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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Reflections of St. Padre Pio

"A thousand years of enjoying human glory is not worth even an hour spent sweetly communing with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament." 

"Run to the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your
needs to Him, along with those of others."

  ”Stay with me, Lord, because I need to have Thee present so as not to forget Thee. Thou knowest how easily I abandon Thee; Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak, and I need Thy strength so as not to fall so often; Stay with me, Lord, because Thou art my life, and without Thee I am without fervor; Stay with me, Lord, because Thou art my light, and without Thee, I am in darkness; Stay with me, Lord, to show me Thy will; Stay with me, Lord, so that I can hear Thy voice, and follow Thee; Stay with me, Lord, because I desire to love Thee  ever more and to be always in Thy company;  Stay with me, Lord, if Thou doth want me to be always faithful to Thee; Stay with me, Lord, because my soul is so  poor that it desires to be for Thee a site of consolation, an abode of love.”   
"In the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, in this Sacrament of love, we have true life, a blessed life, and true happiness."

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Prayer

Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we ask thee to obtain for us the graces we need to become true adorers of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of thee, to know Him better, to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Eucharist, that is, to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.
"Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us!"

 (St. Peter Julian Eymard)   

St. Padre Pio Story

Mrs. Maria, one of Padre Pio’s spiritual daughters, said that one evening her brother was praying when suddenly he fell asleep. He was immediately awoken by a slap on his right check. He realized that the hand which hit him was covered with a half glove. He suddenly thought of Padre Pio. The next day he asked Padre Pio if he had slapped him. Padre Pio answered; “THAT is the way to cast away sleeping while praying!!” With a slap Padre Pio had “awakened” the attention of the praying man.

Sometimes we literally need to slap ourselves to stay awake, re-focus and carry on the work of Faith and love, in prayer! We need to be tough with ourselves! We WILL have to give an account someday. Take Jesus’ word to heart, ‘What I say to you, I say to all: Stay awake!’