“My home is by your altars, The Lord of hosts, my king and my God!” (Psalm 84:4)
“We adore you, Lord, truly present in the Sacrament of the Altar, the living Bread which gives life to humanity.
We acknowledge you asour one God, a little Child lying helpless in the manger! . . . . Look upon us, eternal Son of God, who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary! All humanity, with its burden of trials and troubles, stands in need of you. Stay with us, living Bread which came down from heaven for our salvation! Stay with us forever! Amen!” (St. Pope John Paul II, December 24, 2004, Christmas Midnight Mass)
Reflections on Jesus, our Eucharistic King
“O King of glory, though you hide your beauty, yet the eye of my soul rends the veil.
I see the angelic choirs giving you honor without cease.” (St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament)
Advent and Christmas Reflections
“If we are vigilant during Advent, we will pray every day…. We will make chapel visits a part of our Advent…. The Eucharist contains incredible strength for us. The Grace of the Eucharist is what changed my life . . . it’s what changed my heart. It woke up my heart. It has helped me to be on fire . . . to be vigilant.” “We have the same opportunity that the wise men, the shepherd, Mary and Joseph had at the Nativity scene. We will be able to see our Lord who will be born on this altar . . . . Like the wise men, we have ‘come to worship Him.’ Through the eyes of faith, we will worship our Lord and Savior. We will see the King of Kings, our Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, the reason for the season. We will see our Lord, our Savior, our friend, Jesus Christ.” (Ordained a Priest Forever: Spiritual Reflections of a Spiritual Father, Fr. Greg Shaffer)
On Christmas, the feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we celebrate the awesome Mystery of the birth of, a tiny Baby—an Infant, Jesus Christ our merciful Savior into this world! As we commemorate this great feast with prayers, Nativity scenes, carols, hymns, cards, trees, family, friends, gifts and food let us remember that “Jesus is the reason for the Season”! Let us turn to Him, our true, saving, lasting and eternal food! Let us receive Him in Holy Communion and go to Him in Adoration! Empowered by Jesus, the true Bread of Life, let us reach out to feed and minister to others—young and old, the hungry, poor, sick, suffering, dying, cold, lonely and all in need during this Season of Christ’s birth. Let us pray that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, may reign in our hearts, minds and world. “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!”
“Let each one get ready... The star is coming to rest!... Let the celebrating begin, Let us adore the Child!...” (From the poem “In the Orient,” by St. Therese of Lisieux)
With hearts truly grateful,/Come all ye faithful./To Jesus, to Jesus in Bethlehem.
See Christ your Savior!/Heaven’s greatest favor.
Let’s hasten to adore Him./ Let’s hasten to adore Him./ Let’s hasten to adore Him./Our God and King. (Hymn)
Respect Life Sunday—Oct. 1 “When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, we stand on behalf of that one person in the world in most need of God’s love and mercy, whether it is the unborn child, the pregnant mother, the abortionist, the handicapped, or the chronically ill.” (Fr. Jim Whalen)
The Holy Guardian Angels—Oct. 2
“How happy is that guardian angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!” (St. John Vianney)
St. Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence, (1798-1856), France—Oct. 3
“How consoling is this mystery of the Eucharist! . . . Is there anything sweeter than to have a friend to whom we may at any hour confide our difficulties and our pain?” Theodore founded the Sisters of St. Mary of the Woods, IN, and the first Catholic women’s liberal arts college in the U.S.
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Franciscan Founder, Stigmatist (c. 1181-1226), Italy—Oct. 4t everyone be struck St. Francis was greatly devoted to the Eucharistic Adoration. He wrote, “Each day He humbles Himself as when He came from the royal throne into the Virgin’s womb; each day He Himself comes to us, appearing humbly; each day He comes down from the bosom of the Father upon the altar in the hands of a priest.” “It is a great misery … when you have Him present in this way, you are concerned with anything else in the whole world!”
Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher, Founder, Srs. of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, (1811-1849), Canada—Oct. 6 Bl. Marie-Rose left her Sisters a legacy of devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady. Enlivened by her hours of Eucharistic Adoration, Bl. Marie-Rose helped educate poor children and cared for the sick.
Our Lady of the Rosary—Oct. 7
Throughout Church history, the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary have brought about victories in hopeless times.One example is the battle of Lepanto in 1571.When forces sought to destroy Christianity in Europe, Pope Pius V instructed all Churches to hold 40 hours devotions [Eucharistic Adoration] and recite the Rosary.The Catholic faith was saved by people praying before our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and offering the Holy Rosary. Formerly the feast of Our Lady of Victory, wenow celebrate this feast as Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.
“In all the free time you have,once you have finished your duties of state,you should kneel down and pray the Rosary.Pray the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament.” (St. Padre Pio)
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Apostle of the Sacred Heart (1647-1690), France—Oct. 16
“Today the Lord wants you to honor His life wholly given to us in the Blessed Sacrament.You must be as a burning candle with no other desire than to be consumed in His honor.” (St. Margaret Mary)
St. Gerard Majella, Religious, Patron of Expectant Mothers (1726-1755), Italy—Oct. 16
“Lord, make my faith in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar especially alive.” (St. Gerard).
Sts. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), John de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier & Companions, Martyrs, France—Oct. 19
“The source of all gentleness, the sustenance of our hearts, is Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.” (St. Charles Garnier)
St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostle, Martyr, Patron of Impossible Cases, (d. 67), Galilee—Oct. 28 St. Jude, please intercede for the despairing to find hope in the presence of Jesus’ Eucharistic Love.
