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"They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial clothes along with the spices".           John 19:40

In the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there. John 19:41,42



Summer/Fall 1999



Vol. 14, No. 2

Eucharistic Adoration: The Way to End Abortion

by Rev. Victor P. Warkulwiz, M.S.S.

The Eucharist is the focal point of the Catholic faith because it is Jesus present with us here on earth today. In the Eucharist, Jesus prolongs His presence on earth and most completely fulfills His words: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28:20).
       The Eucharist is Jesus' greatest expression of His love for us. Jesus expresses His love for us in three ways in the Eucharist: by re-presenting His sacrifice of the cross in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by uniting His life with ours in Holy Communion, and by giving us the gift of His continual presence in the Blessed Sacrament. This is another way of saying that the Eucharist is a threefold sacrament, i.e., it confers grace in three different ways. We will focus here on the third way. Prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is efficacious, and it is the way to secure the graces necessary to put an end to abortion in the world. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended."
       Of the many graces received by prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the greatest by far is the sanctification of the adorer. Young people should be encouraged to spend time before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. In that way they will fortify themselves against temptations against chastity, which, when succumbed to, often lead to the sin of abortion.
       Pope Paul VI said that Eucharistic adoration cultivates in the soul "a 'social' love by which the common good is given prelerence over the good of the individual." This heightened social conscience makes one more aware of the immense dignity of every human person; it allows one to see clearly that every human person is uniquely created and specially loved by God. Such a sensitized conscience finds abortion abhorrent and could never hold a "pro-choice" position.
       Pope John Paul II, in a recent letter commemorating the 750th anniversary of the first celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi, said that "through adoration the Christian mysteriously contributes to the rad ical transformation of the world." This is a powerful statement that affirms the awesome power of Eucharistic adoration, the power that will transform our "culture of death" into a culture of life. Eucharistic adoration is the most powerful means one can employ to win graces for the conversion and salvation of those involved in abortion and other sins against human life. Blessed Dina Belanger was told by Jesus in a vision that a multitude of souls were saved from the fires of hell by her Eucharistic holy hours of prayer.
       The heart of the apostolate of every pro-life worker should be a weekly Eucharistic holy hour dedicated specifically to the end of contraception, abortion and euthanasia throughout the world. It is necessary to pray first for the end of contraception because abortion and euthanasia are logical and natural consequences of contraception. If man dares to usurp God's prerogative and determine when life begins, it follows that he will also dare to determine when it ends.
       Putting an end to abortion is just one of many reasons why every parish should have perpetual Eucharistic adoration. Perpetual Eucharistic adoration is the "devotion of devotions." It provides an easy and convenient means for everyone in the parish to spend at least an hour a week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I urge all Catholic pro-lifers to encourage their pastors to start perpetual adoration in their parishes.

Rev. Victor P. Warkulwiz, M.S.S.,
National Director of the Apostolate ior Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
�1999 Rev. Victor Warkulwiz

A CLARIFICATION

We have received many inquiries about the relationship between the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and the organization calling itself the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament which operates out of Plattsburgh, NY. The original Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament (M.S.S.) is a private association of priests founded in 1990 to help parishes start and maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration. It is recognized by Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak, Ordinary of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Philippines, who is its Protector Bishop. The priests of the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament operate only through the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, which has its headquarters in Mt. Clemens, MI and an office in Elmira, NY. The Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament of Plattsburgh, NY is a strictly lay organization. It was originally set up by M.S.S. to distribute literature on perpetual adoration but has gone its own way. It has no episcopal recognition or approval.

