Ave Maria Meditations
EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR
The Eucharistic Holy Hour has received the approval of several Popes and is enriched with indulgences. By Apostolic Letter, dated March 30, 1886, Pope Leo XIII allowed the faithful to make their “Holy Hour” on any day and hour of the week.
Jesus made it clear to St. Margaret Mary that through this devotion, He wishes His faithful friends to become partakers of that “sorrow unto death” which He willed to suffer in the Garden of Olives and to join with Him in the humble prayer which He offered to His Father at that time. He also wishes the faithful to appease His father’s anger and to ask Him to forgive all sinners.
It is a noble and sublime deed to keep Our Eucharistic Lord company while meditating on His bitter Agony and consoling His most Sacred Heart. This is best done at the altar where Jesus is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. In His presence we can best console Him for the negligence of men; make known our needs to Him; beg graces and favors from Him ourselves and others; and assure Him of our undying loyalty to Him.
If we do not hesitate to ask favors of the Saints, all the more we should not hesitate to go directly to the Source of Life Himself, to the Heart of God, to obtain material and spiritual help. He has promised never to turn a deaf ear to our petitions.