Marian Helper Spring 2024

Nonetheless, St. Peter Julian Eymard is not that well known in the universal Church. France and several other countries in Europe promote his works, but when it comes to worldwide recognition of his extraordinary life, as well as the many amazing things he did to foster a greater love for the Blessed Sacrament, most Catholics are unfamiliar with him and have never heard his name. That is about to change, thanks to my new Marian Press book, 30 Day Eucharistic Revival: A Retreat with St. Peter Julian Eymard, written with the assistance of Patrick O’Hearn, a Catholic author and lover of the saints. Urgent need Catholics in the United States are currently undergoing a severe crisis of belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Several years ago, a survey revealed that 69 percent of Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Holy Communion). Looking at it from another perspective, this means that only 31 percent of Catholics in the United States believe in the source and summit of the Christian faith. This is a tragedy! In response to this crisis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) initiated a “Eucharistic Revival.” It involves several years of teaching, preaching, and events that are intended to help turn things around. The Eucharistic Revival concludes on Pentecost Sunday in 2025. It’s a noble initiative, and one that I pray bears good fruit. Returning to belief in the Real Presence is an urgent matter and of the utmost importance in the life of the Church. My desire is to offer the Church a book on the Eucharist grounded in the wisdom and insights of the Apostle of the Eucharist. Publishing such a book is an urgent matter. I think St. Peter Julian Eymard would agree, because he dealt with similar crises of belief in the Real Presence in his time. Act quickly Saint Peter Julian Eymard lived in an era that was plagued by lack of belief in the Real Presence and outright indifference to this core teaching of Christianity. His response was to act quickly. He wrote, Now we must quickly get to work to save souls by the divine Eucharist, to awaken France and Europe numbed in dormant apathy because they don’t know the gift of God, Jesus, the Eucharistic Emmanuel. This is the torch of love which we must carry to tepid souls who think they are devout, and are not, because they haven’t made Jesus in the holy tabernacle their center and their life. Any devotion which doesn’t set up one tent on Calvary, and one near the tabernacle, is not a solid piety and will never do anything great. I fear that people are wandering too far from the Holy Eucharist, that this mystery of love par excellence is not sufficiently proclaimed. So souls are suffering, becoming more sensual and materialistic in their devotional life and inordinately attached to human beings. It is because they don’t know how to find their consolation and strength in our Lord. I feel the same urgency today as St. Peter Julian Eymard did in his day. God’s people need a greater love for the Eucharist. If people center their lives on the Eucharist, it will prove to be a remedy for the problems of our time. The Eucharistic Revival of the USCCB will come and go, but a book that offers God’s people wisdom on the Eucharist from the Apostle of the Eucharist will be timeless. Sprinkle in other saints and what they said about the Eucharist, and it will be a book to be used for generations to come. 30 Day Eucharistic Revival is intended to help you, your children, your grandchildren, and all future generations rediscover and experience a revival of belief in the Real Presence. May the Eucharistic Revival never end! To order 30 Day Eucharistic Revival: A Retreat with St. Peter Julian Eymard (Product code: B61-ECHR), visit ShopMercy.org or call 1-800-462-7426. Marian Helper • Spring 2024 • Marian.org 21 “I have often reflected upon the remedies for the universal indifference which is taking hold of so many Catholics in a frightening way. I can find only one: the Eucharist, love for Jesus Eucharistic. ” — St. Peter Julian Eymard

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