Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament

Newsletter No. 144

 

April/May/June 2022

 

“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) 

 

 

“Where there is faith in My real presence, there will be adoration; and where there is adoration, there will also be an efficacious radiance of My presence, drawing souls to My Eucharistic Heart and surrounding them, even at a distance, with the healing influence of My Eucharistic Face. In those places where I am exposed upon the altar to receive the adoration, the reparation, and the companionship of My friends—and, first of all, of My priests—My radiance is powerful and strong. Faith, adoration, and love act as receptors; thus, is My power drawn out and made effective, invisibly but really, in space and in time.” (In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, The Journal of a Priest at Prayer, A Benedictine Monk)

 

Thank You, Lord, for Eucharistic Adoration

From Light and Silence: A Eucharistic Diary, by Bishop Massimo Camisasca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thank you, Lord, for the Eucharist, the gift, ever new, that surpasses every human desire and every human imagination.

Thank you for your incarnation, which has forever bound human history, the history of our mortal bodies, to the reality of your holy and immortal body.

Thank you for the resurrection of the body, of which the Eucharist is a sure pledge.

Thank you for your death and resurrection, which in the Eucharist takes place at every moment and for everyone.

Thank you for the transfiguration of creation, of which the Eucharist is the miraculous beginning.

Thank you for the communion that is stronger than sin and death, which you have given us in baptism, and that you strengthen each day in the Eucharist.

Thank you for having made us capable of offering all, even our sufferings. The passion of Christ, the now-glorified Lord, enters into the Eucharistic sacrifice through the human passion of the faithful who form the body of Christ.

 

Thank you that the sacrifice of the Mass in this way becomes the Church’s sacrifice, and that the sacrifice of the cross works in the world through the sacrifice of the Mass.

 

 

What is the Blessed Sacrament Visit?

By Ven. Fr. James Alberione

 

It is the meeting of our soul and of all our being with Jesus. It is the creature meeting his Creator;

The disciple before the Divine Master; The patient with the Doctor of souls;

The poor one appealing to the rich One; The thirsty one drinking at the Font;

The weak one presenting himself to the Almighty; The tempted one seeking a sure Refuge;

The blind one searching for the Light; The friend who goes to the True Friend;

The lost sheep sought by the divine Shepherd; The heart led astray who finds the Way;

The foolish one who finds Wisdom; The bride who finds the Spouse of the soul;

The nothing who finds the All; The afflicted who finds the Consoler; The youth who finds life’s meaning;

It is the shepherds at the manger, Magdalene at the house of Simon, Nicodemus who arrives by night.

 

It is the holy conversations of the Samaritan, of Zacchaeus, of Philip and of all the apostles with Jesus,

especially during the last week of his earthly life and after the resurrection.

 

One approaches Jesus as the Mediator between God and humanity, as the Priest of the Father,

as the Victim of expiation, as the Messiah come to the earth,

as the Word of God, the Shepherd, the Way and Truth and Life, the Savior of the world. 

 

Holy Thursday—April 14:

“Oh! What a great thing the priest is! If he understood it he would die. God obeys him: he says two words and Our Lord descends from Heaven at his voice and shuts himself into a little host.” (St. John Vianney)

 

“I asked the Holy Father, ‘Give us holy priests, and we sisters and our families will be holy! . . . . Without priests we have no Jesus. Without priests we have no absolution. Without priests, we cannot receive Holy Communion . . . . The heart of Jesus is in the priest. In choosing a man to be a priest, Jesus has given himself totally to that man. It is only the priest who can give the real, living Jesus to us—in the Blessed Sacrament.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta)     

 

“The imposition of hands consecrates you wholly and entirely through the gift of the Holy Spirit; through the anointing of your hands it is granted to you to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice to God in Christ’s name (in persona Christi). The whole mission of a priest is centered on the Eucharistic Sacrifice. By participating day after day in the Savior’s supreme offering, a priest offers with him all of humankind to the Father, who loves it . . . . By celebrating Christ’s Sacrifice, you will come to care for the salvation of the souls that will be entrusted to you, the care of the Good Shepherd.” (St. John Paul II, February 1992, Guinea)

 

 

Good Friday—April 15:

“In the Eucharist, adoration is directed to the Body and Blood of Christ in the mystery of His Real Presence. In the Cross we have a sign of our redemption, of the sacrifice of redemption, of the central act of salvation history. That is why the Christian sign par excellence is the Cross, but the Cross with the corpus (not empty, as the Protestants have it), to underline the human reality of the Incarnation and Passion of the Lord. We adore this sign because it brings us back to the sacrifice of our redemption. That is why, on Good Friday, we genuflect before the crucifix—a gesture also reserved for the act of adoring the Eucharist.” (The Catholic Mass, Bishop Athanasius Schneider)

