What Parishes Must Do

“People ask me: ‘What will convert America and save the world?’ My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer.”

St. Teresa of Calcutta

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He Could Not Give You More

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“Holy Communion is the Body of Jesus under the form of bread, received as food. With His Body, He gives also His Soul, His Divin­ity, His merits, and His grace. All that He is, all that He has, He makes your own. No being on earth is richer and more honored than you are when you bear in your heart your God and Savior. You could not ask for more. Christ could not give you more.”

(Charlie Mckinney from Holy Communion Nourishes Your Supernatural Life)

When You Approach The Altar – Remember

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“…the one whom we receive is Jesus who was born of Mary, who lived in Nazareth, who preached to the Jews of Palestine. This is the Good Samaritan; this is He who healed the sick, delivered Mary Magdalene from the devil, raised Lazarus from the dead. This is He Who, wearied, slept in the boat; this is He who was crucified on Calvary, who rose, glorious, from the tomb; this is the mysterious pilgrim on the road to Emmaus who made Himself recognized ‘in the breaking of the bread; this is He Who ascended to heaven, to the right hand of the Father; this is the Eternal High Priest, ever living, who never ceases to pray for us.”

(From Christ in His Mysteries by Blessed Columba Marmion)

Fill Me With Love For You

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“O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to be filled with love for You; keep me closely united with You, may my heart be near to Yours. I want to be to You like the apostle John.

O Mary of the Rosary, keep me recollected when I say these prayers of yours; bind me forever, with your rosary, to Jesus of the Blessed Sacrament. Blessed be Jesus, my love…”

Saint John XXIII from Journal of a Soul)

Be Truly Thankful and Grateful

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“After Communion, one should spend at least a quarter of an hour in thanksgiving. This is the most precious time of our life since Jesus Christ really present in us is pleased to fill us, out of unequaled generosity, with His benefits and His virtues. We would show a lack of reverence and acquire guilt for shameless ingratitude were we to occupy our mind, our heart, or our senses with something irrelevant. It is appropriate especially to formulate prayers of gratitude, adoration, offering and petition.”

(Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P. from Instructions For Novices)

The Sacrament of Love and the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart (6)“As [St. Margaret Mary] was constantly afraid of illusion, Our Lord once told her by which signs to recognize Him. His graces, He said, would always be accompanied by some humiliation or contradiction; they would be followed by confusion and a feeling of annihilation; moreover, they would never cause her to despise others, nor would they prevent her from following her Rule. Finally, they would result in a great love of Himself, in a perfect imitation of His example, in the desire to suffer for His sake, but to suffer unobserved, and in an unquenchable thirst for Holy Communion and for being near the Blessed Sacrament.

Margaret Mary spent almost every free moment before the Tabernacle. For devotion to the Sacred Heart seems to be inseparably linked to an ardent love for the Blessed Sacrament.”

(From The Way of Mystics by H.C. Greef)