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September 8, 2004
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Friends,

As some of you may already know, Fr. Roux has been away from the office for a number of months. He has asked me to post the following updates and news articles on his National Director's corner to keep you informed of recent developments.

 

UPDATE ON FR. ROUX'S CONDITION
In May, Father had laser surgery to remove cataracts from both eyes. There were no complications, and his eyesight is now excellent.

Late last winter, he had begun to experience hip and leg pain and became dependent on the use of a cane and eventually crutches. The diagnosis was deterioration of his left hip.

On August 17th, he underwent hip replacement surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, Maine, and I am pleased to report that the surgery was a great success.

He was released from St. Marguerite d'Youville Pavilion on September 1st where he had been transferred for therapy and rehabilitation. At present, he is recuperating at the home of his sister, Yvonne.

Father has asked me to extend his heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your cards and letters, encouraging him and assuring him of your love and prayerful support. Because of the many Masses and prayers that were offered on his behalf, the speed of his recovery has been nothing short of miraculous.

Please continue to pray for him as he awaits another surgery on his right hand later this fall. Although Father is in regular communication with us, we miss his physical presence among us. If all goes well, we hope to see him return to St. Francis in October or early November.

 

OTHER NEWS…

 

Fr. Gobbi's Circular Letter 2004

Earlier this year, those of you who are on our mailing list received Fr. Gobbi's 2004 circular letter which has as its theme, "The Apostles of the Last Times." We have additional copies in stock…please contact us if you are interested.

International MMP Retreat for National and Regional Directors
(June 27 to July 3, 2004)


As mentioned above, Fr. Roux was unable to attend this year's retreat due to health problems. Those priests who were in attendance reported that Cardinal Daoud, twenty-five Bishops, and more than 300 priests were in attendance.

Holy Father declares "Year of the Eucharist"

On June 10, while celebrating the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope John Paul II announced a special "Year of the Eucharist" to coincide with the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico being held from October 10-17, 2004. It will end in October 2005 with the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Its theme will be: "The Eucharist, source and summit of the life and mission of the Church".

 

Homily of John Paul II - Basilica of St John Lateran
Thursday, 10 June 2004
1.
 
"As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (I Cor 11: 26). With these words St Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth that the "Lord's Supper" is not only a convivial meeting but also, and above all, the memorial of the redeeming sacrifice of Christ. Those who take part in it, the Apostle explains, are united with the mystery of the death of the Lord, and indeed, "proclaim" him.

Thus, there is a very close relationship between "building the Eucharist" and proclaiming Christ. At the same time, entering into communion with him in the memorial of Easter also means becoming missionaries of the event which that rite actualizes; in a certain sense, it means making it contemporary with every epoch, until the Lord comes again.
2. Dear brothers and sisters, we are reliving this wonderful reality in today's Solemnity of Corpus Christi, during which the Church does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the Sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world.

Grateful for this immense gift, her members gather round the Blessed Sacrament, for that is the source and summit of her being and action. Ecclesia de Eucharistia vivit! The Church draws her life from the Eucharist and knows that this truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery in which she consists (cf. Encyclical Letter, Ecclesia de Eucaristia, n. 1).
3. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, "began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope" (ibid.). Thinking precisely of this, I wanted to dedicate the first Encyclical of the new millennium to the Eucharist and I am now pleased to announce a special Year of the Eucharist. It will begin with the World Eucharistic Congress, planned to take place from 10 to 17 October 2004 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will end with the next Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, that will be held in the Vatican from 2 to 29 October 2005 and whose theme will be: "The Eucharist: source and summit of the life and mission of the Church".

Through the Eucharist, the Ecclesial Community is built up as a new Jerusalem, a principle of unity in Christ among different persons and peoples.

4. "You give them something to eat" (Lk 9: 13).
The Gospel passage we have just heard offers us a vivid image of the close bond that exists between the Eucharist and this universal mission of the Church. Christ, "the living bread which came down from heaven" (Jn 6: 51; cf. Gospel Acclamation), is the only one who can appease the hunger of human beings of every time and in every corner of the earth.
However, he does not want to do this on his own, so he involves the disciples, as he did in the multiplication of the loaves: "Taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd" (Lk 9: 16). This miraculous sign is the symbol of the greatest mystery of love which is renewed every day at Holy Mass: through the ordained ministers, Christ gives his Body and his Blood for the life of humanity. And all those who partake of his Banquet with dignity become living instruments of his presence of love, mercy and peace.
5. "Lauda, Sion, Salvatorem!... - Sion, praise the Saviour / your guide, your pastor / with hymns and canticles".
With untold emotion, we hear this invitation to praise and joy echoing in our hearts. At the end of Holy Mass we will carry the Divine Sacrament in procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major. Looking at Mary, we will understand better the transforming power that the Eucharist possesses. Listening to her, we will find in the Eucharistic mystery the courage and energy to follow Christ, the Good Shepherd, and to serve him in the brethren.

