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Sunday Reflection – 8 September – “When Mass ended I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks…”

Sunday Reflection – 8 September – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

“When Mass ended I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks.

My thirst and hunger do not diminish after I have received Him in the Blessed Sacrament but rather, increase steadily.

Oh, how sweet was the conversation I held with Paradise this morning.

The Heart of Jesus and my own, if you will pardon my expression, fused.
They were no longer two hearts beating but only one.
My heart disappeared, as if it were, a drop in the ocean.”

St Pio of Pietrelcina aka St Padre Pio (1887 to 1968)

when mass ended i remained with jesus to render him thanks st padre pio 8 sept 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 August- Peter and Peter

Quote/s of the Day – 3 August – Friday of the Seventeenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Peter Faber SJ (1506-1546) and St Peter Julian Eymard SSS (1811-1868) “Apostle of the Eucharist”

“Seek grace for the smallest things,
and you will find grace to accomplish,
to believe in,
and to hope for,
the greatest things.
Attend to the smallest things,
examine them,
think about putting them into effect,
and the Lord will grant you greater.”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)seek grace in the smallest things - st peter faber.jpg

“Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions.
To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth
when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb,
when she adored Him in the Crib,
on Calvary,
in the divine Eucharist.”eucharistic-adoration-is-the-greatest-of-actions-st-peter-julian-eymard-2-aug-2017 and 2 aug 2019.jpg

“Eucharistic Adoration
is the greatest
act of holiness on earth.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)eucharistic adoration is the greatest st peter julian eymard 2 aug 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 May – Holy Gospel & the Eucharist

Quote/s of the Day – 19 May – The Fifth Sunday of Easter, C and the Memorial of St Maria Bernarda Bütler (1848-1924)

“The Holy Spirit taught me to adore,
praise, bless and give thanks
to Jesus in the tabernacle at all times,
even at work and in real life.”the holy spirit taught me to adore - st maria bernard butler - 19 may 2019

“My guide,
my star,
is the Gospel.”

St Maria Bernarda Bütler (1848-1924)my guid my star is the gospel - st maria bernard butler -19 may 2019

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Sunday Reflection – 7 October – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 7 October – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The Beating Heart of the Church –

the Eucharistic Heart of Christ.

This is what Pope Benedict XVI said on 10 June 2007:

“Today’s solemnity of Corpus Christi, which was celebrated last Thursday in the Vatican and in other countries, invites us to contemplate the supreme Mystery of our faith – the Most Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the altar.   Every time that the priest renews the Eucharistic Sacrifice, in the prayer of consecration he repeats:  ‘This is my Body…this is my Blood.’   He lends his voice, his hands and his heart to Christ, who wanted to remain with us in order to be the beating Heart of the Church.

But even after the Celebration of the Divine Mysteries the Lord Jesus remains present in the tabernacle.   For this reason, praise is rendered to Him especially through Eucharistic Adoration, as I sought to remind everyone in the recent Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis (see nos. 66-69) following the Synod on this topic.   In fact, there is an intrinsic connection between celebration and adoration.   The Holy Mass is in itself already the greatest act of adoration on the part of the Church.   ‘No one eats this flesh,’ St Augustine wrote, ‘unless he has first adored it’ (Com. on Psalms 98,9; CCL XXXIX, 1385).  Adoration, apart from the Holy Mas, prolongs and intensifies what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes it possible, to receive Christ in a real and profound way.”adoration, apart from the holy mass - pope benedict - 7 oct 2018

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Thought for the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923)

Thought for the Day – 4 June – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Filippo Smaldone (1848-1923) – Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration and of Charity

Speaking of: Eucharistic Adoration

“St Filippo Smaldone, son of South Italy, knew how to instil in his life the higher virtues characteristic of his land.

A priest with a great heart nourished continuously on prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, he was above all, a witness and servant of charity, which he manifested in an eminent way through service to the poor, in particular to deaf-mutes, to whom he dedicated himself entirely.

The work that he began developed thanks to the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, founded by him and which spread to various parts of Italy and the world.

St Filippo Smaldone saw the image of God reflected in deaf-mutes and he used to repeat that, just as we prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, so we should kneel before a deaf-mute.

From his example we welcome the invitation to consider the ever indivisible love for the Eucharist and love for one’s neighbour.   But the true capacity to love the brethren, can come only, from meeting with the Lord in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

Pope Benedict XVI on the Canonisation of St Filippo Smaldone, St Peter’s Square, Sunday, 15 October 2006consider the ever indivisble love of the eucharist and love neighbour - pope benedict - 4 june 2018

St Filippo Smaldone, Pray for us!st filippo smaldone - pray for us no 2 - 4 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) “Seraph of the Eucharist”

Thought for the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) “Seraph of the Eucharist”.

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament occupied much of Saint Francis of Assisi’s energy.   Most of his letters were to promote devotion to the Eucharist. Paschal shared that concern.

The life of Saint Paschal Baylon is one of simple adoration of the Lord and great devotion to His Mother.   Saint Paschal recognised the importance of spending time before Our Saviour, in contemplation of His passion, love and sacrifice—in the earthly presence of God.   Through his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Paschal was graced with wisdom beyond his education and obedience and charity, beyond measure.   His life inspires us to greater communion with the Lord, leading us to His spiritual treasures.

An hour in prayer before our Lord in the Eucharist could teach all of us a great deal.

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with bended knee and acknowledge that He is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity!

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a silent tongue and confess “Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament, you are Lord!”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with bowed head and say “lead me, Lord”.

Go to Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament
with a humble heart and say “show me how to love as You love, Lord”.

Go to Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament
with folded hands and say “take my hands, use them as Your hands Lord”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a closed mouth and listen to Him whispering to our soul, and responding with “Yes Lord”.

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a meek spirit and say, “Not by my power and my might but by Your power and Your might Lord!”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a fiat and say, “Not my will but Your will be done Lord!”

