Text of the Eucharistic adoration of September 16, 2018
23rd Anniversary of the first eucharistic miracle
19th Anniversary of the Bishop's 1st vestiture
18th Anniversary of the signature of episcopal decree in recognition
of the apparitions of the Mother of the Eucharist to Marisa Rossi, of the eucharistic miracles and of trinitary teophanies happened in the thaumaturgical place
Dear Jesus the Eucharist, today we are gathered here to adore and speak with You, aloud or in the silence of our hearts. We wish to disclose our thoughts, our hopes, our fears, but also to thank You for everything You have given to your little community, the great works You have accomplished in this place and what You have achieved in our life. We want to give you whatever is good and beautiful within us, do transform it with Your love and purify it from our shortcomings and selfishness. Raise it to the Father, to Daddy God, together with our prayers. We know that without You we are alone, lost, and life itself would have no meaning and together with Peter we are ready to ask you: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life".
Today a new social year begins, in our hearts conflicting feelings and thoughts chase and cancel each other: on the one hand the desire and certainty that the great works You have accomplished are finally recognized by the men of the Church and, on the other hand, the fear that what has happened in the thaumaturgic place is still wrapped in silence and will go on for a prolonged time. This is grieving us, not for ourselves, but for those we have loved and continue to love, those we have seen to suffer and offer You their suffering day after day: our Bishop and our sister Marisa.
Your beloved children have given their life for You, Lord, they have renounced everything for the love of the Church and souls. We would like everyone to recognize their great sacrifice of love. The only certainty we have is that we wish to follow the path that these two creatures have shown us, the path leading to You, Jesus the Eucharist. We trust in Your help and in the support from your and our dear mom, the Mother of the Eucharist who, every day, we know, covers us with her maternal mantle.
Today, liturgically, is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross which we celebrate together with the anniversary of the beginning of the episcopal service of our beloved Bishop on September 14, 1999, the signature put by Bishop Claudio Gatti on the decree recognizing the apparitions and Eucharistic miracles on September 14, 2000 and the anniversary of the first great Eucharistic miracle that occurred on September 14, 1995. These events do not belong only to our community, but are part of the Church history because they are for the benefit of all human beings.
The Eucharistic miracle in Rome, in via delle Benedettine, 91
Rome, September 14, 1995 - 5:47 pm
As reported by Don Claudio Gatti
On September 10, 1995, during the apparition, Our Lady said to Marisa: "For the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross I will be here to pray before the Cross with you. You, little Marisa, will take the Cross and you will carry it in procession".
On September 14, while the faithful were gathered in prayer, Marisa stood at the beginning of the stairs, sitting in the wheelchair. Holding the Cross, I went at the head of the procession, going towards Marisa. When I was a few meters from her I saw her getting up without any outside help, and walk towards the Cross, following, as she would tell me later, a precise command by Our Lady.
Marisa kissed Jesus on the forehead and, according to her saying, she saw the particle escaping from the side. As I was holding the Cross, I did not see this "escaping", but immediately after I saw the particle on Marisa's left hand palm.
Although it was not the first time I witnessed this phenomenon, the emotion was equally strong. The surrounding people who realized that the host was visible, reacted with amazement and wonder, as can be seen from the available videotape. Meanwhile, in the general bewilderment and mine in particular, Our Lady "takes the situation in her hands" and suggested step by step to Marisa what to do. First of all, she told me, through Marisa, to wear the surplice and bring all the lit candles. On my own initiative I only took the monstrance (on seeing the videotape I later realized how dirty it was as it had not been used for quite some time). Meanwhile Marisa was leading the prayer while holding the host so that everyone could see it. When returning from the vestry I knelt down before the Most Holy, I exposed it in the monstrance, and I invited everyone to adore the Lord in our midst.
It is at this point that Marisa showed a very strong pain, which took all over her body and made her collapse. While being helped to get up, she whispered to me to have experienced the sufferings of our Lord's passion. We resumed the procession, opened by Marisa bearing the Cross, immediately after her I followed holding the monstrance. Marisa led the prayer alternating with the song "You are God": the chorus joined in. Brief stops were made, during which I invited the people to gather in silence and adoration. We walked the complete circuit in our garden and returned to the church. I placed the monstrance on the altar and knelt down; Marisa too, who in the meantime had placed the Cross on one side, knelt down, a gesture that she had not been able to do for a long time. After the choral prayer and the silent personal adoration, I asked Marisa, aloud, and with a certain embarrassment: "What must I do?" In fact, I was debating between the desire to preserve the Eucharist as a miraculous sign in our chapel, and the obligation to obey the Vicariate prohibition to preserve it.
Even Marisa showed me her perplexity with her eyes. To remove us from any uncertainty, Our Lady intervened once more and, through Marisa, told me to break the host in two so that Marisa and I could receive the Holy Communion. While we gave thanks, those present continued to pray in silence. Everything ended with the blessing given by myself.
So far the objective chronicle of the facts.
"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" (Jn 12:32).
The expression "I am lifted up from the earth" means to be lifted up on the cross and be glorified at the same time. The passion and death of Christ are the great demonstration of God's love for humanity. After death there is the Resurrection, the glory of God and salvation for all men. The key to Christianity lies precisely in this: we cannot separate the cross from glory, we cannot separate the Cross from the Risen One. The Cross represents salvation, even if humanly speaking it is scary, even if the simple thought of suffering inspires fear within us. It is an aspect of human life that we often fail to understand and difficult to accept. Yet God is exalting the Cross, the green wood, and is unconceivable that a ferocious instrument of torture and death becomes a source of Life in His hands. In our commentary on the seventh station of the Via Crucis, our Bishop writes: "It is natural that the cross, as symbol of suffering, causes fear, but we must keep in mind that if we want to save our loved ones, our children, our friends, this is the only way. Don’t you think that if it were possible to walk a different path from suffering and from the cross, Christ would not have preferred it? If He chose it, it is because it is the only valid and right one to defeat the evil and the sin of the world. We thank the Lord who embraces, loves and holds the cross to himself and from now on we can better understand what St. Paul says: "I preach Christ and Christ crucified" (1 Cor 2:2) because salvation comes only from the cross".
Today, the raised Jesus attracts us to Himself in order to give us the strength we need to face every day the small and big difficulties of life. The love of Christ for us who gave His life on the cross and the joy of having met people who in His name have loved us with gratuitous and unconditional love, without asking anything in return, may be for us assistance in times of trial. Our happiness is only in keeping on living in the love of Jesus: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love" (Jn 15:9).