St. Peter Julian Eymard is known as the Apostle of the Eucharist.
His feast day is celebrated on August 2.
He encouraged perpetual adoration as a response of love and frequent Communion as a source of strength for the Christian life.
Throughout his life, he was fascinated by the Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, which became the all-consuming focus of his life. He said: “The greatest grace of my life has been a lively faith in the Blessed Sacrament since my childhood. The Holy Eucharist is Jesus, past, present and future.”
He felt that the spiritual malaise of his times could only be changed by the fire of Eucharistic love. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament became the sign of that love.
His Eymard Library series is an excellent resource recommended for your adoration chapel library. It is ideal for ongoing formation of adorers, as well as for homiletics, catechetics, bulletin inserts and quotes.
Excerpts from St. Peter Julian Eymard, in The Eymard Library, Volume I, The Real Presence:
LET US LOVE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
- “Our Lord wants to instill in us a passionate love for Himself.” “Certainly, our Lord loves us passionately in the Eucharist; He loves us blindly without a thought for Himself, devoting Himself entirely for our good. We should love Him as He loves us.” pg. 180
- “Love the Eucharist passionately. Love our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament with all the ardour with which people love one another in the world, but for supernatual motives.” pg. 181
- “To ensure success in this, begin by placing your mind under the influence of this passion. Foster within you the spirit of faith. Convince yourself invincibly of the truth of the Eucharist and of the reality of the love which our Lord shows you therein.” p. 182
- “Value highly the love and the Presence of Our Lord; contemplate them in an ecstasy of delight. You will thus add to your love a fuel that will feed its flame and ensure its constancy.”
- “Fix your mind on our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament and ponder on His love. Let this thought take hold of you; let it enrapture you.”…
- “The heart leaps towards the Blessed Sacrament… the heart would burst its walls of flesh, if it could, to unite itself more intimately to our Lord.”
- “Look at the saints. Their love transports them, makes them suffer, sets them on fire; it is a fire that consumes them…”
- “Is there anyone in the world that you love? … transfer this love to our Lord… what we do for a creature is what we must do for God; with the difference, however, that we must love the Good God beyond all measures… more and more.”
- “We cannot consider the Blessed Sacrament attentively without concluding ‘I must love Him, and come to visit Him. I must not leave Him alone; He loves me too much!'”
- “But with the Eucharist, we must give ourselves; we must abide and live in our Lord! The Eucharist is the noblest aspiration of our heart.”
- “If you love the Eucharist passionately, you will habitually have our sacramental Lord in mind; you will find your happiness at His feet; and you will be constantly seeking His good pleasure. Come, let us all be taken up with our Lord… Let us forget ourselves and give ourselves to this good Saviour? Let us sacrifice ourselves a bit!” p. 186
THE EUCHARIST OUR WAY
- “Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is the unchanging way to holiness. He is the means as well as the model…. In the Blessed Sacrament Jesus is the model of every virtue…”
- “There is nothing so beautiful as Jesus in the Eucharist. But only the pious souls who have the habit of receiving Communion and of meditating are able to understand it… Few people think of His virtues, of the life or of the state of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We treat Him like a statue; we live under the impression He is there merely to forgive our sins and listen to our prayers. This is a wrong viewpoint. Our Lord lives and acts in the Eucharist. Look at Him, study Him, and imitate Him. .. Men may show you the way of acquiring virtues, but no one other than our Lord can give them to you and see to the education of your soul. .. as we grow to know His voice better, and our hearts become more detached and more in sympathy with Him, our Lord reveals Himself in a clearer light and with an intimacy know only to those who love Him.” p. 192
- “All our virtues must come from the Eucharist. For instance, if you wish to practise humility; see how Jesus practises it in the Blessed Sacrament. Start with this…”
- “Self-abasement is a characteristic of Eucharistic holiness”.
- My Eucharistic Day – St. Peter Julian Eymard
- My Eucharistic Day – St. Peter Julian Eymard
- Eucharistic Love – St. Peter Julian Eymard
- The Divine Eucharist – St. Peter Julian Eymard, free e-book
- Let us Love the Most Blessed Sacrament – St. Peter Julian Eymard