Part 2

 

Part 2

Adoration of the Eucharist,

 the Cross & the Child

The Prayer

of

ADORATION

Through

The Words of God the Father,

The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg,

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

and its Saints

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)


“…But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth.

For the Father also seeketh such to adore him….”

(Jn 4:23)

 

Introduction

Catholic tradition and teaching about prayer most often refer to prayer as a lifting up of one’s spirit to God for the purpose of praise and adoration, thanksgiving, petition and/or reparation.  In this specific compilation of the spiritual gifts given to the world by God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Our Lady of Emmitsburg through their messenger and prophet, Gianna Talone Sullivan, supplemented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the writings of the Saints, we hope to review and come to better understand the “Prayer of Adoration.”

In the online Modern Catholic Dictionary, the word “adoration” is defined as “the act of religion by which God is recognized as alone worthy of supreme honor because he is infinitely perfect, has supreme dominion over humans, and has the right to human total dependence on the Creator. It is at once an act of mind and will, expressing itself in appropriate prayers, postures of praise, and acts of reverence and sacrifice.”

God made it very clear to Moses when he was leading the Jews out of Egypt that the primary obligation of humanity towards its Creator was one of adoration.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes into considerable detail in explaining this in its discussion of the first of the Ten Commandments.

 

 

 

Part 2

Adoration of the Holy Eucharist

“…This is My Body, which will be given for you….

This cup is the new covenant in My Blood, which will be shed for you…” 

(Lk 22: 19-20)

 

In his encyclical letter of the Eucharist, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II writes:

 

“…The Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Church, rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is the ‘source and summit of the Christian life’….The Church was born of the paschal mystery.  For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the center of the Church’s life….This sacrifice is so decisive for the salvation of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there.  Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its fruits….The Church constantly draws her life from the redeeming sacrifice; she approaches it not only through faith filled remembrance, but also through a real contact, since this sacrifice is made present ever anew, sacramentally perpetuated, in every community that offers it at the hands of the consecrated minister….Concerning all the faithful…, they offer the divine victim to God, and offer themselves along with it….

 

“…The Eucharist is a priceless treasure:  By not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace….By giving the Eucharist the prominence it deserves, and by being careful not to diminish any of its dimensions or demands, we show that we are truly conscious of the greatness of this gift….In the humble signs of bread and wine, changed into His Body and Blood, Christ walks beside us as our strength and our food for the journey, and he enables us to become, for everyone, witnesses of hope.  If, in the presence of this mystery, reason experiences its limits, the heart, enlightened by the grace of the Holy Spirit, clearly sees the response that is demanded, and bows low in adoration and unbounded love….”

 

(Adapted from encyclical given in Rome, at St. Peter’s on Holy Thursday, 2003)

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Eucharist

The Father—Source and Goal of the Liturgy

1082    In the Church’s liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated, acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.

1083    The dual dimension of the Christian liturgy as a response of faith and love to the spiritual blessings the Father bestows on us is thus evident. On the one hand, the Church, united with her Lord and “in the Holy Spirit,”5 blesses the Father “for his inexpressible gift” in her adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. On the other hand, until the consummation of God’s plan, the Church never ceases to present to the Father the offering of his own gifts and to beg him to send the Holy Spirit upon that offering, upon herself, upon the faithful, and upon the whole world, so that through communion in the death and resurrection of Christ the Priest, and by the power of the Spirit, these divine blessings will bring forth the fruits of life “to the praise of his glorious grace.”7

The presence of Christ by the power of his word and the Holy Spirit

1373    “Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us,” is present in many ways to his Church: in his word, in his Church’s prayer, “where two or three are gathered in my name,” in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned, in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But “he is present... most especially in the Eucharistic species.

1374    The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.”1 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.”  This presence is called ‘real’—by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”

1375    It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:

“It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered…..”

1376    The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”

1377    The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.

 

In Fr. John Hardon’s online Modern Catholic Dictionary,Eucharistic Adoration” is defined as the:

“Acknowledgement that, because the whole Christ is really present in the Blessed Sacrament, he is to be adored in the Eucharist as the incarnate God. The manner of showing this homage differs among countries and has varied through the ages….

“…Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, either reserved in the tabernacle or exposed in a monstrance, continued by successive worshipers day and night without intermission. The practice of perpetual adoration of God by psalm and prayer has been maintained by monks and nuns since early Christian times…. Since then many religious communities have made perpetual Eucharistic adoration either the main or an essential part of their rule of life. Confraternities of the faithful have also been organized to practice the devotion, along with the religious or, in some cases, in their parish churches.”

