Public Message from Our Lady of Emmitsburg
To the World
through Gianna Sullivan
October 3, 2004 for release on
October 17, 2004
The Inaugural Day of the Year of the Eucharist
My dear little children, praised be Jesus!
Little ones, there are so many people who are happy on the outside, but who on the inside are not very happy. They are in so much need of Love.
That is why this year, the Year of the Eucharist, is so important indeed; important because it is a year in which each of you can become so close to my Son. Your freedom, your goodwill, your prosperity and your health lie in the foundations routed in Jesus my Son, the Word of God.
You can speak to Him and come to know that it was not only through the Act of His Passion and Death that He saved the world, but through the entire Salvific Act, from the inception of the Word Incarnate, through His Life, and through His Passion, Death & Resurrection, that He saved the world.
Humanity oftentimes passes by the desires of God's Will, which have been outlined in His Commandments written on stone, and carelessly takes to itself the resolutions and answers most pleasing to itself. However, God's answers are not always the same as those of humanity.
The Truth must be lived under obedience to God. Humility falls under obedience; and obedience to my most beloved Pope will outline for you everything that is necessary for moral values related to life, to the production of life, and to the scientific nature of things (including fetal stem cell research) as they relate to the cures and well-being of people with serious diseases.
Make no mistake about it, that during this Year of the Most Holy Eucharist, blessed by my most beloved Pope, everyone of you will have the opportunity to grow and to know my Son and His Truth. You will be invited to accept change that will mold you closer to Him, so that you can become whole in living His Word. You have been invited to join together in comradery and unity, but in order to do this you must live in His Truth.
I love you, and I desire you all to know that God has given me to you as a gift; and this gift is one which both I am to you and you are to me. I bless you. I take your petitions. I love you. I am grateful to be called your Mother. Peace.
Reflection on the October 17, 2004 Message
In this message, our Blessed Mother highlights the importance of this Year of the Eucharist which is just beginning. In a beautiful way, Blessed Mother echoes the promises of her Son that we can assuredly change, be healed and become whole in Jesus' Mercy. She tells of our opportunity, in this Year of the Eucharist, to grow and to know her Son and His Truth.
Our Mother reminds us that the Truth must be lived under obedience. Obedience to her "most beloved Pope," who has blessed this special Eucharistic year, is obedience to her Son. In Ecclesia de Eucharistia, our Holy Father reiterates: "The Church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift-however precious-among so many others, but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity, as well as the gift of his saving work." The Pope alludes to the many problems which,"darken the horizon of our time." He says, "It is in this world that Christian hope must shine forth!" Then our beloved John Paul II quotes St. Alphonsus Liguori, "Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us."
Let us pray, during this Eucharistic year, that clergy in charge of churches, sanctuaries and chapels, where the Holy Eucharist is kept, will especially encourage and exhort the flock entrusted to each of them to focus on the Eucharistic Jesus. When the Holy Father released his apostolic letter, "Mane Nobiscum Domine," written to guide the faithful during this Eucharistic year, Cardinal Arinze noted, "The Pope does not ask that extraordinary things be done, but rather that all initiatives be characterized by great spiritual depth."
Let us pray that clergy, religious and laity unite for frequent Eucharistic expositions and benedictions and actively promote both public and private adoration. Let us all daily visit our Eucharistic Jesus, attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, as we pray with fervor and make reparation. Let us also pray that those who teach in the Church avail themselves to orthodox literature on the Holy Eucharist, organize study sessions and lead all, within their sphere of influence, to the Eucharistic Lord.
Again, from Ecclesia de Eucharistia, "If we wish to rediscover in all its richness the profound relationship between the Church and the Eucharist, we cannot neglect Mary, mother and model of the Church. In my apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, I pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as our teacher in contemplating Christ's face, and among the mysteries of light I included the institution of the Eucharist. Mary can guide us towards this most holy sacrament because she herself has a profound relationship with it."
Indeed, in this very message, Our Lady of Emmitsburg says God has given her to us as a gift. Let us receive this precious gift of Mary, our Mother, and beseech her to teach us how to contemplate her Son. Then, with hearts overflowing with gratitude, let us allow her Eucharistic Son to nourish, lead and transform us.
(Fr. John B. Wang)