The Holy Eucharist and the Saints
What is the Holy Eucharist?
“It is God among us. It is the Lord Jesus present in the tabernacles of our Churches with his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is Jesus veiled under the appearance of bread, but really and physically present in the consecrated Host, so that He dwells in our midst, works within us and for us, and is at our disposal.” (Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.10).
The Holy Eucharist: The Holy Mass, Holy Communion, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
We must take care to arrive early to church to prepare ourselves for the Holy Mass because the Holy Mass is the highest act of worship of God and devotion.
During the Liturgy of the Word, we must listen reverently and attentively to allow the Word of God to bear fruit in our lives. We must also listen reverently to the priests’ homily. The priest instructs us as to how to understand the readings we have just heard and apply them to our lives.
During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the priest first offers bread and wine to God as well as the gifts and prayers of the assembly of the faithful (the Offertory part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist). The priest then prays in preparation for the Consecration.
After the “Sanctus” (“Holy, Holy”) is sung, the priest pronounces the Consecration and the bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. At this time, through the priest, Jesus offers His Sacrifice of death on the Cross, to God the Father.
During the last part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus in Holy Communion. We must prepare ourselves well to receive Jesus in Holy Communion with faith, love, humility, and reverence. We must be in a state of grace to receive Jesus in Communion.
*”Remember that a fervent Holy Communion 1) preserves and increases sanctifying grace in you, 2) takes away venial sins, 3) protects you from falling into mortal sin, 4) brings you consolation and comfort, with an increase of charity and hope of eternal life.” (Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, pp. 118)
**It is important to note that we must not receive Jesus in Holy Communion if we are conscious of having committed mortal sin. Receiving Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin is a grave offense against God, so we must go to Confession (Sacrament of Penance) to receive forgiveness of mortal sin before receiving Holy Communion.
After receiving Holy Communion , we should thank God, love God, and pray to God for ourselves and others. We should make a reverent Thanksgiving to Him of at least 15 minutes. Let us remember how incomprehensibly amazing and astonishing it is that God, the Creator of the universe Himself comes to down to us in Holy Communion!
Jesus loves us so much that He instituted the Eucharist in order to stay with us always. At the end of the Holy Mass, we receive a blessing from the priest, which is the blessing of Jesus, God Himself.
In Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the graces of the Holy Mass and Holy Communion are extended because we are in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. (A Consecrated Communion Host is placed in a special container called a “monstrance” for adoration.)
The Eucharistic Jesus is the true Emmanuel, the “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.10].
Saints and the Holy Eucharist
“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation”
“…In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.”
St. Francis of Assisi
“God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe
The Eucharist ” is that Love which surpasses all loves in Heaven and on earth.”
“The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love: It signifies Love, It produces Love.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
On the Cross, Jesus “gave Mary to each one of us as our Mother. On the Cross also, Jesus sacrificed Himself for our salvation. Today, Jesus continues to offer Himself to the Eternal Father for our salvation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.”
Pope John Paul II, Fatima Homily, May 13, 1982 (Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.18)
“If we truly Knew how to appreciate it [the Holy Eucharist], it alone would fortify and sustain us.”~ St. Theodore Guerin
“There is no need or trial or persecution that is not easy to suffer if we begin to enjoy the delight and consolation of this Sacred Bread.” ~ St. Teresa of Avila
“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun, than to do so without the Holy Mass.” ~St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
“I believe that if there were no Mass, the world would by now have sunk into the abyss under the weight of its own wickedness. The Mass is the powerful support which sustains it.” ~ St. Leonard of Port Maurice
St. Bernard would urge his listener as follow, “O you deluded people, what are you doing? Why do you not hasten to the Churches to hear as many Masses as you can? Why do you not imitate the Angels who, when a Holy Mass is celebrated, come down in squadrons from Paradise and take their stations about our altars in adoration to intercede for us?”
[Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.20-21]
“With prayer we ask graces from God; in the Holy Mass we constrain God to give them to us” St. Philip Neri [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p. 21]
“In Holy Mass our prayer is united with Jesus’ prayer of agony as He sacrifices Himself for us. In a special way during the Canon, which is the heart of the Mass, the prayer of all of us becomes also the prayers of Jesus. present amongst us. The two Mementoes of the Roman Canon during which the living and the dead are remembered, are precious moments for us to present our petitions. Also, in those supreme moments when Jesus in the priest’s hands undergoes His Passion and Death, we can beg for our own needs and we can recommend both living and deceased persons who are dear to us.” [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p. 21]
“With Communion, Jesus enters my heart and remains corporally present in me as long as the species (the appearance) of bread lasts; that is, for about 15 minutes. During this time, the Holy Fathers teach that the angels surround me to continue to adore Jesus and love Him without interruption.” [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p. 37]
According to St. Bernard, “When Jesus is corporally within us, the angels surround us as a guard of love.” [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.37]
One day, while Saint Mary Magdalene di Pazzi was kneeling down among the novices, she raised her eyes heavenward and said: “O Sisters, if only we could comprehend the fact that while the Eucharistic Species remain within us, Jesus is there and working in us inseparably with the Father and the Holy Spirit and therefore the whole Holy Trinity is there.” [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.48]
The Saints loved, revered and valued the Holy Eucharist and Holy Mass. They encouraged daily Holy Mass. For instance, St. Maria Goretti traveled on foot for 15 miles going and returning from Sunday Mass. St. Francis of Assisi would attend two Masses each day. St. John of the Cross pointed out that his greatest suffering while he was imprisoned was the fact that he was not able to celebrate or receive Holy Communion while in prison.
