The Key To Rebuilding Christian Culture: The Prophetic Words of St. Peter Julian Eymard (d. Aug 1, 1868; Feast: Aug 2)

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“The Eucharistic Jesus is not known even by those who should make Him known. How little He is loved even by His own! It is both frightening and terrifying. So unenlightened and badly guided is the piety of devout people! They are entertained with pious little nothings.”
(p. 182)

Jesus will reign; whether by justice or by love, He will reign. If we take heed of the following writings, His reign of love will be hastened and many more souls will be saved. Please consider sharing them “for God and for souls” (St. Faustina), bearing in mind the words of Our Lord to Ven. Esprite of Jesus: “Am I not greater than all My gifts? And when you receive Me in the holy Eucharist, do you not receive all good things?(cf. Rom. 8:32; Wis. 7:11)

The Sacrament of Unity
“The spread of the Eucharistic Christ is necessary for the salvation of society. The Eucharist is the life not only of the individual Christian, but of nations as well. We know well that an age flourishes or degenerates in accordance with its worship of the divine Eucharist. It is the life and measure of its faith, charity, and virtue. The Eucharist is not only for personal piety; It is essential to social life, for It is the very life of the world.” (p. 5)

His Will is Our Perfection
“The greatest proof of our love of God is the virtue of conformity to His holy Will. Nothing is more reasonable or more just. Nothing is more pleasing to God or more advantageous to us.” (p. 71)

The Mystery of Love Par Excellence
“Devotion that has not a tent on Calvary and one near the Tabernacle, will not result in solid piety and will never accomplish anything great. I find that we do not bring the Eucharist close enough to the faithful, that we do not preach enough on this Mystery of Love par excellence. As a result, souls suffer, become sensual and material in their piety, and are inordinately attached to creatures because they fail to find their consolation and strength in Our Lord.” (p. 92)

A Divine Seed
“Bear in mind that when you place a Eucharistic spark in a soul, you have implanted therein a divine seed of life and of all the virtues, which is, so to speak, self-sufficient.” (p. 92)

Mary: The First Adorer
“In that Cenacle she lived solely for her Eucharistic Jesus. That is your calling.” (p. 151)

Unum Est Necessarium: One Thing is Necessary
“Do away with the widespread prejudice that the active life excels all others. Is it not right that we should first serve the Master? What subjects would venture to complain about our waiting on the King before bothering about them? Our age is sick because people do not adore. Jesus Christ will ascend His throne only by the Eucharist… Therefore, be ardent adorers of the Holy Eucharist.” (p. 177)

The Life and End of All Devotions
“Find the Sacred Heart where it is, living, all-good, and all-merciful, in the Eucharist. Unfortunately that divine and loving Heart is not known and loved, even by many devout people, who play at any number of little devotions, good in themselves, but neglect the one devotion which ought to be the life and the end of all the others: the Heart of Jesus that gave us Calvary and the Eucharist.” (p. 182)

The Best Centre
“Divine Love in man needs a centre of life if it is to become something habitual. The best centre is Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a centre with a life of its own, not a centre effected in us by simply meditating on the mysteries of our Saviour’s mortal life.” (p. 183)

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
“Do not picture the Heart of Jesus as just an emblem or a statue, but see It in the Tabernacle; it is the Heart of the Eucharistic Jesus that belongs to you, that nourishes you, that consoles you, that loves you.” (p. 184)

The Most Excellent of All Works: To Lead Priests to Adoration
“The priests! I would leave everything for priests… It is the most excellent of all works… If we have the priests, we have the parishes; indeed, we have the whole country.” (p. 193) “Sanctify the priests; that takes in everything.” (p. 196)

Mary: Spouse of the Holy Spirit
“Without doubt, the perfecting of Jesus in us is a work proper to the Holy Ghost; but just as this Spirit of Love willed to effect His masterpiece, the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, with Mary, so again, to make us into Christs, He requires the cooperation of Mary; and the more of Mary he finds in a soul, the more powerfully He acts therein.” (p. 257)

A Prophecy of St. Peter Julian Regarding Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (1868)
“Devotion to Mary runs parallel to devotion to Jesus and follows its phases and its growth. Well, devotion to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament [Feast: May 13] will grow with the worship of the Eucharist.” (p. 258)

Jesus: Our “Eucharistic Emmanuel” (St. Peter Julian)
“To believe in love is everything. It is not enough to believe in the truth. We must believe in love, and love is Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. This is the faith that makes Our Lord loved. Ask for this pure and simple faith in the Eucharist. Men will teach you; but only Jesus will give you the grace to believe in Him. Come and receive Communion in order to have the strength of faith, not merely the satisfaction, the feeling of faith. You have the Eucharist: what more do you want?” (p. 261)