When something is as fundamental to the Catholic Faith as is the Holy Eucharist, its sacramental reception as well as its adoration outside of the Liturgy, how can current polls report that as many as 60% of people who would identify themselves as “Catholic” no longer understand and/or believe in Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist?  What does the Church teach about this Real Presence and the hope it holds for all of humanity?

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

1378    Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”

1379    The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent, outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

1380    It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us “to the end,” even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love:

The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.

 

VII. The Eucharist — “Pledge of the Glory to Come”

1402    In an ancient prayer the Church acclaims the mystery of the Eucharist: “O sacred banquet in which Christ is received as food, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the soul is filled with grace and a pledge of the life to come is given to us.” If the Eucharist is the memorial of the Passover of the Lord Jesus, if by our communion at the altar we are filled “with every heavenly blessing and grace,”242 then the Eucharist is also an anticipation of the heavenly glory. 

1403    At the Last Supper the Lord himself directed his disciples’ attention toward the fulfillment of the Passover in the kingdom of God: “I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”3 Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist she remembers this promise and turns her gaze “to him who is to come.” In her prayer she calls for his coming:“Maranatha!” “Come, Lord Jesus!”244 “May your grace come and this world pass away!”

1404    The Church knows that the Lord comes even now in his Eucharist and that he is there in our midst. However, his presence is veiled. Therefore we celebrate the Eucharist “awaiting the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ,” asking “to share in your glory when every tear will be wiped away. On that day we shall see you, our God, as you are. We shall become like you and praise you forever through Christ our Lord.”

1405    There is no surer pledge or clearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells,” than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is celebrated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ.”

 

1418    Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is... a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (Paul VI, MF 66).

 

The Mystery of the Eucharist

“…And they said one to the other:

‘Was not our heart burning within us, whilst he spoke in this way,

and opened to us the scriptures?...”

(Lk 24:32)

 

In His Lessons to the world, Our Lord speaks in very mystical terms (“suspended,” “dive into the core,” “dress My wounds,” “burning fire”) as He invites all humanity to quietly and silently join Him in this act of adoration leading to unity with the Triune God:

 

“…When you sit quietly and contemplate My words of love, your soul is suspended high into the abyss of Love.  You then dive into the core of Mercy’s dwelling, the core of My Heart, and also the core where my Wounds exist….

“Dress your wounds by dressing Mine with your love….Seek Me with the burning fire within your heart and never cease until you are found!..

“…How many of My people are afraid to seek Me….All that is necessary is a humble, honest heart, willing to receive My Love as a brother, sister spouse or child….You will not always continue in a fervent desire of virtue, but do not give up hope….Bear with patience this abandonment and aridity until you are graced with a deliverance from your anguish….Contemplate how your sufferings now are minor, compared to the glory which is to come for you….Be always searching the Truth and adore Me in a Eucharistic silence.  My Love is burning for you, and My sufferings of love for you will never cease until the glory of your happiness is united in the glory of the Triune God….”  (JOM, Vo IV, #36, July 21, 1992, Seek Me)


“…For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also….”

(Mt 6:21)

 

For many people in the world, participation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and access to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist are quite limited or even non-existent.  Many who have had the luxury and convenience of daily Mass and the sacraments have grown very complacent and possibly even indifferent to this unfathomable source of Love and Mercy.  One 20th century saint, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, speaks beautifully of what that Eucharistic experience each morning at Mass meant to Him and could and should mean to all of us:

 

"My heart feels as if it were being drawn by a superior force each morning just before uniting with Him in the Blessed Sacrament. I have such a thirst and hunger before receiving Him that it's a wonder I don't die of anxiety. I was hardly able to reach the Divine Prisoner in order to celebrate Mass. When Mass ended I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks. My thirst and hunger do not diminish after I have received Him in the Blessed Sacrament, but rather, increase steadily. Oh, how sweet was the conversation I held with Paradise this morning. The Heart of Jesus and my own, if you will pardon my expression, fused. They were no longer two hearts beating but only one. My heart disappeared as if it were a drop in the ocean." 

