Today, August 2nd, we celebrate the Feast Day of...
Who: St. Peter Julian Eymard, aka “Apostle of the Eucharist”.
What: He was a French Catholic priest and founder of two religious institutes: the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament for men, and the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament for women. He is the Patron Saint of Saint Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in New York City.
When: (1811-1868) was canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII.
Why: He’s important because...
☕️He founded two religious institutes which today span over thirty countries.
☕️His work has helped many Catholics, both clergy and laypeople, to rediscover the importance of the Eucharist.
☕️“When we work hard, we must eat well. What a joy, that you can receive Holy Communion often! It’s our life and support in this life. Receive Communion often, and Jesus will change you into himself.”
☕️“The inner gift of self is the real gift, because then our Lord becomes our Savior . . . by giving us his own form of life.”
☕️“Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit.”
☕️“In order to succeed in it (prayer), it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.”
☕️“As far as possible, you should pray in quiet and silent devotion. Try to have a favorite topic of prayer, such as a devotion to the passion of Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, awareness of the divine presence; go directly to Jesus without too much fuss.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard, pray for us!