St Paschal Baylon, Pray for us!st paschal baylon pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 24 April – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796-1868)

Quote/s of the Day – 24 April – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796-1868)

“Draw near to our Lord, thoroughly aware
of you own nothingness and you may hope
all things from His Goodness and Mercy.
Never forget that Jesus Christ is no less generous
in the Blessed Sacrament than He was
during His mortal life on earth.”draw near to our lord - st mary euphrasia - 24 april 2018

“The Blessed Sacrament is the first
and supreme object of our worship.
We must preserve, in the depths of our hearts,
a constant and uninterrupted, profound adoration,
of this precious pledge, of Divine Love.”we must preserve - st mary euphrasia - 24 april 2018

“To speak of the Blessed Sacrament,
is to speak of what is most sacred.
How often, when we are in a state of distress,
those to whom we look for help leave us;
or what is worse, add to our affliction
by heaping fresh troubles upon us.
He is ever there waiting to help us.”to speak of the blessed sacrament - st mary euphrasia- no 2- 24 april 2018

“May your heart be an altar,
from which the bright flame,
of unending thanksgiving
ascends to heaven.”may your heart be an altar - st mary euphrasia - 24 april 2018

“It is human to fall
but angelic to rise again.”

“One person is of more value
than the whole world.”

“Do well ALL that you do!”it is human...one person is more value ...do well all - st mary euphrasia pelletier - 24 april 2018

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796-1868)

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Thought for the Day – 16 April – Monday of the Third Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Benedict Joseph Labre – Known as the Beggar of Perpetual Adoration (1748-1783)

Thought for the Day – 16 April – Monday of the Third Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Benedict Joseph Labre – Known as the Beggar of Perpetual Adoration (1748-1783)

Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones.   Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest.   Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life.   Then, at age 16, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives.

He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms.   He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor.   Filled with the love of God and neighbour, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament.   In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called “the poor man of the Forty Hours devotion” and “the beggar of Rome.”

On 16 April 1783, the last day of his life, Benedict dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house. Immediately after his death, the people proclaimed him a saint.

Benedict Joseph Labre was canonised by Pope Leo XIII in 1881.

St Benedict’s life reminds us that the Lord loves and has a beautiful plan for all His creations, despite what society may judge or view them as.   I, personally, do not regard him as being mentally ill, though many do and he is the Patron of mental illness and against insanity.   For me, his mission was simply a striving, throughout his life to grow closer to the Lord, to serve Him through his neighbour and to serve as an example for others.   I see shades of St Francis and many other Saints.   He faced multiple rejections with grace and eventually changed his plan in obedience to God, never giving up his search for holiness.   We are challenged by the life of this saint to consider our own actions, both when we encounter difficulties in our lives that prevent us from following what we perceive to be the will of God and also when we encounter those individuals in our communities who society has written off, marginalised and judged as ‘less than’ and ‘unworthy’.

My thought is this, that if we seek Christ who sought us first, we will find Him, for He is right beside us, whatever our circumstances.   St Benedict found Him, in his neighbour and waiting quietly, in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, as He waits for you and me.

St Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us!  (Last year’s Saint of the Day – https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/saint-of-the-day-16-april-st-benedict-joseph-labre/)ST BENEDICT - BEGGAR OF PERPETAUL ADORATION - PRAY FOR US - 16 APRIL 2018st-labre-pray-for-us- 16 april 2017 - no 2

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Get to the Tabernacle and let Heaven fall on you…….

In adoring the Blessed Sacrament, our hearts are enlarged and our minds receive the truth

In Lourdes, most miracles take place during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Medjugorje is no different.   Although so much power and grace radiate from the Blessed Sacrament during heartfelt and worthy Adoration, in the end this is not about getting “something”.

The Curé d’Ars referred to a parishioner who said that during Adoration, “I look at Him. And He looks at me.”   It is about two people in love with each other – a creature and its God.   The deeper our hunger, the more He gives us; indeed, He gives us this hunger for Him.

What does one do during Adoration?   What do lovers do when they gaze with love at each other?   We need silence first of all.   When Pope Benedict XVI led Adoration in Hyde Park, about 80,000 young people kept silence with the Pope – to the consternation of media broadcasters.   Silence apparently does not make for good television. Television requires continuous chatter.   Adoration requires silence.get to the tabernacle - 5 feb 2018

Secondly, Adoration requires attentiveness.   It is heart-breaking to see couples sitting opposite each other in restaurants, both gazing avidly at their smartphone screens instead of each other.   It doesn’t take much to see who or what dominates that relationship.   We attend to that which we prize foremost.   In Adoration we attend to the Lord.

And thirdly, Adoration needs receptivity.   In our silence and attentiveness, we receive from God.   We are stripped of the illusion that we can do God any favours.   He longs to lavish Himself on us. Sitit sitiri, He thirsts to be thirsted for;   He longs to be longed for. He will guide us and teach us but only if we let Him.   In Adoration we receive from God the truth about God and about ourselves.

In my own experience it is powerful.   Jesus waits for us with eager longing.   And He longs to lavish Himself on us.   It’s like a tower made of champagne glasses and when the top glass is filled it overflows and fills the glasses below.   In Adoration, when we are open to receive, God enlarges our hearts to love and that love overflows to others, just like the champagne tower.

Sometimes people experience little change, often because of unconfessed sin or hiding ourselves from the Lord.   If we are closed, if we keep our hurts and everything about us hidden from the Lord, then very little can change.   Then Adoration will be experienced as a burden to be endured or avoided.   But when we are open to the Lord, it is very powerful.   God has so many graces He wants to give us and He leads and guides us in prayer through Adoration.   Sometimes we keep vigil with the Lord during Adoration, and make acts of reparation and love – because the world needs this so much.

JRR Tolkien once said he did not return to fidelity to the Lord by being chased by Francis Thompson’s Hound of Heaven but through hunger for the Blessed Sacrament, as one starving for love.   In a letter to his middle son during World War II (the context of the letter is marriage and sex), he wrote:

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth:  the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity and the true way of all your loves on earth… by the taste of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships… take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.”

