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Fifth Luminous Mystery The Institution of the Eucharist “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Holy Eucharist gives us not only grace but the Author of all grace, Jesus, God and Man. It is the center of all else the Church has and does.Spiritual fruit: Love of our Eucharistic Lord
1. Institution of the Holy EucharistChrist offers his body and blood as food under the signs ofBread and wine and testifies “to the end” his love forhumanity, for whose salvation he will offer himself insacrifice. No one has greater love than He who lays downhis life for those whom He loves.Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper.
1A. Institution of the Holy EucharistIn the upper room Jesus offers his own body and blood asthe Passover Lamb. Just as the Passover lamb wassacrificed in Egypt to spare the firstborn sons of Israel, nowJesus is to be sacrificed on the cross to spare the lot of allhumanity.Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper.
1B. He loved them to the end: “That is to say, to thesummit of every possibility of love, because Jesus rendersperpetual, today, the sacrifice accomplished one single timeon Calvary for the salvation of all.” (Gobbi)Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper.
1C. Institution of the Holy EucharistIn this his gift, the new and eternal Covenant between God andhumanity is established, and the rite of the new Passover in the trueLamb of God who takes away the sins of the world is instituted. (Gobbi)Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper.
“I have ardently desired.” All the life of Jesus has been directed o this supreme and ineffable moment. It is the Passover of love. On this day, Jesus gives his Body as food and his Blood as drink to those who are being redeemed and saved by Him There is no greater love than this, that one lay down his life for those whom he loves. In this his gift, the new and eternal Covenant between God and humanity is established, and the rite of the new Passover in the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world is instituted. It is the Passover of suffering. Love is proven with suffering. To this, his utmost gift of love, Judas responds with betrayal, Peter with denial, the apostles with desertion. (Gobbi)
“It is the Passover of suffering. Love is proven with suffering. To this,his utmost gift of love, Judas responds with betrayal, Peter with denial,the apostles with desertion.” (Gobbi)Tintoretto, The Last Supper, 1566, Church of San Trovaso. Venice.
3***. St. John “It is certain that I loved saint John in a specialmanner, because he was most pure and candid as a dove; and in theeyes of the Lord he was very pleasing, both on account of his purityand on account of his love toward me. His example should serve theeas a spur to do that which my Son and I expect of thee.” (Mary of Agreda)Valentin de Boulogne The Last supper, 1625. National Gallery of Art. Rome.
WORDS OF THE QUEEN on PURITY & LOVE OF ST. JOHN (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter, I see thee much moved to emulation and desire by the great happiness of the disciples of my most holy Son, and especially that of saint John, my favored servant. It is certain that I loved him in a special manner; because he was most pure and candid as a dove; and in the eyes of the Lord he was very pleasing, both on account of his purity and on account of his love toward me. His example should serve thee as a spur to do that which my Son and I expect of thee. Thou art aware, my dearest, that I am the most pure Mother and that I receive with maternal affection those who fervently and devoutly desire to be my children and servants in the Lord. By the love which He has given me, I shall embrace them with open arms and shall be their Intercessor and Advocate. Thy poverty, uselessness and weakness shall be for me only a more urgent motive for manifesting toward thee my most liberal kindness. Therefore, I call upon thee to become my chosen and beloved daughter in the holy Church.”
“I shall, however, make the fulfillment of my promise depend upon a service on thy part: namely, that thou have a true and holy emulation of the love with which I loved saint John, and of all the blessings flowing from it, by imitating him as perfectly as thy powers will allow. Hence, thou must promise to fulfill all that I now command thee, without failing in the least point. I desire, then, that thou labor until all love of self die within thee, that thou suppress all the effects of the first sin until all the earthly inclinations consequent upon it are totally extinguished; that thou seek to restore within thee that dove-like sincerity and simplicity which destroys all malice and duplicity. In all thy doings thou must be an angel, since the condescension of the Most High with thee was so great as to furnish thee with the light and intelligence more of an angel than that of a human creature. I have procured for thee these great blessings and, therefore, it is but reasonable on my part to expect thee to correspond with them in thy works and in thy thoughts. In regard to me thou must cherish a continual affection and loving desire of pleasing and serving me, being always attentive to my counsels and having thy eyes fixed upon me in order to know and execute what I command. Then shalt thou be my true daughter, and I shall be thy Protectress and loving Mother.”
