Tuesday, August 31, 2010

St Jeanne Jugan: A Saint for Our Time

“Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel.
Go and find him when your strength and patience are giving out,
when you feel lonely and helpless.
Say to him: ‘You know well what is happening, my dear Jesus.
I have only you.Come to my aid...’
And then go your way.
And don’t worry about knowing how you are going to manage.
It is enough to have told our good Lord. He has an excellent memory.”

~ St. Jeanne Jugan, from Sayings of Jeanne Jugan ~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

St. Tarcisius: Patron of Altar Servers

"Dear altar servers, St Tarcisius' testimony and this beautiful tradition teach us the deep love and great veneration that we must have for the Eucharist: it is a precious good, a treasure of incomparable value; it is the Bread of life, it is Jesus himself who becomes our nourishment, support and strength on our daily journey and on the open road that leads to eternal life; the Eucharist is the greatest gift that Jesus bequeathed to us."

"Serve Jesus present in the Eucharist generously. It is an important task that enables you to be particularly close to the Lord and to grow in true and profound friendship with him...Every time that you approach the altar, you have the good fortune to assist in God's great loving gesture as he continues to want to give himself to each one of us, to be close to us, to help us, to give us strength to live in the right way. With consecration, as you know, that little piece of bread becomes Christ's Body, that wine becomes Christ's Blood. You are lucky to be able to live this indescribable Mystery from close at hand! Do your task as altar servers with love, devotion and faithfulness; do not enter a church for the celebration with superficiality but rather, prepare yourselves inwardly for Holy Mass! Assisting your priests in service at the altar helps to make Jesus closer, so that people can understand, can realize better: he is here."

~ Pope Benedict XVI: Excerpts from General Audience 8/4/10 ~

~ From Eucharistic Adoration for Priests: Altar Boys and Vocations to the Priesthood ~

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fr. William Doyle: Eucharistic Quotes

"Do nothing without consulting Him in the Tabernacle. But then act fearlessly, if you see it is for His honour and glory, never minding what others may think or say. Above all, “cast your care upon the Lord and He shall sustain you”, (Psalm 54. 23). Peace and calm in your soul, prayer ever on your lips, and a big love in your heart for Him and His interests, will carry you very far."

“Real devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is only to be gained by hard, grinding work of dry adoration before the Hidden God. But such a treasure cannot be purchased at too great a cost, for once obtained, it makes of this life as near an approach to heaven as we can ever hope for”.

The Moment of Benediction:

"The priest turns and raises aloft the Sacred Host. In loving adoration, in reverent awe, the invisible angels fall prostrate. The bell tinkles softly, fragrant clouds of sweet-smelling incense ascend on high, and in the remotest corner of the vast church every head is bowed in adoration. It is a solemn moment, a moment when the silent streams of grace pour down upon our souls. God’s hands are lifted up to bless us; His sacred face is turned upon us, and He waits oh ! so eagerly for us to ask some favour that He may win our hearts by His generosity. Let us ask, then, confidently and show our trust in God’s great goodness by the boldness of our requests."

~ Fr. William Doyle: from Remembering Fr William Doyle SJ ~

Friday, August 13, 2010

St. Peter Julian Eymard: Hearing Mass by Meditation on the Passion

“Know, O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of Religion.
You cannot do anything to glorify God more
nor profit your soul more than devoutly assisting at It,
and assisting as often as possible.”

~ St. Peter Julian Eymard ~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

St. Clare of Assisi : Eucharistic Adoration

."Gaze upon Him,
consider Him,
contemplate Him,
as you desire to imitate Him."

~ St. Clare of Assisi

Monday, August 9, 2010

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: Spend Time With Our Eucharistic Lord

"To make room in our life for the Eucharistic Lord, so that He can change our life into His, is that asking too much?"

"The Lord is present in the tabernacle in his divinity and in his humanity. He is not present for his own sake but for ours: it is his delight to be with the 'children of men.' He knows, too, that, being what we are, we need his personal nearness. In consequence, every thoughtful and sensitive person will feel attracted and will be there as often and as long as possible. And the practice of the Church, which has instituted perpetual adoration, is just as clear."

~ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross ~

Thursday, August 5, 2010

St. Alphonsus Liguori: Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

"Certainly amongst all devotions,
after that of receiving the Sacraments,
that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament holds the first place,
is the most pleasing to God,
and the most useful to ourselves.
Do not then, O devout soul, refuse to begin this devotion;
and forsaking the conversation of men,
dwell each day, from this time forward,
for at least half or quarter of an hour, in some church,
in the presence of Jesus Christ under the sacramental species.
Taste and see how sweet is the Lord."

~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

St. Jean Vianney: All Good Works Are Not Equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

"All the good works in the world
are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
because they are the works of men;
but the Mass is the work of God.
Martyrdom is nothing in comparison
for it is but the sacrifice of man to God;
but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."

~ St. Jean Vianney ~

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

St. Jean Vianney: Open Our Heart to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

"When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart;
our good God will open His.
We shall go to Him; He will come to us;
the one to ask, the other to receive.
It will be like a breath from one to the other,"

~ St. Jean Vianney ~

Monday, August 2, 2010

St. Peter Julian Eymard: Reparation to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament

"Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken
by men in His Sacrament of Love.
Man has time for everything
except for visits to His Lord and God,
in the Blessed Sacrament.
The streets and places of entertainment
are filled with people;
the House of God is deserted.
Men flee from it; they are afraid of it.
Ah! Poor Jesus!
Did you expect so much indifference
from those You have redeemed,
from Your friends, from Your children, from me?

Sympathize with Jesus Who is betrayed,
insulted, mocked, and crucified far more ignominiously
in His Sacrament of Love than He was
in the Garden of Olives, in Jerusalem, and on Calvary.
Those whom He has the most honored, loved,
and enriched with His gifts and graces
are the very ones who offend Him the most
by their indifference.

Offer up for this intention all that you have suffered
during the day or week
that Jesus may be loved and adored by all.
Because we ourselves are unable to atone for
so much wrong,
we unite ourselves
to the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus.
Receive His Divine Blood
as it mystically flows from His Holy Wounds,
and offer it to the Father
in perfect atonement for the sins of the world.

Take His sufferings
and His prayer on the Cross
and beg the Heavenly Father
for pardon and mercy for all.

Unite your reparation
to that of the most Blessed Virgin
at the foot of the Cross or the altar,
and from the love of Jesus for His Divine Mother
you will obtain everything."

~ St. Peter Julian Eymard ~