All Saints Day—Nov. 1
“How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
All Souls Day—Nov. 2: Masses, Holy Hours, Rosaries and other prayers for the Holy Souls!
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that this prayer would release 1000 souls from purgatory every time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well.(The Chaplet of St. Gertrude prayer card, item D-20, is available through us.) St. Martin de Porres, Patron of South America, Surgeon, Miracle Worker, (1579-1639), Peru—Nov. 3 St. Martin bore a great love for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He spent long hours in adoration. St. Martin founded an orphanage and children’s hospital for the poor. Many miracles are wrought through his intercession.
St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop, Patron of Catechists, (1538-1584), Italy—Nov. 4
St. Charles propagated the 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration devotion and started a Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. An ardent believer, he encouraged the faithful to receive Holy Communion as often as possible.
St. Martin of Tours, Patron of Soldiers, (316-397) Italy—Nov. 11 Martin converted when, as a soldier, he saw a beggar and gave him half of his cloak. The beggar was Christ, who inspired St. Martin to become Catholic and enter the monastic life. His love for the True Presence was so great that he became a defender of the faith and worked miracles. Pray for our troops and veterans!
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Religious, Ptn. of Immigrants, (1850-1917), Italy—Nov. 13
“Go often dear ones and place yourself at the feet of Jesus. He is our comfort, our way, and our life.” (St. Frances) St. Agnes of Assisi, Poor Clare Nun, Virgin, Miracle Worker, (1197-1253), Italy—Nov. 16
St. Agnes is the younger sister of St. Clare. She also ran away to become a Nun, under the direction of St. Francis, and lived a life of poverty and prayer centered on the Holy Eucharist. St. Agnes established other convents.
St. Gertrude the Great, Benedictine & Patroness of the West Indies (1256-1302)—Nov. 16
Jesus told St. Gertrude: “I have done My utmost to manifest the tenderness of My Heart in the Blessed Eucharist.” It is “My mercy, My gracious mercy, which alone I extend to all in this Sacrament.”
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother, 3rd Order Franciscan, (1207-1231)—Nov. 17
As a child, St. Elizabeth spent hours in Eucharistic Adoration. St. Elizabeth was devoted to the sick andpoor. Empowered by Jesus, her Eucharistic love, she built a hospital and fed hundreds daily!
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Religious Missionary, (1769-1852) France, Nov. 18 St. Rose slept in a closet on a straw mattress in order to be close to the Blessed Sacrament and spend hours in Adoration each night. She passed on her charism of devotion to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Nov. 21 Mary gave her life to God as a child when she was brought to the temple by her parents, Anne and Joachim.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, France—Nov. 27 Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure (feast Nov. 28) while she was at Eucharistic Adoration with the Miraculous Medal message. Mother Mary promised special graces to all who would wear the medal and said that all who would “come to the foot of the altar” to adore her Son would receive great grace.
St. Nicholas, Bishop, Patron of Children and Russia, (4th century), Myra—Dec. 6 St. Nicholas witnessed to Jesus Eucharistic by his great charity, generosity and love of children, the poor, and sick. Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Dec. 8
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception! From the moment she was conceived Our Lady was without sin, a pure tabernacle for the Lord.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, (Apparition 1531), Mexico—Dec. 12 “‘I ardently desire,’ she [Our Lady] said, ‘that a church be built here.’Right from the start, then, God’s mother indicated the Eucharistic orientation of her mission....Guadalupe itself is now a world famous shrine visited by some 20 million pilgrims a year.The miraculous image, displayed above the high altar of the basilica, appears to look down adoringly on the tabernacled Lord below.The adjoining Adoration Chapel attracts large numbers, including many adorers making the Holy Hour....The Lord’s sacramental presence reaches far and wide” (Fr. Foley).
St. John of the Cross, Carmelite Priest and Doctor, (c. 1542-1591), Spain—Dec. 14
Of St. John of the Cross it is written that the Holy Eucharist was “all his glory, all his happiness, and for him far surpassed all the things of the earth” (The Collected Works of St. John of The Cross).
St. Stephen, Deacon, Martyr, Patron of Deacons and Stonemasons, (d. 35)—Dec. 26
Glorious St. Stephen, first of the martyrs, for the sake of Christ you gave up your life in testimony of the truth of His divine teaching.Obtain for us, dear St. Stephen, the faith, the hope, the love, and the courage of martyrs. When we are tempted to shirk our duty, or deny our faith, come to our assistance as a shining example of the courage of martyrs, and win for us a love like your own. We ask it of you for the honor of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is the model and reward of all martyrs. Amen.
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Patron of Theologians, Asia Minor, (d.100), Galilee—December 27 John rested his head upon the bosom of Jesus at the Last Supper. Let us rest upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus during our Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration and listen and learn from Him.
Feast of the Holy Innocents—Dec. 28 “The adoration of the Lord in the sacrament is also an education in sensitizing our conscience . . . When the conscience becomes dulled, this lets in the violence that lays waste the world”(Pope Benedict XVI).
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—Dec. 28 “The child is God’s gift to the family.Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things—to love and to be loved.Where will you get the joy of loving?—in the Eucharist....Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life.Night and day, He is there.If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that adoration.”(St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop and Martyr, Patron of Clergy, (1118-1170), England—December 29
Empowered by the Eucharist to stand up for his faith, he gave his life in martyrdom at the altar.
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