 

JOHN PAUL II - (Angelus: "Corpus Christi", 13 June, 2004)
1. Eucharist, source and summit of Church's life
Today, Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, is being celebrated in Italy and in other countries. It is the feast of the Eucharist, the sacrament in which Jesus left us the living memorial of his Pasch, a central event in the history of humanity.

It is beautiful that on this day the faithful cluster round the Blessed Sacrament to adore it, accompany it in procession through the streets and, with many signs of devotion, express their faith in the living Christ and their joy in his presence.

Year of the Eucharist, from October 2004 to October 2005
 

2. Last Thursday, precisely when I was celebrating Corpus Christi with the Diocese of Rome, I announced that to coincide with the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, a special "Year of the Eucharist" will begin this October, which will end in October 2005 with the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Its theme will be: "The Eucharist, source and summit of the life and mission of the Church".
The "Year of the Eucharist" fits into the context of the pastoral project that I pointed out in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, in which I invited the faithful to "start afresh from Christ" (n. 29ff.). By contemplating with greater perseverance the Face of the Incarnate Word, truly present in the Sacrament, they will train themselves in the art of prayer (cf. n. 32) and undertake that high standard of Christian living (cf. n. 31), an indispensable condition for effectively developing the new evangelization.

The Eucharist is the center of the Church's life. In it Christ offers himself to the Father for our sake, making us sharers in his own sacrifice, and gives himself to us as the bread of life for our journey on the highways of the world.

May Mary increase faith in and love for the mystery of the Eucharist

3. From this moment I entrust to the Virgin Mary, "Woman of the Eucharist" (cf. Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, nn. 53-58), this new initiative. May the one who in the Year of the Rosary helped us to contemplate Christ with her eyes and her heart (cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae, nn. 10-17), enable every community in the Year of the Eucharist to grow in faith and love for the mystery of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

 

 In preparation for this special year of the Eucharist, we invite and strongly encourage all of you to read two very special messages on the Eucharist which Fr. Gobbi received from the Blessed Mother. Following are excerpts from each:
 
