“I’m happy to spend this short hour with you.”St. Peter Julian Eymard!
Today is the feast day of Not a saint that every Catholic has heard of! lol
However, there are a few things I learnt about this saint:
1. His father didn’t approve of his decision to be a priest, and when Peter first tried to be come a priest, he couldn’t because he became seriously ill. After recovering he was later ordained a priest.
2. He was a Marist, which is a person who is a member of the society of Mary and have deep devotion to Mary, and the Eucharist; a missionary.
3. And he was the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament,which had a deep devotion to the Eucharist.
His great devotion to the Eucharist is what brought me to share this with y’all!
About 3 or maybe 4 weeks ago I was a staff leader for a Catholic retreat/camp for high school aged kids that takes place over a period of one week! (High school CLI) In the course of that week we had adoration every morning at 7:30, and on the last day I was in charge of leading adoration with some sort of meditation. A couple nights before, I was reading “Help Me Pray: Learning from the Saints”, a book I’ve been reading for about a month now, and found this little sniped on Peter Julian and the Eucharist:
St. Peter Julian Eymard, who founded two religious orders dedicated to the Eucharist and to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, suggest these conversation topics for a Holy Hour with Jesus:
Speak to him of himself, of his heavenly Father, of all that he has done for his Father’s glory; this will gladden his heart. Speak to him of his love for men and women; this will fill his heart and yours with happiness. Speak to him of his mother, and you will be praising his filial affection. Speak to him of all the saints; this will glorify his divine grace in them.
Jesus…will then speak to you about yourself. Under the influence of this conversation, your heart will be filled with peace and joy…In silence and rest you will hear Jesus’ gentle voice penetrating your soul. Not only that—your very silence and stillness will be transformed into the highest activity of love:You will become one with him.
What most hinders the action of grace in our souls is the fact that we are no sooner in our good Master’s presence than we immediately expand our troubles and sins. This wearies our minds and weighs down our hearts with sorrow…To avoid this danger, we should begin by expressing our joy: “Dear Lord, it is a pleasure for me to visit you. How good of you to call me here! How good of you to love me as you do! From now on, I will love you intensely in return.”
Then in spirit, enter into the heart of Jesus to love and adore.
So I chose to read this for our last morning of adoration together! It was perfect…while humbly kneeling in the presence of Christ these words passed upon our lips…”Dear Lord, it is a pleasure for me to visit you. I’m happy to spend this short hour with you. How good of you to call me here! How good of you to love me as you do! From now on, I will love you intensely in return.”!
So when I found out today that it is St. Peter Juliane’s feast day I felt that there was a reason that I came across his name once more and his words were brought back into my memory for contemplation, therefore I decided to share it with all!
Hope its an inspiration to you as well! :D