Text of the Eucharistic adoration of June 29, 2016
Feast of the Triumph of the Eucharist and of the episcopal ordination of H.E. Mons. Claudio Gatti
Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.”
Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot;
come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations;
let not the rebellious rise up against him.
Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
We have chosen this Psalm because we feel that the whole community, in reciting it, has one only heart and one only soul. Despite the great suffering and trials that without respite hit Bishop and Marisa, and, partly, us as well, who we are their spiritual children. The community is alive and continues to be here praying before the great Eucharistic miracles that God worked in the thaumaturgic place. The benefits of these wonderful works of God will never run out and extend to all mankind. Although in this period of history evil seems to prevail, the Lord reminds us that He has won over the world.
Dear Jesus the Eucharist, today we want to say thank You for all the gifts you have given to this place, they are not reserved just for the people present, but for the whole Church. Today, to see all of these Eucharistic miracles all together give us a great emotion and allows us to always keep in mind your actions in this place and, as we were taught by our Bishop, they are not limited in time and space. Every action of yours, in fact, has no boundaries, humanly speaking, but is an infinite act that continues today and in the future.
Jesus, forgive us if, at times, engaged in our daily routine and problems, we forget how privileged we were to be witnesses of your interventions. You bled, you shed your blood for us, for our conversion, to open up the doors of Heaven, for You love us with an infinite love. Still today, after two thousand years, You continue to bleed because we men are deaf to your love calls. But You want to save us and wait until the last moment, actually, as explained by our Bishop, even after our last moment, our last breath, You give us a chance of salvation.
Dear Jesus the Eucharist, present here in body, blood, soul and divinity, in our hearts are still resounding the words uttered by You in the letter of God dated September 13, 1998: "I am thirsty, My dear children, I thirst for love, peace, forgiveness, suffering. I thirsty for you, my dear children, attending here before me, Jesus in the Eucharist, Jesus on the cross, but this is a triumphant cross, a cross of joy, love, I thirst for you, give me to drink. I thirst for my dear beloved priests who either out of fear or because they do not believe that I am here today, do not come to worship me. I thirst for my brides. I thirst for seers, many of whom do not respond. I thirst for committed lay people who say so many words just to talk, but do not know how to love. I, Jesus, thirst for love, I thirst for you. Attend the Holy Mass with all your heart and in a state of grace. This is a suffered mass, but it is a Mass of love. Here, I'm thirsty, I'm so thirsty, give me to drink".
Jesus, we want to give You to drink, we want to quench your thirst. Help us to remain anchored to You, clinging to You, the tabernacle, and forgive us if, at times, we fall, but You do not love us less for this, and you're always ready to get us up and to support us in our journey and to give us the courage to continue. Help us to love You and to love more and more. Thank you, Lord, for giving us the Bishop of the Eucharist and the victim of the Eucharist. Their blood joined with yours and their Yes allowed the Eucharist triumph and your return to the center of the Church, in the central place you deserve.
"Our Lady: Don Claudio, in the name of God, I tell you that you have all powers that are given to the Bishop." (Letter of God of June 20, 1999).
How many times have we read these few lines containing a very big and important announcement! How many times have we paused to reflect on their deepest meaning, on what would have been the consequence and, with time, what occurred after this big announcement. Every time we read it, we have conflicting thoughts and emotions: joy and sorrow, surprise and confusion, desire to thank God and ask why so much evil against the great work He did.
The episcopal appointment of Priest Claudio Gatti, for God's intervention, is one of the great works that our Lord did in this thaumaturgic place, but it is definitely one of the most hotly contested by the men of the Church, for it attracted so much envy and jealousy.
In the months before the announcement of episcopal ordination the Lord had prepared us, through his letters, for this moment, but no-one understood, not even Don Claudio, that we were going to deal with such a precious gift.
"Dear Don Claudio, you will be the apostle, the prophet, the bishop, the leader of the new Church" (Letter of God, July 26, 1998). Only thereafter the Mother clearly showed what the plan of God for our priest was:
"God can do everything and anything, even at this time He can consecrate Bishop your priest, but it is not yet the time. If men that you, little Marisa, know, will not change, God already told me that He will ordain bishop the priest and Don Claudio will do all that is the duty of a bishop." (Letter of God, April 25, 1999). It was therefore an ordainment willed directly by God, as happened with the apostles at the Last Supper and with St. Paul, about 2000 years ago. "I never doubted that I would become a bishop, but I thought I would become bishop for human appointment, after the full triumph of the Eucharist, of the truth and our triumph and instead I had to change my mind and say again: “Nothing is impossible to God”" (from the book "You are Bishop ordained by God, Bishop of the Eucharist").
Surely it has happened to all of us, at times, to pray and think about those intense moments and the days that followed, to try to understand what emotions and feelings would light up the heart of the new Bishop. Contentment, fear, suffering are words that can only partially describe what a person overwhelmed and overawed by an announcement of such importance may have felt. The joy to be loved and chosen by God for such a ministry and the awareness of the suffering caused by calumnies, misunderstandings, envy and human wickedness, especially by those who were supposed to rejoice with him. Condemned and rejected together with our sister Marisa, just like Jesus, the Bishop used to say: "I'm in good company". Now both of them are really in good company, in Heaven, and we are here, before Jesus the Eucharist, to celebrate this great gift that God has given to the Church, his bride, and the whole world. We are confident that, despite all the pain, the joy prevailed in the heart of our Bishop. The only real joy that comes from the great love for God and for the neighbor, and the certainty of having God within him and beside him.