Get to the Tabernacle and let Heaven fall on you…for this is what is called “the totally Catholic devotion” (those who are Catholic to their roots, in their blood, whose way of life, whose food is being Catholic – in the words of St Edmund Campion – ‘To be a Catholic is my only glory.”) – we become what we love!to be a catholic is my only glory no 3- st edmund campion

out of the darkness of my life - tolkien - 5 feb 2018

Partially taken from Fr Leon Pereira OP’s post.   He is chaplain to the English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Quote/s of the Day – 31 January -The Memorial of St John Bosco (1815-1888)

Quote/s of the Day – 31 January -The Memorial of St John Bosco (1815-1888)

“Do you want our Lord to give you many graces?
Visit him often.
Do you want him to give you few graces?
Visit him seldom.
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful
and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil.
Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and the devil will be powerless against you.”do you want our lord to give you many graces - st john bosco - 31 jan 2017

“I beg you to recommend to everyone,
first, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and then reverence for most holy Mary.”

“Take refuge often at the feet of Jesus…
My dear ones, the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
is an extremely necessary way to conquer the devil.
Therefore, go often to visit Jesus
and the devil will not come out victorious against you.”i beg you to recommend to everyone - st john bosco - 31 jan 2018

“Jesus could have limited His presence only
to the celebration of Mass, but no!
He wanted to make a permanent dwelling among us.
Night and day He awaits us and offers Himself to us at all times.
Like a most tender mother, He opens His arms to us.
He is there generously to give us His gifts.
He is there to draw us to Him
and lead us to paradise with Him.

Oh! Let us go visit Him often.”

jesus could have limited - st john bosco - 31 jan 2018

“I beg you to recommend to everyone,
first, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
and then reverence for most holy Mary.”

“Ask the Blessed Virgin for the grace
to receive Communion frequently
and worthily… Try to imagine,
that the Blessed Virgin herself,
will give you the Sacred Host.
No one would dare strike
at the Heart of Jesus
while He is in Mary’s hands.”i beg you - st john bosco - 2018 - 31 jan

“The power of evil men lives on the cowardice of the good.”the power of evil - st john bosco - 31 jan 2018

“The fullness of love, in all the mothers of this earth,
could never equal, the love Mary has, for each one of us.”the fullness of love - st john bosco - 31 jan 2018

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Thought for the Day – 5 January – The Memorial of St John Neumann (1811-1860) – An Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament

Thought for the Day – 5 January – The Memorial of St John Neumann (1811-1860) – An Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament

St John Nepomucene Neumann (1811–1860), Bishop of Philadelphia from 1852–1860, was graced with an intense devotion to Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.   His personal experience as a boy in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic), then as a priest in the United States and finally as a Redemptorist — a spiritual son of the incomparable Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) (Founder of the Redemptorists and Doctor of the Church) — impelled him to promote prolonged prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance.   No sooner had he become bishop of Philadelphia than he sought to introduce the Quarant’ Ore, or Forty Hours Devotion, already practised for three hundred years in Europe.

The good priests of Philadelphia were, for the most part, opposed to the introduction of the Forty Hours Devotion, fearing that, given the prevailing climate of violent anti-Catholicism nurtured by the Know Nothing Movement, it might exacerbate hostilities against the Church and even expose the Most Holy Sacrament to profanation.

Bishop Neumann had very nearly renounced his project when, overcome by exhaustion late one night, he fell asleep while writing at his desk.   A burning candle ignited the papers lying before him.   He awoke to smoke rising from the incinerated papers.   One document alone remained unscathed;  it was the letter he had written to propose the Forty Hours Devotion.   Bishop Neumann fell to his knees to give thanks for having been preserved from harm and, as he did so, he experienced a kind of locution.   God spoke to him inwardly saying,  “As the flames are burning here without consuming or injuring this writing, so shall I pour out My grace in the Blessed Sacrament without prejudice to My honour.   Therefore, do not fear profanation and do not hesitate any longer to carry out your designs for My glory.”

Convinced by this sign, Bishop Neumann overrode the objections of his clergy and initiated the celebration of the Forty Hours at the First Diocesan Synod of Philadelphia in April 1853.   The Church chosen for the first Forty Hours was that of Saint Philip Neri.   It was the latter saint who had, in fact, introduced the Quarant’ Ore to the city of Rome. Bishop Neumann astonished — and edified — his clergy and faithful by spending the greater part of the three days on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament in Saint Philip Neri Church.   There was no anti-Catholic backlash.   Great crowds of the faithful came, by day and by night, to adore Our Lord exposed to their gaze in the Sacrament of the Altar.

Bishop Neumann carried out his original inspiration by organising the Forty Hours Devotion in the entire diocese of Philadelphia in such a way that each parish would celebrate it in turn during the course of the year.   He edited a booklet to facilitate the worthy celebration of the Quarant’ Ore and secured indulgences for the faithful who would participate in the devotion.   So successful was the Forty Hours in the diocese of Philadelphia that it spread from there to other dioceses of the United States.   In 1866 at the Plenary Council of Baltimore the Forty Hours Devotion was ratified for the whole country.

One of the conclusions of the 2005 Vatican Synod on the Eucharist was the recommendation that the Forty Hours Devotion be reinvigorated and reintroduced everywhere in the Church.   This, of course, is fully consonant with the repeated exhortations to Eucharistic adoration of St Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Saints John and Alphonsus
Saint John Neumann left, among his personal writings, a prayer that, by its language and tenderness, is reminiscent of the outpourings of his spiritual father, Saint Alphonse Liguori, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It reveals something of the soul of Bishop Neumann:

How much do I love You,
O my Jesus!
I wish to love You with my whole heart,
yet I do not love You enough.
I have but one desire,
that of being near You,
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Thou art the sweet Bridegroom of my soul.
My Jesus, my love, my all,
gladly would I endure
hunger, thirst, heat and cold
to remain always with You
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Amenhow much do I love You O my Jesus - st john neumann - prayer to jesus in the holy eucharist - 5 jan 2018- NO 2

ST JOHN NEUMANN, PRAY FOR THE GROWTH OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, PRAY FOR HOLY MOTHER CHURCH, PRAY FOR US ALL!st john neumann - pray for us - 5 jan 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St John XXIII (1881-1963)

“It is easier for a father to have children
than for children to have a real father.”it is easier - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy.
It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person,
making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.
These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness,
His Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils…
I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love You more and more.'”every time - st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

Holy Mother Church is a home for one and all.
She desires to belong to everyone
and in particular she is the Church of the poor,
like the village fountain”.

