“Start A Fire” of Devotion to the Eucharist

Dan Lynch
June 24, 2021
 
The U.S. bishops voted last Friday 166 to 58 to prepare a document about pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion. Bishop Liam Cary of Baker, Oregon, said, “We’ve never had a situation like this where the executive is a Catholic president opposed to the teaching of the Church.”
 
The bishops also discussed a program of “Eucharistic Revival” which will aim to foster deeper devotion and knowledge about the Eucharist nationwide beginning next summer. Bishop Andrew Cozzens, an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and chair of the bishops’ evangelization committee, presented the plan to his fellow bishops during their virtual spring meeting on June 18. He said that the program aims to support and “start a fire” of devotion to the Eucharist with a particular focus on the local level— dioceses, parishes, and families.
 
Bishop Cozzens continued, “The initiative will aim to launch a “three-year period of revival” nationwide, with a special focus on the local level, bringing the focus of Eucharistic revival to “any parish that desires it. "One of the signs that the Holy Spirit is behind this is the incredible reception that so many different apostolates and movements have given to this idea."  That is why I wrote this article.
 

Throughout the presentation, Bishop Cozzens repeatedly emphasized the importance of spreading the practice of Eucharistic adoration, especially since he has seen the positive impact that adoration continues to have on young people. "There's a strong sense among those who work with young people that encounter [with Jesus] happens profoundly through Eucharistic adoration," he said. The plan aims to create “Eucharistic missionaries”— people who go out to spread devotion to the Eucharist to new places. I want to have Eucharistic processions on every campus. And we have campus ministries that are ready to do that across the nation.” (Source: Catholic News Agency ).

San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy repeated his charge about “weaponizing” the Eucharist. However, the Church is merely trying to maintain its own true teachings on reverence for the Eucharist and reverence for life against the most aggressively anti-Catholic administration ever. Bishop McElroy had previously said, “I do not see how depriving the President or other political leaders of Eucharist based on their public policy stance can be interpreted in our society as anything other than the weaponization of Eucharist.” 
 
The Holy Eucharist is not a “weapon”, it is a Person! It is the real body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, true God and true man. A 2019 Pew Research study suggested that only about one-third of U.S. Catholics believe the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist is really and truly the body and blood of Christ. 

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City once said, “Integrity requires that a Catholic not receive the Eucharist while acting in a manner incoherent with fundamental Catholic teaching.” An example of a Catholic “acting in a manner incoherent with fundamental Catholic teaching” is President Biden’s public promotion and funding of abortion, which should preclude him from being admitted to Holy Communion and possibly committing a sacrilege.

The Code of Canon Law, canon 915, provides that those "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” As such, publicly pro-abortion Catholic politicians should not be admitted to Holy Communion because of their obstinate support for the manifest grave sin of legal abortion. This law is not a weapon, but a merciful gift of love from God to bring those who make sacrilegious communions to repentance and conversion.


The Angel Fatima Distributes Holy Communion

 
In 1916, the Angel of Fatima appeared to the children visionaries, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. While the children were praying, they saw the angel above them. He was holding in his left hand a chalice and over it, in the air, was a host from which drops of blood fell into the chalice, similar to the appearance of St. Michael the Archangel to the Secretary of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion in the image above.
 
The angel of Fatima then left the chalice in the air, knelt near the children prostrate in adoration of Jesus and prayed the following Prayer of Reparation three times. He prayed,
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly, and I offer you the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which he is offended. And by the infinite merits of his most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
After that, the Fatima angel arose and again took in his hand the chalice and the host. Then he gave the host to Lucia and the contents of the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, saying at the same time, “Eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ terribly outraged by the ingratitude of men. Offer reparation for their sakes and console God.”

St. Michael the Archangel and Jesus King of All Nations

St. Michael told Jesus’ Secretary that it was “the Most Holy Will of God that a medal be made of my image in particular honor of me as the Protector of the Church of Christ on earth” (Journal 79) and “as a reminder that the Most High has appointed me a particular Guardian of his Church and of the Most Blessed Sacrament.” (Journal 85).
 
 St. Michael told her, “Let souls turn to me for renewed devotion to Our Lord in this Blessed Sacrament! He must be properly adored, loved, thanked, praised and worshiped in this the Most Glorious Sacrament. Let souls call upon me whenever sacrileges and abominations are being committed against the Most High God in this Sacrament of his Love. I promise to put to flight his every enemy. GREAT is my zeal for the glory of God!” (Journal 86).


Sacrilegious Communions
 
Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us. (See Catechism of the Catholic Church 2120).
 
Many Sacrilegious Communions are received by Catholic public figures who support and promote legal abortion. Sacrilegious Communions, weaken the Church and may bring sickness and death upon the recipients of such Communions.

St. Paul wrote, “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily sins against the body and blood of the Lord…. That is why many among you are sick and infirm, and why so many are dying. If we were to examine ourselves, we would not be falling under judgment in this way.” (1 Corinthians 11, 27-31; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1385).

St. John Paul II reaffirmed this teaching in his Apostolic Letter, The Church of the Eucharist 36.

As St. Michael counseled, we should call upon him “whenever sacrileges are being committed against the Most High God in the sacrament of his love.” The sacrament that he refers to is the Eucharist and one of the greatest sacrileges against it is the reception of the Eucharist by those in the state of mortal sin.


What Can You Do About These Sacrilegious Communions?
  • Pray the angel of Fatima’s Prayer of Reparation above.

  • Make HOLY Communions.

  • Practice Eucharistic adoration and take part in Eucharistic processions.

  •  St. Michael said, “Let his priests, his ministers, show the greatest of reverence when handling the Most Blessed Sacrament, and when they are in his REAL PRESENCE!!!  How sorrowful it is for me, when I witness his very ministers acting as if they were in the presence of just another human being.” (Journal 176).

  • Practice the Devotion’s Novena of Holy Communions.

  • Turn to St. Michael, wear his medal, adore, love, thank, praise and worship Jesus King of All Nations in the Blessed Sacrament, offer reparation for sacrilegious communions and sign the Pledge to do so, as best as you are able.

 




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