Mary Vitamin for October 23rd
Topic: The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist
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Father John Hardon, S.J.
"Without the Blessed Virgin, we would not have the Holy Eucharist."
Father Hardon explains the reason God chose to born of a Virgin, born as true man was to have a human body. He desired to freely embrace pain, suffering and death not only to bear our guilt but also that He may remain with us until the end of time in the Holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
"No tongue is able to declare the greatness of the love that Jesus bears to every soul: and therefore this Spouse, when he would leave this earth, in order that his absence might not cause us to forget him, left us as a memorial this Blessed Sacrament, in which he himself remained; for he would not that there should be any other pledge to keep alive our remembrance of him than he himself."
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St. Peter of Alcantara
To fulfill the Lord's Passion-ate desire to share in our sufferings and to shoulder our guilt, the Lord required the cooperation of the humble Virgin. As Bl. Teresa of Calcutta says "No Mary No Jesus"
What is the difference between the Lord, the Son of Mary, who walked the earth 2000 years ago healing, teaching, performing miracles and the Lord of the Blessed Sacrament? Father Hardon says the only difference resides in us. He is the same.
"This Sacrament really contains You, O my God, You whom the Angels adore, in whose presence the Spirits and mighty Powers tremble. Oh! if we could only see You clearly as they do, with what reverence would we approach this Sacrament, with what humility would we receive You."
St. Angela of Foligno
If I can make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament today, I will recall the Real Presence of the Lord is no different today than it was 2000 years ago.
If I cannot visit, I will call upon the Lord's presence in the Tabernacle and make a Spiritual communion. In prayer, after my spiritual Communion, I will remember the only difference resides in me.
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Father Gabriel Allegra, O.F.M.
"This is an undeniable fact: Marian souls are and become Eucharistic souls and Eucharistic souls are and become Marian souls."
Mary's Immaculate Heart, A Way to God (Franciscan Herald Press: 1985), 49.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
"May the Lord grant all your prayers!" (Psalm 20)