The saints are the mad-lovers of
Jesus; they were on earth and now are in heaven loving God for all
eternity. In this article, we will give
a list of what some saints have said in an excess of love for the most Holy
Eucharist. Then we will give ten keys to unlock the treasure-case of gems to
love the Eucharist more in our lives!
Let us read and meditate on the fire of the saints and the Eucharist:
· “Holy Communion is the shortest and the safest way to Heaven.” (St. Pius X)
· “If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be for one reason:
Holy Communion.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)
· “In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God
than a whole lifetime without it.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
· “How I love the feasts!... I especially loved the processions in honor of
the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the
feet of God!... I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred
Monstrance.” (St. Therese the Little Flower)
· “When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you
then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you
now.” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
· “From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to
share that life with others.” (St. John
· “This is the bread of everlasting life which supports the substance of
your soul.” (St. Ambrose)
· “The longer you stay away from Communion, the more your soul will be
weak, and in the end you will become dangerously indifferent.” (St. John Bosco)
· “The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” (St.
Now let us dive into ten golden keys that
can open up the infinite treasure house of jewels so as to derive countless
graces and blessings from Jesus’ greatest Gift to the entire world: Holy Mass
and Holy Communion, His Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!
FAITH! Beg the Lord for a greater faith in the
sublime mystery of the most Holy Eucharist.
Let us say with the Apostles Saint Thomas: “My Lord and my God.” Let us also so the
prayer of the man of the Gospel: “Lord I believe but strengthen my faith!”
VISIT. Make it a habit to visit the most Blessed
Sacrament as often as is possible.
Hopefully when we die Jesus will not reproach us with these words: “Whenever I see a church I stop to make a
visit so that when I die the Lord will not say:
“Who is it!” Friends meet to
chat, talk, and enjoy each other’s company; so should we, in visiting and
talking frequently to Jesus.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. Highly recommended by St. Alphonsus Liguouri
as well as Pope Benedict XVI in his document “Sacramentum Caritatis” is the frequent practice of the Spiritual
Communion. It can be done in a simple manner
and as often as your heart desires. You
can say the simple prayer: “Jesus I believe
that you are truly present in the Tabernacle in your Body, Blood, Soul, and
Divinity. Now I cannot receive you
sacramentally but come at least spiritually into my heart.” Then enter into your heart and thank, praise
and love the Lord who has come spiritually into your soul. This can fan the flame of love for our
READ JOHN 6! The Gospel of John chapter six has three
parts: Jesus multiples the loaves, walks on water, and then He gives a sublime
discourse related to the Eucharist; actually it is a Eucharistic prophecy. Best known as the “Bread of life discourse”,
Jesus promises to give us the Bread of Life.
Also Jesus points out in no unclear terms that our immortal salvation
depends upon our eating His Body and drinking His Blood, which obviously refers
to Holy Communion. Read and meditate
this powerful chapter!
FIFTEEN MINUTES. Years ago there was published a small
booklet with the title “The fifteen minutes”.
It is a little gem where Jesus encourages the reader to enter into
simple but profound conversation with Him. Basically Jesus wants to be our Best
Friend and challenges us to open up the secret mysteries of our heart to Him
and only He can truly understand the inner secrets, wounds and mysteries in our
heart. Read and pray through this
booklet if possible in front of the Blessed Sacrament!
HOLY HOUR. Get into the habit of making a daily Holy
Hour in front of the most Blessed Sacrament. It will transform your life if you
persevere in the practice. The Great
Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who made his Holy Hour faithfully
for more than fifty years, called it THE HOUR OF POWER!
ADORN AND EMBELLISH CHURCHES AND THE
BLESSED SACRAMENT. The woman lavished
her expensive nard on the feet of Jesus; she wept and her tears came pouring
forth on the feet of Jesus; finally she wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair.(Lk.
7:36-50) Fulton Sheen points out that
this is symbolic of the gestures of love and attention we should manifest in
the way we adorn, embellish and beautify the Churches and tabernacles where
Jesus abides. Known for his spirit of penance, fasting, and sacrifice, the Cure
of Ars would travel long distances and expend big sums of money to purchase the
best for his little Church. Why? For the simple reason that Jesus the King of
Kings and the Lord of Lords abides in the tabernacle and descends from heaven
in the hands of the priest in every consecrated Host. “O come let us adore Him!”
HOLY MASS AND HOLY COMMUNION. Of course the greatest action in the whole
universe is the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The greatest
gesture any human being can accomplish is to assist at Mass and to receive Holy
Communion with faith, devotion, reverence and awe but especially with a
passionate love. Whenever possible, go
to daily Mass. Arrive early to prepare yourself. Offer your own private
intentions. Participate in Holy Mass fully, actively and consciously. Receive Holy Communion as if it were your
first Holy Communion, last Holy Communion and only Holy Communion. Be exceedingly
thankful for your faith in such a sublime and august mystery! Do not rush out of the Church after Mass, as
if your pants were on fire! Rather,
spend some time after Holy Mass to render abundant thanks to Jesus for such a sublime
gift. Actually the word “Eucharist” means
THANKSGIVING! What a sublime
gift, free of charge. The only condition is lively faith and a heart
overflowing with love for Jesus the greatest of all lovers!
A.C.T.S—Remember the four principal
ends or purpose of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass—A.C.T.S… A—stands for adoration. The primary purpose of Holy Mass is to offer
adoration to God the Father, by the offering of Jesus the Victim and through the
power of the Holy Spirit. C—stands for contrition. Our hearts should be contrite and humble and
repentant for our many sins. It is a great practice to offer our Mass and Holy
Communion in reparation for our sins, the sin of our families as well as in
reparation for the sins of the whole world.
“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the
whole world.” T—stands for thanksgiving.
Everything that we have in this life—with the exception of our own sins—is
a pure gift from God. Therefore we should be overflowing and abounding in the
thanksgiving. “With the Psalmist let us pray: “Give thanks to the Lord for He
is good; his love endures forever.” S--
Stands for supplication; in other words we should offer prayers of
fervent intercession and petition for the many needs of the world: the world at
large, the Church, the conversion of sinners, the sick, the dying, our own
personal family needs, the souls in purgatory, and much more….
MISSIONARY. As Mary receive Jesus in the
Annunciation and promptly and quickly brought Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth, so
should we bring Jesus to others and others to Jesus. This
can be done in a very concrete manner by encouraging catholic lost sheep
wandering in the wilderness back to the fold.
The biggest religious group in the United States as well as the Americas
are non-practicing Catholics—about 75%! Find the time, manner, effort and initiative
to invite some lost soul back to Church. Hopefully he can make a good
confession and return to the reception of Holy Communion and to the loving
embrace of God the Father. All this might take place if you simply trust God
and take the initiative to welcome Him back!
God is so loving and good! Share
the Good News to the entire world!