By: Laura Worhacz
Week 3 theme: "MARY! TEACH US THE LAW OF LOVE!"
Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7 Pages 114-117
(Or pages 117-120 on the online book. You can find the link here:)
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Chapter title: Mary's Adoration of Faith and Respect
How much might be said of Mary's life of adoration in the Cenacle! Mary was wholly employed in adoring and honoring Him in His Eucharistic life.
She prostrated herself with profound respect and devotion, then composed her senses in a simple act of recollection. She kept her body erect, her hands joined or crossed on her breast or, when alone, frequently raised in supplication towards the Tabernacle, on which her eyes were constantly fixed.
Mary adored with the most submissive faith. She adored that Heart so inflamed with love, Mary would have wished to annihilate herself completely before the Divine Majesty annihilated in the Sacrament, that by so doing she might render Him due homage and love.
Mary's adoration was profound, interior, and intimate. It was the gift of herself. She offered herself wholly to the service of loving God in the Eucharist; for love knows no reservation, lays down no conditions; it thinks no more of self, lives no longer for self; it is a stranger to itself, it lives only for the God whom it loves. All in Mary turned toward the Blessed Sacrament as toward it's center and end. A current of grace and love was established between the Adorable Heart of Jesus Hostia and the adoring heart of Mary; they were two flames that burned as one. God was perfectly adored in his creature!
With the example of Mary before him, let the adorer kneel before the Blessed Sacrament with the most profound respect.
Under the Eucharistic veils that hide the Sacred Humanity, let us adore Jesus with Mary's faith and with that of Holy Church-those two Mothers that the Savior has, in His love, given us. Let us adore our God as though we saw Him, heard Him; for an earnest faith sees, hears and touches with more certitude than the senses themselves. (abbr. text)
We need not cross the forest alone. "And they told what things were done on the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread" (Luke 24:35). Those walking the road to Emmaus must have been in a great state of confusion, walking the forest, wondering, trying to figure out in their minds all that they heard. They listened on the way, they pondered, they thought about how their hearts must have burned with peace when they recognized Jesus in the breaking of the Bread. St. Peter Julian tells us, "an earnest faith sees, hears and touches with more certitude than the senses themselves." We who believe will find rest for our souls, a comfort, and a peace in finding Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our hearts too will burn with peace. Those on the way continued to wonder, yet their confusion was clear when His presence was before them. We follow Mary through the forest of our lives onto the path that will lead us to become fully employed in honoring Jesus in His Eucharistic life.
The Holy Angels simply adore, like Mary, the Queen of Angels. This is why Mary is the Queen of Goodness (St. Peter Julian). "All in Mary turned toward the Blessed Sacrament as toward its center and end. A current of grace and love was established between the Adorable Heart of Jesus Hostia and the adoring heart of Mary; they were two flames that burned as one. God was perfectly adored in his creature!" St. Peter Julian catches before our eyes this imagery. A current of grace can and will be established for us too from the Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. With our hearts entering into the union of these two hearts, Jesus and Mary, we have a limitless life of grace to long for. We turn everything to these two hearts allowing the same current of grace to work through our lives. Mary's example of the law of love will help us find God in losing ourselves so the life of The Heavenly Father can be fulfilled in us. Mary is an example of how to adore with profound respect and devotion. This does not come from a set rule, it comes from our acknowledgement of His love. The return of this love will come from an indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our souls which will lead us to prostrate ourselves before our King. The prostration is the union of your heart to the divine heart where the two will become one, and a current of Grace will unfold.
"Let us, in union with Mary, accompany the Blessed Sacrament when it is taken to the sick" (St Peter Julian). The chapter concludes with this practice to care for the sick. We can simply say, "Lord, hear our prayer." There may be a vast opening of grace offered to us here. "Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14). There are many sick among us. First, our own hearts, are in need of constant nourishment that can only be consoled by the heart of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Once we can give who we have, we can offer to heal by our prayers to all those suffering in heart, mind, body, and soul. The work will be endless and fall into eternity, "God will be perfectly adored in his creatures" (St Peter Julian). When we care for others we perfectly adore. Mary will guide us to pray for those in need. God will be perfectly adored when we become more like His Son who lived and died for us. We will, like Mary, become true adorers in finding Him through our lives, making Him its center, and carrying out His work. The vision will be clear that we are heading toward Him. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament helps us to become who we receive so that others may come to magnify the Lord and rejoice in the Word made flesh, Jesus.
Mary, teach us the law of love.
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. Pray for someone deeply troubled in heart, mind, body or soul, and offer a hidden sacrifice for their suffering.
For Week III to accompany the daily readings, please pray through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Blessed are you, Mary exalted daughter of Sion...
You may choose to continue the Ave Maris Stella and Veni Creator throughout the preparation weeks.
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.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.