By Laura Worhacz
“Mary possessed all supernatural greatness. Supernatural greatness is but the reflection of God upon a creature whom He associates with Himself in power and glory. The Holy Ghost guards her as His spouse. She was destined to share in the great work of divine power, she is associated with the empire of God Himself. She is, as it were, penetrated with the rays of the Divinity, like unto a pure crystal into which the sunbeam enters. The moon is under her feet, typifying her unshakable power which defies inconstancy, for she has vanquished, once and forever the infernal dragon. Jesus has confided to her all the means of salvation, and she is honored by all the Saints, who are the work of her love and her protection.” - St. Peter Julian Eymard (Eymard Library Volume 7, page 29-30)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
In the likeness of the Mother of God and our Mother we ask the Holy Spirit to guard us as His spouse. LIVE IN THE GRACE OF THE MOMENT! In today’s Liturgy Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree. (Lk 13:1-9) He is inviting us again to share in the “rays of His Divinity”. The graces offered to us from Heaven at every Holy Mass by our reception of Holy Communion are available by our participation. This is God’s hope for us.
This week there were a vast number of unexpected occurrences that seemed to consume my time. At such moments we are not thinking of figs or bearing fruit for the Lord, only hoping to discern so to live in the grace of the moment. We can afford this by the Eucharist which we receive, recalling God’s life in us. Being attentive, conscious of the present moment, offering our time to those whom we encounter daily, are ways in which we find the “unshakable power which defies inconstancy”. Mary has paved the way for us in following her Son through the Via Dolorosa. In her joyful ascent, trusting in the mystery of love by her intimate relationship with our Father, the reality of His love is once again conceived. Mary lived in the grace of the moment and so lived what St. Paul preached and reminds us of in today’s First Reading which... “brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.” (Eph: 4: 7-16)
Have a Blessed Day in the Lord. If you cannot attend daily Mass, please remember to offer in a spirit of prayer a fervent spiritual communion.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed are you, Mary exalted daughter of Sion!
You are highly favoured and full of grace, for the spirit of God descended upon you.
We magnify the Lord and rejoice with you for the gift of the Word made flesh, bread of life and cup of joy.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, our model of prayer in the cenacle, pray for us that we may become what we receive, the body of Christ your son. Amen.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have MERCY on us
By: Ivonne J. Hernandez
Obedience to authority is not a virtue that is valued in our society today. From the clueless dads in TV sitcoms to the scandalous behavior of some people in roles of authority, we are constantly bombarded with the message that there is no one we can trust, therefore no one we should obey. Have you ever taken a burden that was not yours because you didn’t trust the person or institution in charge? What was the result? Was it joy and peace, or tiredness and resentment? “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:29-30)
How can we take this easier yoke that Jesus is offering us? “Learn from Me”, He says. Jesus’ life was all about doing His Father’s Will. It is through the virtue of obedience that He shows us His meekness and humbleness. “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Heb 5:8-9) His obedience was and is the proof of His love. Even today in the Blessed Sacrament He remains obedient. St. Peter Julian Eymard tells us that “He obeys not only at Mass when the priest pronounces the words of the consecration, but at every moment of the day and night, whenever the faithful need Him." If Jesus, who is God, can humble Himself and obey man, why is it so difficult for us to do the same? I think it is a matter of trust.
I was looking at the Divine Mercy image in my room and at the words, “Jesus I Trust in You”. I wondered why Jesus chose those words. What does mercy have to do with trust? It has everything to do with it. It takes trust to surrender. It takes trust to let go and let God. And it takes trust to be obedient to the authority figures in our lives. This trust is not in the flawed human beings or institutions, but in God, because “there is no authority except from God.” (Rom 13:1) When we lose trust in the authority of a person or institution, we are left without a compass. We take on a burden that was not meant for us, and we end up exhausted. We use our energy in these endeavors and then have none left for the things we are truly responsible for. When we lay down those burdens we picked up on our own, those we picked up because we think we know better, or because we feel we can’t trust the people in charge, what we find is freedom instead. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)
 Eymard, St Peter Julian. The Real Presence (p. 69). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition.
