Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Eucharistic Adoration and St. Peter Julian Eymard

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." ~ John 6:51

Instead of giving my woefully inadequate theology on the Eucharist, Jesus' presence in it and the profound graces and blessings received from adoration, I'm going to quote the words of St. Peter Julian Eymard. St. Peter Julian was born near Grenoble, France in 1811. He was called to the priesthood at an early age but didn't become one until his ordination as a diocesan priest in 1834. He then became a Marist after that.

Again called by God, he established the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1851. This community devoted their lives to Eucharistic adoration and the spreading of the devotion, as well as the preparation of First Communicants for the sacrament of Holy Communion. They also worked closely with the poor. (Aren't the saints always amazingly busy people?)

Of Eucharistic Adoration, St. Peter Julian writes:

"Eucharistic Adoration is the greatest of actions and there is nothing greater or holier we can do on earth then this adoration. To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth when she adored the Word incarnate in her virginal womb, when she adored Him in the crib, on Calvary, in the divine Eucharist.

To adore is to share the life of noble souls on earth, whose love and happiness found expression in the long hours they passed at the foot of the Tabernacle to adore therein the hidden God and to glorify and love Him as much as they could. The Tabernacle was their only reason for loving life; they lived only to consume themselves in the flames of His love.

To adore is to share in the life of the saints in heaven who never cease to praise, bless, and adore the goodness, the love, the glory, the power and the divinity of the Lamb immolated for the love of men and the glory of God the Father.

Eucharistic Adoration is the holiest of actions. It is so because it is the perfect exercise of all the virtues:

Faith ~
Faith is complete and perfect when we adore Jesus Christ hidden, veiled and, as it were, annihilated in the Sacred Host; for that means submission, adoration through all our faculties, all our senses, out of the pure spirit of faith.

Piety ~
Exterior and interior piety, all concentrated on the hidden God, adoring Him by prayer, meditation, external worship and respect; by self-annihilation if it were possible; by humility, penance, purity, and all the other virtues.

Love ~
Since love is the whole law, we fulfill the whole law when according to the first commandment, we adore our Lord and God.

Charity ~
We can, in adoration, practice perfect charity towards our neighbor by praying for him, by becoming intercessors, victim lambs for his salvation."

If you are ready to spend an hour with Jesus in adoration I can tell you, from personal experience, that it is life changing. You will find peace, healing, guidance, love, charity, piety and faith grow in you in leaps and bounds by spending one hour with the Lamb of God. To paraphrase the Bible, it restoreth my soul and my cup overflows.

I know of a few churches in my immediate area, of Staten Island, that have hours. My own parish, the Church of the Holy Child has immediate hours available for coverage as it is a perpetual adoration chapel and so does Alba House, which is also a perpetual chapel. St. Clare's and Our Lady Star of the Sea have specific days and hours only. Call your parish for information on if and when adoration is available. You can also look on-line and in the print version of the Catholic New York for adoration in your area.

God called me to adoration and I hope and pray that this humble post finds its way into your heart. If you feel that you cannot visit Him in a committed hour each week, perhaps you will consider dropping by at any time to see Him. That's precisely how I started about 25 years ago and it has led me to be a much better version of myself and has brought me much closer to my love and my Lord. Take the step for yourself, find Jesus on earth and spend time with Him.

God bless and have a beautiful week,


Monday, June 3, 2019

Saint Pio's Blessing

I'm really down in the dumps this week. I'm so low that I can see the underbelly of slugs. That's what happens sometimes when you look at yourself through other's eyes. It's not necessarily the best thing to do, after all, those people are just as flawed as you are and come with their own bag of tricks like envy, malice, and greed. The thing is, though, that the best measure of yourself is looking through the eyes of God, after all, it is He that created you to be the person that you are. God doesn't make mistakes, people do. You can't trust all people but you can trust God. You can't love others if you don't love yourself. Love yourself as God loves you.

A few weeks ago I found an incredible, "My Saint  Pio Prayer Book" in the adoration chapel. People leave things in the chapel all the time for others to take so I did just that. Two of the prayers in the booklet are truly speaking to me this week, so I'm going to share them here. I hope they help you as much as they help me.

Have a blessed week and smile! God loves you just as you are. 


Take Up the Cross
God of mercy and love, You called St. Pio of Pietrelcino to extend the mystery of the Cross visibly into the lives of sinners and sufferers, that they might be converted to believe in the Gospel.