#330 - August 8, 1986 - Rubbio (Vicenza, Italy)
Mother of the Eucharist
a. "Beloved sons, how my Heart is filled with joy in seeing you here, on a priestly pilgrimage of adoration, of love, of reparation and of thanksgiving to Jesus, my Son and my God, present in the Eucharist, to console Him for the great emptiness, the great ingratitude and the great indifference, with which He is surrounded in his real and loving presence in all the tabernacles of the earth, on the part of so many of my children, and especially on the part of so many of my beloved sons, the priests.
(…)
k I am therefore the Mother of the Eucharist.
l And, as Mother, I am always at the side of my Son. I was there on this earth; I am there now in paradise, in virtue of the privilege of my bodily assumption into heaven; and I am still to be found wherever Jesus is present, in every tabernacle on earth.
m Just as his glorious body, being beyond the limits of time and space, allows Him to be here before you, in the tabernacle of this little mountain church but at the same time allows Him to be present in all the tabernacles spread throughout every part of the world, so also your heavenly Mother, with her glorious body, which permits her to be both here and in every other place, is truly near every tabernacle in which Jesus is kept.
n My Immaculate Heart becomes, for Him, a living, beating, motherly tabernacle of love, of adoration, of thanksgiving and of unceasing reparation.
o I am the joyful Mother of the Eucharist.
p You know, beloved sons, that wherever the Son is, there too the Father and the Holy Spirit are always present. Just as, in the glory of heaven, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, in intimate union with the Holy Spirit, so also when, at your bidding, He becomes present in the Eucharist and is placed in the safekeeping of the tabernacle, surrounded by my motherly Heart, close to the Son there is always the real presence of the Father and the real presence of the Holy Spirit; there is always present the Divine and Most Holy Trinity.
q But, as in heaven, so also at the side of every tabernacle, there is the enraptured and joyful presence of your heavenly Mother. Then, there are all the angels, arranged in their nine choirs of light, to sing, in diverse modulations of harmony and glory the omnipotence of the Most Holy Trinity, as if to make its great and divine power appear in different degrees. About the choirs of angels are all the saints and the blessed who, from the very light, the love, the unending joy, and the immense glory which issues forth from the Most Holy Trinity, receive a continuous increase of their eternal and ever greater beatitude.
(…)
t I am the sorrowful Mother of the Eucharist. (…)
x Jesus is surrounded today by an emptiness, which has been brought about especially by you priests who, in your apostolic activity, often go about uselessly and very much on the periphery, going after things which are less important and more secondary and forgetting that the center of your priestly day should be here, before the tabernacle, where Jesus is present and is kept especially for you.
y He is also surrounded by the indifference of many of my children, who live as if He were not there and, when they enter church for liturgical functions, are not aware of his divine and real presence in your midst. Often Jesus in the Eucharist is placed in some isolated corner whereas He should be placed in the center of the church, and He should be placed at the center of your ecclesial gatherings, because the church is his temple which has been built first for Him and then for you.
z What causes deep bitterness to my motherly Heart is the way in which Jesus, present in the tabernacle, is treated in many churches, where He is placed in a little corner, as though He were some object or other to be made use of, for your ecclesial gatherings.
A But above all, it is the sacrileges which today form, around my Immaculate Heart, a painful crown of thorns. In these times, how many communions are made, and how many sacrileges perpetrated! It can be said that there is no longer any Eucharistic celebration where sacrilegious communions are not made. If you only saw with my eyes how great this wound is which has contaminated the whole Church and paralyzes it, halts it, and makes it impure and so very sick! If you only saw with my eyes, you too would shed copious tears with me.
B And so, my beloved ones and children consecrated to my Heart, it is you who must be today a clarion call for the full return of the whole Church Militant to Jesus present in the Eucharist. Because there alone is to be found the spring of living water which will purify its aridity and renew the desert to which it has been reduced; there alone is to be found the secret of life which will open up for it a second Pentecost of grace and of light; there alone is to be found the fount of its renewed holiness: Jesus in the Eucharist!
C It is not your pastoral plans and your discussions; it is not the human means on which you put reliance and so much assurance, but it is only Jesus in the Eucharist which will give to the whole Church the strength of a complete renewal, which will lead it to be poor, evangelical, chaste, stripped of all those supports on which it relies, holy, beautiful and without spot or wrinkle, in imitation of your heavenly Mother.
D I desire that this message of mine be made public and be numbered among those contained in my book. I desire that it be spread throughout the whole world because I am calling you today from every part of the earth to be a crown of love, of adoration, of thanksgiving and of reparation, upon the Immaculate Heart of her who is true Mother - joyful Mother but also most sorrowful Mother - of the Most Holy Eucharist.
E I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

 