WORDS OF THE QUEEN. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter, all that thou hast written in this chapter is a most important warning for all those that live in the flesh and in the imminent danger of losing eternal happiness. It should teach them to seek my most kind and powerful intercession and to fear the judgments of the Most High; for in this lies an efficacious means of salvation and of meriting higher reward for the Lord. I wish to remind thee once more, that among the secrets revealed to the beloved John at the last Supper, was also this, that he had become the beloved disciple of Christ on account of his love toward me, and that Judas fell because he despised the mercy and kindness which I had shown him. At that time, also, the evangelist understood other great mysteries communicated and wrought in me; that I should take part in the labor and suffering of the Passion and that he should have special charge of me. My dearest, the purity which I require of thee must be greater than that of an angel; and if thou strive after it thou wilt become my dearest child, as saint John , and a most beloved and favored spouse of my Son and Lord. His example and the ruin of Judas should continually serve thee as a stimulus and as a warning, to seek only after my love and to be sincerely thankful for the love shown thee without thy merit.”
The Eucharist is the same sacrifice as on the Cross
2**. The Eucharist is the same sacrifice as on Calvary “When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ’s Passover, and it is made present: the sacrifice Christ offered once for all on the cross remains ever present.” (Catechism)
2A. The Eucharist is the same sacrifice as on Calvary “In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work are united with those of Christ and with his total offering. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.” (Catechism)
2B. The Eucharist is the same sacrifice as on Calvary “Jesus comes by means of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, to wash again today with his divine blood, all the sin and the evil of the world. “The Eucharistic Jesus will release all his power of love which will transform souls, the Church and all humanity.” (Gobbi)
At every Mass the sacrifice of Calvary is made present. 6. The Eucharist is a sacrifice inasmuch as it is offered up, and a sacrament inasmuch as it is received.“Each day with love and with sorrow, with intimate participation of yourlives, celebrate the holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It has the power to makereparation, and to destroy so much evil in the world.” (Gobbi)
3. The Holy Trinity during Mass: “As a mother, I am alwaysat the side of my Son in every tabernacle on earth. Wherever the Sonis there is always present the Most Holy Trinity. At the side of everytabernacle, there are all the angels, and all the saints.” (Gobbi) Tintoretto, The Last supper. 1561.
3. Bread of life: “I am the living bread that come down from heaven..Whoever eats of this Bread will have life and I will raise him up on the lastday. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I inhim. I am with you always, to the end of the ages.” (in the Eucharist.) Tintoretto, The Last supper. 1561.
4.The Bread of Life I am the living bread that come down from heaven. Whoever eats of this Bread will have life and I will raise him up on the last day. I am with you always, to the end of the ages. (in the Eucharist.) We break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ. By our communion at the altar we are filled with every heavenly blessing and grace.
4A.The Bread of Life Man also lives by the Living Bread that comes down from heaven. “Jesus becomes present in the Eucharist to be the food of your spiritual life and to form you to a true capacity for love. Jesus give Himself to you to love in you, with you and by means of you. The Eucharistic Jesus wants to lead all of you along the road of love, of reconciliation, of communion, of peace and of salvation.” (Gobbi)
“Especially when thou receivest Him in the holy Sacrament and possessest Him within thee: for in this thou shouldst also imitate David, who, after asking the Lord what return he should make for all his benefits, answers: "I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the name of the Lord" (Ps. 115, 13). Thou must accept the salvation offered thee and bring forth its fruits by the perfection of thy works, calling upon the name of the Lord, offering up his Only begotten. For He it is who gave the virtue of salvation, who merited it, who alone can be an adequate return for the blessings conferred upon the human race and upon thee especially. I have given Him human form in order that He might converse with men and become the property of each one. He conceals Himself under the appearances of bread and wine in order to accommodate himself to the needs of each one, and that each one might consider Him as his personal property fit to offer to the eternal Father . In this way He furnishes to each one an oblation which no one could otherwise offer, and the Most High rests satisfied with it , since there is not anything more acceptable nor anything more precious in the possession of creatures.”-----Words of the Queen.
5. United with the Holy Trinity! The Eucharist is a true banquet in which Christ offers himself as our nourishment. He also grants us the Holy Spirit. “Grant that we who are nourished by his body and blood may be filled with his Holy Spirit.” Whoever is united with One of the Three Persons is thereby united to the whole Blessed Trinity, for this Oneness is indivisible. (St. Faustina Kowalska)Titian, The Last Supper.
5. United with the Holy Trinity! “He brings you to communion with the Heavenly Father in his Spirit of Love, and He gives you his very own divine life.” (Gobbi) Whoever is united with One of the Three Persons is thereby united to the whole Blessed Trinity, for this Oneness is indivisible.Titian, The Last Supper. (St. Faustina Kowalska)
6. The Eucharist: source and summit of all evangelization. In holy communion each of us receives Christ, and Christ receives each of us. Holy Communion brings about the mutual “abiding” of Christ and each of his followers. The Eucharist thus appears as both the source and summit of all evangelization. (Pope John Paul II)Joos van Ghent, The Communion of the apostles, 1460 Palazzo Ducale. Urbino.
