We quoted from Archbishop Fulton Sheen for the past few articles and I mentioned that he made it known to us that his knowledge for writing and speaking came from God through his Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He did a Holy Hour each day! Can you imagine if every priest did this - we would have amazingly holy priests! And what about the laity - we can at least do an hour each week. Here is an article about Mary's love for Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. She, of course, being the closest to Jesus in time and eternity, filled with a very profound love for Jesus in the Eucharist. Here are some thoughts taken from the writings of Mother Mary Potter who started an order in England in the late 1800's called - Little Company of Mary. Her spiritual director was Father Frederick Faber who I quote at the end of this article. Let us begin -
Never has a saint thirsted for Holy Communion as Mary has. Her adoration was profound, interior and intimate. It was the gift of Her entire self. She offered Her whole self to the service of love of the Eucharistic God. For love lays down no conditions, makes no reservations; it thinks no longer of self, lives no longer for self; it is a stranger to itself and lives only for the God which it loves. After the Last Supper, everything in Mary was directed to the Blessed Sacrament as Its center and end. A current of grace and love established itself between the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. These Hearts were like two flames blended into one. No creature ever appreciated or understood this wonderful Sacrament as Mary has. No one’s preparation for Communion ever came so near to being what it should be as Mary’s. Why? Mary in Her profound humility understood Her unworthiness to receive Her God in this marvelous mystery of His love. It was because of this true knowledge of Her own nothingness before God that allowed Mary to become the delight of His Heart. This is the secret of Mary that we can all learn from.
As children of Mary, let us ask Her to teach us how to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Let us first ask for profound humility. Let us ask for the virtues of profound faith, hope and love and for the grace to turn our thoughts more to God in the course of our day -- especially at Mass and during the reception of Holy Communion. If we approach this Sacrament of Love with Mary, we will experience His Presence among us at all times, Jesus will restore to us the joys of Paradise. He desires to speak familiarly with us and desires our constant love.
Why do we not please Jesus more when we go to Holy Communion? It is because we do not go as Mary did. We are bent on putting ourselves first; we think too much of ourselves. Unlike Mary, we go as prideful people not remembering our humble position before Him. We should go to Communion like Mary, losing the thought of ourselves in Jesus. If we wish to make the most perfect Communion with our Lord and Savior, then let us go with Mary. Let us be humble and forgetful of self. If we trust ourselves to our Mother, She will make our Communions glorious to God, pleasing and fruitful. It is the thought of the joy of God, when Jesus is with us at that time, when our Father in Heaven looks down upon us and sees not us but Jesus in us. This is achieved when Jesus sees His Mother, through the power of the Holy Spirit, present in a soul that belongs to Her. He comes and gives it His choicest favors.
Sweet Mother Mary, prepare us for Holy Communion, by obtaining for us the fitting dispositions. We will resolve that as often as we are allowed to do so, to go often to this Heavenly Banquet with Your assistance in order to please the Triune God.
“Jesus Veiled! Let us kneel down before Him in adoring awe, while our Mother teaches us His beauty, and His sweetness, and His goodness, and His nearness. God is so infinite that when we think we know Him - we shall not know the half, and when we speak of Him - we shall stammer as children do, and when our hearts are hot with love of Him, they will be cold in comparison of the love which is His due… but with Mary’s help we will hunger for more and draw closer to His Eucharistic Heart.” (From The Blessed Sacrament by Fr. Faber)
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!