26. THE ROSARY OF THE EUCHARISTIC PERSON
The Church cannot but acknowledge the eucharistic apostolate, she cannot deny it without denying herself and she cannot accomplish her sanctifying action without dedicating herself to the eucharistic apostolate. Your apostolate is at the center, at the heart of the Church, in the aim of the Church.
Consequently, there were never, nor shall there be objections. We are the ones who provoke objections and difficulties, caused by our imperfect way of seeing and of our incapacity.
There is no religion without Sacrifice, nor can there be the Priesthood without Sacrifice, nor can there be true apostolate without the Eucharistic Sacrifice. All the apostolates have their center here, everything is enlightened by this light, nourished by this food.
Let us make a consideration that repeats what I have said perhaps 17 years ago, when the Church in Alba1 was being constructed.
Your Rosary must have a special character. In the meditation of the mysteries, the Pious Disciple chooses the subject that suits her best.
In the Rosary, we aim to consider a truth, to practice a virtue, to ask grace. It is so in every mystery. May your Rosaries bring the intelligence to know, the will to practice, the heart to love and be united to God.
When the Rosary is prayed in public or with children, it is better to recite the whole mystery, as it is written in the 'Prayers of the House.'2 Whereas for the adults, the religious alone by herself, it is enough to say the mystery and to leave each one free to dwell on the preferred consideration.
The priest shall contemplate willingly Jesus in the Rosary. For example, in the 1st joyful mystery, Jesus Messiah is contemplated; in the 2nd, Jesus life; in the 3rd, Jesus way: in the 4th, Jesus Eternal Priest, and so on, always referring to the titles that concern Jesus.
For somebody who is especially devoted to the Most Holy Virgin, it's a good thing to follow Mary in the Rosary: the privileges of Mary, Mary Mediatrix of grace, Mary Mother of God, Mary Model of every virtue, the Heart of Mary, etc.
Then, there is the fruit of the Rosary. In the 1st joyful mystery: humility; in the 2nd: love of neighbor; in the 3rd: poverty; in the 4th: obedience; in the 5th: hatred of sin; etc.
There are the intentions: for those who do not know Christ; for mothers; children; Priests; teachers.
There are the words: Ave, gratia plena.1 Beata quae credidisti.2 Et in terra pax hominibus.3 Ecce, positus est hic... in signum cui contradicetur.4 In his quae Patris mei sunt, oportet me esse.5 (Hail, full of grace. Blessed is she who has believed. And peace on earth to men of good will. Behold, he is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many. I must be about my Father's business).
The last but one subject of meditation, which you should particularly take is: the Rosary and the Eucharist. Here is the Rosary of the Disciple-Apostle of the Eucharist. You have to learn to recite the Rosary and to become apostles of the Rosary. Meditate every mystery in the light of the Tabernacle.
1. Mystery: The Annunciation. The Eucharist: Real Presence
Jesus is really present in the Sacred Host. The Word was made flesh and was made eucharistic food. I am the living bread come down from Heaven.1
As Mary Most Holy, St. Joseph, the shepherds adored Jesus in the manger, so, we adore him under the specie of bread. Visus, tactus, gustus, in te fallitur, sed auditu solo tuto creditur!2 (Sense alone will fail to grasp this great mystery; faith and love enable our human eyes to see). The senses are deceived, what only appears is the veil, but there is Jesus vere, substantialiter, realiter.3 To believe in the dogma of the Real Presence; to go to the Eucharist just like the persons who were going to Jesus when he became man and lived visibly among us. To go to Jesus like Mary in the manger,4 like Magdalene who asked for pardon,5 like the Samaritan woman who asked for living water,6 like the blind persons who pleaded to regain their sight,7 like the sinners who asked for mercy.
What do you deduce from the Real Presence? There is Jesus! Do I believe? Do I have the zeal to adorn the Tabernacles, to increase the dwelling places of Jesus? For him, silk, linen, gold, the best wine for the Mass, the choice quality wheat for the hosts.
You have to wear the blue habit with the white scapular like Mary Most Holy, so as to unite yourselves to her faith, to her adorations.
To believe with the head: credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius.8 (We believe all the truth that God's own Son has shown). To believe and to pray that all may believe in the Real Presence.
Pray like this in the morning: Lord, send the Cherubims, the Seraphims, the heavenly Spirits to people your dwelling places. Lord, purify my soul and make me worthy of my vocation.
2. Mystery: The Visitation . Eucharistic Visit
The Visit is a sign of fervor. Is this duty and the need to be faithful to it really understood? To do the Visit well is not merely to recite the prayers during the time set. To make the Visit is some-what similar to that of close friends who make friendly visits among themselves. They visit and they are visited, they exchange gifts, they talk. Mary did so, visiting St. Elizabeth.
To visit Jesus, to bring him something, to talk intimately with him. To ask him if he is well, if he is happy, if he is disgusted. Were you pierced Jesus? Do you have sufferings? Are you pleased with me? Then, you give him your news: this morning I did....; you know that I have those difficulties; you know that I cannot succeed in that duty; that I need that grace.
Express the end of the Visit and ask him the graces that you need.
The principal methods of the Visit are those of the four aims and the method, that of the Way, Truth and Life.
What does the apostle of the Eucharist ask? That Adorations, eucharistic Associations may multiply; that with the progress of the Pious Disciples, much good may be brought to the Christian people, that a chain of eucharistic souls may be established.