St Pope John XXIIIholy mother church is-st john 23 - 11 oct 2017

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ONE MINUTE REFLECTION – 8 October

ONE MINUTE REFLECTION – 8 October

May our Lord Jesus Christ…console your hearts and strengthen them for every good word and work...2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

REFLECTION – “Jesus knows how to comfort us.
So when you are desolate, leave creatures behind.
Come to the tabernacle and you will always find strength and consolation.”…St Peter Julian Eymardjesus knows how to console us- st peter julian eymard - 8 oct 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, let me frequently have recourse to You in the Blessed Sacrament. O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment thine! Amencome lord jesus come - 8 oct 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – The Memorial of St Pope Pius X

Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – The Memorial of St Pope Pius X

“The daily adoration or visit to the Blessed Sacrament
is the practice which is the fountainhead
of all devotional works.”

the daily adoration - st pope pius X

“HOLY COMMUNION is the shortest
and the safest way to heaven.”

holy communion - st pius X

“The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church
is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful.”

the greatest obstacle - st pius X

“Let the storm rage and the sky darken —
not for that shall we be dismayed.
If we trust as we should in Mary,
we shall recognise in her, the Virgin Most Powerful,
who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.”

St Pope Pius X

let the storm rage - st pope pius x

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe

Quote/s of the Day – 14 August – The Memorial of St Maximillian Kolbe

“If angels could be jealous of men,
they would be so, for one reason:
HOLY COMMUNION.”

if angels could be jealous of men - st maximillian kolbe

“Jesus honoured her before all ages
and will honour her for all ages.
No one comes to Him, nor even near Him,
no one is saved or sanctified,
if he too will not honour her.
This is the lot of Angels and of men.”

jesus honoured her before all ages - st maximillian kolbe

“Be a man! Don’t blush for your convictions.”

be a man! don't blush for your convictions - st maximillian kolbe

“Let us remember, that love lives through sacrifice
and is nourished by giving.
Without sacrifice, there is no love.”

remember that love lives through sacrifice - st maximillian kolbe

“My aim is to institute perpetual adoration,
for this is the the most important activity.”

my aim is to institute - st maximillian kolbe

“Be a Catholic!
When you kneel before an altar,
do it in such a way that others
may be able to recognise
that you know before Whom you kneel.”

be a catholic - st maximillian kolbe

St Maximilian Kolbe

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POPE FRANCIS: “COME TO ME (Mt. 11:28).”

Do you attend Eucharistic Adoration? Do you visit Jesus and allow Him to help you with all your burdens?

Catholics Striving for Holiness

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Pope Francis
“COME TO ME ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TIRED (MT 11:28).”
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  1. When life becomes burdensome, Jesus tells us: “Come to me.”
  2. The temptation to enclose ourselves leading to sadness and prostration.
  3. It is not enough to come out of ourselves. It is necessary to know where to go: Jesus.
  4. Jesus waits for us not to resolve our problems magically, but to make us strong amidst our problems.

Dear brethren in Christ, below you have the ZENIT translation of the inspiring address Pope Francis gave today, July 9, 2017, 14th Sunday of O.T. (A), before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Happy reading and meditation!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

1.      When life becomes burdensome, Jesus tells us: “Come to me.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says: “Come…

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Our Morning Offering – 12 July

Our Morning Offering – 12 July

The Eucharistic Face of Jesus
By Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

O Eucharistic Face of Jesus,
brightness of the glory of my God
and figure of His substance,
I want to spend my life gazing upon You,
to become totally impressionable
so that I might bear Your likeness
and become an effigy of Your countenance.
Through all darkness,
all emptiness,
all powerlessness,
I want to keep my eyes fixed on You
and to remain under Your great light.
O my beloved Sun,
so fascinate me
that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.
Amen

prayer to the eucharistic face of jesus by blessed elizabeth of the Trinity

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Thought for the Day – 10 July

Thought for the Day – 10 July

In today’s gospel reading, (Mt 9:18-26) we read of two different miracles performed by Jesus.    We read of the cure of the woman with a hemorrhage and we read of the raising back to life of the official’s daughter.   While both of these miracles leave us in awe and amazement of God’s power, what is also amazing is the faith of the official and the woman.   Both of them demonstrated an unshakable faith.   Unshakable faith, both the official and the woman had it and because of it they found miraculous cures for insurmountable problems.   May we always remember to look to God for comfort, answers and restoration;  not only when things are good but especially when they seem their worst.   As Christians we are called to have a faith that is unshakable, one that is built upon solid rock, not shifting sand.

“We believe an honourable man on his word.   Why should we put less faith in that of Our Lord?   When a friend desires to prove to his friend that he loves him, he tells him so and he presses his hand affectionately.   When Our Lord wants to show His love for us, He does so in person, discarding the intervention of any third person, whether angelic or human.  Love suffers no intermediate agents.   He remains in the Holy Eucharist that He may repeat to us incessantly: I love you! You must see that I love you!”

