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THOUGHTS FOR HOLY THURSDAY

"The best way to economize time is to 'lose' half an hour each day attending Holy Mass."
- Frederic Ozanam

Shortly after Pope John Paul II became Pope, we lost him, recounts the Pope's private secretary. We didn't know where he was. I went to his room after dinner, knocked on his door like we always do for the Pope, went in with a stack of papers for him to read and sign and he wasn't there. I walked to the Pope's chapel and turned on the lights and the Pope wasn't there. I asked the cardinals and none of them had seen the Pope. I went into the kitchen, thinking that maybe the Pope was hungry and went into the kitchen. Popes usually don't do that but he was a new Pope and who knows. No one knew where the Pope was.

Finally, they found a priest, who was the Pope's secretary in Poland and he said, "I can tell you where the Pope is. He is in the chapel praying." There lying face down before the tabernacle with his hands outstretched was the Pope in deep prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

"In the span of nearly 50 years of my priesthood, what is still the most important and the most sacred moment for me is the celebration of the Eucharist, says Pope John Paul II. Never in the course of these years have I failed to celebrate the Most Holy Sacrifice. Holy Mass is the absolute center of my life and of everyday of my life" (Talk given by the Holy Father to all priests, Nov. 6, 1995).

"The culmination of the Mass is not the consecration, but Communion."
- St. Maximilian Kolbe

"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion."
- St. Maximilian Kolbe

"All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the
sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."
- St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars

"In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life - to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life, our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"The humility of Jesus can be seen in the crib, in the exile to Egypt, in the hidden life, in the inability to make people understand Him, in the desertion of His apostles, in the hatred of His persecutors, in all the terrible suffering and death of His Passion, and now in His permanent state of humility in the tabernacle, where He has reduced Himself to such a small particle of bread that the priest can hold Him with two fingers. The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus... We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"It was not until 1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom... In our congregation, we used to have adoration once a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we decided to have adoration one hour every day. We have much work to do. Our homes for the sick and dying destitute are full everywhere. And from the time we started having adoration every day, our love for Jesus became more intimate, our love for each other more understanding, our love for the poor more compassionate, and we have double the number of vocations. God has blessed us with many wonderful vocations. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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