 

Holy Saturday—April 16:

“I have come to spend a few moments with You, O Jesus; and in spirit I prostrate myself in the dust before Your Holy Tabernacle to adore You, my Lord and God .... O Jesus, my heart longs for You, the true Bread of Life, which contains all sweetness and relish. O my Jesus, mercifully grant me pardon for the faults and ingratitude of this day and come to me to refresh my poor heart which longs for You .... As the heart pants for the waters, as the parched earth longs for the dew of heaven, Thou Fount of Life. I love You, O Jesus; I hope in You” (St. Conrad of Parzham)

 

The Resurrection of Our Lord—April 17:

“What an incomparable beauty is His! In Him is the splendor of the love that made Him food for souls in the Eucharistic gift, and His Humanity: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, life that He offers to enliven the soul and make it rejoice. The veil of the white Host, which concealed Him, is now cleared like a curtain opening on a marvelous scene. It is the Eucharist of Paradise: the Body is offered, the Soul embraces, the Blood enlivens, the Divinity exalts. What a marvel of love is Paradise!” (The Afterlife:Purgatory and Heaven Explained, Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo)

 

Divine Mercy Sunday—April 24:

When we come to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we encounter the same Jesus Who is Divine Mercy. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II imparted a Special Apostolic Blessing “to all the faithful, who during Adoration of Our Most Merciful Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and for those throughout the world who will be dying in that hour.”

 

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28

St. Gianna, a Catholic action member, was devoted to the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary, which inspired her to care for the poor, sick and lonely, and form the young in faith. Gianna was a holy wife, mother, and physician with a great love of Jesus, Mary, and children. When Gianna was pregnant with her fourth child she had fibrous tumors in her ovary and her Doctor wanted to terminate her pregnancy. Gianna refused, giving her unborn baby the gift of life. Gianna gave birth to a healthy daughter, and died seven days later. She said, “Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world should see God.”

 

St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28:

In one of his hymns, St. Louis wrote about the relationship between Our Lady and the Holy Eucharist: “It was you, Virgin Mary, /Who gave us this body and blood / Which raises our status so high / that it is beyond the reach of the angels. May you be blessed throughout the world / For giving us such a great gift.”

 

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Church Doctor, Patroness of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29:

“For the seven year period prior to her death, Saint Catherine of Siena took no food into her body other than the Eucharist. Her fasting did not affect her energy, however. She maintained a very active life during those seven years. As a matter of fact, most of her great accomplishments occurred during that period. Not only did her fasting not cause her to lose energy, but became a source of extraordinary strength, she becoming stronger in the afternoon, after having received our Lord in His Eucharist.” (Bl. Raymond of Capua, Life of St. Catherine of Siena).

 

Sts. Philip and James the Lesser, Apostles—Feast, May 3:

O Glorious Saint Philip, at the Last Supper you said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and it will be enough for us.” Help us to make this our prayer also and to seek God in all things. Obtain for us the grace to know the Father and Jesus Christ whom he has sent—for in this does eternal life consist. Sts. Philip and James, pray for us to remain faithful and share the gift of our belief in Jesus Eucharistic with others!

 

Mother’s Day: Honor your Mother, love her, pray for her!May 8:

“Hail Mary, O Mother of the Most Holy Eucharist, help me to believe completely, help me to love completely, help me to live what I believe.” (From the Chaplet to the Mother of the Most Holy Eucharist)

 

St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—Feast, May 10:

“The Eucharist is the bread that gives strength. . . It is at once the most eloquent proof of His love and the most powerful means of fostering His love in us. He gives Himself every day so that our hearts as burning coals may set afire the hearts of the faithful.” (Saint Damian of Molokai)

 

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Fatima—Feast, May 13:

The Fatima message is intensely Eucharistic. Since 1960, there has been Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition at the sanctuary in Portugal. When the angel appeared to the Fatima children, he taught them this prayer: “O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.” The Angel told the children, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God.” When Our Lady appeared to the children on May 13—which was already celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament--they fell on their knees and recited what has become known as the Eucharistic Prayer in their hearts: “Oh, Most Holy Trinity, I adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament.” Our Lady later asked for the First Saturday Communions of Reparation. The Fatima visionaries all developed a fervent love of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady called us to Eucharistic reparation, to console the heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, who is so often forgotten and unloved. We can help usher in the reign of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary through our Holy Communions and Holy Hours. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us!

 

A pamphlet, card, CDs, posters, and medals of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and an Our Lady of Fatima prayer card and CDs are available through us.

