Meditations Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
As a manifestation of love, the Holy Eucharist is the masterpiece of the Heart of Jesus, present always in this Most Holy Sacrament, ever living and open to all. Devotion therefore to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is a most efficacious means to intensify our honor and love for the Lord Jesus hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
For love of us, the Lord Jesus not only lowered Himself, veiling His majesty beneath the sacramental species, but He opened Himself also to human contempt and ingratitude. In various places in the world, there are many sacrileges being committed through people’s contempt and ingratitude, by way of theft from churches or unworthy reception of Holy Communion. A great number of Catholics omit Mass on holy days of obligation. More and more people become victims of murder, violence, robbery and fraud. Narcotics, abortion and pornography are destroying family life and society. The Lord Jesus patiently endures all this in silence.
St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar teaches: If you would worthily honor the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, strive to expiate the insults committed against God: If unbelievers insult Him, you then, believe and publicly confess the faith; if they blaspheme Him, you, worship the Lord loudly, and encourage others to do so; if some offend the Lord by sacrilege, you then, receive Him into your pure heart with proper preparation and thanksgiving, with great love and with the intention of making expiation for unworthy Communions; if you cannot receive the Lord sacramentally, then do so at least spiritually. If the wicked desecrate churches, you then, conduct yourselves within them with respect and humility, your joy being to dwell in the houses of the Lord and to adorn them. If many are indifferent towards the Most Blessed Sacrament, you then, think of Him as often as you can, enthusiastically read, speak and listen to Him, and, above all, long for Him ardently, desiring to be as a sanctuary lamp burning before the altar. As often as you are able, strive daily to participate fully in Holy Mass and to visit the Most Blessed Sacrament, or, if you are unable, at least turn to Jesus in your thoughts to send Him your ardent sighs or prayerful aspirations. Try to participate in the First Friday Holy Mass of expiation. Make weekly or at least monthly adoration. Kneel before the Most Blessed Sacrament, greet and adore Him. To the furthest extent that you are able, promulgate the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The practice of the holy hour is recognized by the Church and deserves still greater attention since its purpose is for us to unite ourselves with the experiences of the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Olives and to make expiation through the merits of the Lord’s Passion. Each month, on the day before First Friday, from 11 p.m. until midnight, St. Margaret Mary practiced this Holy Hour on her knees before the Most Blessed Sacrament. Today the practice of the Holy Hour is observed in parishes and churches, and is usually joined with the evening Eucharistic Sacrifice as an expiatory adoration uniting us with the suffering Heart of Jesus.
In order to make expiation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the insults that He continually receives from people, there is a need for deep renewal in our life and concern for our purity of heart.