A final word from St. Peter Julian: “The age of the Eucharist is beginning. Ask for the spread of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament; pray to Him that He may raise up servants and apostles of His Kingdom of Love.” (p. 218)

*All quotations are from the following work: ‘Saint Peter Julian Eymard: Champion of the Blessed Sacrament,’ by Rev. Martin Dempsey (italics are mine)

A final word from Our Lord (to St. Peter Julian Eymard):
“What are you afraid of? Cast yourself into My Arms.”
(p. 51)

Mary: Mother of the Eucharist

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‘With the Bread of Life and understanding, she shall feed him…’
– Ecclus. 15:3

Mary Invites us to Holy Communion
“Among the Biblical figures of Mary,” writes St. Peter Julian Eymard, “there are several which represent her inviting us to Holy Communion. Such is the table of the Temple upon which rested the loaves consecrated to the Lord. ‘Hail, Mary,’ says St. Ephraim, ‘spiritual table of faith, who dost offer the true Bread to the famished world!’

‘Why [asks Pinna] does this holy Doctor [St. Ephraim] give to Mary the title of table instead of ark, since the Ark contained the miraculous manna? Ah! it is because the Ark hid what it held; whilst the table exposed to view the food that was laid on it, and seemed to invite the guests to partake of it… It is because the Ark contained only manna, while the table holds not only bread, but all kinds of savory food and delicious drinks, also. Now, Mary, in offering Jesus to us in Holy Communion, gives us a Bread which has in Itself all flavors, and which satisfies every desire.'” ‘Instead of which things thou didst feed thy people with the food of angels, and gavest them bread from heaven prepared without labour; having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste’ (Wis. 16:20; Cf. Communion Antiphon for XIII Sunday after Pentecost, usus antiquior).

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In another place,” continues St. Peter Julian, “Mary is compared to the [sanctuary] lamp which ought, according to the Law, to be placed very near the table of the sanctuary. ‘What means this prescription?’ asks Conti. ‘Without doubt, to light up that holy table and the sacred loaves that it holds. It is thus that Mary attracts us by the light of her inspirations, in order to show us the Eucharistic Bread which will make our delight.'”

“But a still more striking indication of Mary’s power over the dispensing of this ineffable grace of Communion, is the word of St. Peter: ‘As new-born babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation…’ (1 Pt. 2:2)

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Cornelius a Lapide says that many interpreters understand by this spiritual milk the Eucharist, which in the early Church was given immediately after Baptism, and even to infants. The Eucharist has, indeed, the color of milk. Like milk, It is sweet to the taste, and like It, again, It marvelously nourishes the soul.

St. Peter’s expression, Concupiscite, “Desire ardently,” shows us with what eagerness we ought to desire this spiritual milk. ‘Do you not see,’ says St. Chrysostom, ‘with what haste little infants seize the mother’s breast? Ah! with still greater eagerness let us run to the source of this Blessed Beverage! Let us, like new-born babes, suck in the grace of the Holy Spirit.’ ‘Come over to me, all ye that desire (concupiscitis) me,’ says our Blessed Mother, ‘and be filled with my fruits’ (Ecclus. 24:26; Epistle for Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel).

The Eucharist is, then, the milk of our soul. But how suggestive of Mary is this word “milk”! Who gives the milk to the babe but the mother? All you that thirst, come to the waters: and you that have no money make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money, and without any price’ (Is. 55:1; Epistle for Feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, May 31).

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Who shall give thee to me for my Brother, sucking the breasts of my Mother, that I may find Thee without, and kiss Thee, and now no man may despise me?’ (Cant. 8:1)

Mary, give us that substantial Milk of our soul!… Thou dost give us in Communion a Divine Milk, God Himself changed into milk for our weakness, for our infancy, for, as St. John Damascene declares: ‘The Virgin’s milk is changed into the Flesh of the Saviour, and it is that Milk – that Milk, itself, without doubt – that we receive at the Holy Altar…” ‘Out of the mouth of infants (infantium) and of sucklings (lactentium) thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger.’ (Ps. 8:3)

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St. Augustine, glancing from the Cross to the Altar, knew not by which God testified the more love for him, and he exclaimed: ‘… UPON THE CROSS HE OPENS TO ME HIS HEART; AT THE ALTAR, HE PRESENTS TO ME THE BREAST, AND FEEDS ME WITH DIVINE MILK!’ ‘He hath filled the hungry with good things…’ (Mary, Mother of all the Living, Lk. 1:53, echoing Ps. 106:9)

(From ‘Month of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,’ The Sentinel Press, 1903, by Father Eymard [St. Peter Julian]; Scriptures in italics have been added)

+ Happy Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Mother of God, and our dearest Mother!
+ And happy “feast of the Littlest Souls”
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