St Peter Julian Eymard

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One Minute Reflection – 10 July

One Minute Reflection – 10 July

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God……….Psalm 84:3

REFLECTION – “To adore Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is first of all to acknowledge Him truly, really and substantially present therein by the humble sentiment of a lively and spontaneous faith:  humbly surrendering our feeble reason to the divinity of this sublime Mystery; asking neither to see or touch, like the unbelieving Apostle, before accepting the truth of Jesus Hostia;  merely waiting, to prostrate ourselves at His feet, for the infallible and gentle word of the Church telling us like Saint John the Baptist:  ‘Look, this is the Lamb of God; look, this is He who takes away the sin of the world.’ …………………..St Peter Julian Eymard

PRAYER – Living God, let me desire to see You as often as possible and make use of evey opportunity to visit You and to attend Holy Mass. Grant that I may live in such a way, atoning here on earth for the sins against Your Eucharistic Heart and that I may gain the blessed vision of You in the Holy Eucharist here and now and one day attain the joy of seeing You in Heaven. Amen

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Quote of the Day – 8 July

Quote of the Day – 8 July

“Know also that you will probably gain more by praying fifteen minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day. True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’ but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor

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Saint of the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria B. or C.R.S.P.

Saint of the Day – 5 July – St Anthony Mary Zaccaria B. or C.R.S.P. – Priest, Founder, Philospher, Doctor of Medicine/Physician, Renewal of the Forth Hours’ Adoration Devotion, Preacher, Administrator.   Founder of the The Clerics Regular of St. Paul (the Barnabites) and the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul.  (1502 at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy –  5 July 1539 of natural causes at Cremona, Lombardy, Italy – aged just 37).  He was buried at Saint Paul’s Convent of the Angelics at Milan, Italy.   His body found incorrupt in 1566 when it was translated to the Church of St. Barnabas in Milan, Italy.   He was Beatified on 3 January 1890 and Canonised on 15 May 1897, Rome by Pope Leo XIII.   Patronages – The Barnabites, The Angelic Sisters of St Paul, Physicians, The Laity (third order) of St Paul.   Attributes – black cassock, lily, Crucifix, Chalice, Host.

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St Anthony was born in Cremona (near Milan), Italy.  He lost his father at the age of two and was raised by his pious mother.   She was devoted to his upbringing, instructing him in the ways of faith from an early age.   With her guidance and the grace of the Holy Spirit, Anthony demonstrated great piety as a child.  He took a private vow of chastity before his twelfth birthday, and frequently was observed giving away his possessions, food and clothing to the poor and needy.

His gifted mind allowed him to excel at scholastic endeavours and he studied both philosophy and medicine, eventually practicing as a Physician for three years.   During that time Anthony felt more and more called not to the healing of men’s bodies but of their souls and eventually pursued theological studies.   Drawn to the priesthood, Anthony was ordained in 1528, at the age of 26 and served the community—particularly those in hospitals and in need—for two years.

Saint Anthony moved to Milan, following the Countess Ludovica Torelli of Guastalla, one of his spiritual advisees.   Once in Milan, Saint Anthony founded three religious orders: one for men, known as the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (the Barnabites); a branch of uncloistered nuns, the Angelic Sisters of Saint Paul;  and a lay congregation for married people, the Laity of Saint Paul, sometimes referred to as the Oblates of Saint Paul.   The three foundations met regularly and engaged together in various forms of apostolic action.   Their aim was the reform of the decadent society of their day, beginning with the clergy and religious.

The main devotion and teachings of the orders founded by Saint Anthony were those of Saint Paul, with an emphasis on love for the Eucharist and the suffering of Christ crucified.   Dedicated to reformation of the clergy, Saint Anthony earned himself enemies within the church and was twice accused of heresy (both times acquitted).   So humble, he refused to serve as superior of his orders, instead traveling, reforming convents and monasteries and extending the membership of the laity.

St Anthony is also known for popularising and renewing, the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, known as the Forty-hour devotion.   He also is said to have originated the ringing of church bells at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, in recognition of the hour of the crucifixion of Christ.

He caught the plague in 1539, while on a mission to Guastalla, Italy.   Despite his sickness, he continued to minister to the ill, as well as engage in the strict penances and mortification he had begun early in life.   He died peacefully at age 37, and was buried in the convent of the Angelics of Saint Paul in Milan.  His incorrupt body was translated to the Church of Saint Barnabas in Milan. He is survived by the legacy of the orders he founded, as well as several letters written in service of the Lord.

What is the Forty Hours Devotion?

Forty Hours’ Devotion, in Italian called Quarant’ore or Quarantore, is an exercise of devotion in which continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition and to which Indulgences are attached.   A celebration of such a devotion is begun by a Solemn Mass or “Mass of Exposition” and ended by a “Mass of Deposition”.   Each of these masses includes a procession and the litany of the saints being chanted.
The precise origin of the Forty Hours’ Devotion is obscure.   St. Charles Borromeo speaks as if this practice of praying for forty hours was very ancient;  and he refers it to the forty hours that Christ’s Body remained in the tomb.   The number 40 is also associated with the rain at the time of the flood of Noah lasting 40 days and nights, the Hebrews wandering in the desert for 40 years on the way to the Promised Land and Jesus fasting for 40 days before beginning his public ministry.
Devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is professed by the faithful publicly by means of popular devotions such as Corpus Christi processions and the Forty Hours, as well as Eucharistic Adoration, Daily, Perpetual and Nocturnal.

Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), first Archbishop of Westminster, England, observed of the Forty Hours:

“In no other time or place, is the sublimity of our religion so touchingly felt. No ceremony is going forward in the sanctuary, no sound of song is issuing from the choir, no voice of exhortation proceeds from the pulpit, no prayer is uttered aloud at the altar. There are hundreds there and yet they are engaged in no congregational act of worship. Each heart and soul is alone in the midst of a multitude; each uttering its own thoughts, each feeling its own grace. Yet you are overpowered, subdued, quelled, into a reverential mood, softened into a devotional spirit, forced to mediate, to feel, to pray. The little children who come in, led by a mother’s hand, kneel down by her in silence, as she simply points toward the altar, overawed by the still splendour before them: the very babe seems hushed to quiet reverence in her bosom.”  — From “The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church,” by Andrew A. Lambing (Benziger Brothers, New York, 1892)

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Quote/s of he Day – 4 July

Quote/s of he Day – 4 July

“I urge you with all the strength of my soul
to approach the Eucharistic Table as often as possible.
Feed on this Bread of the Angels, from which you will draw,
the strength to fight inner struggles.”