#360 - August 21, 1987 (Feast of St. Pius X)
Rubbio (Vicenza, Italy)
Mother of Adoration and of Reparation
a "Beloved sons, I am happy that you have come up here, as little children who let themselves be carried in my motherly arms. Become ever littler, more docile, purer, simpler, more abandoned and faithful. How great is the joy which my motherly Heart experiences when I am able to carry you all, as a precious and fragrant homage to offer to my Son Jesus, truly present in the sacrament of the Eucharist!
b I am the Mother of Adoration and of Reparation. Beside every tabernacle of the earth, there is always my motherly presence. It forms a new and loving tabernacle for the solitary presence of my Son Jesus; it builds a garden of love for his permanent residence among you; it forms a celestial harmony which surrounds Him with all the enchantment of paradise in the adoring choirs of angels, in the blessed prayer of the saints, in the painful aspiration of the many souls who are being purified in purgatory. In my Immaculate Heart all form a concert of perennial adoration, of unceasing prayer and of profound love for Jesus, really present in every tabernacle on earth.
c Today my motherly Heart is saddened and is deeply wounded because I see that, about the divine presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, there is so much emptiness, so much abandonment, so much neglect, so much silence.
d O Church, pilgrim and suffering, of which I am the Mother, Church, who are the family of all my children, ark of the new alliance, people of God, you must understand that the center of your life, the fount of your grace, the source of your light, the beginning of your apostolic action is found only here in the tabernacle where Jesus is truly kept. And Jesus is present to teach you how to grow, to help you to walk, to strengthen you in giving witness, to give you courage in evangelizing, to be a support for all your sufferings.
e O pilgrim and suffering Church of these times, who are being called to live the agony of Gethsemane and the bloody hour of your Calvary, I want to bring you here today with me, prostrate before every tabernacle, in an act of perpetual adoration and reparation, so that you too may be able to repeat the action that is always being carried out by your heavenly Mother.
(…)
n Beloved sons, by a miracle of love which you will be able to understand only in paradise, Jesus has given you the gift of remaining always in your midst in the Eucharist.
o In the tabernacle, under the veil of the consecrated Bread, there is kept the same Jesus whom I was the first to see after the miracle of his resurrection, the same Jesus who, in the splendor of his divinity, appeared to the eleven Apostles, to many disciples, to the weeping Magdalen, to the holy women who had followed Him all the way to the sepulchre.
p In the tabernacle, hidden beneath the Eucharistic veil, the same risen Jesus is present who appeared again to more than five hundred disciples and who struck with a bolt of light Saul, the persecutor, on the road to Damascus. He is the same Jesus who is sitting at the right hand of the Father, in the splendor of his glorified body and of his divinity, even though, for love of you, He hides Himself under the white appearance of the consecrated Bread.
q Beloved sons, today you must believe more in his presence among you; you must spread, with courage and with force, your priestly invitation for a return of all to a strong and witnessed faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. You must orientate the whole Church so that she will find herself before the tabernacle, with your heavenly Mother, in an act of perennial reparation, of continual adoration and of unceasing prayer. Your priestly prayer must become wholly a Eucharistic prayer.
r I ask that there be once again a return to the practice of making everywhere hours of adoration before Jesus, exposed in the Most Holy Sacrament. I desire that there be an increase in the homage of love towards the Eucharist and that this become manifest also through evident but most expressive signs of your piety. Surround the Eucharistic Jesus with flowers and with lights; encircle Him with delicate attention; draw close to Him with profound acts of genuflection and of adoration.
s If you knew how the Eucharistic Jesus loves you, how a little gesture of your love fills Him with joy and with consolation! Jesus pardons so many sacrileges and forgets an infinity of ingratitude before one drop of pure priestly love which is placed in the chalice of his Eucharistic Heart.
t Priests and faithful of my Movement, go often before the tabernacle; live before the tabernacle; pray before the tabernacle.
u Let yours be a continual prayer of adoration and of intercession, of thanksgiving and of reparation. Let yours be a prayer which is united to the heavenly song of the angels and the saints, to the ardent supplications of the souls who are still being purified in purgatory. Let yours be a prayer which brings together the voices of all humanity which should prostrate itself before every tabernacle of the earth, in an act of continual gratitude and of daily thanksgiving.
v Because, in the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is really present, He remains ever with you, and this presence of his will become increasingly stronger, will shine over the earth like a sun and will mark the beginning of a new era. The coming of the glorious reign of Christ will coincide with the greatest splendor of the Eucharist. Christ will restore his glorious reign in the universal triumph of his Eucharistic reign, which will unfold in all its power and will have the capacity to change hearts, souls, individuals, families, society and the very structure of the world.
w When He will have restored his Eucharistic reign, Jesus will lead you to take joy in this habitual presence of his, which you will feel in a new and extraordinary way and which will lead you to the experience of a second, renewed and more beautiful earthly paradise.
x But before the tabernacle, yours should be not only a presence of prayer, but also of a communion of life with Jesus. Jesus is really present in the Eucharist because He wants to enter into a continual communion of life with you. When you go before Him, He sees you; when you speak to Him, He hears you; when you confide something to Him, He welcomes into his Heart your every word; when you ask something of Him, He always hears your prayer.
y Go before the tabernacle to establish with Jesus a simple and daily rapport of life. With the same naturalness with which you seek out a friend, or entrust yourself to persons who are dear to you, or feel the need of friends who assist you, in that same way go before the tabernacle to seek out Jesus. Make of Jesus your dearest friend, the most trusted person, the most desired and the most loved.
z Tell your love to Jesus; repeat it often because this is the one thing that makes Him immensely happy, that consoles Him for all the ingratitude, that compensates Him for all the betrayals: 'Jesus, You are our love; Jesus, You alone are our great friend; Jesus, we love You; Jesus, we are in love with You.'
A Indeed the presence of Christ in the Eucharist has above all the function of making you grow in an experience of true communion of love with Him such that you never again feel yourself alone, because He has remained here below to be always with you.
B And so then, you must go before the tabernacle to gather the fruit of the prayer and of the communion of life with Jesus which develops and matures into your holiness. Beloved sons, the more your life revolves wholly and entirely at the foot of the tabernacle, in intimate union with Jesus in the Eucharist, the more you will increase in holiness. The Eucharistic Jesus becomes the model and the form of your holiness. He brings you to purity of heart, to humility which is sought and desired, to a lived-out confidence, to loving and filial abandonment.
C The Eucharistic Jesus becomes the new form of your priestly holiness which you attain by means of a daily and hidden immolation, of a continual presence of love toward your brothers, of a capacity to welcome in your own person the sufferings and the crosses of all, of a possibility to transform evil into good and to act profoundly that souls, who have been entrusted to you, may be led by you to salvation.
D For this reason I say to you: The times have come when I want you all before the tabernacle, and above all I want you priests who are the beloved sons of a Mother who is ever in an act of perpetual adoration and of unceasing reparation. Through you, I desire that the cult of the Eucharist again flourish in all the Church in an ever more powerful way.
E As for now there must be an end to this profound crisis in regard to devotion to the Eucharist, a crisis which has contaminated the entire Church and which has been at the root of so much infidelity and of the diffusion of such a widespread apostasy.
F With all my beloved ones and the children consecrated to me, who form part of my Movement, I place you before every tabernacle of the earth, to give you in homage to Jesus, as most precious jewels and most beautiful and fragrant flowers.
G As of now, the heavenly Mother wants to bring to Jesus, present in the Eucharist, an ever greater number of her sons, because these are the times when the Eucharistic Jesus must be adored, loved, thanked and glorified by all.
H My most dearly beloved sons, together with Jesus who, in every tabernacle, is in a state of continual victimhood for you, I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