 

Private revelation and tradition have shared with us that the Blessed Virgin Mary lived as many as 15 years after Our Lord ascended into Heaven.  During this time she guided the Apostles and the early Church, and also certainly had a most perfect relationship with her beloved Son in His Eucharistic Presence.  Thus, there would be no more perfect source of faith and understanding for us than through her.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg shares with us the value of His Presence and what He desires of each of us, both to give and to receive, as we adore Him, love Him and trust in Him:

 

“…The more you receive and adore my Son in the Holy Eucharist, the more He lives and dwells within you and will help you with His grace to be open, to change and to love….” (Private OLOE, July 28, 2009)

 

“…Jesus is your treasure.  Adore Him with all of your heart.  Rest in Him, allowing Him to whisper words of love and courage while you adore Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  How my Son has been waiting for you in the tabernacles of the world!....Tend to Him and rest in Him….As this grace period soon will end, it is very important to focus on Jesus, to love one another as a family, and to support each other with ways of Love….I ask you to concentrate on your intimate relationship with my Son and do not deviate from your love for Him.  He will protect you, and He will be with you….”  (Public OLOE, Jan. 19, 1994)

 

“…Jesus is loving and merciful.  He gives His sacrificial Love for you unconditionally in the Mass so that you may share in His glory….Give to Him praise and thanksgiving for His goodness.  Surrender to Him your heart, your will, your mind and your spirit.  Give your entire being to Him in perfect adoration….Receive Jesus’ merits by uniting with Him in the most sacrificial Love of the Mass.  It is in the Mass where you not only receive His grace, but Jesus Himself….  (Public OLOE, Feb. 13, 1997)

 

“…You do not know the great gift that Jesus my Son has left for you in the Most Holy Eucharist.  I do not think that you truly believe and understand the entirety of His True Presence and of all the great gifts He has to give to you….However, you can believe now, and all of your desires and wishes can be fulfilled, because He is within you as you receive Him, and He is there before you as you adore Him….” (Public OLOE, June 13, 2004)

 

“There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries—

not that my adored Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar—

His word has said it,

and what so simple as to take that word which is Truth itself?—

but that souls of His own creation, whom He gave His Life to save,

who are endowed with His choicest gifts in all things else,

should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that Light,

without which every other blessing is unavailing!”

(St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1774-1821)

 

 

Our Response
“…As He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and unspotted in His sight in charity.…”.

(Eph 1:4)

 

Another 20th century “icon” of simplicity and holiness is St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta (1910-1997).  Even the secular world became aware of her works for the poorest of the poor , but less well known was the devotion she and her sisters had to Our Lord in their daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament:

 

“…We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something breaks.  People ask, ‘Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what they are doing?’  The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also involves satisfying the hunger of Christ.  He says, ‘Come to Me,’ He is hungry for souls….”  (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

 

This same sentiment is expressed by Our Lady of Emmitsburg’s words which affirm the response expected by God to the gifts He shares with us, namely apostolic charity, perseverance and purification.  She very specifically warns against our continual offenses against God, especially abortion, and encourages the use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In this modern world which seems obsessed with all sorts of social media and technology, Our Lady offers a special call to youth to both adoration and purity as well as frequent use of the Sacraments.

 

“…Work together and be a network of Love and Mercy.  Form nests of prayer all over the world to fill the emptiness and loneliness in the lives of many people.  Through Eucharistic Adoration you will come to know yourself and Jesus more intimately.  He will give you the grace to live by love.  He will satisfy your soul’s quest for love, and He will accomplish in you His holy designs.  He will pierce your soul with apostolic charity….Through Him you will persevere to the end of your journey…You will be able to be united to Jesus by an unspeakable love through your sanctification by His Divinity.  If you allow Him, He will cleanse you and gather you together in His inseparable Love….”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 13, 1998)

 

“…Focus on Jesus in the Eucharist and trust in Him.  Fear God, that you might not offend Him in self-pride and self-righteousness.  Be humble, love Him, implore His Mercy, and adore Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament….

