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 118-122
(Or pages 120-123 on the online book. You can find the link here:)
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Chapter title: Mary's Adoration of Thanksgiving
To her act of humble faith, to her adoration of deep self-annihilation, Mary added thanksgiving. Mary gave thanks to Jesus for His love in the gift of the Eucharist.
Oh, how happy Mary was when before the Last Supper Jesus revealed to her that the hour for the triumph of His love had come, that He was about to institute His Adorable Sacrament, by which each of the Faithful could share her happiness and, like her, receive Him into his breast, see Him, after a fashion, and in His Sacramental state enjoy all the graces and experience the mysteries of His mortal life: "After this Gift, in which I exhaust My power, I have nothing more to give to man, except heaven!"
She offered herself to serve Him in His Adorable Sacrament; she consented to delay the hour of her reward, in order that she might remain an adorer on earth, commissioned to guard, to serve the Eucharist, happy to die at the foot of the divine Tabernacle.
In her adoration in the Cenacle, Mary daily renewed her thanksgiving: "How good Thou art, my Savior and my Son!"
Then Mary gave thanks to each of the powers of Jesus' soul, to each of the Savior's members which had cooperated in the institution of the Eucharist, offering to them the flames of love that consumed her heart.
Oh! how His Heart must have rejoiced at having left Mary His Sacramental Presence for her consolation!
Mary's thanksgiving was, furthermore, most agreeable to Jesus because the recognition of benefits received and gratitude of them please Him above all else. That is all He expects from us. To adore by thanksgiving is to adore well. It is to recognize the first of His attributes, the one which above all others He came to earth to manifest- His goodness. Let us dwell at length when we are at His feet.
Let us, then return thanks through Mary. A child receives a gift, but it is his mother who thanks the donor for him. So our thanksgiving, united with that of Mary, will be perfect and most acceptable to the Heart of Jesus. (abbr. text)
St. Peter Julian tells us of the "flames of love that consumed her heart." Mary was grateful for she was full of grace. "And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" (Luke 1:28). Mary is in thanksgiving for all of us in honor of the Donor. Our Blessed Mother is full of grace for all of her children. She is full of God's love for us from now until eternity. Jesus is the Donor of love; He gives His life for us continually. "Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you" (Matt:7:7). We ask through Mary, we seek through Mary, and we knock through Mary for the Divine Indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide us into the fullness of thanksgiving awaiting us in the Blessed Sacrament. Mary's Adoration of thanksgiving will be ours when we offer with her the same flames of love that come from our hearts unto Jesus for all He has given us in His Life. "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Mary is the first grateful adorer of the Blessed Sacrament for she is full of grace.
"After this Gift, in which My power, I have nothing more to give to man, except heaven!" St. Peter Julian gives an account from his heart, the words of our Savior. Jesus gives his very life for our sins that abandon us from the Heavenly Father. He restores us to the fullness of grace. His mercy is without end, "And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days" (Psalm 23:6). Jesus' Mercy will follow us if we follow Him all the days of our life. We need to dwell in the house of the Lord unto the end of our days. Thanksgiving becomes a great part of our prayer time when we are reminded moment by moment of the love of God. Our Blessed Mother's thanks are without end for she recognized that the Father's Mercy is without end. We knock, we seek, we find Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is there where He longs for us to be with Him. Jesus has nothing more to give except heaven itself. Heaven itself can be found here and now in the Eucharistic Kingdom. We are offered all the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit; they are streaming from His Divine presence. We try to remain in a state of grace to receive these offerings so we can be thankful children. Mary will bring our thanks to Jesus, especially when our pains are greater than our prayers. We find heaven when we seek Jesus, by the law of Mary's love.
St. Peter Julian's repetition, offered to us in Mary's teaching us the law of love, will help us in the final days of our preparation. Week IV will bring us by Mary's hand into the conclusion of our consecration before we make a promise of our love to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Mary will lead us where this promise will take our hearts: to the adoring of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with the continued prayers to her maternal heart and the asking for guidance for our lives to follow the will of God. Children of Mary, after silent prayer time, will always be devoted to the Holy Rosary. Praying the scriptures in each mystery is the consummation of the Pascal Mystery. This two-fold prayer will bring us into the life of Jesus Christ. The virtues connected to this gift from our Mother will always find a way to lead us to divine wisdom. Goodness and truth will follow after we enter into the mysteries with a humble and contrite heart. We have so many gifts to be thankful for. The Promise of the Father's love is endless. We live in thanksgiving by loving the gifts that have been given to us especially, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10). The Father's Love reigns. We who are blessed to receive Him will have a vision of heaven from our hearts, united with Mary's Adoration of Thanksgiving here at the Altar of the Lord from now into eternity.
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God." (Matthew 5:9)
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. Everything that enters your heart and mind today turn into thanksgiving.
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.