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"Your prayer must always be oriented to Jesus in the Eucharist. The coming of the glorious reign of Christ will coincide with the triumph of the Eucharistic reign of Jesus."
(August 31, 1988; 387 lm)

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Prayers for November Elections

The Marian Movement of Priests joins other groups in calling upon Catholics to offer up special prayers for our nation as we approach the elections for our national, state and local leaders.

As Catholics, we are bound to uphold the teachings of the Gospel.
Pope John Paul II has challenged our nation, and the entire world, to embrace the culture of life. He's called upon us to uphold and affirm the dignity of every person, rich and poor, able and disabled, born and unborn. He's called us to love and serve our neighbors in need."

We encourage all of you to form special cenacles of prayer to pray that Our Blessed Mother watch over this nation and protect it from the evil one who wants to destroy the moral and religious values upon which it was founded. We need to elect officials who will protect the defenseless - especially the unborn and the elderly. Let us pray, especially, that Roe vs. Wade be overturned. This can only occur if we elect officials who will vote for a Supreme Court that is pro-life.

So often, Our Lady has spoken of the need to protect the unborn. The cenacles are the remedy for all of these great evils menacing our families, our nation and the entire world.
 

f "Be witnesses of prayer. Pray always; pray more; pray with the holy rosary. Multiply cenacles of prayer, amongst you priests and with the faithful. Above all, spread all about you family cenacles, which are desired by me as a remedy for the great evils which are today threatening the life of Christian families, through the legitimizing of abortion, of divorce, and of all the methods which prevent life."
g With your prayer you can obtain everything from the Lord. With your prayer made together with me, your heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change of hearts and conversion. Each day, through prayer, you can drive away from yourselves and from your homeland many dangers and many evils."
(October 27, 1988; 392 f,g)

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"Multiply your cenacles of prayer. Always recite the holy rosary. Spread throughout your countries family cenacles, as a remedy for the great evils which are menacing your families with division, divorce, the legitimizing of abortion and all the various means of impeding life." (August 31, 1988; 387k)
l "My times have arrived."
m "And so I invite you to follow me along the road of prayer and penance, of purity and holiness."
n "See how your countries have become victims of materialism and of the unbridled search for pleasure! The Law of God is being more and more violated. Impurity is being advertised through all the means of social communication. Recourse is being had to every means of impeding life. Abortions are increasing everywhere and are being legitimized by unjust and immoral laws."
o "My times have arrived."
p "Tell everyone to enter into the ark of my Immaculate Heart, in order to be protected and saved by me. I request that you multiply your cenacles of prayer among priests, among children, among youth, and especially in families."
q "I have been consoled by the very great response which I received in Canada and in the United States during these cenacles. Never before have they seen a participation in such great numbers, on the part of both priests and faithful."
r Because of the generous response which I am receiving everywhere from my littlest children, I promise to intervene to save you in the hour of the great trial.
s My maternal presence among you is the sure sign of protection and of salvation.
t Open your hearts therefore to hope, and live in the greatest trust and in complete abandonment to my Immaculate Heart." (October 13, 1994; 529 l-t)

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Entrust yourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your safe and secure refuge in these times of trial and tribulation, and live in peace, hope and trust. Abide in faith because, in the end, she WILL crush the head of Satan.

Sincerely yours in the Immaculate Heart,
Rev. Albert G. Roux
(by Tammy Ouellette)
 

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