“…I plead with you not to advocate abortion….Please notice the destruction and desolation and desecration which result from destroying the Temple of God.  Life is your gift.  Life is a treasure and not a burden.  Abuse it, and My Son will take it away from you.  Please heed my warning…Please pray before my Son in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and implore His Mercy and grace to enlighten you with His Truth of Life….”  (Public OLOE, April 28, 1994)

 

“…In order for the fruits of my Son to continue to unfold, it is most necessary that you utilize the Sacrament of Reconciliation more frequently and that you, my beloved priests, make it more available.  You cannot have a pure heart unless you recognize your sins and confess them with a contrite heart.  Too many of my children are receiving Holy Communion without purifying their hearts through the Sacrament first.  It is deception if you think you have not sinned, for my Son sacrificed Himself for sinners.  I also encourage you to spend heart-filled hours of prayer before my Son in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I call all my youth to return to adoration of my Son.  These two facets must be exercised and be at the center of your journey towards holiness….”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 29, 1994)

 

“…It is my desire that all my children come to know and love my Son in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  It is my desire that through Perpetual Adoration of His Most Blessed Presence that He be praised and honored in all the schools and churches around the world.  Then all my children will come to love and appreciate the child in my Son Who suffered from His Childhood through His Manhood, but retained His childlike ways of purity throughout His adult life even through His Death…It is both this purity and childlike heart which are most necessary to be restored to their proper place in humanity….My Son never lost His childlike purity and this truth of His Purity must be restored in every human being before any person can see God face to face.  The Holy Spirit shall sanctify the world through the Sacraments and enlighten the world with the hope and truth of the Child Jesus in a Eucharistic Reign….”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 3, 2000)


“…But flee thou youthful desires,

and pursue justice, faith, charity, and peace,

with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart….”

(2 Tim 2:22)

 

 

The Plan
“…And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water:

and lo, the heavens were opened to Him:

and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove,

and coming upon Him….”

(Mt 3:16)

 

It was on January 31,1993, on the Feast of St. John Bosco, when Our Lady first appeared to Gianna and invited her and her finance, Dr. Michael Sullivan, and called them to leave their homes and careers to come to Emmitsburg to help her with her plan.  Throughout salvation history, God has called countless numbers of His children to play a specific role in a universal plan for the purification and sanctification of all of humanity.  It would certainly appear that Our Lady of Emmitsburg has a significant role in that plan, both locally and regionally, and for the whole world.  She notes that central to that plan is Perpetual Adoration during a spiritual Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus.  The lack or absence of that adoration will have a very negative effect on the religious vocations and the holiness of the laity and will bring about the prophesied trial and tribulations so necessary to eradicate the sin and evil of this world before the triumph of her Immaculate Heart can finally be accomplished:

 

 “…I do not think that any people realize the connection between the Feast of St. Don Bosco and my invitation for you to come to the Center of my Immaculate Heart (Jan. 31, 1993), both because of his interaction with and heartfelt works for the children which gave God tremendous glory, along with his prophecy (in 1862) that through adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament ( and devotion to Our Lady)** there would be a renewal in the world….

“…Because of your decision, the messages I give here are for the world.  For this is a safe haven, a refuge for all children (and those who are childlike).  This is the Center of my Immaculate Heart, the first place in history where the Child Jesus invites and will protect all children.  So much good comes when people join together in prayer and unite in harmony!...”  (Private OLOE, Jan 31, 2007)

 

***(The prophecy of St. Don Bosco dealt with the only two things that can save mankind in such a great hour: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Devotion to Mary.  In her humility, Our Lady would not draw attention to herself by mentioning devotion to herself in this message.)

 

“…It is truly my desire that my beloved Pope proclaim to the world a spiritual Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus; but I bow also in humility to my Church, understanding that this lies in a hidden, intermediate coming of my Son through Perpetual Adoration in all the churches and schools around the world.  It is the only way for humanity to be saved and to become like children, and to be fulfilled through the Holy Spirit in this springtime of grace, the Joy of the Risen Savior….”  (Private OLOE, Oct 11, 2003)

 

“…I am grateful to the children that treasure my most Immaculate Heart here at the Center.  I treasure those who believe in my presence here, for they receive abundant graces through their open hearts.  There has also been an increase in vocations to the orders and religious communities that have supported my presence and have responded with Eucharistic Adoration….People today wonder why the numbers of vocations to the priesthood are falling.  It is because of the lack of Eucharistic Adoration, the lack of prayer, and the lack of priests making themselves available to my children through their own holiness and through hearing confessions….The priesthood is holy; but if priests shove people away, then what a grave sin it is for not allowing people to grow spiritually and to know Jesus.  So I treasure and I thank all of my priests, deacons, brothers, sisters, all religious and all laity; yes, all my children who have responded to my call here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart….”  (Private OLOE, July 1, 2006)

 

