By Laura Worhacz
"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 doing so she might render Him due homage and love." (St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
St. Peter Julian sees the submissiveness of our Blessed Mother's faith and recognizes her heart can only be so inflamed by the Power of the Most High and her espousal to the Holy Spirit.
We will now continue looking at Our Lady through the Veni Creator prayer, line by line:
"With patience firm and virtues high, The weakness of our flesh supply." Mary can guide us by her life in the mother of all virtues, patience. She brings to us the Divine understanding of the weakness of our "flesh" with her heart so inflamed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit's love for us.
"Far from us drive the foe we dread and grant us Thy true peace instead; So shall we not, with Thee for guide, Turn from the path of life aside." Mary's self-annihilation, as St. Peter Julian calls it, is the Holy Spirit raising her soul to the Heavens. Our Blessed Mother could never have endured the agony of Jesus Christ, her Son, without her life in the Holy Spirit; her soul raised to Heaven in hope of the union she longed to have again with Jesus after His Crucifixion. Yes, Mary dreaded the foe, but found the peace instead. By the guide of the Holy Spirit she was able to turn from the path of life and set it aside to keep her heart raised to the Eternal Glory she knew would come.
"And, may Thy grace on us bestow The Father and the Son to know. And Thee through endless times confessed Of both the Eternal Spirit blest." Mary lived in the Eternal Spirit and was blest. The grace was bestowed on her by knowing the Father and the Son by her continuous yes, her fiat to the consenting of the Holy Spirit in her life.
"All glory while the ages run Be to the Father and the Son Who rose from death; the same to Thee, O Holy Spirit, eternally. Amen." Praised be to God Our Father for all glory can "run" through the ages for HE Who rose from death. The same will happen to thee (His children) O Holy Spirit Eternally! Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, you led the way through your espousal to the Spirit of God, the Father's Love, through the life, death and rising of your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please offer the prayer to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament having it direct your heart to your consecration promise.
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.
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.