By: Laura Worhacz
Week 2 theme: "MOTHER OF GOD"
Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7 Pages 72-77
(Or pages 82-86 on the online book. You can find the link here:)
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Chapter title: Jesus Presented in the Temple by Mary
Our Lord did not wish to delay his offering of Himself publicly to His Father. He inspires Mary to take Him to the Temple.
The joy, the bliss of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary came to an end that day. "and thy own soul a sword shall pierce."
How can the Holy Trinity, how can God, so good, so tender, thus reveal such a mystery of sorrow to this poor young mother. Calvary is wherever Jesus is; everywhere does she behold Jesus crucified. When our soul is not strong in virtue, God lets us live a more or less shielded life: but when He sees a really loving soul, He hastens to crucify it in order to show forth His glory therein. Love entails suffering.
"He that does not take up his cross daily and follow Me is not worthy of Me."
We must not, of course disdain God's consolations, we must receive them joyfully when He sends them; but we must not seek them alone. It is by suffering that we are sanctified, by crosses and trials that the soul is strengthened, freed from self, in order that it may find its satisfaction in God, and God alone.
This is the lesson of the mystery of Mary's purification, and of Jesus' Presentation in the Temple. Let us put it into practice if we wish to be worthy of the August Victim, whom we incessantly contemplate in the Blessed Sacrament, and of His Mother who so generously offered Him for us.
The Agony in the Garden is where Our Precious Lord sweat blood from the anguish of His heart. "Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done" (Luke 22:42). The Promise of the Father is given to us at this moment, "but yet not my will, but thine be done." God offers us the mystery of our salvation by complete trust in Him. Saint Peter Julian tells us, "Love entails suffering." If love encompasses suffering, then we can only hope in finding this call for suffering through the One that loved us to the end, Jesus! "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev 1:5).
Mother of God teach us to pray. Whether this is a first-time consecration preparation or a renewal, the process should be taking us somewhere. Try to formulate a prayer routine and a method of praying that will raise your heart and mind to God. Since this devotion is dedicated to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, it would be recommended to set some time aside for Jesus in the Eucharist. Try to uphold a schedule, yet always be open to what the day may have you busy doing without impressing guilt upon yourself. Spending some quiet time when you rise uniting with the Heavenly Father will offer peace for the day. Meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, joining the virtues connected with them, will keep us close to Mary, who will always bring us to Jesus. We may memorize the daily consecration prayers if recited enough. Then the prayers will become etched in our hearts, penetrate our existence, and become part of us. If we fail to pray for a day, we will feel something missing and strive to achieve evermore the daily prayer routine.
Jesus awaits us in the Blessed Sacrament. It is there where we learn how to love. If love entails suffering, we need this relationship of love to prepare us for "Calvary." We need to pray as Jesus did in the Garden. Without this connection to God, it will be impossible for us to give rise to the embrace of suffering. Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, bring us to the Eucharist where we find the Son of God. We can believe in Jesus in His True Presence, and we can recognize Jesus in His True Presence, but entering into the love of Jesus is greater. Jesus remains in Humble service to us in this Bread of Life. By spending time with Jesus, He teaches us the love that will entail the sufferings of this present life. Jesus teach us to love through the Sacramental life you give us. Teach us to pray as you prayed. Teach us to go through Mary, Mother of God and our Mother.
Make a perpetual promise to recite a spiritual communion prayer if you cannot get to daily Mass, the faith you place in the prayer is the grace you will receive from it. Continue to journal and prepare for a good and humble confession. Try to find time to spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
For Week II to accompany the daily readings, please recite the Litany of the Holy Spirit.
You may choose to continue the Ave Maris Stella and Veni Creator throughout the preparation weeks.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Litany of the Holy Spirit
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Father all powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.
Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Response: Have mercy on us.
Promise of God the Father,
Ray of heavenly light,
Author of all good,
Source of heavenly water,
Spirit of love and truth,
Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
Spirit of counsel and fortitude,
Spirit of knowledge and piety,
Spirit of the fear of the Lord,
Spirit of grace and prayer,
Spirit of peace and meekness,
Spirit of modesty and innocence,
Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church,
Gift of God, the Most High,
Spirit Who fillest the universe,
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God,
Holy Spirit, inspire us with the horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, send us Thy Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.
Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful.
And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let us Pray
Grant, O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.