Week I theme: "MARY! TEACH US THE LIFE OF ADORATION!".
Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7 Pages 22-27
(Or pages 40-45 on the online book. You can find the link here:)
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
On the day of her Immaculate Conception, Mary received a magnificent dowry in keeping with her sublime duties and her incomparable dignity as Mother of God. She received then that treasure of grace which was to make her the co-redemptrix of mankind, partner in the work of salvation. ...
She never missed an opportunity of practicing virtue. She welcomed all the rays of God's holiness, absorbing them into her being without letting anything be lost. ...
She trembled before an angel...
Mary never thought that she had done enough. Her later life was a prolonged martyrdom without the least alleviation. Mary embroidered the robe of her Immaculate Conception;...
It is only through our purity and holiness that we can prevail with God. God can only accomplish great things in pure souls;..:
With what watchful care should we not guard our Baptismal innocence! If we have lost it we must purify it by penance. We must be pure...
Without purity we can never please the Eucharistic God, for He is purity itself. ...for purity is love...
St. Peter Julian Eymard's deep spiritual insight can really touch the deep recesses of the heart. How again do we bring the message he is conveying to us to our lives? If Mary is the co-redemptrix of mankind, partner in the work of salvation with Jesus, then our call is to ask for Grace. We ask Mary, who is "Full of Grace", every time we say the Hail Mary to "Pray for us sinners...". It is a very good practice to daily ask for Grace. This Grace will help us grow in virtue, grow in purity, grow in wisdom; ultimately grow in love. Saint Pope John Paul II reminded us over and over again to "Be not afraid". We think for a moment here: Mary trembled before an angel. Her trembling was from never thinking She did enough for the Almighty; Her love was magnificent. Mary's later years being a prolonged martyrdom reveals to us that She knew the merits of offering suffering up to receive back the gift of grace. This reality is what made Her give to the Father with absolute purity; the anguish of her heart offered to God brought grace; even after the Crucifixion Mary sacrificed for sinners. The jewels She placed on Her robe were gifts Mary offered in love to God. We too are invited to create a robe of salvation with our lives by the way of living the Sacraments. Jesus living in the Eucharist is the greatest of all Sacraments of Grace available to us. Mary! Teach us the life of Adoration!
If you cannot get to daily Mass, offer a spiritual Communion; the faith you place into the prayer is the grace you will receive from it.
Keep a journal! Plan on making a good incisive confession. We are soon to enter into the Lenten Season, a time to offer sacrifices in hope of rising closer to God.
Please pray the Ave Maris Stella to accompany the daily readings for Week I. You may choose to continue the daily recitation of the Veni Creator.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us. Laura
Ave Maris Stella
Hail bright star of ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave,
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.
Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus,
Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.
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