By: Laura Worhacz
Preparation week theme: Empty thyself
St. Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Saint Peter Julian Eymard writes in a letter, Holy Thursday April 9th, 1846 to Sister Marguerite Guillot:
"I want to get this letter out of the way, my daughter, with these few lines. I'm sorry that I didn't give you permission on Tuesday to keep company with our good Master on Thursday night - he who is alone, sad and suffering at the grotto of the Mount of Olives. I grant it to you willingly and would even wish to be able to go with you. Then, Easter day is coming, that beautiful day which dries every tear, and restores Jesus to us so beautiful and gracious. So, I must also give you back to the good Father, and give you a bouquet for his tender Mother. So, here it is; I am permitting you to consecrate yourself by a special vow to Mary who is so pure and gracious making her your custodian, your protectress, in a word, your Mistress of Novices. My poor daughter, can I give you anyone better? Oh! How fortunate you are! It's reason enough to cry for joy. Our Lord will be so pleased to communicate his graces through Mary's heart, to speak to you and show himself to you there. By this vow you will go to Jesus through Mary. You will love Jesus in the arms of Mary. When our beloved Savior calls you to the foot of his cross, you will find Mary there. She is already your Mother, she will be doubly so. Oh, it seems to me that this vow of holy slavery will obtain many graces for you and much love.
It's understood that when we vow ourselves to the Queen of Heaven and Earth in this manner, it is forever. Please tell her also that I am her humble son. Take heart! On Sunday you will say: "I have died, but my life is hidden with Jesus and Mary in God." . . . All yours in our Lord, Eymard" (Life and Letters of Saint Peter Julian
Eymard, Volume 1 The Early Years 1828-1852)
In consecrating your life to Jesus through our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Saint Peter Julian Eymard enlightens us to the reality that, "... it is forever."
The above letter to Sister Marguerite from Saint Peter Julian Eymard should be read a few times and very slowly. The account of these words written contain everything to enter into this spiritual journey.
At the start of each chapter begin with a conscious effort to offer reading the reflection specifically for your consecration promise. Penetrate into this devotion with the imagery of Our Lady carrying you, ultimately into the presence of God, making your life a perpetual offering. If you are a daily adorer of the Blessed Sacrament or daily Communicant there is somewhere for Our Lord to take you...Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament will guide you ever closer to the Heart of the Eucharist throughout the consecration days. Whether you are renewing your consecration or making it for the first time you should be filled with a Holy zeal. With the reality that you will grow closer to God by nourishing your relationship with Our Blessed Mother. Be committed to God's Will, to where He will take you through your yes in the desire to know Jesus evermore through Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. "Let your Yes be Yes!" (Matthew 5:37) "...it is forever." (SPJ)
Pray for Our Lady's intentions, by this we become true children of Mary.
Please try to journal through the readings.
Let nothing stop you from participating in this consecration to Jesus through Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The theme for week I will be, "Mary! Teach us the life of Adoration." Saint Peter Julian Eymard
Please recite the Veni Creator:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (make the sign of the Cross.)
We offer this prayer to you O Lord with the specific intention to empty thyself.
COME, O Creator Spirit blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O fount of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God's hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts over flow with love;
With patience firm and virtues high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.
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.
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.
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.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for 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.