Christ’s Gift of His Real Presence in the Eucharist
With less than two months remaining as your pastor of 11 years, I took a moment to look back at my “Personal Pastoral Mission Statement” that we were required to compile for our graduation from seminary back on May 10, 2008. And I will nostalgically share that with you here in this “Corner”, as I would like you to see the priority that I had given to promoting awareness (and Adoration of) Christ’s gift of His Real Presence in the Eucharist.
PERSONAL PASTORAL MISSION STATEMENT
C. DENIS O’SHAUGHNESSY
LIFE IN GOD
Communicate, with all my words and actions, that the focus of my life will be the Real, Divine Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Lord and Savior in the Tabernacle of our Church. Highlight awareness of this miraculous gift from God that should never be taken for granted or shown even the slightest disrespect.
Prioritize parish support and involvement in the institution of Eucharistic Adoration as an invaluable opportunity to enhance one’s Intimacy with our Creator.
Keep a regularly scheduled daily Mass as a parish priority no matter how few the attendees initially. “Build it and they will come.”
LIFE IN CHURCH COMMUNITY
Remain personally committed to Catechesis as a primary pastoral process available for all parishioners and inquirers of our Catholic faith.
Empower and encourage all parish staff members to use their talents and faith, in synergy with those heading up all Catechetical programs, so as to grow the awareness and utmost importance of these ministries in answering Christ’s call to evangelize and catechize.
Stay constantly alert to parish spiritual and faith education needs through a prioritized catechetical nurturing of the innate yearnings of adults and young adults to know God and His precepts.
Consistently communicate to parish members, the responsibility we all have to evangelize and to be prayerful, with all of our actions and words, emphasizing that this responsibility, like charity, begins at home among family members.
LIFE BY EXAMPLE
Always remain humble and sensitive in listening to the suggestions, questions’ concerns and ideas of others, respecting their dignity and honoring their integrity in all my communication.
Never forget that, above all else, my priestly vocation is a commitment to be a man of prayer and a commitment to lead and reach out to the needs of others.
LIFE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SELF
Take caring for myself, as a temple of the Holy Spirit, as a serious responsibility.
Spiritually – Remain faithful to my Breviary, Daily Mass and Adoration.
Physically – Stay physically fit with a regular program of exercise.
Mentally – Read a book each month and stay in touch with my children.
You will note that the Real Presence and Adoration were a focus in the first two paragraphs and in the final paragraph as well. Due to the spirited commitment of Carole Borz and her Adoration Guild team we have continued to grow our weekly Adoration from our original eight consecutive hours on First Fridays, to the current 31 straight hours of Adoration every weekend. That is wonderful growth.
We will be continuing to encourage you and promote a heightened awareness of the great graces that flow from establishing a personal relationship with the miraculous presence of Jesus in all the tabernacles of the world. You will hear at each Mass this Sunday an invitation to attend three upcoming video presentations entitled: “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist” , to educate us on the merits of bringing, and keeping, regular Adoration of Jesus into our lives.
On this Third Sunday of Easter our Gospel story relates a third post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus to His disciples. These are instances of their witnessing His Real Presence, His Glorified Body. And once again we are told that “Took the bread and gave it to them”…yet another reference to His Eucharistic Presence that He gifted us with…until His “Second Coming”…until He comes again.
I would like to share one other personal treasure of mine that I encountered shortly after my wife passed into eternal life. This is a text that has been given an Imprimatur for the original Spanish text by: Monsignor René Fernández Apaza Archbishop of Cochabamba Bolivia, S. A., April 2 1998. Written by Catalina Rivas, who experienced the stigmata and received the words she has written via locutions from Our Lord and Our Lady…simply entitled “Holy Hour”. All the words Catalina has written have been received by locution from either Jesus or Mary. If you read them you will sense that they are truly special and powerful. Here is just a sampling of the first page:
Holy Hour of Adoration
Eternal Father, I thank You because Your infinite Love has saved me, even against my own will. Thank You, my Father, for Your immense patience, which has waited for me. Thank You, my God, for Your incommensurate compassion, which has had pity on me. The only return I can make to You in payment for all You have given me is my weakness, my pain and my misery. I am before You, Spirit of Love, You who are an ever-burning fire, and I want to remain in Your adorable presence. I want to make reparation for my faults, renew myself in the fervor of my consecration, and render to You my homage of praise and adoration.
Blessed Jesus, I am before You and I want to draw from Your Divine Heart countless graces for me and for all souls, for the Holy Church, and for Your priests and religious. Grant, Oh Jesus, that these hours be truly hours of intimacy, hours of love in which I will be granted to receive all the graces that Your Divine Heart has reserved for me. Virgin Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, I unite myself to You, and beg of You to have me share in the feelings of Your Immaculate Heart.
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love You. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.Look for this 81/2 x11booklet in the Chapel bookcase and in the kneeler. The words are profound.
Yours in humble adoration of our ever-present Savior,