“…Blessed are you, children, who have offered in prayer all those people who have disbelieved.  Blessed are you, my priests, who have heeded my words to increase Eucharistic Adoration and who have been open to works of charity and to my words of Love….Blessed are all my laity who have never disbelieved and have fervently practiced their faith!...I thank you for listening to my words.  I bless you with the Omnipotent Blessing of God the Father so that you will be endowed with the strength to endure, for I have held back the Angel’s arm and the sword he carries.  But when God the Father decides to act, not even I will be able to stop Him!...  (Public OLOE, July 2, 2006)

 

“…Time is soon at hand when great trials and tribulations will unfold through God’s Mercy.  It will seem endless.  There will be continual devastations and disasters naturally, humanly and spiritually, which will pour out on the world until God is adored in His Sanctuary and His people are purified.  Pray you will be able to persevere and endure the bowls of purification to be released soon by God’s angels.  It will seem as if the evil has won the battle, but my Immaculate Heart will triumph and will be victorious in the end….”  (Public OLOE, May 2, 1996)

 

“…I will put enmities between thee and the woman,

and thy seed and her seed:

she shall crush thy head,

and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

(Gen 3:15)

 

 

The Adorable Cross

“We adore you O Christ and we praise you,

because by thy Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”

(Stations of the Cross)

 

In his homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said:

 

“When, in adoration, we look at the consecrated Host, this sign of creation speaks to us.  And so, we encounter the greatness of His gift; but we also encounter the Passion, the Cross of Jesus and His Resurrection. Through this gaze of adoration, He draws us toward Himself within His mystery, through which He wants to transform us as He transformed the Host.”  (Pope Benedict XVI, June 15, 2006)

 

In Catholic Christian tradition, the Cross on which hangs the Body of Christ has been the symbol of God’s Love and Mercy for each of us, His sacrificial offering for our salvation and His commitment to our sanctification.  At times, some phrases may sound as if we are actually adoring the Cross, but rather we adore the Person with Whom this instrument of torture and salvation was associated.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg encourages her children to embrace that Cross, to adore her Son in His wounded Humanity rather than walk away from Him, and to seek the Peace that comes, not from the subtleties of the world’s evil, but from Him:

 

“Little ones, let the Crucifix be your first source of help on days of misfortune and sufferings.  You will find comfort in your sufferings at the Foot of the Cross.  Gaze upon the Crucifix with affectionate adoration.   You are redeemed through the sufferings of my Son, and He will give to you the strength and courage He asks of you.  Little ones, in your suffering you are submerged into the abandonment of my Son, and salvation results through His Mercy.  Do not seek consolation and strength from people, but embrace instead the Foot of the Cross when you are afflicted with misery….”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 23, 1995)

 

You see, my Son Whose most adorable Body was raised on the Cross, hanging wounded, and with ligaments torn from the rage of His enemies, looked down and knew that there would be many who would walk away from Him and not be able to receive eternal life.  He also knew those precious souls who would be with Him for all eternity…”  (Public OLOE, Sept 3, 2006)

 

“…Jesus desires you to live your life in preparation for your eternal life.  Live life to its fullest, in all its beauty.  In order to praise the Risen Jesus, you must also adore Him in His Humanity.  He lived a life for you, as you, and was crushed and wounded for you.  He sustained your sorrows; and because of His wounds, you have been healed….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 29, 1998)

 

“…People must return to the true Word of God.  There is only one Way which has been outlined for you through My Son.  Many are seeking various props or words to help them feel good and closer to God.  Simply look to Jesus.  Bow only to the crucified Jesus by gazing upon the Crucifix and the Most Blessed Sacrament, adoring Him with reverence. Pray for peace because there is tremendous desire on every level for power.  The subtlety of evil has infiltrated the world through trickery, deceitfulness, anger, malice and control.  A forced peace is not lasting.  A binding contract is only temporary.  Peace must come from the heart.  It can only come from God….”  (Public OLOE, July 15, 1999)


“…But this man offering one sacrifice for sins,

for ever sits on the right hand of God,…”

(Hebrews:10:12)

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Do this in memory of me”

1341    The command of Jesus to repeat his actions and words “until he comes” does not only ask us to remember Jesus and what he did. It is directed at the liturgical celebration, by the apostles and their successors, of the memorial of Christ, of his life, of his death, of his Resurrection, and of his intercession in the presence of the Father.

