Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pope John Paul II, A Eucharistic Soul

Servant of God Pope John Paul II had a great love for Jesus in the Eucharist, a virtue common to all of the Saints. He zealously encouraged and participated in Eucharistic adoration during his years as Pope. He said:
"Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils."
"The Eucharist alone makes it possible to live the heroic virtues of Christianity: charity unto the forgiveness of enemies, love for those who make us suffer, and giving one's life for one's neighbor; chastity in every age and situation of life; and especially in suffering and when one is shaken by the silence of God in the dramas of history or of one's own existence. Therefore, be ever Eucharistic souls, so as to be true Christians."
It was obvious in the public witness of his life that Pope John Paul II was a Eucharistic soul who lived a life of heroic virtue.


O Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of Your Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with You.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among Your saints. Amen.


Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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