6. The Eucharist: “I wish thee also to ponder, what a horrible crime it is in the eyes of the Lord, in mine, and in those of all the saints, that men should despise and neglect the frequent reception of the holy Communion, and that they should approach it without preparation and fervent devotion. Principally in order that thou mayest understand how I prepared myself so many years for receiving my most blessed Son in the holy Sacrament.” (Mary of Agreda)Joos van Ghent, The Communion of the apostles, 1460. Palazzo Ducale. Urbino
Words of the Queen onthe Holy Eucharist (Mary of Agreda)
WORDS OF THE QUEEN on THE HOLY EUCHARIST (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “O my daughter! Would that the believers in the Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the sacred and mysterious blessing of the Holy Eucharist! If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the holy Sacrament and in being able, by its reception and constant interaction, to participate in the effects of this heavenly manna! If they would only worthily esteem this precious gift, begin to taste its sweetness, and share in the hidden power of their omnipotent God! Then nothing would ever be wanting to them in their exile. In this, the happy age of the law of grace, mortals have no reason to complain of their weakness and their passions; since in this bread of heaven they have at hand strength and health. It matters not that they are tempted and persecuted by the demon; for by receiving this Sacrament frequently they are enabled to overcome him gloriously. The faithful are themselves to blame for all their poverty and labors, since they pay no attention to this divine mystery, nor avail themselves of the divine powers, thus placed at their disposal by my most holy Son.”
“I tell thee truly, my dearest, that Lucifer and his demons have such a fear of the most holy Eucharist, that to approach it, causes them more torments than to remain in hell itself. Although they do enter churches in order to tempt souls, they enter them with aversion. Their wrath against the Lord and against the souls alone could induce them to expose themselves to the torment of his real sacramental presence. Whenever He is carried through the streets they usually fly and disperse in all haste; and they would not dare to approach those that accompany Him, if by their long experience they did not know, that they will induce some to forget the reverence due to their Lord. Therefore they make special efforts to tempt the faithful in the churches; for they know what great injury they can thereby do to the Lord himself, who in his sacramental love is there waiting to sanctify men and to receive the return of his sweetest and untiring love. Hence thou canst also understand the strength of those who prepare themselves to partake of this bread of the angels and how the demons fear the souls, who receive the Lord worthily and devoutly and who strive to preserve themselves in this purity until the next Communion. But there are few who live with this intention.”
“Write this admonition in thy heart; and since without thy merit the Almighty has ordained, that thou receive holy Communion daily, seek by all possible means to preserve thyself in the good dispositions from one Communion to the other. It is the will of the Lord and my own, that with this sword thou fight the battles of the Almighty in the name of the holy Church against the invisible enemies. For in our days they are heaping affliction and sorrow upon the mistress of nations, while there is none to console her or to take it to heart (Thren. 1, 10). Do thou thyself weep for the same reason and let thy heart be torn in sorrow. But while the omnipotent and just Judge who is so greatly incensed against the Catholics for having outraged his justice by their unmeasurable and continual transgressions even under the aegis of their grand faith, none are found to consider and weigh the fearful damage, nor to approach the easy remedy of receiving the holy Eucharist with a contrite and humble heart; nor does any one ask for my intercession.”
“Though all the children of the Church largely incur this fault, yet more to be blamed are the unworthy and wicked priests; for by the irreverence with which they treat the blessed Sacrament. If the people see their priests approach the divine mysteries with holy fear and trembling, they learn to treat and receive their God in like manner. Those that so honor Him shall shine in heaven like the sun among the stars; for the glory of my divine Sons humanity will redound in a special measure in those who have behaved well toward Him in the blessed Sacrament and have received Him with all reverence. Moreover the devout will bear on their breast, where they have so often harbored the holy Eucharist, most beautiful and resplendent inscriptions, showing that they were most worthy tabernacles of the holy Sacrament. This will be a great accidental reward for them and a source of jubilation and admiration for the holy angels and the rest of the blessed. They will also enjoy the special favor of being able to penetrate deeper into the mystery of the presence of the Lord in the sacrament and to understand all the rest of the wonders hidden therein. This will be such a privilege, that it alone would suffice for their eternal happiness, even if there were no other enjoyment in heaven. Moreover the essential glory of those, who have worthily and devoutly received the holy Eucharist, will in several respects exceed the glory of many martyrs who have not received the body and blood of the Lord.”
“I wish thee also to hear, my dearest daughter from my own mouth, what were my sentiments when in mortal life I was about to receive holy Communion. In order that thou mayest better understand what I say, reflect on all I have commanded thee to write about my gifts, merits and labors in life. I was preserved from original sin and, at the instant of my Conception, received the knowledge and vision of the Divinity, as thou hast often recorded. I knew more than all saints; I surpassed the highest seraphim in love; I never committed any fault; I constantly practiced all the virtues in a heroic degree and in the least of them I was greater than all the saints in their highest perfection; the intention and object of my actions were most exalted and my habits and gifts were noble without measure; I imitated my most holy Son most closely; I labored faithfully; I suffered with eagerness and co-operated with the doings of the Lord exactly as was becoming to me; I ceased not to exercise my love and gain new supereminent merits of grace. Yet I thought myself to have been fully repaid by being allowed to receive Him even once in the holy Eucharist; yea, I did not consider myself worthy of this one favor.”
“Reflect then what should be thy sentiments, and those of the rest of the children of Adam, on being admitted to the reception of this admirable Sacrament. And if for the greatest of saints one holy Communion is a superabundant reward, what must the priests and the faithful think, when they are allowed to receive it so frequently? Open thy eyes in the deep darkness and blindness which overwhelm men around thee, and raise them up to the divine brightness in order to understand these mysteries. Look upon all thy works as insufficient, all thy sufferings as most insignificant, all thy thanksgiving as falling far short of what thou owest for such an exquisite blessing as that of possessing in the holy Church, Christ my divine Son, present in the holy Sacrament in order to enrich all the faithful. If thou hast not wherewith to show thy thanks for this and the other blessings which thou receivest, at least humiliate thyself to the dust and remain prostrate upon it; confess thyself unworthy in all the sincerity of thy heart. Magnify the Most High, bless and praise Him, preserving thyself at all times worthy to receive Him and to suffer many martyrdoms in return for such a favor.”
“I wish thee also to ponder, what a horrible crime it is in the eyes of the Lord, in mine, and in those of all the saints, that men should despise and neglect the frequent reception of the holy Communion, and that they should approach it without preparation and fervent devotion. Principally in order that thou mayest understand and record this warning, I have manifested thee, what I did on that occasion and how I prepared myself so many years for receiving my most blessed Son in the holy Sacrament and also the rest, which thou art yet to write for the instruction and confusion of men. For if I, who was innocent of any hindering sin and filled with all graces, sought to increase my fitness for this favor by such fervent acts of love, humility and gratitude, consider what efforts thou and the other children of the Church, who every day and hour incur new guilt and blame, must make in order to fit yourselves for the beauty of the Divinity and humanity of my most holy Son? What excuse can those men give in the last judgment, who have despised this ineffable love and blessing, which they had always present in the holy Church, ready to fill them with the plenitude of gifts, and who rather sought diversion in worldly pleasures and attended upon the outward and deceitful vanities of this earthly life? Be thou amazed at this insanity as were the holy angels, and guard thyself against falling into the same error.” Words of the Queen.
7. The Eucharist is a priceless treasure “Jesus must become for you the one and only treasure.” (Gobbi) “The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.” (Pope John Paul II) “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.” (St. Alphonsus Ligouri)
8. Sorrowful mother of the Eucharist.“Today my motherly heart is deeply wounded and saddened because Isee that about the divine presence of Jesus in the Eucharist there ismuch emptiness, silence, neglect, and abandonment.I want to bring you here with me, prostrate before everytabernacle, in an act of adoration and reparation.” (Gobbi) Let every (retired) person understand that your greatest contribution to the Church’s mission lies in your adoration and reparation before the Blessed Sacrament ! Many souls can be saved by praying the Divine Mercy prayer at 3 pm.