PREACHING OF HOMILIES RESERVED TO THOSE IN HOLY ORDERS

We have been asked if lay people may preach the homily at Sunday Masses to help start perpetual adoration because apparently it is being done. This is a serious abuse. It violates Canon 767-1, which restricts the homily to priests and deacons. While helping a parish to start perpetual adoration is commendable, violating Church law to do so is not. The end never justifies the means, no matter how good the end is. And although such a transgression may bring short-term successes, in the long run it causes harm to the Church and her mission.
       The Church is very serious about reserving the preaching of homilies to those in sacred orders. On August 15, 1997, the Holy See published the document Instructions on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests, which strongly reaffirms the reservation of the homily to a priest or deacon. The document goes on to state: "This exclusion is not based on the preaching ability of sacred ministers nor their theological preparation, but on that function which is reserved to them in virtue of having received the sacrament of Holy Orders. For the same reason the diocesan bishop cannot validly dispense from the canonical norm since this is not merely a disciplinary law but one which touches upon the closely connected functions of teaching and sanctifying." The document clarifies the conditions under which lay people may give special addresses at Mass but makes it clear that "these testimonies or explanations may not be such so as to assume a character which could be confused with the homily."

FRUITS OF PERPETUAL ADORATION

Early in 1996 Fr. Joseph De Luca, M.S.S. of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration visited St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Rio Rancho, NM to help start perpetual adoration there. The parish has not been the same since. After starting perpetual adoration St. Thomas Aquinas experienced a wonderful revitalization. The details were presented in an article published in the October 4-10, 1998 issue of the National Catholic Register. Among the blessings the parish experienced since starting perpetual adoration are:

  • Mass attendance and parish participation have increased;

  • An additional 1000 families joined the parish;

  • Weekly collections increased 60%;

  • Plans are being made for a new elementary school;

  • Two new satellite churches have been started;

  • More confession times have been scheduled;

  • Another priest has been assigned to the parish;

  • A youth director has been hired;

  • A web site for evangelization has been established.

IT'S OKAY TO PRAY THE ROSARY

Are you confused at being told that you are not supposed to pray the Rosary during Eucharistic adoration because it detracts from the attention that should be given to Jesus in the Eucharist? If so, you are among a number of people who have been confused by such pronouncements recently. The source of the confusion lies in a document published in 1997 by the United States Catholic Conference entitled Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Liturgy Document Series 11. On page 16 the document cites a statement made in 1968 by the Sacred Congregation of Rites which argues that the Rosary should not be recited during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
       But a new statement of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has affirmed that the Rosary may be said during Eucharistic adoration. The matter was revisited and clarified in Notes on the Recitation of the Rosary During Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, published in Notitiae in 1998. An unofficial English translation was published in the newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy for Jan.-Feb., 1999.
       The article concludes: "One should not expose the Eucharist only to recite the Rosary. However, among the prayers that are used during adoration, the recitation of the Rosary may certainly be included, emphasizing the Christological aspects with biblical readings relating to the mysteries, and providing time for silent adoration and meditation on them."

December '98 Visit to the Philippines
Left to right: Bp. Felix Zafra, Cofounder of M.S.S., Bp. Leopoldo Tumulak, Protector Bishop of M.S.S.. Fr. Joseph De Luca. M.S.S., Fr Victor Warkulwiz, M.S.S.

APEA ACTIVITY UPDATE

From January 1 to August 31, 1999 the priests of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration visited 73 host and support parishes to help start and maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration. The efforts of APEA resulted in the opening of 26 new, mostly perpetual, adoration chapels during that period. Also, two Eucharistic missions were given.


