Text of the Eucharistic adoration of May 17, 2015
Ascension of our Lord
60th anniversary of Marisa’s perpetual vows
Anniversary of Eucharistic miracle of 17th May 1998
We are gathered here, in the thaumaturgic place, to behold the joy of Ascension of our Lord into Heaven and for the sixty year anniversary since the proclamation of Marisa’s perpetual vows. We must also remember that today is the anniversary of an important Eucharistic miracle where the big host, still perfectly preserved after seventeen years, was taken away, during a Eucharistic celebration, from a priest who did not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Thanks to abundant bleeding, this miraculous host has changed appearance and has taken on the shape of a heart and, as our Bishop said: "Contains the most valuable asset for the Church, that is the Divine Blood".
This happy coincidence allows us to experience in our heart the excitement and joy to celebrate both the divine Bridegroom and His sweet spouse: Jesus the Eucharist and the victim of the Eucharist.
Ascension is the glorious act ending Jesus’ public life. Marisa’s vows, instead, mark the beginning of her complete offering of her life and her sacrifice to God. She is fully participating in the "great joy" Jesus leaves in the heart of the Apostles, of the Mother of the Eucharist and of all Christians from the day He ascends to Heaven; the same joy Marisa experienced in pronouncing her "yes" of love, repeated over time, without second thoughts, embracing together the glorious Christ ascending to Heaven and Christ crucified for love of men.
Jesus, this sweet moment in your company wants to be the gift of our hearts. We want to thank You for the gift of your extraordinary presence among us. All the Eucharistic miracles, worked in this holy place, always remind us that You are not leaving us alone. In this day when Heaven and Earth come together to celebrate our beloved sister, we too want to do it, in the way, we are sure, Marisa would have liked, with our singing. If we close our eyes and listen with our heart, we can hear our voices joining the chorus of angels and saints giving You glory.
Marisa has donated all of herself, ultimately giving back also the most beautiful gift she received from You, her beautiful voice. For her this was a very big suffering but today, together with us, she will sing again and will do it for you Jesus, for our sister loves You with immense love that made her shout: “Tota tua”.
The Eucharist has always been the center of Marisa’s life: "God first, even when demands are impossible". "The fragile Bread" appeared in her hands, on statues, on flowers, on her body. Her suffering was impressive, inexplicable in our eyes, but You Jesus gave her the vision of Trinity that no seer in the world has ever experienced, You gave her the wonderful and inexplicable experience to live simultaneously on Earth and in Heaven. The love she has for You made it possible, by offering herself together with our H. Bishop, for billions of people to be converted, for many priests to return to live in a state of grace, for many consecrated souls to come back to be true spouses of Christ. Many sick people have had the grace of healing. Great things you did Lord! You have chosen this little creature and took her to dizzying spiritual heights. Allow us, in Your presence, to be able to tell her that we love and thank her as we are aware that at every H. Mass we attend, every time we are before the Eucharist that bled, she is here, on her knees before You, to plead for the sick people, for those who suffer, for the prisoners, drug addicts, priests, for the consecrated souls and for us too, a small community in need more than ever of Your Strength, Your Love, Your Mercy.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (Jn 14:15-21).
This wonderful teaching you gave us is the purpose of Bishop and Marisa’s mission: where there is love, there is God and if we have God, we have everything.
Marisa knew she had to follow Jesus’ footsteps with the knowledge that this great "love among thorns" would take her to Golgotha, but she was never afraid. The mission of suffering was hers and she defended it up the last breath. We can state emphatically that she made her words those of St. Paul: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me".
Now Jesus, we, your small flock, still living in this world full of mud and wrapped in evil, know that nothing can separate us from You, the Mother of the Eucharist, the Bishop ordained by God, from Grandmother Iolanda, from little Marisa because as long as we live in a state of grace, You shall dwell in us and we will live in You.