I just mentioned to you something, but each one of you can expand and develop what she believes could be the object of meditation.
3. Mystery: The birth of Jesus. Communion.
Our soul lives of Jesus and worthily receives him everyday. May Communion become the daily food of Christians and bring great fruits in their souls.
4. Mystery: The Purification. Preparation for Communion.
Make a good confession to purify our soul and make it worthy to receive Jesus. Never commit sin to prepare a place for Jesus in our heart. Prepare for him a cradle of love, beautiful and warm of affection, so that he shall gladly dwell there.
The world has two billions of persons. How many daily Communions are there?
5. Mystery: The loss and finding of Jesus. Thanksgiving for Communion.
Why is it that Communion does not always produce the same fruit? Not because the food is not good, but because it is not received well. Like the seed in the Gospel, it may happen that some fell on the footpath, some fell among thorns, some on rocky ground, finally, some fell on good soil.1
Think of the fruit that Communion had brought to certain saints: St. Catherine of Siena2, St. Gemma,3 Blessed Imelda.4
In the Oremus of the Mass of St. Pascual Baylon,5 let us ask the Lord to grant us also the abundant graces that the Saint received from the Divine Banquet.
1. Mystery: The agony of Jesus in the garden. Reparation.
Jesus asked much reparation to beloved souls like St. Margaret M.Alacoque,1 St. Gemma and to all holy persons. Make amends for sins of every kind, but above all, for those committed against the sacrament of love.
The Eucharist is denied, strong aversion against the mystery of love is taught. Make reparation, do as Veronica did and wipe up the bleeding and suffering face of Jesus.
2. Mystery: The scourging. Sacrilege.
Sacrilege is to profane something sacred and the most sacred thing is the Eucharist. Oh, what a horrible sin that brings many painful consequences! May it never be committed especially by Priests and by persons consecrated to the Lord.
3. Mystery: The crowning with thorns. The enemies of the Eucharist.
They are those who deny the Eucharist, who keep the people away from the Eucharist, the Protestants, those who demolish, profane the churches, those who commit sins in the church. You are the friends of the Most Blessed Sacrament, make amends for these.
4. Mystery: The way to Calvary. The divine Cyrenean.
It is Jesus who carries our sins. He atones for all in the Tabernacle, he is not inactive but he prays, makes reparation, atones for us.
5. Mystery: The crucifixion and death of Jesus. The Holy Mass.
Here is a subject of endless meditations. That the Holy Mass may be known; that many articles on the Holy Sacrifice may be written, diffused and read; that the work of the Holy Masses1 be taken cared of; that Priests may increase, so that the Masses may be multiplied. Remember: we must still obtain a million and six hundred thousand Priests.
1. Mystery: The Resurrection. The glory of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
It is all a story of love, of grace.
2. Mystery: The Ascension. Frequent Holy Communion
For us, for all souls.
3. Mystery: The Pentecost. The Eucharist and the Active Life.
The Sacred Host is nourishment of every activity.
4. Mystery: The Assumption of Mary Most Holy. The Eucharist and the interior life.
That men and women may begin and end their spiritual life with well-made Communion. May the Tabernacle be the center of every life, be the strength of every existence.
5. Mystery: The coronation of Mary Most Holy and the glory of the Angels and Saints. Pledge of glory. In Paradise, we will have our glory in Christ and on earth nobis pignus datur futurae gloriae1 (we receive a pledge of the glory to come).
Let us transform the Rosary into eucharistic apostolate; let us transform ourselves into true apostles. To act! The eucharistic activity is the greatest, the most fruitful activity of the Church. The Lord shall give you the grace to understand the immense treasure that has been entrusted to you.
All prayers can become eucharistic, like the Way of the Cross and other else.
As you have a special religious habit that conforms to your vocation, so you have a special spirit: everything ends in the Tabernacle and everything starts from the Tabernacle, for your sanctification, for the persons that you must lead to the Eucharist.
1 The Pious Disciples helped in the construction of the temple of St. Paul with the making and baking of the bricks. It was an anticipation of the Liturgical Apostolate in the mind of Fr. Alberione.
2 Cf. The Prayers of the Pauline Family, pp. 87-95.
1 Lk. 1, 28.
2 Lk. 1, 45.
3 Lk. 2, 14.
4 Lk. 2, 34.
5 Lk. 2, 49.
1 Jn. 6, 51
2 Eucharistic hymn: Adoro te devote, v. 2. Cf. The Prayers of the Pauline Family, p.300.
3 Cf. Council of Trent, XIII Session of October 11, 1551: Decree on the Most Holy Eucharist. (Denzinger nn. 1635-1661).
4 Cf. Lk. 2, 19.
5 Cf. Lk. 7, 36-50.
6 Cf. Jn. 4, 15.
7 Cf. Mt. 9, 27-30.
8 Cf. note 2 above.
1 Cf. Lk. 8, 5-8.
2 St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), Doctor of the Church.
3 St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903).
4 Blessed Imelda Lambertini (1320-1333).
5 St. Pascual Baylon (1540-1592).
1 St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690).
1 Refers to the so-called Work of the 2,000 yearly Masses for the Pauline Cooperators.
1 O sacrum convivium, Liber Usualis Missae et Officii, in festo Corporis Christi, ant. Magnificat in Evening Prayer I and II.