“Verso l’alto,”

“To the Heights”

Blessed Pier Giorgio’s famous motto, “Verso l’alto,” Italian for “To the heights,” meant reaching for God as well as the mountain peaks.  His regular habit was to attend Mass before heading to the mountains and of visiting the Blessed Sacrament upon his return. He loved the Eucharist.  He would often spend whole nights in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

to the heights - bl pier

“You ask me whether I am in good spirits.
How could I not be so?
As long as Faith gives me strength, I will always be joyful.
Sadness ought to be banished from Catholic souls…
the purpose for which we have been created shows us the path;
even if strewn with many thorns, it is not a sad path.
It is joyful even in the face of sorrow.”

you ask me whether - bl pier

Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati

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Quote/s of the Day 26 June

Quote/s of the Day 26 June

“A man who fails to love the Mass fails to love Christ.   We must make an effort to ‘live’ the Mass with calm and serenity, with devotion and affection.   And this is why I have always suspected that those who want the Mass to be over with quickly show, with this insensitive attitude, that they have not yet realised what the sacrifice of the altar means.” AND   “Many Christians take their time and have leisure enough in their social life (no hurry here).   They are leisurely, too, in their professionally activities, at table and recreation (no hurry here either).   But isn’t it strange how those same Christians find themselves in such a rush and want to hurry the priest, in their anxiety to shorten the time devoted to the most holy sacrifice of the altar?”

the man who fails to love the mass-st josemaria

“You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!” you can be sure you have already begun.”

you don't know how to pay - st josemaria

“When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”

when you approach the tabernacle - st josemaria

“To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond… You – what have you done?” …………………May I give you some advice for you to put into practice daily? When your heart makes you feel those low cravings, say slowly to the Immaculate Virgin:  Look on me with compassion.   Don’t abandon me.   Don’t abandon me, my Mother! – And recommend this prayer to others.”

don't abandon me my mother - st josemaria

“If you have so many defects, why are you surprised to find defects in others?”

IF YOU HAVE SO MANY DEFECTS-ST JOSEMARIA

 

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Blessed and Holy Feast of Corpus Christi! 18 June 2017

Blessed and Holy Feast of Corpus Christi! 18 June 2017

come let us adore him- 18 june 2017

“The solemnity of Corpus Christi originated within a very precise cultural and historical context.   Its aim was to proclaim openly the faith of the People of God in Jesus Christ’s real, living presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

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Pope Benedict XVI explains the history of this feast, which dates back to the 13th century, as follows:

St Juliana of Cornillon had a vision which “presented the moon in its full splendour, crossed diametrically by a dark stripe.   The Lord made her understand the meaning of what had appeared to her.   The moon symbolised the life of the Church on earth, the opaque line, on the other hand, represented the absence of a liturgical feast (…) in which believers would be able to adore the Eucharist so as to increase in faith, to advance in the practice of the virtues and to make reparation for offences to the Most Holy Sacrament. (…)

Jacques Pantaléon of Troyes was also won over to the good cause of the Feast of Corpus Christi during his ministry as Archdeacon in Lièges.   It was he who, having become Pope with the name of Urban IV in 1264, instituted the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Pentecost as a holiday of obligation for the universal Church.

Until the end of the world

Detail of the reliquary containing the corporal with traces of the Eucharistic miracle that occurred in Bolsena in 1263. It is kept in the Cathedral of Orvieto, Italy.

Detail of the reliquary containing the corporal with traces of the Eucharistic miracle that occurred in Bolsena in 1263. It is kept in the Cathedral of Orvieto, Italy.

In the Bull of its institution, entitled Transiturus de hoc mundo, (11 Aug. 1264), Pope Urban even referred discreetly to Juliana’s mystical experiences, corroborating their authenticity.   He wrote: “Although the Eucharist is celebrated solemnly every day, we deem it fitting that at least once a year it be celebrated with greater honour and a solemn commemoration.

“Indeed we grasp the other things we commemorate with our spirit and our mind but this does not mean that we obtain their real presence.   On the contrary, in this sacramental commemoration of Christ, even though in a different form, Jesus Christ is present with us in his own substance.   While he was about to ascend into Heaven he said ‘And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).”
The Pontiff made a point of setting an example by celebrating the solemnity of Corpus Christi in Orvieto, the town where he was then residing.   Indeed, he ordered that the famous Corporal with the traces of the Eucharistic miracle which had occurred in Bolsena the previous year, 1263, be kept in Orvieto Cathedral — where it still is today.

While a priest was consecrating the bread and the wine he was overcome by strong doubts about the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.   A few drops of blood began miraculously to ooze from the consecrated Host, thereby confirming what our faith professes.

Texts that move the heart

Urban IV asked one of the greatest theologians of history, St Thomas Aquinas — who at that time was accompanying the Pope and was in Orvieto — to compose the texts of the Liturgical Office for this great feast.   They are masterpieces, still in use in the Church today, in which theology and poetry are fused.   These texts pluck at the heartstrings in an expression of praise and gratitude to the Most Holy Sacrament, while the mind, penetrating the mystery with wonder, recognizes in the Eucharist the Living and Real Presence of Jesus, of His Sacrifice of love that reconciles us with the Father and gives us salvation.

In the words of St. Thomas:

“How inestimable a dignity, beloved brethren, divine bounty has bestowed upon us Christians from the treasury of its infinite goodness!   For there neither is nor ever has been a people to whom the gods were so nigh as our Lord and God is nigh unto us.