1342    From the beginning the Church has been faithful to the Lord’s command. Of the Church of Jerusalem it is written:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.... Day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts.

1343    It was above all on “the first day of the week,” Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, that the Christians met “to break bread.” From that time on down to our own day the celebration of the Eucharist has been continued so that today we encounter it everywhere in the Church with the same fundamental structure. It remains the center of the Church’s life.

1344    Thus from celebration to celebration, as they proclaim the Paschal mystery of Jesus “until he comes,” the pilgrim People of God advances, “following the narrow way of the cross,” toward the heavenly banquet, when all the elect will be seated at the table of the kingdom.

 

In his proclamation Sacra Tridentina, Pope Pius X declared his desire that frequent and daily Holy Communion be promoted.  He writes:

“…Frequent and daily communion, as a practice most earnestly desired by Christ our Lord and by the Catholic Church, should be open to all the faithful, of whatever rank and condition of life; so that no one who is in the state of grace, and who approaches the Holy Table with a right and devout intention can be prohibited therefrom.  A right intention consists in this:  that he who approaches the Holy Table should do so, not out of routine, or vain glory, or human respect, but that he wish to please God, to be more closely united with Him by charity and to have recourse to this Divine remedy for his weakness and defects….”  (Sacra Tridentina, Pope t. Pius X, Dec. 20, 1905)

 

A reverent and prayerful frame of mind and heart is essential in approaching the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass if one is to draw from Our Lord all that He has to offer.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg teaches about how each of us can make her Son’s most perfect sacrifice our own.  This effort cannot exist only within the confines of the Church building, but must then be lived in our day to day lives:

 

“Little ones, in the Mass Jesus offers Himself as a perfect sacrifice to God.  As He offers Himself, you too should offer yourself with Jesus….His interior Love and obedience for God the Father was portrayed by His exterior sacrifice on the Cross.  All of His suffering was consumed for your sins….

 

“…You can make Jesus’ sacrifice your own in the Mass.  Your interior sacrifice can be expressed by an exterior sacrifice, an external sacrifice of obedience, submission to God’s Will, love and praise during Mass.  Jesus’ exterior sacrifice was an expression of His interior sacrifice.  It was His obedience, His submission to the Father’s Will, His Love and His adoration which satisfied the Father in reparation for the sins of the world.  Your exterior sacrifice must also be an act of love and correspond to your interior state through obedience, adoration, submission to God’s Will and perfect praise to the Father.  Jesus gives Himself to you in the Mass.  He invites you to live as He lived and to join Him in His act of Love….”  (Public OLOE, Mar. 26, 1998)

 

If you consecrate all of your being to Jesus during the Mass, you will join Him in offering to the Father His immolation on the Cross.  Then you will be intimately fused together in His Body and Blood and never be separated….”    (Public OLOE, Feb. 13, 1997)

 

“We adore Thee most holy Lord Jesus Christ,

here in all Thy Churches which are in the whole world,

because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world.”

(St. Francis of Assisi)

 

And finally, Our Lady joins with her husband Joseph in blessing all families on the Feast of the Body and Blood of her Son.  She reminds us, however, that His suffering for our salvation did not begin with His Passion and Death on the Cross, but had previously begun with His Birth in the Cradle.  This aspect of His Life is often overlooked by many in the Church, except at Christmas, but may in these end times come to its fulfillment in the adoration of her Son during the Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus:

 

“…I along with my St. Joseph bless this family, and I bless all families who pray and who desire to know God.  You are protected, and all your special intentions I will gather and give them to my most adorable Son on this special day which celebrates that He exists with you forever in His Most Precious Body and Blood….”  (Private OLOE, June 18, 2006, Corpus Christi)

 

 Do not allow one moment to pass without giving the praise and the glory that is so necessary and most fitting for a King, One Who gave His Life for you from its inception at His Birth in the Cradle through His Death on the Cross…I desire you to know fully and to embrace the Truth of His all-encompassing Love, not only as a Man who died because of His Love for you, but also as a Child who was born out of His Love for you….”  (Public OLOE, June 13, 2004)


“…This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven;

that if any man eat of it, he may not die….”

(Jn 6:50)

 

 

 

The Adorable Child
“…And she shall bring forth a son:

and thou shalt call his name JESUS.

For He shall save his people from their sins….”