INTERNET CONTACT LEADS TO GERMAN MISSION

This past July Fr. Victor Warkulwiz, M.S.S. spent three weeks in Germany promoting perpetual adoration. Fr. Victor went to Germany at the invitation of Fr. Bernhard Hesse, who found out about APEA on the World Wide Web. Fr. Hesse is pastor of Pfarrei Maria Himmelfahrt (Assumption of Mary Parish) in Turkheim, near the Bavarian Alps. He wants very much to start perpetual adoration in his parish and has been working hard to prepare his parishioners for it. He asked APEA to help. At present Germany has only two chapels of perpetual adoration, one in Munich and one in Tirschenreuth. The chapel in Turkheim will be the third.
       The perpetual adoration homily given in Turkheim was broadcast throughout central Europe by the Catholic broadcasting system Radio Horeb. Following that, Fr. Victor preached on Eucharistic adoration in nearby Memmingen at Sankt Ulrich parish. God willing, we will get perpetual adoration started there soon. Fr. Hesse also arranged for he and Fr. Victor to meet with his bishop, Most Rev. Viktor Josef Dammertz, O.S.B., Ordinary of the Diocese of Augsburg, to talk about starting perpetual adoration in Augsburg.
       Fr. Victor ended his mission giving a renewal at Pfarrei Maria Himmelfahrt (same name as the parish in Turkheim) in the Bavarian town of Tirschenreuth in the Diocese of Regensburg near the Czech border. The parish has had perpetual adoration for thirteen years. Fr. Victor also gave lessons on the Eucharist and Eucharistic adoration to four third-grade classes in the public school there.
       Bavaria is the most Catholic state in Germany. The population is around 90% Catholic; and there are many beautiful churches, which are very well kept. The people like dignified liturgies with lots of singing. Most of the people sing and with gusto. This is facilitated in a large part by use of a national hymnal, by which the people become familiar with the hymns and the sung parts of the Mass. The Germans also like to light lots of candles, ring lots of bells and burn lots of incense.
       But, like the Church in the U.S., the Church in Germany has a number of serious problems. For example, Sunday Mass attendance is low, as low as 15% in some places, which is surprising considering the beautiful churches and the decent liturgies. And theological dissent has become entrenched into the German mentality as the result of years of constant exposure to the dissent of noted theologians. Perpetual adoration can save Germany and restore the widespread practice of and loyalty to the Catholic faith that Germany once displayed. So please pray for the spread of perpetual adoration there.

THE LISTENER

Taylor CaIdwell, a famous author of religious novels, wrote an inspiring little story called The Listener. In the beginning of the story John Godfrey, a retired lawyer, erects a beautiful marble building as a monument to his deceased wife. In the building are two rooms. One is a sitting room where people wait to enter, one at a time, into the other room, the "sanctuary." In the sanctuary hangs a large curtain. Hidden behind the curtain is "The Man who Listens," "The Listener."
       The novel goes on to tell the stories of fifteen "souls" who enter the sanctuary and pour out their hearts to The Listener. Among them are "The Despised and Rejected," "The Underprivileged," "The Betrayed,""TheBetrayer," "The Unhonored," "The Magdalene," "The Pharisee." They come and give voice to their hopes, their fears, their regrets, their resentments, their shame, their pride. And they all leave with inner peace. It will be left to you to read the book and find out why.
       We have The Listener in every Catholic Church hiding behind the tabernacle door or in the monstrance waiting for us to come to Him with our hopes, fears, frustrations and sins. He says: "Come to Me. It is really I. I wait for you in this Sacrament of Love." And if one accepts His invitation with a humble and contrite heart, He will give him peace of soul by the power of His love. The Listener is always there waiting, and He never tires of listening.

THE LISTENER

For who listens to us in all the world,
whether he be friend or teacher,
brother or father or mother,
sister or neighbor,
son or ruler or servant?
Does he listen,
our advocate,
or our husbands or wives,
those who are dearest to us?

Do the stars listen,
when we turn despairingly from man,
or the great winds,
or the seas or the mountains?
To whom can any man say -- Here I am!
Behold me in my nakedness,
my wounds, my secret grief,
my despair, my betrayal, my pain,
my tongue which cannot express my sorrow,
my terror, my abandonment.

Listen to me for a day -- an hour! -- a moment!
lest I expire in my terrible wilderness,
my lonely silence!

O God, is there no one to listen?

Is there no one to listen? you ask.
Ah yes
there is one who listens,
who will always listen.
Hasten to him, my friend!
He waits on the hill for you.

For you, alone.

Seneca

Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament
P.O. Box 1428 • Bensalem, Pa 19020
Tel: 215.244.9211 • Fax: 215.244.9211
Email: apea@webtv.net