8. Sorrowful mother of the Eucharist. “My Immaculate Heart is glorified by you, when you become burning flames of love and zeal for Jesus present in the Eucharist; when you bring to Him all the souls who are entrusted to you.” (Gobbi)
9. Communion of life with Jesus “Before the tabernacle, you should be in a communion of life with Jesus. Make of Jesus your dearest friend. Tell your love to Jesus . This communion of life with Jesus will develop and mature into your holiness, and of a possibility to transform evil into good, and to act profoundly that souls may be led by you to salvation.” (Gobbi)
9. Communion of life with Jesus “Go often before the tabernacle for your personal encounter of love with Jesus. Renew your pledge of love for Jesus present in the Eucharist. Make the Holy mass the center of all your piety, the summit of your day, the heart of your apostolic action.” (Gobbi)
9. Communion of life with Jesus “Prostrate yourselves with me in an act of profound adoration before the Eucharistic Jesus. His real presence among you is the light upon your path, a comfort for all your weariness, a balm upon every wound It is a joy in all your sorrows, a peace which calms every anxiety. It is the dawn which marks the beginning of each new day of your human life.” Prostrate yourselves with me in an act of fervent thanksgiving for all the favours that have been given you, by the love and providence of your Heavenly Father. It is the Father who arranges for you every minute of your life. Prostrate with me in an act of intense reparation for all the sins of the world. (Gobbi)
How Our Lady prepared for Holy Communion (Mary of Agreda)
In these exercises the great Queen sought especially to celebrate the institution of the most blessed Sacrament by new hymns of praise, of thanksgiving and fervent love. She was solicitous to invite for this purpose her own angels and many others from the empyrean heaven, in order to assist and accompany in these praises of the Lord. It was a wonder worthy of his Omnipotence, that the Most High should send from heaven multitudes of angels to view this prodigy of Christs remaining sacramentally present in her heart from one Communion to the other.
How Our Lady prepared for HOLY COMMUNION Though the great Queen worthy of preserving within Herself the sacred species as in a tabernacle, She was so solicitous in preparing Herself anew by the most fervid exercises and devotions every time She was again to receive holy Communion; and this She did nearly every day except on those in which She remained in her oratory. She first offered up for this purpose her weekly exercises of the Passion and besides this, whenever She retired at nightfall before the day of Communion, She began other exercises such as prostrations in the form of a cross, genuflections, prayers, and adorations of the immutable essence of God. She asked permission of the Lord to speak to Him and to permit Her, in spite of her earthly lowliness to partake of his Son in the holy Sacrament; She appealed to his infinite bounty and to his love toward the Church in thus remaining sacramentally present, as a reason that She should be favored with this blessing. She offered to Him his own Passion and Death.
She made most intense acts of humility, professing Herself but dust and ashes in comparison with the infinite being of God, to which the highest creatures are so inferior and unequal. In the contemplation of what She was to receive sacramentally, She was so affected and so deeply moved, that it is impossible describe it in words; for She raised Herself and transcended above the choirs of seraphim and cherubim; and as, in her own estimation, She considered Herself the lowest of all creatures, She called upon her guardian angels and upon all the other angels, asking them, with incomparable humility, to supplicate the Lord to dispose and prepare Her for receiving Him worthily, since She was but an inferior and earthly creature. The holy angels, obeying Her in joyful admiration, assisted and accompanied Her in these petitions, in which She persevered for the greater part of the night preceding her Communion.
We can never worthily understand to what height rose her virtues and works of love on these occasions. But they were often of such a kind as to oblige the Lord to respond by personal visit, in which He gave Her to understand with what pleasure He came to dwell sacramentally in her heart and to renew in Her the pledges of his infinite love. When the hour of her Communion arrived, She first heard the Mass usually celebrated by the Evangelist. In these Masses, although the Epistles and Gospels, being not yet written, were not read, the consecration was always the same as now, and to it were added other rites and ceremonies with many psalms and orations. At the end of Mass the heavenly Mother approached, making three most profound genuflections; all inflamed with love She received her Son in the Sacrament, welcoming in her purest bosom and heart that same God, to whom She had given the most sacred humanity in her virginal womb. Having communicated, She retired, and, unless some very urgent need of her fellowmen demanded otherwise, remained alone for three hours. During these hours the Evangelist was often privileged to see rays of light darting forth from Her as from the sun. (Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God.)