“Desirous that we be made partakers of His divinity, the only-begotten Son of God has taken to Himself our nature so that having become man, He would be enabled to make men gods.  Whatever He assumed of our nature He wrought unto our salvation. For on the altar of the Cross He immolated to the Father His own Body as victim for our reconciliation and shed His blood both for our ransom and for our regeneration. Moreover, in order that a remembrance of so great benefits may always be with us, He has left us His Body as food and His Blood as drink under appearances of bread and wine.

“O banquet most precious!   O banquet most admirable!   O banquet overflowing with every spiritual delicacy!   Can anything be more excellent than this repast, in which not the flesh of goats and heifers, as of old, but Christ the true God is given us for nourishment?   What more wondrous than this holy sacrament! In it bread and wine are changed substantially, and under the appearance of a little bread and wine is had Christ Jesus, God and perfect Man.   In this sacrament sins are purged away, virtues are increased, the soul is satiated with an abundance of every spiritual gift.   No other sacrament is so beneficial.   Since it was instituted unto the salvation of all, it is offered by Holy Church for the living and for the dead, that all may share in its treasures.

“My dearly beloved, is it not beyond human power to express the ineffable delicacy of this sacrament in which spiritual sweetness is tasted in its very source, in which is brought to mind the remembrance of that all-excelling charity which Christ showed in His sacred passion? Surely it was to impress more profoundly upon the hearts of the faithful the immensity of this charity that our loving Savior instituted this sacrament at the last supper when, having celebrated the Pasch with His disciples.   He was about to leave the world and return to the Father.   It was to serve as an unending remembrance of His passion, as the fulfillment of ancient types — this the greatest of His miracles.   To those who sorrow over His departure He has given a unique solace.”

“Eucharistic springtime”

I would like to affirm with joy that today there is a “Eucharistic springtime” in the Church.   How many people pause in silence before the Tabernacle to engage in a loving conversation with Jesus!   It is comforting to know that many groups of young people have rediscovered the beauty of praying in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
John Paul II said in his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia: “In many places, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also an important daily practice and becomes an inexhaustible source of holiness. The devout participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic procession on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is a grace from the Lord which yearly brings joy to those who take part in it. Other positive signs of Eucharistic faith and love might also be mentioned” (no. 10).

In remembering St Juliana of Cornillon let us also renew our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.   As we are taught by the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way.   He is present in a true, real and substantial way, with his Body and his Blood, with his Soul and his Divinity.   In the Eucharist, therefore, there is present in a sacramental way, that is, under the Eucharistic Species of bread and wine, Christ whole and entire, God and Man” (no. 282).

Dear friends, fidelity to the encounter with Christ in the Eucharist in Holy Mass on Sunday is essential for the journey of faith but let us also seek to pay frequent visits to the Lord present in the Tabernacle!   In gazing in adoration at the consecrated Host, we discover the gift of God’s love, we discover Jesus’ Passion and Cross and likewise his Resurrection.

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It is precisely through our gazing in adoration that the Lord draws us towards Him into His mystery in order to transform us as He transforms the bread and the wine.

The Saints never failed to find strength, consolation and joy in the Eucharistic encounter. Let us repeat before the Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament the words of the Eucharistic hymn Adoro te devote, “Devoutly I adore Thee: Make me believe ever more in you, Draw me deeply into faith, into Your hope, into Your love”.

BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, November 17, 2010

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Thought for the Day – 16 June

Thought for the Day – 16 June

“How consoling it is to think that in the very moment of the Eucharist’s eternal birth I was present to the mind of God and He foreknew the number of times I would allow Him to come to me in Holy Communion;   that, even then, His tender love thankfully appreciated my hospitality, as if not I, a miserable creature of one day but He Himself were to be the favoured beneficiary.

“It was in the beginning . . . ” What, then, will be the duration of His “eucharistic life”?

Christ’s eucharistic life will last till the consummation of the world because until then will men have to eat His flesh to have life everlasting.   When He said to His Apostles: “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world,” He doubtlessly meant not only His divine and spiritual presence and His moral assistance but also His eucharistic presence.

His enemies may refuse Him rights they would not deny even the lowest pariah, imprisoning Him within the narrow limits of His temples;   they may subject Him to the most abominable outrages, thereby making His mystic passion in the Eucharist in some way exterior and visible.   Those who call themselves His friends may multiply the traitor’s kiss, deny Him and His works and abandon Him who showered upon them the tokens of His love.   But Jesus will stay.   His promise and His love keep Him enchained.   As long as there will be on earth a tear to wipe away, a sorrow to share and a sinful man in need of His expiatory sacrifice, the Eucharist will continue to pulsate in the silence of our tabernacles.”

“The Holy Eucharist” by Fr Jose Guadalupe Trevino

but jesus will stay - fr jose guadalupe trevino - the holy eucharist

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Thought for the Day – 10 June

“Thought for the Day – 10 June

The Eucharist: sun of his life!

To find the strength he needed, Bl Edward Poppe spent a great deal of time before the Tabernacle.
Sometimes he sighed, “Oh, Jesus, how little men love You! At least, the two of us love each other.”
On the eve of All Saints’ Day, after a long day of confessions,
a friend found him close to the Blessed Sacrament:
‘Edward, what are you doing there?”—
“Oh! I’m not doing anything, I’m just keeping Our Lord company.

I am too tired to talk to Him,

but I’m resting next to Him.”

Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe, Pray for us!

oh i'm not doing anything- bl edward poppe

Prayer For Blessed Edward’s Intercession and Canonisation:

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for giving us Blessed Edward Poppe.
Through his intercession graciously hear our prayer.
Grant that our love
for your Son, for His Church and for the Blessed Eucharist may
increase.
May his testimony encourage many to live as true Christians.
May his example inspire young men to become priests for today.
Hasten the day of his glorification in the communion of your saints.
We
ask this through the intercession of Mary, his and our Mother. Amen.
Our Father…. Hail Mary…
Blessed Edward Poppe, Pray for us!

