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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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
FR. ROUX'S CONDITION
Father had laser surgery to remove cataracts from both
eyes. There were no complications, and his eyesight is
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
Gobbi's Circular Letter 2004
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
International MMP Retreat for National and Regional
(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
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
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.
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).
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 Eucharist, the Ecclesial Community is built up as a
new Jerusalem, a principle of unity in Christ among
different persons and peoples.
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"
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
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
(Angelus: "Corpus Christi", 13 June, 2004)
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
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
May Mary increase faith in and love for the mystery of
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
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
#330 - August 8, 1986 -
Rubbio (Vicenza, Italy)
Mother of the Eucharist
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.
I am therefore the Mother of the Eucharist.
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
n My Immaculate Heart becomes, for Him, a living,
beating, motherly tabernacle of love, of adoration, of
thanksgiving and of unceasing reparation.
I am the joyful Mother of the Eucharist.
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.
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.
I am the sorrowful Mother of the Eucharist. (…)
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit."
August 21, 1987 (Feast of St. Pius X)
Rubbio (Vicenza, Italy)
Mother of Adoration and of Reparation
"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Priests and faithful of my Movement, go often before
the tabernacle; live before the tabernacle; pray before
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
"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."
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)
"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)
"My times have arrived."
"And so I invite you to follow me along the road of
prayer and penance, of purity and holiness."
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."
"My times have arrived."
"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
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
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.
My maternal presence among you is the sure sign of
protection and of salvation.
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
Sincerely yours in the Immaculate Heart,
Rev. Albert G. Roux
(by Tammy Ouellette)