By: Laura Worhacz
The Great Miracle of the Sun
"The greatest miracle to occur since the Resurrection is also the only miracle ever precisely predicted as to date, time of day and location. Although it is popularly known as “The Miracle of the Sun” and October 13, 1917 has come to be known as “The Day the Sun Danced,” a great deal more took place. The solar phenomena included the dancing of the sun, its fluctuations in color, its swirling and its descending toward the earth." (https://www.bluearmy.com/the-story-of-fatima/)
“O Virgin Immaculate, who, after the ascension of thy Divine Son, didst console thy exile on earth by the Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament, and didst spend before the tabernacle the greater part of thy days and even thy nights, make us comprehend the treasure we possess on the altar. Inspire us to visit often the God of Love in the Sacrament in which He abides to receive the homage that He deserves by so many titles, and to guide, protect, and console us in this exile!” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard Volume 7, Eymard Library)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
The Day the Sun Danced, October 13th, 1917 when over 70,000 people witnessed a solar phenomenon, swirling fluctuations in color descending toward the earth. (WAF) Our Lady left us with some very powerful words at Fatima, “In the End My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph”. These words should be engraved in our own hearts, words to inspire the way we choose to live. After more than 100 years of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, there is a lot of confusion that still exists in the message. The Fatima message is a message of hope, a message of faith and a CALL for intercession from our mother.
"Console us in this exile!" St. Peter Julian reminds us with these words of the need for our intimacy with God, our relationship with Jesus Eucharistic. In life a natural human response to suffering is to be skeptical, to mistrust, to not believe. There are many who do not believe that the consecration of Russia and the world was fulfilled in accordance with Our Lady’s request. There are some who believe the Church, the Magisterium, is withholding the Secret of Fatima, and some who believe the July 13th apparition is showing us the annihilation of the Catholic Church. Brothers and Sisters, we remember Jesus’ promise that the gates of Hell will NOT prevail. (Matt 16:18)
We find the answer to the longing of our hearts in St. Peter Julian’s words in the above excerpt and they are words to remember, “the treasure we possess on the altar.” Perhaps our mother was requesting for each of us at Fatima to consecrate, to make holy each of our lives. To possess the power of the Holy Spirit by being receptive to this promise of our Heavenly Father in all His gifts of the Spirit. At Fatima, we were asked to practice the five first Saturday's in a spirit of reparation. We were asked to make Communions of Reparation. Moreover, the communions of reparation can be daily. As Mary’s consecrated children we unite our intentions to her Immaculate Heart.
The title Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament was given to Mary through St. Peter Julian on May 13th, 1868. Although years before the Fatima appearance, this title is the fulfillment of why Mary visited the earth and God allowed the SUN TO DANCE. The Blessed Sacrament is the consecration Mary is hoping for us to be one with in hope of a fire that will be set ablaze throughout the whole world through the Eucharistic reign of Mary's children. The consecration request must begin with each heart, with the choices we make in hope to be made holy and to help others to become holy. The consecration request for world peace must begin with every person. There is not a magical act that will bring an era of peace to the world nor by offering words of a consecration prayer. The Altar of the Lord, the daily consecration at Holy Mass, the union of the Cenacle of our hearts to the Cenacle of the Altar is where the reign of peace will come at the request to consecrate the world to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us your children. The sun dances in our souls upon the reception of Holy Communion, the solar phenomenon is ours daily in JESUS EUCHARISTIC.
By: Ivonne J. Hernandez
I was recently perusing a Catholic gift shop and came upon a beautiful little statue that grabbed my attention, and I bought it. It depicts a beautiful angel, holding Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: “And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.” (Lk 22:43) Jesus is resting in the angel’s arms. Looking at this statue reminds me that I too have an angel watching over me, an angel sent by God to take care of me. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." (Mt 18:10)
In times of darkness, desolation or temptation, my heart echoes the words from Psalm 42: “My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I enter and see the face of God?” And an echo returns from the deep saying: “Come, …Seek his face.” (Ps 27:8) “Seek and you will find.” (Mt 7:7) Where can we find the face of God? In the same place the holy guardian angels see Him…in each one of us. “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40) We must get out of ourselves and look to those God has placed around us. It is in their faces that we will see Jesus hungry, naked, lonely. And when our eyes meet, and they see the face of Jesus in ours, the echoes from the depth of our hearts will meet. In that moment, as we share from our own brokenness, we will recognize Him, as the disciples in Emmaus did, in the breaking of the bread (Lk 24:35).
As a mother, most of the times, those around me are my children. I need to meet their needs, but I often fall short. Thank God for their guardian angels! Only God knows how many times they’ve interceded and filled in the gaps my human weaknesses have left open; or how many times they have whispered in my children’s ears the lessons we have taught them. I have often thought of the day I get to meet my children’s guardian angels in Heaven, and my heart bursts with gratitude. And then I think of my guardian angel, and my heart swells with love for God. Love for a Father, whose love is so exaggerated, so overflowing, so ever present, that everywhere I look, I see His reflection. Everywhere I turn, I see His Face.
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We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.