(Mt 1:21)

 

One of the most well-known 20th century saints is St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland (1905-1938), Our Lord’s Apostle of Divine Mercy.  It was not infrequent for her to have mystical experiences with the Child Jesus in His Eucharist Presence during Mass as well as outside the Mass.  One such episode is recorded in her diary:

 

Finally, St. Faustina learned that we do not walk the way of spiritual childhood by our own strength. Jesus Himself is living in us and through us, if we let Him. In fact, Jesus comes to make our hearts His dwelling place at every Holy Eucharist. In a sense, the Christ Child is born anew in our hearts at every Eucharist. Many times, the Child Jesus revealed to St. Faustina His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.

She writes of a Mass celebrated by her spiritual director, Fr. Joseph Andrasz, SJ: "... I saw the Infant Jesus who, with hands outstretched toward us, was sitting in the chalice being used at Holy Mass. After gazing at me penetratingly, He spoke these words: 'As you see Me in this chalice, so I dwell in your heart'" (Diary, 1346). The little Jesus is instructing St. Faustina that, through His Eucharistic Presence, He dwells in her heart as the source of her strength. Even as the Infant Jesus strengthened her in the Eucharist, His abiding presence also filled her heart with great joy. Her desire grew for Him alone as the greatest treasure of all. She writes of February 2, 1936, "... when Mass began, a strange silence and joy filled my heart. Just then, I saw Our Lady with the Infant Jesus... . The most holy Mother said to me, 'Take my Dearest Treasure,' and she handed me the Infant Jesus. When I took the Infant Jesus in my arms, the Mother of God and Saint Joseph disappeared. I was left alone with the Infant Jesus"
(Diary, 608).

 

Though it may not be the usual way in which Eucharistic Adoration is perceived—that being directed toward the Child Jesus—Our Lady of Emmitsburg describes a mystical friendship which is not only possible, but desired by Him, and which tugs at the heart of anyone who could envision it:

 

 “…I know your hearts are with my Son, and I know you have gone through tremendous pain sorrow and turmoil….But you have always remained faithful to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to my Immaculate Heart; and you continue to adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, not only as the Risen Savior, but as the Child….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 19, 2004)

 

“Little ones, as you pray with all your hearts and give all of your intentions to my Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. I take them and present them to my Adorable Son, Who loves you and is by you, Who desires to dwell within you, and Who is happy when you give unconditionally and continue to surrender to Him….What are now needed are more prayer and more Eucharistic celebrations and more giving to others, giving until it hurts.  This is what my Son has given to you….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 2, 2005)

 

 “…Never fear, when a soul loves the Child Jesus to such a degree, that soul would not see Him face to face in His omnipotence and with His most adorable smile.  Those who truly adore Him are swiftly raised to a level of great glory.  All the pain and suffering of life are eliminated; and to gaze one’s eyes upon my most adorable Child is a great Joy and one where He beckons friendship.  And when He calls someone His ‘friend,’ how truly great can that be!

 

Receive the blessings of my most adorable Son Who desires you too to be His friend.  With His glistening eyes and His rosy cheeks and curly hair, He waves you on, and with that smile He draws you into His heavenly gaze….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 6, 2010)

 

“To bear the exile of this valley of tears,

I need the glance of my Divine Savior.

This glance full of Love has revealed its charms to me.

It has made me sense the happiness of Heaven.

My Jesus smiles at me when I sigh to Him.

Then I no longer feel my trial of faith.

My God’s glance, His ravishing smile,

that is Heaven for me!”

(St. Therese Lisieux, 1873-1897)

 

 

The Eucharistic Reign and the Center
“…If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever;

and the bread that I will give, is my flesh,

for the life of the world….”

(Jn 6:52)

 

Between 2000 and 2003, Our Lady of Emmitsburg shared some of the aspects of the Eucharist Reign of the Child Jesus and its relationship to the Center of her Immaculate Heart in Emmitsburg, to help make these unfamiliar prophesies more understandable to many of the faithful who were having trouble grasping them:

"…The Eucharistic Reign involves the Child Jesus.  The virtues of the Child, namely His purity, meekness, gentleness of heart, honesty, dependency on God and His innocence will have a profound life changing effect on all people who receive Jesus with filial confidence and trust.  These virtues will manifest themselves in an over-whelming and exhilarating way to all those who receive Jesus and choose to live in His Divine Will, following the gift of the warning or the illumination of their own souls, which will provide them an instantaneous knowledge and freedom in Our Lord's Divine Will.  During this Eucharistic Reign, anyone who approaches Jesus with trust will receive Him and be suspended in an ecstatic joy until the next time they receive Him in the Eucharist…."   (Private OLOE, Mar. 13 & 18, 2001). 