“In order to dispose thyself day by day for holy Communion thou shouldst apply whatever thou performest in these exercises; imitate also the other works practices, which thou hast come to know of me. If the Mother of Him whom I was to receive, deemed myself unworthy of Communion and by so many means sought the purity necessary for such a Sacrament, consider what thou must do, so poor and subject to so many miseries and imperfections! Purify the temple of thy interior, scrutinizing it by the divine light and adorning it with great virtues, since it is the eternal God, whom thou art to receive; One, of whom nobody but Himself is worthy. Above all I exhort thee to call upon me and ask me to help thee; for thou must know, that I am the special Advocate and Protectress of those, who desire to arrive at great purity for receiving holy Communion . Whenever they invoke me for this purpose, I present myself before the throne of the Most High, and, as one well knowing the disposition required for harboring God himself, I ask this favor and grace for those who are about to receive Him in the holy Sacrament. I have not lost in heaven the solicitude and zeal which I exhibited upon earth. Having asked me, proceed to ask also the intercession of the angels, for they also are very anxious to see souls approach the holy Eucharist with great devotion and purity. Invoke the intercession of the angels and saints to obtain grace from the Lord. ” (Our Lady Spoke to Mary of Agreda. Spain)
With her own hands, She provided ornaments and sacerdotal vestments for the celebration of the Mass, thus originating the ceremonious observances in the Church. Although these vestments were not quite of the same form as nowadays; yet they were not materially different in appearance from those which in the course of time came into use in the Roman Church. The material was more alike; for She made them of linen and rich silks, purchased with the alms and presents made to Her. Whenever She worked at these vestments, sewing or fitting them, She remained on her knees or on her feet, and She would not entrust them to other sacristans than the angels, who assisted and helped Her in all these things; likewise She kept these ornaments and all that pertained to the service of the altar in incredible order and cleanliness; and from such hands as hers, all came forth with a celestial fragrance, which enkindled the spirit of the ministers.
From many kingdoms and provinces, where the Apostles were preaching, numbers of converts came to Jerusalem in order to visit and converse with the Mother of the Redeemer of the world, at the same time offering rich gifts. Among others, four sovereign princes, who were royal governors of provinces, visited Her and brought many valuable presents, which they placed at her disposal for her own use and for the Apostles and disciples. The great Lady answered that She was like her Son, and that the Apostles likewise were in imitation of their Master; that hence these riches were not appropriate to the life they professed. They begged Her to console them by accepting their gifts for the poor or for the divine worship. On account of the persistent requests She received part of what they offered, and from the rich silks She made some ornaments for the altar; the rest She distributed among the indigent and the infirmaries. For She was accustomed to visit such places and often served and washed the poor with her own hands, performing such services, as well as distributing the alms, on her knees. Wherever it was possible She consoled the needy and assisted the sick in their last agony. Nor did She ever rest from works of charity, either actually engaging in them, or pleading and praying for others in her retirement.
During these last years the Queen ate or slept very little; and this little only, because saint John asked Her to rest for at least a small portion of the night. But this sleep was only a slight suspension of the senses, lasting no longer than a half hour, during which, in the manner above described, She lost not the vision of the Divinity. Her food was a few mouthfuls of ordinary bread and sometimes a little fish, taken at the of the instance of the Evangelist and in order to keep him company; in this, as in other privileges, saint John was thus fortunate, not only eating with Her from the same table but having the food prepared for him by the great Queen and administered to him as from a mother to her son, and moreover being obeyed by Her as a priest and a substitute of Christ.
10. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples“Love his brothers and yours. Learn from Jesus how to love.You too, gird yourself with the towel, to put yourself at theservice of your neighbour. Let it be Jesus himself who lovesin you.” (Gobbi)
10B. “Today is the day of the new commandment: ‘Love one another as I have love you.’ Beloved sons, put yourselves ever at the service of all. You must also wash the feet of your brothers, pour balm on their wounds, share with them in their needs and their poverty.” (Gobbi) “ “To the poor give his richness; To the rich, his poverty; To the healthy, his weakness; To the sick, his strength; To sinners, his salvation; To the dying. His paradise; To the hungry, his body; To the thirsty, his blood; To the weak, his support; To the little, his defence; To all, his divine caress.”Ford Maddox Brown, Jesus washing Peter’s feet.
The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart (Short version)“ Virgin of Fatima, Mother of Mercy, we who belong to the MarianMovement, consecrate ourselves in a special way to yourImmaculate Heart. We also consecrate our motherland (Nation) toyour Immaculate Heart. We intend to live with you, through you andfor you, all the obligations assumed by our Baptismal consecrationto bring about in ourselves that interior conversion so urgentlydemanded by the Gospel, that we may be available only to doalways the will of the Father.Allow us to dwell in the garden of your Immaculate Heart . Lead usto a spiritual renewal with prayer and penance, with the daily
Finally pray one Our Father,one Hail Mary, and oneGlory be, to the HolyFather’s intention. End of the Cenacle
Words of the Blessed Virgin on theHoly Eucharist to Fr. Stefano Gobbi
The Holy EucharistI am the Mother of adoration andreparation. Beside every tabernacle of theearth there is always my motherlypresence. In my Immaculate heart allform a concert of perennial adoration, ofunceasing prayer and of profound lovefor Jesus, really present in everytabernacle on earth. Jesus has given youthe gift of always remaining in you midst.Today my motherly heart is deeplyWounded and saddened because I seethat about the divine presence of Jesus inthe Eucharist there is much emptiness,silence, neglect, and abandonment.I want to bring you here with me,Prostrate before every tabernacle, in anact of adoration and reparation.”
