'If We Had Done Enough ...'
by Rev. Msgr. Anthony Wassel
St. Peter Julian Eymard, known as the Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, said, “The less Jesus is adored in the Blessed Sacrament, the more present and powerful Satan becomes.”
We senior citizens have lived to see the truth of St. Peter Julian Eymard’s statement. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, we have seen a sharp decline in Eucharistic adoration and an increase of violence in our streets and even in our schools.
Prior to those years, the churches were full of people attending Forty Hour devotions in every parish. All parishes had Corpus Christi processions, and all parishioners participated in those processions.
Now nobody has a Corpus Christi procession, and only a few parishes have Forty Hours, and they are not well attended. With the lessening of Eucharistic adoration, crimes have greatly increased because Satan becomes more present and powerful, as St. Peter Julian told us. We are in shock when we hear so very many children are being shot and killed in their schools.
Since the decline of Eucharistic adoration, the Supreme Court has outlawed prayer in our schools and God has been expelled. And when the same court legalized abortion, the court also aborted God out of our country and Satan is taking control of our nation.
Each and every abortion is as painful as the three nails being smashed into our Blessed Lord’s hands and feet, like an atomic bomb exploding in his divine brain and the fallout going through his whole body and divine soul.
A baby in the womb being aborted suffers most excruciating pain with the arms, legs, etc. being pulled apart, with the head pulled off like our Blessed Lord being nailed with spikes on the cross.
When abortion was legalized in our country, Dr. Bernard Nathanson opened up several abortion clinics. Later, when he became Catholic, he realized what abortion was doing. Today, he is one of the most powerful pro-life supporters of life.
After he became Catholic, he said that we had not done enough when abortion was legalized. He said if we had done enough, abortion clinics would not have been opened. He is telling us we need all our Catholic people to make Holy Hours of Adoration and everybody saying the daily rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
To outlaw abortion depends primarily on us Catholics because our Protestant brothers and sisters do not have the Eucharist to adore and have no devotion to the Blessed Mother, the rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
The Eucharistic adoration, the daily recitation of the rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be the primary apostolate of every parish priest in keeping with Dr. Nathanson that we need to do more. We need to do a lot more in these troubled times in our country and the whole world.
During World War II, when our troops discovered Auschwitz and what was going on there, the whole world was in shock. Every abortion clinic in our country is another Auschwitz, killing four times more babies than people killed by Hitler at Auschwitz.
The Lord said, ‘Unless the Lord guards the city, those who guard it, guard it in vain.” And we are not in shock with the multi-millions of babies we butchered to death.
When I was pastor of St. Joseph in Mahanoy City for 40 years, my Monday Masses each week were for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and for respect for all life from conception to natural death. I included that same intention in the Prayer of the Faithful in every Mass I celebrated and am doing the same every day since I am retired. I am also saying three rosaries every day for the same intention.
I am totally convinced that the Holy Spirit is inspiring me to write articles for THE A.D. TIMES, and send this letter to you. I am convinced that these articles should be shared with all the U.S. bishops.
In the diary of Sister Faustina, now St. Faustina, Jesus told her that God the Father wants everybody to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day at 3 p.m. when possible, which takes five or six minutes—3 p.m. because Jesus died at that time. Our Lord told Sister Faustina this is the time of God the Father’s mercy.
If we do not pray the chaplet, then Jesus told Sister Faustina, it will be the time of God the Father’s just wrath. Let us not be foolish like the people who ignored the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917 when she told the children that all should pray the rosary for peace, and very many ignored the Blessed Mother’s plea to us to prevent another war, and we entered the worse war the world ever experienced, World War II.
With the most serious conditions in our country and in the world between nations, it is obvious and most urgent that the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the rosary be promoted immediately by the bishops as shepherds of their dioceses and parish priests as shepherds of their parishioners.
With the serious tensions between Putin of Russia and the Ukraine, we must take this most seriously, lest it is the beginning of World War III.
Reprinted from A.D. Times (newspaper of the Diocese of Allentown), April 3, 2014.
Msgr. Wassel, a long time friend and associate of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, is pastor emeritus of the former St. Joseph, Assumption BVM, and Sacred Heart parishes in Mahanoy City, PA. He hosted perpetual Eucharistic adoration at St. Joseph’s for almost thirty years.
More From the Mouths of Babes
In the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of our newsletter we published an article entitled
“From the Mouth of Babes….” That article contained excerpts from essays on Eucharistic adoration written by students of St. Mary’s parish in Annapolis, MD. The excerpts showed that young folks can form a deep appreciation for Eucharistic adoration if given good instruction and motivation. In this newsletter we will follow up on that theme with the responses of CCD children at St. Louis Parish in Foreston, MN, who participated throughout the year in Eucharistic adoration at St. Anne’s Chapel there.
Eucharistic adoration was explained to preschool through ninth grade students. Interviews and discussions with the students after being involved in Eucharistic adoration yielded wonderful results. The silence in the chapel with Jesus seemed to draw their hearts close to Our Blessed Lord. Their time in adoration ranged from quietly viewing Catholic books and pictures, praying silently, talking with Jesus, listening, sitting quietly and enjoying inner peace. Many students commented on how peaceful and loved they felt when they spent time before Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament. Following are some responses:
adoration because it is quiet and I can pray and talk to God."