{This is not unlike the relationship St. Faustina Kowalska described in her diary with Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist.} 


“…The beauty now in this time period is that you are able to praise my Son as the Child in this most beautiful Eucharistic Reign….How long can the world continue ignoring in complacency the effects of God’s Love?  All are called, but few respond; yet, look at the hope for tomorrow, hope in every way!...”
  (Public OLOE, Oct. 2, 2005)

 

“…I love you, and I know how much you love my Son.  Most important is how you are needed now to prepare for what is forthcoming!....In the event of any life threatening situation, I would encourage you to come here to the Center of my most Immaculate Heart….Come where you are safe and where prayer will guide you and strengthen you in your companionship and help you to be leaders for those who will be lost.  The time is not certain, but the word has been said.  In your heart you will know…

“…How blessed you are because, above all, you believe in my Son!  You love God the Father, God the Son & God the Holy Spirit.  You seek the Truth, and you await with joyful anticipation the Child Jesus in His Most Glorious and Adorable Eucharistic Reign.  For this you are blessed and cherished and are given abundant graces….God is real!  He has risen and He will come back and reign, and He is with you….”  (Private OLOE, Apr. 12, 2009)

 

“…How special this beautiful place is, here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart; and it’s for all the world!...How important it is now that all join together in love as a different course in time takes its path.  But all my words given from Heaven will come to fruition.  God in His glory always knows the most proper and glorious time where justice and peace shall meet…

“…Your gift of the Child Jesus, so omnipotent and adorable, is yours to be had, as you see the angels bowing in adoration to Him for the gift that He has given to all of humanity.  Listen to His most adorable voice, and there be at peace…”   (Private OLOE, Dec. 24, 2008)

 

(Our Lady appeared to Gianna dressed in Her usual gown and veil, with the Child Jesus (5-8years old) standing in front of Her dressed in a gown with a ‘beanie’ on His Head.  Bowing at each side of the Child were two large angels.) 

 

“…Pray and change!  Thank you for offering yourself to God here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart where my Son, the Child Jesus, dwells welcoming all children of all ages, creeds and races, to seek refuge and be cleansed, to be made whole and new!...”  (Public OLOE, July 2, 2006)

 

 

They Came;

They Will Come Again!

“…Where is the newborn king of the Jews?

We saw His star at its rising and have come to do Him homage….”

(Mt 2:2)

 

Thus, not unlike God Who used both a star in the heavens and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to call and guide the three Magi to that little town of Bethlehem, so too now God uses Our Lady of Emmitsburg to call her children to the Center of her Immaculate Heart where her Son, the Child Jesus, dwells:

 

“…The Magi came adoring my Son.  Not knowing where He was, they literally had followed a star….And they found my Son, not when He was a newborn, but when He was old enough and we had moved into a little house.  There they came bearing gifts and seeing my little child, so drawn to the enticement of the sparkling dangles and chains and their garb.  In awe they were there!...”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 6, 2010)

 

“…Just as the Magi looked upon my Son as the Wonder-Counselor, seeing my little Babe, adorable and omnipotent, Who would continue to lead, so too His Presence as a Child will remain here.  This is where you as great leaders will stand, from the Wood of the Cradle, if you are so privileged by God to celebrate His Passion….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 4, 2011)

 

“… I take your petitions to my Son, my most adorable little Child, Who grew to be a Man and was crucified so that the works of evil could be confounded and that all might be safe….”   (Private OLOE, Feb. 24, 2010)

 

“…I love you.  I am proud, as a humble servant of God, to walk in the Way that my Son allows as He has formed the Path.  I bless you; and I take all your petitions to my most Immaculate Heart where they are safe, and I shall present them all to my Little King, most adorable and omnipotent, (Dec. 16, 2007),  my Child, your Savior….”  (Private OLOE, May 1, 2005)

 

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

For He has looked upon His handmaid’s lowliness;…

The Mighty One has done great things for me.…”

(Lk 1: 46-49)

 

 

End of Adoration, Part 2


“…Saying with a loud voice:

‘Fear the Lord, and give Him honor,

because the hour of His judgment is come;

and adore Him that made heaven and earth,

the sea, and the fountains of waters….’”

(Rev 14:7)

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