“You must understand that the centre of your life, the fount of your grace, the source of your light, the beginning of your apostolic action is found only here in the tabernacle where Jesus is kept. Jesus is present to teach you how to grow, to help you to walk, to strengthen you in giving witness, to give you courage in evangelizing, to be a support for all your sufferings. In the Eucharist, there is really present Jesus Christ. You must believe more in his presence among you; you must spread with courage and force, your invitation for a return of all to a strong and witnessed faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. I ask for a return to the practice of making everywhere hours of adoration before Jesus, exposed in the most holy Sacrament. I desire that there be an increase in the homage of love towards the Eucharist. Surround the Eucharistic Jesus with flowers and lights; draw close to Him with profound acts of genuflection and of adoration. If you knew how the Eucharistic Jesus loves you, how a little gesture of love fills Him with joy and with consolation! Jesus pardons so many sacrileges and forgets an infinity of ingratitude before one drop of pure priestly love which is placed in the chalice of his Eucharistic Heart. Go often before the tabernacle; pray before the tabernacle. Let yours be a continual prayer of adoration, of intercession, of thanksgiving and reparation. Let yours be a prayer which is united to the heavenly song of the angels and saints, to the ardent supplications of the souls. Let yours be a prayer which brings together the voices of all humanity.
Before the tabernacle, yours should be not only a presence of prayer, but also a communion of life with Jesus. When you ask something of Him, He always hears your prayer. “You must go beyond appearances to experience in your soul the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist because, under the veil of each consecrated Host, Jesus is really present among you.” “Go before the tabernacle to establish with Jesus a simple and daily rapport of life. With the same naturalness with which you seek out a friend, to before the tabernacle to seek out Jesus. Make of Jesus your dearest friend, the most trusted person, the most desired and the most loved. Tell your love to Jesus, because this is the one thing that makes Him immensely happy. ‘Jesus, You are our love; Jesus You alone are our great friend; Jesus, we love You; Jesus, we are in love with You”. “This communion of life with Jesus will develop and mature into your holiness, a capacity to welcome in your own person the sufferings and crosses of all, of a possibility to transform evil into good, and to act profoundly that souls may be led by you to salvation.”
“The Eucharistic reign of Christ will unfold in all its power and will have the capacity to change hearts, souls, individuals, families, society and the very structure of the world. “Today it is necessary to shed greater light upon the value of Holy Mass as the sacrifice which renews, in a true manner, that accomplished by Jesus on Calvary.” “As little lambs I have gathered you into my sheepfold to prepare you for the immolation which awaits you. You are co-operating with my action for the salvation of the world.” “I place you before every tabernacle to give you in homage to Jesus, as most precious jewels and most beautiful and fragrant flowers.”
“The Eucharist will once again be the heart and center of the whole life of the Church. Jesus in the Eucharist will become the summit of your prayer, and your apostolic action. Bring everyone to Jesus in the Eucharist.” “Make the Eucharistic Jesus the center of your prayer, the sun of your life, the love of your life. You become a soothing balm which is placed on the open and bleeding wounds of your holy mother the Church. “My heart is filled with joy in seeing you here, on a pilgrimage of love, of adoration, of reparation and of thanksgiving to Jesus, present in the Eucharist, to console Him for the great emptiness, the great ingratitude and the great indifference, with which He is surrounded in his real and loving presence in all the tabernacles of the earth.” “Thank you for the joy which you are giving to the Heart of Jesus who is smiling upon you with pleasure. Thank you for the joy which you give to the deep sorrow of the Immaculate Heart of your heavenly Mother. “I am the Mother of the Most Blessed Sacrament. As a mother I am always at the side of my Son. I am still to be found wherever Jesus is present, in every tabernacle on earth. “I am the joyful Mother of the Eucharist. Wherever the Son is, there too the Father and the Holy Spirit are always present. There is always present the divine and Most Holy Trinity. There are all the angels and all the saints, arranged in their nine choirs of light to sing the glory of the most Holy Trinity.”
“I am the sorrowful Mother of the Eucharist. You should all gather together, religious and faithful , in order to form, with heaven and purgatory, an unceasing hymn of adoration and praise. Instead, today Jesus in the tabernacle is surrounded by much emptiness, much neglect and much ingratitude. At Fatima, the Angel taught this prayer: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most precious body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is surrounded.” “Jesus is surrounded today by an emptiness which has been brought about especially by you priests who, in your apostolic activity, often go about uselessly and very much in the periphery, going after things which are less important and more secondary, and forgetting that the center of your priestly day should be here, before the tabernacle.” “He is surrounded by the indifference of many of my children, who live as if He were not there.” “Above all, it is the sacrileges which today form around my Immaculate Heart, a painful crown of thorns. How many communions are made and how many sacrileges perpetrated!” “Never before as today, has Love been so unloved. Love Jesus who is surrounded by great coldness and a general indifference. Let your ministry be a service of love for Him.”
“You must be today a clarion call for the full return of the whole Church Militant to Jesus present in the Eucharist. Because there alone is to be found the spring of living water which will purify its aridity and renew the desert to which it has been reduced; there alone is to be found the secret of life and of light; there alone is to be found the fount of her renewed holiness: Jesus in the Eucharist!” “It is not your pastoral plans and your discussions, it is not the human means on which you put reliance and so much assurance, but it is only Jesus in the Eucharist which will give to the whole Church the strength of a complete renewal.” “I desire that this message of mine be made public and spread throughout the whole world because I am calling you today from every part of the earth to be a crown of love, of adoration, of thanksgiving and of reparation.” “I lead you to a habitual intimacy of life, of love, of adoration, of thanksgiving and of reparation to Jesus present in the Eucharist. “The power of your intellect causes you to see Jesus in the spendor of his glory. The power of the will sets you on the way of always doing his divine will. “ I have come, O Lord, to do your will.”
“You are being called more and more to become the apostles and new martyrs of Jesus, present in the Eucharist. You must increase your reparation, your adoration and your life of piety. The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus will work great things in each of you.” “Beloved sons, build a dam to hold back the flood of sacrileges. Never before as in these present times have so many communions been made and in such an unworthy manner.” “I myself will fill up the great void about my Son Jesus. I will form a barrier of love about his divine presence. I will do this through you, beloved sons, whom I wish to set up as a guard of love round about all the tabernacles of the earth.” “Oh, what weight Holy Mass has to compensate for, and to destroy, the evil which is daily brought about by so many sins.
Not by bread alone does man live. Man also lives by the Living Bread that comes down from heaven. Jesus is the living bread, the food to eat that one may hunger no longer, the water to drink that one may thirst no longer. Jesus becomes present in the Eucharist to be the food of your spiritual life and to form you to a true capacity for love. Jesus gives Himself to you in the Eucharist to love in you with you and by means of you. Learn of Him who is meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls. Flourish everywhere the cult of adoration, of reparation and of love for the Most Holy Eucharist. Let yourselves be possessed by his love. How much Jesus loves you! Do not look at your miseries; do not be discouraged by your weaknesses; do not count your sins, because the divine Charity of the Heart of Jesus surpasses infinitely every human ingratitude. Even if there is being repeated the action of Peter who denies, of that of Judas who betrays, or that of the apostles who flee and abandon Jesus, open your hearts today to hope, because Jesus loves you. His love overcomes your every human weakness.
“Let your heart be completely immersed in his Eucharistic Heart. Jesus then takesyour little heart, opens it, expands it and fills it with his love. He loves in you and youlove in Him.You become a new John, called to have a profound intimacy of life with Jesus.Seek Jesus in order to quench your thirst for blessedness; go to Him to satisfy yourgreat need for love; your too, place your head upon his Heart to feel its beatings; liveeveryday with Him, you who are called to be the other Johns of the EucharisticJesus.For you, who are called to be the light of the world, there now falls the duty ofilluminating the earth in these days of dense darkness.“I invite you to bend with me over the altar. Adore Him with me; heap love upon Himwith me; console Him with me: thank Him with me; with me, make reparation for theoffenses, the coldness and the great indifference with which He is surrounded.”
Love is not loved For love of you, Jesus lived a life which was humble, poor, hidden and spent in prayer and in work. For love of you, Jesus took upon Himself suffering, humiliation and marginalization. For love of you, Jesus became the Man of Sorrows and offered Himself as a victim on the Cross. For love of you, He allowed Himself to be condemned, mocked, tortured, crucified and killed. For love of you, Jesus remains ever present in your midst in the state of a victim in the sacrament of the Eucharist. For the love you, He has even given you his Mother. If you knew how the Heart of Jesus loves you! Jesus loves you and in return receives from you ingratitude, indifference and lack of response. Jesus loves you and you live as though He did not exit. Jesus loves you and, in the Eucharist, throbs with love for you and you leave Him alone, abandoned, surrounded by a great void an d so much unbelief. It is so true that Love is not loved. Allow your heavenly Mother to form you to love , to make you grow in love.