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The Glory of Eucharistic Adoration

The Glory of Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the best ways to spend time with Jesus. There is so much noise around us these days.   Spending a quiet hour with Jesus in humble adoration will bring many graces and blessings to you.    Things that you have never even considered before will now be made present to you.    Bad things that would have happened to you will now not happen.    Here are some thoughts about what Jesus is asking you during this time.    As He told Peter, “Could you not spend one hour with me?” St. Peter Julian Eymard tells us all how to spend an hour in Adoration!

“MY CHILD, you need not know much in order to please Me; only love Me dearly.   Speak to Me as you would talk to your mother, if she had taken you in her arms.    Have you no one to recommend to Me?   Tell Me the names of your relations, of your friends; after each name add what you wish Me to do for them.   Ask a great deal: I love generous hearts that forget themselves for others.

TELL ME about the poor whom you want to help, the sick whom you have seen suffer, the sinner whom you would convert, the persons who are alienated from you and whose affections you wish to win back.   For all recite a fervent prayer.   Remind Me that I have promised to grant every prayer that comes from the heart;  and surely the prayers are heartfelt which we say for those whom we love and who love us.

HAVE YOU no favours to ask for yourself’?   Write, if you like, a long list of all your wishes of all the needs of your soul–and come and read it to Me.   Tell Me simply how self-indulgent you are, how proud, how touchy, how selfish, how cowardly, how idle; ask Me to help you to improve.   Poor child! Do not blush!   There are in heaven many saints who had the same faults as you;  they prayed to Me, and, little by little, they were cured.

DO NOT hesitate to ask for the goods of body and mind–for health, for memory, for success.   I can give everything and I always give when the gifts would make souls more holy.    What do you want today, My child?   Oh, if you knew how I longed to do you good!

HAVE YOU no plans to interest you?   Tell Me about them.   Do they concern your vocation?   What do you think of?   What would you like?   Are you planning some pleasure for your mother, for your family, for your guardian?   What do you wish to do for them?

AND HAVE you no thoughts of zeal for Me?   Are you not anxious to do a little good for the souls of your friends, for those whom you love and who, perhaps, forget Me?   Tell Me who interests you, what motives urge you, what means you wish to take.

CONFIDE TO Me your failures;  I will show you the cause.   Whom do you wish to see interested in your work?   I am the Master of all hearts, My child and I lead them gently where I please.   I will place about you those who are necessary to you; never fear!

HAVE YOU nothing to annoy you?   My child, tell Me your annoyances, with every detail. Who has pained you?   Who as wounded your self-love?   Who has treated you contemptuously?   Tell Me all and then say that you forgive and forget;  and I will give you My blessing.

DO YOU dread something painful?   Is there in your soul a vague fear which seems unreasonable and yet torments you?   Trust fully in My providence.   I am here, I see everything; I will not leave you.

ARE THERE about you friends who seem less kind than formerly, who neglect you through indifference or forgetfulness, without your having consciously done anything to wound them?   Pray for them, and I will restore them to you, if there companionship is good for you.

HAVE YOU no joys to tell Me?   Why not confide to Me your pleasures?   Tell Me what has happened since yesterday to console you, to make you look happy, to give you joy.   An unexpected visit has done you good;  a fear has been suddenly dispelled; you have met with unlooked for success; you have received some mark of affection in a letter, a present;  some trial has left you stronger than you supposed.    All these things, My child, I obtained for you.   Why are you not grateful?   Why do you not say, “I thank you?” Gratitude draws benefits and the benefactor loves to be reminded of His bounty.

HAVE YOU no promises to make Me?   You know I read the very bottom of your heart. Men are deceived but not God; be frank.

ARE YOU resolved to avoid that occasion of sin, to give up the object which leads you astray–not to read that book which excites your imagination;  to withdraw your friendship from that person who is irreligious and whose presence disturbs the peace of your soul?   Will you go at once and be kind to that companion who annoyed you?

WELL, MY child, go now and resume your daily work.   Be silent, be honest, be patient, be charitable, love very much the Blessed Mother of Jesus;  and tomorrow bring Me a heart even more devoted and loving.   Tomorrow I shall have new favours for you.”

With Ecclesiastical Approval

“I love You Lord Jesus,
my love above all things.
I repent with my whole heart
for having offended You.
Never permit me to separate myself
from You again,
grant that I may love You always
and then do with me what You will!”

I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS

Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 9 February

Thought for the Day – 9 February

It seems at times that the saints begin with an unfair advantage.  Today’s highlighted Saint, Miguel Febres Cordero, was born with a Club foot.  At the age of five Our Lady appeared to him and he who previously could not stand alone or walk, ran to her – from then on his disability vanished!   Where is our ‘unfair advantage’?   Is it not in running to Him who waits in the Tabernacle?   Our Lord is truly with us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – is this not an unfair advantage?

St Miguel, Pray for us!

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Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 31 January

Quote/s of the Day – 31 January

“Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom.   Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil.   Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”

“Jesus could have limited his presence only to the celebration of Mass, but no! He wanted to make a permanent dwelling among us.   Night and day he awaits us and offers himself to us at all times. Like a most tender mother, he opens his arms to us.   He is there generously to give us his gifts.   He is there to draw us to him and lead us to paradise with him.   Oh! Let us go visit him often.”

“I beg you to recommend to everyone, first, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and then reverence for most holy Mary.”

“Take refuge often at the feet of Jesus…My dear ones, the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament is an extremely necessary way to conquer the devil.  Therefore, go often to visit Jesus and the devil will not come out victorious against you.”

“We envy the shepherds who went to visit the grotto of Bethlehem to see Him, kissed His little hand and offered Him their gifts. “Lucky shepherds!” we exclaim.   And yet there is no reason to envy them, for their fortune is ours, too.   The same Jesus they visited in the grotto is in our tabernacle.   The only difference is that the shepherds saw Him with the eyes of the body, whereas we see Him with the eyes of faith.    Nothing will please Him more than our frequent visits to Him.”

“There are two things the devil is deadly afraid of: fervent Communions and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.”

~~~ St John Bosco (Saint of the Day)

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