Saints and Lovers of the Eucharist Audiobook
Title: Saints and Lovers of the Eucharist
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: mp3 Audio Download
Saints and Lovers of the Eucharist
It is so exciting to be able to look through the pages of history, and see how the Lord has given us unbelievably powerful Lovers of the Eucharist in the brothers and sisters who have gone before us. St. Teresa of Avila, or as she is more accurately known, Teresa la Grande, was called “Loca de la Eucaristía”, which translates to “Crazy over the Eucharist”. St. Thérèse the Little Flower, called her First Holy Communion, “...that first sweet kiss of Jesus.” In our time, Mother Teresa of Calcutta attributes the growth in her vocations to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Three brilliant Teresa’s, three different periods in history, one bold attitude towards Jesus in the Eucharist.
The people we’re going to share with you in this chapter are all considered profound people in the church. We love and respect them for their holiness, their spirituality, their infused knowledge, their obedience, their faithfulness to Mother Church and their love for Our Lord and his Mother. They all speak of the Eucharist as if It were the very essence of their existence or as the Angel said to Elijah, “food for the journey”. Why then, do we doubt, ask questions, look for proof? Why can’t we accept the strength of Jesus in the Eucharist, if not because of His words, because of His Words in action by those who followed?
We want to share with you now just a few of those thousands and millions of Saints, who were washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. 1 Let us take to our hearts and minds their wisdom, their discernment, their special closeness with the Lord in the Eucharist.
Mother Mary - #1 lover of the Eucharist
Saint Thomas Aquinas - Angelic Doctor
Saint Ignatius of Antioch - Martyred for the Faith
Saint Peter Julian Eymard - Eucharistic Adorer
Mother Angelica - Defender of the Faith
Saint John Vianney - Patron of Parish Priests
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque - Consumed in His Presence like a burning taper
Saint Paschal Baylon - Although never a Priest, he is Patron of Eucharistic Congresses and Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament
Saint Paschal Baylon - Taken from Saints and Lovers of the Eucharist
St. Paschal Baylon is a contradictory sign in the Church. He was never a priest, and yet his name is synonymous with the Eucharist. For a Lay person to be given the official title of Patron of all Eucharistic Congresses and Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament, how could this be?
When we wrote of other Saints and powerful Men and Women in the Church, you complained we had not written enough about lay persons who had become Saints. Well, here we have not only a lay person who became a Saint, but he is Saint of the Eucharist, Patron to Eucharistic Congresses and Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament. Our last two Popes, in particular, have been turning to the laity to evangelize, telling us by virtue of our Baptism, we are mandated to evangelize. It is not only their Church, as we so conveniently used to pass the buck. We are part of them. It is our Church, and we can lose her or save her. It is up to us.
When a Eucharistic Minister asked a priest: What should we do if we see someone leaving the Altar with the Eucharist in his hand? And he replied, "Nothing, it is between that person and the Lord." What do you think St. Paschal Baylon would have done? So do we visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? Do we sign up for only one hour per month to spend with the Lord, so that our church can have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration? What do you think St. Paschal would have done?
He never had as close a relationship with the Eucharist as a priest would have. And while we were surprised to hear it, we have been saying for years that the laity is the strength behind the Church. And while we don’t put ourselves in the same category as St. Paschal Baylon, in the Catholic world, our name is synonymous with the Eucharist also. Another interesting thing about Paschal Baylon is that outside his little town in Spain, his name is virtually unknown.
We first heard the name Paschal Baylon when we lived in Westlake Village in California. Our parish church was St. Jude’s. But the neighboring town, Thousand Oaks, has as their parish church, St. Paschal Baylon. So we knew there was a Paschal Baylon, and that he was a Saint. We must say, after having read about him, he is a most fascinating Saint, and truly a Powerful Man in our Church.
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