Through His intercession, strengthen all believers in the willingness to take up the Cross daily and follow Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Pio's Blessing
May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions.
May He sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with His grace, and show you the safe path that leads to eternal salvation. And may He render you always dearer to His Divine Heart and always more worthy of Paradise. Amen.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Daily Prayer (original publish date 2/15/2017)

Statistics show that Christian women pray daily more often then men at a difference of 61% to 51%. That is taking 53 countries into consideration. On average, Jewish men of Israel pray more than women at 34% vs 20%. In the U.S. and other countries, Jewish men and women daily prayer schedules are about the same at 71% and 72%. In the vast majority of countries surveyed, 34 out of 40, Muslim men and women prayed about the same amount of time, however, the men are more likely to attend weekly or daily service.

On average, the Jewish people pray 3 times a day. Shacharit (Morning service) varies by day:
Monday and Thursday mornings around 45 minutes
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday around 30 minutes
Minchah (Afternoon service) about 15 minutes
Ma'ariv (Evening service) about 20 minutes 

Muslims pray 5 times a day for about 7 minutes each time, but prepare for each appointed time as well.

Catholics are called to pray several times throughout a day.  Some of the prayers they may say are morning Lauds, prayer before and after meals, The Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at 3:00 P.M. daily, Act of Contrition and evening prayer. If one was to say all of these prayers the average amount of time spent in prayer, daily, would be a little over an hour. The average amount of time spent in prayer, for the majority of people that associate themselves as Catholics, is 5 minutes a day. That's just heartbreaking.

55% of Americans say they pray every day. 21% said they pray weekly or monthly. 23% said they do not pray at all or rarely do. People over 65 are more likely to pray than those under 30 with a whopping difference of 65% to 41%.

Fascinating isn't it? Statistics also show that people are more likely to pray in a crisis, then when things are going smoothly. 

As Lent is fast approaching for the Christians around the world, I think it is time for all of us to take an inventory of our daily prayer life. The world is in a sad state of affairs and, quite frankly, I am really sick from the hatred. I am sure that you are too. Prayer brings an inner peace and a centering to people, or at least I find it does with me. If you think that you do not have time in your daily life to pray, think again. I used to pray to and from work. You can do it while exercising (take your earbuds out or get an app with the rosary.) You can do it while doing your dishes or cleaning up after the kids. You can pray standing in line at the supermarket, riding in a cab, bus, subway, during your lunch break. Be creative in finding ways you can incorporate it into your own life. 

At 3:00 P.M. Every day, stop and take 3 seconds to close your eyes and say, "Jesus, I trust in you." (I mean that 3 seconds in the literal sense). I might add that if radical groups are spending more time in prayer than you are, you really may want to reconnect with God and increase your time spent with Him every day. You cannot fight evil intent without the presence of God in your life.

We have some beautiful Catholic and Christian prayers on our Prayer Page if you need some assistance in getting started and learning the prayers. The link is:

Have a beautiful week.


**Statistics are from various Pew Research Center articles.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Our Lady of Sorrows and the Hole in Her Heart

Last Sunday I was in the adoration chapel, as I normally am for my two hours, and while I was saying the Chaplet of the Seven Dolores, to Our Lady of Sorrows I received an interior locution and was prompted to write it down. It was for specific people that I know, but, I believe the message is so important for so many others that I'm sharing it too. I am not the author of this; it was told to me and I wrote it down, but I did tweak it here and there, like adding the Bible quote, which was provided to me immediately after the locution. God bless all those that grieve the loss of a child with strength.

Just as you have lost your child,
so too has our Blessed Mother.
Just as you experienced your child’s suffering before their death,
so too did our Blessed Mother experience the pain of feeling her own child’s suffering.
Ask our Mother to guide you through
the years, months, days, hours, the minutes, that pass.
 Mary, knows your pain.
Our Mother lived your pain and has walked the same path as you.
Just as her child suffered and died to fulfill his destiny,
so too has yours.
Just as Christ Jesus said, It is accomplished,
so too did your child before they closed their eyes.
It is not up to us to understand the reason why.
“We have been predestined according to the purpose of Him….” Ephesians 1:11
Only God in His eternal and omnipotent knowledge has all the answers.
In His grace and generous love, He has given us His Mother
to turn to and to emulate.
His Mother is the one in whom we should place our trust,
as she is our Mother as well.
It is only by opening up our hearts to her, that we find solace and strength
to fulfill our own lives, as God intended.

Mary, too, had a hole in her heart.
Turn to her and ask her not to fill the hole in your heart,
but to help it keep beating for she has shed your tears
but she also knows your strengths,
because she needed the same strength to persevere.
She will help you to face each moment of this life
and will give you the faith and courage to go on.

Our Lady of Sorrows,
Pray for us.

Mother’s Day, 5/12/2019,1:30 PM