Monday, June 13, 2022
Dolores Hanley McDiarmid
It has come to the attention of the U.S. bishops that an alarming percentage of Catholics believe that the Eucharist is a symbol of the body and blood of Jesus, and not the Real Presence of Jesus. That is, they don’t believe that his body, blood, soul, and divinity become present at the time of consecration.
On Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19, 2022, the bishops will officially launch the National Eucharistic Revival, a three-year journey of helping Catholics rediscover the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist and develop a personal relationship with Jesus. It is a time for Catholics to be healed, converted and renewed in our love for Jesus; to rediscover the immense love he has for us and the gift he has given to us in the Eucharist.
While reading the book “Eucharistic Adoration: Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition” by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, I learned that St. Pius X is called the pope of the Eucharist and changed Church regulations to allow the reception of first Communion at an earlier age. St. Pius X also believed in the importance of receiving the Eucharist regularly.
This June, Father Jean Jadotte, administrator of St. Pius the X Parish in Fort Lauderdale, is kicking off the National Eucharistic Revival by encouraging his parishioners to attend Eucharistic adoration every Thursday and on first Fridays. They are being encouraged to attend Eucharistic adoration because it provides an opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal way. Pamphlets will be placed in each pew that explain Eucharistic adoration, its history, and things to do while in the company of the Blessed Sacrament.
It is during these encounters that Our Lord can transform us, enabling us to become a better reflection of him to others. We cultivate our personal relationship with him and receive graces to help us live a holy life. We are all called to be saints! The more time we spend in front of the Blessed Sacrament, the Real Presence of Jesus, the more we can become like him.
People may be apprehensive about coming to Eucharistic adoration because they have never experienced it and are not sure what is expected from them. What do we do at Eucharistic adoration?
When one first enters the chapel or church where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance, one genuflects or bows in reverence for being in the presence of the Real Presence of Jesus. Kneeling is the most reverent position but sitting is also acceptable. This is one of the few opportunities to “be still” and quiet the mind. There should be no talking or use of electronics unless you are using your phone for prayers.
Here are some things to consider doing:
- Focus on God, looking at the face of Jesus
- Meditate on the Passion of Our Lord
- Talk with Jesus about things that are on your mind
- Listen to what Jesus has to say to you
- Read scripture verses from the Bible and meditate/reflect on them and how they pertain to your life
- Pray the rosary
- Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
- Read materials about the saints who loved Our Lord and are our role models
- Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or
- Just sit there and be with Jesus.
Please consider spending more time with the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at your church. Jesus is waiting for you. He has special plans for you. You do not want to miss this exciting three-year journey.
In addition to Eucharistic adoration, the parish of St. Pius X plans to show movies about the Eucharist throughout the three years of the revival. Also, each month the bulletin will contain a quote from a saint or blessed about the Eucharist, and names of books about the Eucharist that can help parishioners develop a better understanding and belief in the Real Presence as the sacred gift we have as Catholics.
As we kick off the National Eucharistic Revival, we ask for the intercession of St. Pius X and we pray: Come Holy Spirit, remove the spiritual cataracts that cause our unbelief.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us. Please help us to believe in and love the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated hosts within all the tabernacles and in the holy Eucharist as you did, so that as the three children of Fatima, we too can pray: My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee.