gifts including healing, wisdom and counsel. St. Martin was so happy to be with Jesus that he often spent hours in Adoration. Jesus’ True Presence inspired him to love and serve others.
St. Charles Borromeo, Patron of Seminarians, Reformer, Italy (1538-1584)—Nov. 4
St. Charles worked and prayed “for the devout celebration of the Eucharist and in the adoration of Christ present in the Eucharist . . . . May he inflame within us a love for the Saviour, who wanted to remain with us under the species of bread and wine” (Pope John Paul II, Nov. 4, 2004).
St. Martin of Tours, Soldier, Bishop, Patron of Soldiers, Italy (316-397)—Nov. 11
St. Martin, who spent your life in love of the Holy Eucharist and souls, pray for our soldiers!
St. Gertrude the Great, Benedictine & Patroness of the West Indies (1256-1302)—Nov. 16
“I understand that, each time we contemplate with desire and devotion the Host in which is hidden Christ’s Eucharistic Body, we increase our merits in heaven and secure special joys to be ours later in the beatific vision of God” (St. Gertrude).
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King—Nov. 20
“Has the tender love of a father or the liberality of a king toward its subjects ever reached as far as the love of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament?” (St. John Vianney).
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Nov. 21:
As a small child, Mary was presented to the Lord in the temple by her parents, Sts. Anne and Joachim. Pray “that from this Year of the Eucharist, they [priests] may draw the fruit of a renewed Love for the Sacrament they celebrate. Through the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God, may they always live and bear witness to the mystery that is put in their hands for the saving of the world” (Pope Benedict XVI, Sept. 18, 2005).
St. Catherine Laboure, Religious, Mystic, Visionary, France (1806-1876)—Nov. 25:
“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply” (St. Catherine Laboure).

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