“I like adoration because you can pray and know that someone else is watching you and you are with Jesus.”
“I like adoration because we can sit quietly and think about God. I think it is a peaceful time to pray without all the distractions. Sometimes I think about what it would’ve been like when Jesus was on earth.”
“I like going to adoration because I like that it is quiet and I can tell Jesus what is on my mind. I like it because it gives me time to say my prayers.”
“I like going to adoration because it’s nice to talk to God. It’s also nice because it’s quiet and peaceful. My favorite part is you feel closer to God. That’s why I like adoration.”
“Adoration is important to me because it brings a quiet time with me and God where I have time to talk with Him.”
“When I am in adoration I feel happy.”
“I like going to adoration because it is God’s home.”
“When I am in adoration I thank God for all that I have.”
“I like going to adoration because I get to pray.”
“I like going to adoration because I love God.”
“When I am in adoration I feel warm and safe, then I think of the poor people that have no home, so I pray for them.”
“When I am in adoration I feel relaxed.”
“Why I like to go to adoration: Because it’s peaceful so you can pray the rosary or any other prayer that you would like. I also like it because I can go every week. It also helps you get closer to Jesus. It’s also special because you can be there in front of Jesus.”
On more than one occasion the children
have chosen to go to adoration over working on an arts and crafts
project or playing a game.
(Thanks to Becky Hanson, REC
at St. Louis
and Rita Olson, Head Coordinator of Perpetual Adoration, for sharing
this with us.
The Eucharist and Vocations: A True Story
In the little village of Lu, in northern Italy, some parents made some decisions that had important consequences for the Church beginning in 1881. Along with the need for vocations in the Church, these parents desired that children consider lives of total consecration to God’s service in the Church. Under the direction of their parish priest, Msgr. Alessandro Canora, they gathered weekly for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, asking the Lord for vocations. They received Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month with the same intention. After Mass, they all prayed a particular prayer together imploring for vocations to the priesthood.
From the tiny village of Lu came 323 vocations: 152 priests and 171 nuns belonging to 41 different congregations. Indeed the Lord will hear our prayers for vocations just as He heard the prayers of the faithful of the village of Lu.
Reprinted from vocational literature of the Diocese of Phoenix.
APEA Activity in 2013
the priests of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration visited the
following parishes to help start or maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration (or
as close to it as possible):
St. Mary, Storm Lake, IA; St. Francis de Sales, Spooner, WI; St. Anthony, Linton, ND; St. Mary on the Bay, Warren, RI; St. Rita Cascia, Harahan, LA; Holy Ghost, Tiverton, RI, St. Charles Borromeo, Newport, MI; St. Anthony of Padua, Santa Fe, NM; Our Lady of the Cove, Kimberling City, MO; St. Aloysius and St. Jerome, Hillsboro, WI; St. Mary, Elmira, NY; St. Agnes, Arlington, VA; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hot Springs Village, AR; St. John Nepomucene, Ennis, TX; Georgia Tech Catholic Center, Atlanta, GA; Our Lady of Solace, Brooklyn, NY; St. Peter, Greenville, NC; Our Lady of Lourdes, Raleigh, NC; St. John the Apostle, Leesburg, VA (last parish visited by Rev. Joseph C. De Luca, M.S.S. before he died); St, Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Wooster, OH; St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville, KY; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Stoney Creek, ON, Canada; St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord, MI; St. Anastasia, Hutchison, MN; St. John the Baptist, Edmond, OK; St. Agnes, Kellogg, MN; St. Mary, Milaca, MN; St. Stanislaus, Rossville, KS; St. Thomas Aquinas, Elmira, MI; St. Mary of the Pines, Manahawkin, NJ; St. Boniface, Stewart, MN; Holy Family, Silver Lake, MN; St. Anselm, Chesterland, OH; St. Joseph, West St. Paul, MN; St. Mary on the Hill, Augusta, GA; St. Stanislaus, Lansdale, PA; St. Peter, Deland, FL; Ss. Simon and Jude, West Chester, PA; St. Monica, Mercer Island, WA; St. Felix, Wabasha, MN; Christ the King, Snyder, NY; St. Louis Bertrand, Foreston, MN; St. Mary, Barnegat, NJ; Immaculate Conception, St. Marys, KS; St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center, MN; St. Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia, PA; St. Bonaventure, Bloomington, MN; St. Bernadette, Scottsdale, AZ.
A Letter to Eucharistic Adorers from
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and his auxiliary, Bishop Eduardo Nevares, wrote this short letter to the Eucharistic adorers in their Diocese of Phoenix, commending them for their devotion and asking prayers for vocations:
Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,
Thank you for your commitment to adoration of our Lord. In spending precious time in adoration of our Lord, you are allowing the Lord to further bestow His grace upon you and the Church here in Phoenix.
Perhaps Blessed Mother Teresa said it best: “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.”
Along with this encouragement, I ask you to specifically pray for vocations. One thing that can most certainly be attributed to increased vocations is Eucharistic Adoration. Please consider including in your daily prayers, petitions for vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese. After all, this is just what He asked of us when He said “pray the master of the harvest to send out laborers to gather his harvest” (Mt. 9).
United in Prayer,
Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead
Bishop Eduardo Nevares
Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament
P.O. Box 1428 • Bensalem, Pa 19020
Tel: 215.244.9211 Fax: 215.244.9211