 

St. Paschal Baylon, Patron of Eucharistic Congresses, Spain (1540-1592)—Feast, May 17:

St. Paschal spent many hours in meditation before the Holy Eucharist while tending his sheep as a youth. While traveling through France once, he defended the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament against heretics and managed to slip away from an angry Hugenot mob. Many miracles have occurred through his intercession.

 

St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest and Patron of Advertisers, Italy (1380- 1444)—Feast, May 20:

“The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world” (St. Bernardine).

 

The Ascension of the Lord—Solemnity, May 26:

“Christ is risen! In him is my faith, my love; in him I live. He sang us a love song from the moment of his birth to the moment of his death and unto his resurrection. At the moment of his ascension—which comes soon—he will leave us tokens of his love: first, himself in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Blessed Sacrament, and in his priests. For he is so in love with us that though he went to the Father, he remained with us. Only God can do that.” (Season of Mercy, Catherine Doherty, Servant of God)

 

St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy (1515-1595)—Feast, May 26:

“At Holy Communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined” (St. Philip Neri).

 

The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth—Feast, May 31: “Blessed is she who believed” (Lk 1:45): Enter into an Ignatian contemplative scene and imagine Mary travelling. Her joy, her quick pace, her awareness of Jesus within her, her determination to carry out God’s will despite the possible obstacles—all of these, made up the long trek to Ain Karim. You can accompany Mary, admire her majesty, but also be inspired by her humility and simplicity; during this long journey with Mary, open up your heart and talk to her about what is going on in your life. Why not even tell her what is most heavy on your mind. Mary is the best of listeners! . . . . Remember!  The little Jesus is already present in the womb of Mary. Therefore, as you travel, remember that this indeed is a “Eucharistic Procession” (a Corpus Christi procession). Mary always wants to draw us closer to Jesus; her last words at the wedding Feast of Cana were: ‘Do whatever He tells you!’ Great advice! Beg for the grace to have a greater faith, love and devotion towards the Eucharist!” (Fr. Edward Broom, OMV) 

Pentecost —June 5:

“The power of the Holy Spirit makes Jesus present in Mary and at the altar. John offered Mass in their home and Mary adored Jesus in the Eucharist daily.” (“A Second Pentecost With Mary,” Rev. August P. Bosio)

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church—June 6: With Mary, let us adore Jesus Eucharistic! The Most Holy Trinity—June 12:

“The Eucharistic gift assumes even more awesome proportions when we reflect that the Son of God present herein is ever united, intimately and indivisibly, with his co-Persons in the Trinity—his Eternal Father and their mutual Spirit of Love; which means that they, too, are mysteriously yet really with him, and consequently with us no less. In effect, then, the total Eucharistic mystery includes the presence of both the Father and the Holy Spirit as an inseparable concomitant. That is, the Blessed Sacrament embraces the Trinitarian mystery within its compass.” (Mary and the Eucharist, Fr. Richard Foley, S.J.)

 

St. Anthony of Padua—June 13:

“That Body which the Virgin begot, which hung upon the Cross and was placed in the sepulchre, which rose again the third day, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, this Body the Church today and every day presents and distributes to her faithful. When the priest speaks the words: This is My Body, the essence of the bread is changed into the Body of Christ.” (St. Anthony of Padua)

 

Happy Father’s Day—June 19: Honor your father, love him, and pray for him!

“O Blessed Host, in whom is contained the fire of purest love which blazes forth from the bosom of the Eternal Father, as from an abyss of infinite mercy for us, and especially for poor sinners.” (St. Faustina, Diary, 356)

 

Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—June 19: Adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!

“Let us take the time to kneel before Jesus present in the Eucharist, in order to make reparation by our faith and love for the acts of carelessness and neglect, and even the insults which our Savior must endure in many parts of the world. Let us deepen through adoration our personal and communal contemplation, drawing upon aids to prayer inspired by the word of God and the experience of so many mystics, old and new . . . . Let us also celebrate with particular devotion the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, with its traditional procession. Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.” (St. John Paul II)

 

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Solemnity, June 24) and Immaculate Heart of Mary (Feast, June 25):

Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with your heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His kingdom.

Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race.

Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as you wish, to accomplish your designs upon the world.

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth, rule over me, and teach me how to allow the Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me, as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, protect us! 

 

We wish you a Blessed and Joyous Easter season!

 

Prayer Intentions: Please send us the names of your family, loved ones, priests, religious, suffering, dying & other intentions you would like us to pray for in our daily masses, and Holy Hours throughout the Easter Season before Jesus, Our Eucharistic King, Lord and Savior!

 

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