Friday, April 1, 2011

April Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament

While I am refraining from posting during Lent, I also did not want to forgo the monthly devotion especially since this month of April is dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. So I am offering this repost from last May on Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament which I have pre-scheduled to post in April. The sidebar also has the usual picture and attached prayers for this month's devotion.
I pray you all continue to have a blessed Lent as we look forward to the Resurrection on Easter morning.
God Bless!

Our Lady And The Blessed Sacrament

Throughout this month I have been posting various writings and quotes related to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I would be remiss in these posts if I did not devote a post to Our Blessed Mother. She is after all the Mother of our Lord, and it is her yes that gave Our Lord His flesh and blood.
It is also Mary's role and purpose to draw us closer to her Son. She is always pointing us in His direction. She loves nothing better than to intercede on our behalf in our prayers asking her to draw us closer to Jesus.
It is for this reason I believe that devotion to Our Blessed Mother goes hand in hand, or maybe heart to heart, with devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
St Peter Julian Eymard is often called the Apostle of the Eucharist has written extensively on the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. He also had great devotion to Our Lady. In fact Our Lady called him to found the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, a group of men who would dedicate themselves to adoration of Our Lord in the Eucharist. This saint was convinced that it was Mary who led him to the priesthood, from being a diocesan priest to the religious congregation of the Marists, and that it was Our Lady who forced him to leave the happiness he had known in the Marists to begin organizing the orders dedicated to Our Lord in the Eucharist. It is because of all this he gave her the title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
In looking at my own life, I too can see how Mary was instrumental in leading me back to her Son. She is our Mother as well and wants the best for us. This is why she always points to Jesus. Fr. John Corapi has said the shortest path to Jesus is through His Mother. I believe he is right. She will show us how to love and follow Him.
You can read more on Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament here.

3 comments:

Daily Grace said...

I believe that the shortest way to Jesus is through his Mother too!

Thank you for posting this one, and I love the picture you used too!

God bless Karinann.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I hope you are having a Blessed Lent, Karinann.

God bless.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Hi Karinann,

Greetings and blessings to you.

You have been tagged on my Blog here:

http://timeforreflections.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-i-love-jesus.html

Please visit the link. Thanx.

God bless.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.