“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord” (Rom 8:35, 37). “Let us pray to Mary, Queen of Peace, to implore from God the fundamental gift of concord, bringing political leaders back to the path of reason, and opening new possibilities of dialogue and agreement. In this perspective I invite the local Churches to raise special prayers for peace in the Holy Land and in the whole of the Middle East” (Pope Benedict XVI, July 16, 2006).
“My Sweet Jesus, You appear to me/On Your Mother's breast, all radiant with love . . . . Soon, for me, You will leave Your Mother./Already Love impels You to suffer, But on the cross, O Full-blossomed Flower!/I recognize Your morning fragrance. I recognize Mary's Dew./Your Divine Blood is Virginal Milk!” (From St. Therese of Lisieux's poem, “The Divine Dew, or The Virginal Milk of Mary”)
Our Mother showed us the depths of her love by suffering at the foot of the Cross. Mary always leads us to the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Whose heart continues to burn with love for us today. Our Mother showed true compassion (Com-with, passion-suffering) at the side of her Son on Calvary. May we unite our sufferings to Jesus, as our Mother did before us, that nothing may separate us from His Love. For when we compassionate His Eucharistic Heart, in imitation of Our Lady, we too shall be “more than conquerors” through Him Who loved us—on the Cross then and in the Sacred Host now. (Excerpt from Bread of Life). “All the supreme teachers, the popes, have been unanimous in proclaiming that the devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary are the hope and salvation of the world in our evil and dangerous era. They have endeavored, by word and example, to bring the faithful more closely to Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady’s Rosary” (The Eucharistic and The Rosary:The Power to Change the World). “Unite yourselves spiritually to the Crucified Christ, and abandon yourselves in the hands of Mary, constantly invoking her in the Rosary” (Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 26, 2005). “The rosary is a contemplative view of the face of Christ carried out, so to speak, through Mary’s eyes. Therefore, it is a prayer that is at the very heart of the Gospel, and is in full harmony with the inspiration of the Second Vatican Council . . . . I wish to suggest the recitation of the rosary to individuals, to families and to Christian communities. I wish to entrust once again the great cause of peace to the prayer of the rosary” (Pope John Paul II, 9/29/02). “May a constant prayer for peace rise in the Church with the praying of the rosary, both by individuals or by communities, keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus Christ, our peace” (J. P. II). Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand, To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive—It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. "If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, in your country, recite the Rosary" (Pius IX).
"We adore Thee most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here in all Thy Churches, which are in the whole world, because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world." (St. Francis of Assisi) In an age plagued by much war and suffering, the ever living presence of Christ’s Love in the Blessed Sacrament is a personal reminder to us of the victory of life over death, love over hatred and hope over despair. When we look upon His Eucharistic Heart, we see that suffering has meaning when it is experienced with Love. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “When you look at the Crucifix you see how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you see how much He loves you now.” “There must be someone . . . who will speak for Thy Son [in the Holy Eucharist], for He has never defended Himself. Let this be the task for us” (St. Teresa of Avila). “One sees that the gaze fixed upon his side, pierced by the spear, is transformed into silent adoration. Gazing at the Lord’s pierced side, from which ‘blood and water’ flowed (cf. John 19:34), helps us to recognize the manifold gifts of grace that derive from it (cf. “Haurietis Aquas,” Nos. 34-41) and opens us to all other forms of Christian worship embraced by the devotion to the Heart of Jesus” (Pope Benedict XVI, Letter on the 50th Anniversary of “Haurietis Aquas”). “Here in the tiny Host I find the fruit of love” (St. Therese of Lisieux).
Prayer of St. Padre Pio after Holy Communion
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will. Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company. Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I wish it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. Stay with me, Lord,Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes, death, judgement, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile! Stay with me tonight, Jesus in life with all its dangers, I need You. Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart. Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love. Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but, the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You! Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for. Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
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Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Missionary, Sister, (1910-1997), Macedonia —died Sept. 5 “Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in the religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer and the difference it will make in our world.” Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Sept. 8 Let us celebrate with joyful hearts the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the sun of justice, Jesus Christ Our Eucharistic Lord! Hail Mary, blessed are you among women!
St. Peter Claver, Jesuit Priest, (1580-1654), Spain—Sept. 9 Through the Eucharist, St. Peter cared for and worked to free slaves in Colombia. “Lord, Saint Peter Claver worked tirelessly for the faith, spending his life in its service. With the power this Eucharist gives make your people strong in the same true faith and help us to proclaim it everywhere by all we say and do. Grant this in the name of Jesus the Lord” (Communion Prayer).
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, (344-407), Syria—Sept. 13 St. John exhorted the faithful: “Do not be fainthearted, do not cry, do not fear the difficult times. For He who did not refuse to shed His own blood for everyone and even made us partakers of His body and blood, what will He refuse to do for our salvation? Take heart, therefore, with this hope. Let us call on Him continually and give ourselves to prayer and supplication.”
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross—Sept. 14 “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself,”says the Lord. (Jn 12:32). “As He then lived upon earth, so now He lives in our midst, but transfigured and veiled to the bodily eyes. As He then offered Himself a sacrifice upon the Cross, so He continues to offer Himself in every Holy Mass for us, only the way and manner of offering is different. Even more: in this Mystery He becomes our Food as the pledge of our eternal salvation” (Father Faber).
Our Lady of Sorrows—Sept. 15: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27) “Mary’s last act was doubtless one of compassion for poor sinners for whose salvation the Word became flesh. She knew how to win His infinite mercy in their behalf; she offered herself to make reparation for them, to do penance for them, in order to obtain their pardon and their return to God. Oh if I could but adore the Lord as did his good Mother! Like her, I possess Him in Holy Communion. O my God give her who so adored Thee, to be my true Mother! Let me share her grace and her state of continual adoration to the God she had received in her virginal womb, that heaven of virtue and love!” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic, (1887-1968), Italy —Sept. 23 “Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the true Prince of Peace” (St. Padre Pio).
St. Vincent De Paul, Priest, Servant, (1581-1660), France—Sept. 27 On September 26, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Saints “who from the Eucharist drew the strength for active and not infrequently heroic charity. My thoughts go to St. Vincent de Paul . . . who used to affirm: ‘What joy to serve the person of Christ in His poor limbs!’”
Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Saints—Sept. 29 Lord we give you thanks and praise for the faithful protection and guidance of your Archangels. Holy Archangels pray for us that we may love, receive and adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist! Respect Life Sunday—Oct. 1 “In the Bread which came down from heaven, the family will be able to find the support that will keep it united in the face of today’s threats and will preserve it as a bastion of life, steadfast against the culture of death” (Pope John Paul II, Message to Archbishop of Seville, June 5, 1995).
Guardian Angels—Oct. 2 “Bless the Lord, all you angels of the Lord. Sing His glory and praise forever” (Dn 3:58). “See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and heed his voice” (Ex 23:20). With the angels we adore Jesus!
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Franciscan Founder, Stigmatist (c. 1181-1226), Italy—Oct. 4 St. Francis often spent whole nights in prayer before Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, repeating: “My Lord and My God.” Five of his remaining eight letters expressed his great love of and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. “Let us love God and adore him and offer him praises by day and by night.” “I beg you to show every reverence and honor possible to the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all things in heaven and on earth are set at peace and are reconciled (cf. Collossians, 1:20) to Almighty God” (St. Francis). Hail, Saint Francis, our Father and Patron, Hail, St. Francis, our Father and Patron, Lover of the Hidden King! Troubadour of holy peace! Aid thy children, to go to the Altar, Help thy children, as zealous apostles, And His praises daily sing. Jesus’ kingdom to increase. Teach us, O Francis, to love without measure Teach us, O Francis, to love ev’ry neighbor, Jesus, our Victim, and Food, and our Treasure. Foster true peace by example and labor. Father dear, our hearts prepare, Father dear, in ev’ry care, Fill them with love, O hear our prayer! Friend of all men, hear our prayer!
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary—Oct. 7 “With the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary we have inconceivable and unlimited power at our beckoning. The Blessed Sacrament is God; the Holy Rosary is the power of God channeled through His Mother” (The Eucharistic and The Rosary).
Ann. Our Lady’s Apparition at Fatima & the Miracle of the Sun (1917)-Oct. 13 “A powerful call to prayer and conversion; a truly prophetic message if we consider the twentieth century’s burden of unprecedented destruction caused by wars and totalitarian regimes, as well as the widespread persecutions against the Church.” “Although there has been no lack of worries and suffering . . . there is comfort to be had in what the ‘White Lady’ promised the shepherd children: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph’” (Pope Benedict, 5/14/06). “Be assiduous in prayer, spiritually united with Mary our mother, to worship Christ alive in the Eucharist, to fall ever more deeply in love with him” (Pope Benedict, 6/5/06).
St. Gerard Majella, Religious, Patron of Expectant Mothers (1726-1755), Italy—Oct. 16 “What great strength souls receive who lovingly visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Let’s all go see Jesus, Our Prisoner of Love. Suffer only for God and your sufferings will bring you heaven on earth” (St. Gerard Majella).
St. Margaret Mary, Apostle of the Sacred Heart (1647-1690), France—Oct. 16 “Love keeps Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Let us love Him with all our might and strength.”
Sts. Rene Goupil, Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Jesuit Martyrs, France—Oct. 19 Sensing their death was near, Sts. Rene and Isaac “begged God to accept our lives and our blood and to unite them to His life and His blood for the salvation of these tribes,” and prayed the Rosary. St. Rene Goupil is America’s first canonized martyr; he gave his life for Christ at Auriesville, NY in 1642. St. Isaac Jogues and six other Jesuits were tortured and martyred for bringing the message of Jesus to the natives. They drew strength and love from the Eucharist.
St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostle, Martyr, Patron of Impossible Cases (d. 67)—Oct. 28 Jesus chose this holy man, his cousin, for his devoted love & missionary zeal. He died in Persia.
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