Blessed Feast Day to All! This is one of the glorious feasts of the Church. We celebrate today the great gift of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The gift of Himself that He gave to us on Holy Thursday before His Crucifixion. The gift before His Death on the Cross is significant - it is His ALL - His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity given to us and left for us through His holy priests. What more could He give to show us His Love?
Corpus Christi is celebrated on a Thursday because it was the day Jesus gave us the gift of Himself on Holy Thursday. I chose this image of St. Margaret Mary Alocoque because it was during her Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that He came to her to ask for Hours of Reparation before the Blessed Sacrament to be done on Thursday evenings from 11 PM to midnight; the hour that would commemorate the time of this great gift on Holy Thursday. Why Reparation?
He showed her His Heart on a throne of flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross, and thus addressed her: "Behold that Heart which has loved men so much, and which has spared Itself nothing; and has even gone so far as to consume Itself, thereby to show them Its Love; but in return the greater part of men only show me ingratitude, and this by the irreverences, tepidity, sacrileges, and contempt which they offer me in this Sacrament of Love; and that which I feel the most accutely is, that they are hearts consecrated to me."
This is very sad and so relevant even today. Let us with Our Lady and St. Margaret Mary make reparation today and every day for these injuries done to Our Lord. We know of so many injuries: The tabernacle put in an inferior place; communion received in the hand; standing instead of kneeling before Our Lord; sacrileges Masses; people and priests receiving Our Lord with mortal sin on their souls. We hear today of the rights of man in receiving Our Lord even steeped in sin. This is proof that they do not believe in the Real Presence - What about Our Lord? Is He not there? Is He not offended? We have placed ourselves over the past 60 years (or more) before God. It is time to make reparation for this and to honor Jesus the way God the Father wants us to - WITH PROFOUND REVERENCE - WITH UTMOST REVERENCE!
Let us go to Mary and seek the necessary graces to love God above all things. Let us receive Jesus after inviting Her into our hearts. Let us pray with St. Gertrude her prayer to Our Lady---
Have a blessed Feast Day and may the prayers of our Holy Mother Mary and all the Saints pray for us and all priests to be true lovers of Jesus Truly Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!