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2021 Jubilee 2022
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 01/24


THE REAL PRESENCE: ADORATION IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
ST. PIERRE-JULIEN EYMARD
(Founder of the Fathers of the Blessed Sacrament) 

In order to adore well we must keep in mind that Jesus, present in the Eucharist, glorifies and continues therein all the mysteries and virtues of His moral life. 

We must keep in mind that the Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ past, present, and future; that the Eucharist is the last development of the Incarnation and mortal life of our Savior; that in the Eucharist Jesus Christ gives us every grace; that all truths tend to and end in the Eucharist; and there is nothing more to be added when we have said, “The Eucharist,” since it is Jesus Christ.

Let the Most Holy Eucharist therefore be the starting point of our meditation on the mysteries, virtues and truths of our religion. The Eucharist is the focal point; the truths of our religion are the rays. Let us start from the focus to go to the rays.

It is not difficult to find a relation between THE BIRTH OF JESUS IN THE STABLE and His sacramental birth on the altar and in our hearts.

Who does not see that THE HIDDEN LIFE OF NAZARETH is continued in the divine Host of the tabernacle, and that THE PASSION OF THE MAN-GOD ON CALVARY is renewed in the Holy Sacrifice at every moment of the day and night, and all over the world.

Is not Our Lord as meek and humble in His Sacrament as during His mortal life?

Is He not always the Good Shepherd, the Divine Consoler, our Bosom Friend?

HAPPY IS THE SOUL THAT KNOWS HOW TO FIND JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST, AND IN THE EUCHARIST ALL THINGS. 
 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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