Saint Catherine of Sienna would say to her confessor: “Father, I am hungry; for the love of God give this soul her food, her Lord in the Eucharist . . . . When I am not able to receive my Lord, I go into the Church, and there I look at Him . . . I look at Him again . . . . and this satisfies me.” [Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, p.14]
Saint Gemma Galgani once wrote”It is now night, tomorrow morning is approaching and Jesus will possess me and I will possess Him.” Jesus said, ” He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in him”(John 6:56).
From childhood, St. Martin de Porres was drawn to a life of prayer. Jesus in the Holy Eucharist was the love of his life and He gave him many gifts: to perform miracles, bilocate, heal, counsel and minister to the poor, sick and all those in need. St. Martin de Porres also founded an orphanage. [Missionaries of the Blessed Sacraments]
Saint Charles Borromeo was a great theologian. He became a Bishop at a very young age. In addition to organizing famine and plague relief, he helped return discipline among the clerics and secular leaders. St. Charles was devoted to the Holy Eucharist. He allowed the public into his personal episcopal chapel to pray with him [Missionaries of the Blessed Sacraments]
Saint Martin of Tours (Patron of Soldiers) was charitable to beggars. He became a priest because of his great love for Jesus in the Eucharist shortly after he left the military. He was also a great educator and preacher. [Missionaries of the Blessed Sacraments]
“Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, ‘Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do’ . . . And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply.”
St. Catherine Laboure (Miraculous Medal)
THE EUCHARIST IS THE HEART OF THE CHURCH
(Excerpt from Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II’s homily)
“I Am the Living Bread” (John 6:51). The message of John’s Gospel completes the liturgical picture of this great Eucharistic mystery that we are celebrating today… The words of John’s Gospel are the great proclamation of The Eucharist, after the miraculous multiplication of bread near Capernaum. Anticipating as it were the time even before the Eucharist was instituted, Christ revealed what it was. He spoke thus: “I Am the Living Bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and the Bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My Flesh” (John 6:51). And when these words brought protests from many who were listening Jesus added: “Truly, truly I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you; he who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My Flesh is food indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in me, and I in him.” (John 6:53-56).
THE EUCHARIST IS THE HEART OF THE CHURCH
(Excerpt from Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II’s homily)
“These are words which concern the very essence of the Eucharist. Behold, Christ came into the world to bestow upon man divine life. He not only proclaimed the Good News but He also instituted the Eucharist which is to make present until the end of time His redeeming mystery. And as the means of expressing this He chose the elements of nature – the bread and wine, the food and drink that man must consume to maintain his life. The Eucharist is precisely this food and drink. This food contains in itself all the power of the Redemption wrought by Christ. In order to live man needs food and drink. In order to gain eternal life man needs the Eucharist. This is the food and drink that transforms man’s life and opens before him the way to eternal life. By consuming the Body and Blood of Christ, man bears within himself, already on this earth, the seed of eternal life, for the Eucharist is the sacrament of life in God. Christ says: “As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.” (John 6:57).
“I beg you to show the greatest possible reverence and honor for the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things, whether on earth or in heaven, have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God.” St. Francis of Assisi
“Take refuge often at the feet of Jesus…My dear ones, the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament is an extremely necessary way to conquer the devil. Therefore, go often to visit Jesus and the devil will not come out victorious against you.” St. John Bosco
“Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the altar surrounded by angels adoring and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do.” St. Mary Joseph Rosello
“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.”
St. Bernadette Soubirous ( Marian Apparition, Lourdes, France)
“Go and find Him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to Him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I have, and you know all things. Come to my help.’ And then go, and don’t worry about how you are going to manage. That you have told God about it is enough. He has a good memory.” St. Jeanne Jugan
Anna Maria Taigi was one of the greatest mystics of the 19th century. She was a wife and mother who achieved her sanctification by living her life in accordance with God’s will. Her greatest desire was to love God and to serve Him in everything. She attended Mass daily and visited the Blessed Sacrament several times during the day.
Blessed Mary Magdalene Of The Incarnation (Foundress of the Perpetual Adorers of The Blessed Sacrament) had a vision in which Jesus told her, “I have chosen you to establish the work of perpetual adorers who, day and night, will offer me their humble adoration…”. She spent her whole life adoring Jesus in the Eucharist.
“How sweet, the presence of Jesus to the longing, harassed soul! It is instant peace, and balm to every wound.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Founder of the Sisters Of Charity in the United States)
“The Blessed Sacrament should be honored by hearing Mass, receiving Communion frequently, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and making spiritual communions. The rosary should be said daily, all three parts or at least one part. We should meditate on the mysteries, applying them to the circumstances of our own lives.”
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
“And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Matthew 26:40)
Spend one hour a week to adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Do not abandon Our Lord, Our Savior Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at the altar. Please talk with your local priest and Bishop about starting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in your parish and Community if you do not already have one in place.
Comportment at Holy Mass and Afterwards
A Letter from St. Padre Pio to Annita Rodote (Pietrelcina, July 25, 1915), one of his spiritual daughters on how to comport oneself at Mass and afterwords.
Prayer of St. Padre Pio After Communion
Stay With Me Lord
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches.
It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that,
I need You.
It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!|
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
The Holy Mass Explained in Spanish (La Santa Misa Explicada)
Miracles of the Eucharist
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano (youtube video)
Eucharistic Miracle 1(video)
Eucharistic Miracle 2 (video)
Eucharistic Miracle 3 (video)
For more on Eucharistic Miracles visit the following sites:
Jesus Our Eucharistic Love by Father Stefano Manelli (Mass Market Paperback – 1973)
(Available new and used at Amazon.com and Catholic bookstores)
The Eucharistic Miracles Of The World (Book available: Eternal Life , or call 1-800-842-2871; also available at Amazon.com and eBay.com. Cheaper at Eternal Life Bookstore)
Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament (web site: www.ACFP2000.com)
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Our Lady of Fatima