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MARCH 25, 2006
Dear MMP Family,
Each January, Fr. Gobbi sends a letter to the National Directors of the Marian Movement of Priests around the world, and asks them to distribute this letter to the members in their respective countries. Those of you on our mailing list should already have received a packet which included his January 1, 2006 circular and also my accompanying letter, dated February 11, 2006. I am posting them here on our website for those who are not on our list.
For Fr. Gobbi’s letter, please click on the link(s) which follow:
Fr. Gobbi’s Letter 2006 – English
Fr. Gobbi’s Letter 2006 – Spanish
February 11, 2006
In his letter, Fr. Gobbi stresses that we are being called to be the Apostles of the new evangelization. We must, he tells us, “be fully conscious of the obstacles that today oppose themselves to the announcement of the Gospel .” These are: the relativism in Dogma; the naturalism in Sacred Scripture; the permissiveness in Morality; the lack of discipline in the Liturgy; the disobedience to the Magisterium of the Pope; the neglect towards the Eucharist; and religious globalism.”
At this time, I want to stress in particular the neglect towards the Eucharist. Fr. Gobbi writes, “Unfortunately, the Year of the Eucharist did not bring to the Church a new blossoming of love, of adoration and of reparation to the Eucharistic Jesus. This, therefore, is the task that the Blessed Mother now entrusts to the Marian Movement of Priests, because the Eucharistic Jesus alone must be the heart and the center of our new evangelization.” We must, as Fr. Gobbi says, guard against all of the abuses that the evil one is using to destroy the true faith. It is by spending time before the Blessed Sacrament that Jesus will clothe us with the armor of God and prepare us for this spiritual combat.
During the recitation of the Rosary
In Message #360, a locution which was given orally by Fr. Gobbi during the recitation of the rosary on August 21, 1987, Our Lady says the following:
c – “Today my motherly Heart is saddened and is deeply wounded because I see that, about the divine presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, there is so much emptiness, so much abandonment, so much neglect, so much silence.
d – O Church, pilgrim and suffering, of which I am the Mother, Church, who are the family of all my children, ark of the new alliance, people of God, you must understand that the center of your life, the fount of your grace, the source of your light, the beginning of your apostolic action is found only here in the tabernacle where Jesus is truly kept. And Jesus is present to teach you how to grow, to help you to walk, to strengthen you in giving witness, to give you courage in evangelizing, to be a support for all your sufferings.
t – Priests and faithful of my Movement, go often before the tabernacle; live before the tabernacle; pray before the tabernacle.
u – Let yours be a continual prayer of adoration and of intercession, of thanksgiving and of reparation. Let yours be a prayer which is united to the heavenly song of the angels and the saints, to the ardent supplications of the souls who are still being purified in purgatory. Let yours be a prayer which brings together the voices of all humanity which should prostrate itself before every tabernacle of the earth, in an act of continual gratitude and of daily thanksgiving.
v – Because, in the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is really present, He remains ever with you, and this presence of His will become increasingly stronger, will shine over the earth like a sun and will mark the beginning of a new era. The coming of the glorious reign of Christ will coincide with the greatest splendor of the Eucharist. Christ will restore his glorious reign in the universal triumph of his Eucharistic reign, which will unfold in all its power and will have the capacity to change hearts, souls, individuals, families, society and the very structure of the world.
n – Beloved sons, by a miracle of love which you will be able to understand only in paradise, Jesus has given you the gift of remaining always in your midst in the Eucharist.”
I ask that, during this penitential season of Lent, all of us make an effort to spend more time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I invite you to read and meditate upon Message #360 in its entirety. So many times, we think that our faith would be ignited if only we could touch the border of his cloak. We can! The same Jesus who walked the streets of Jerusalem resides in the tabernacle.
o – “In the tabernacle, under the veil of the consecrated Bread, there is kept the same Jesus whom I was the first to see after the miracle of his resurrection, the same Jesus who, in the splendor of his divinity, appeared to the eleven Apostles, to many disciples, to the weeping Magdalen, to the holy women who had followed Him all the way to the sepulchre.
p – In the tabernacle, hidden beneath the Eucharistic veil, the same risen Jesus is present who appeared again to more than five hundred disciples and who struck with a bolt of light Saul, the persecutor, on the road to Damascus. He is the same Jesus who is sitting at the right hand of the Father, in the splendor of his glorified body and of his divinity, even though, for love of you, He hides Himself under the white appearance of the consecrated Bread.
b- And so then, you must go before the tabernacle to gather the fruit of the prayer and of the communion of life with Jesus which develops and matures into your holiness. Beloved sons, the more your life revolves wholly and entirely at the foot of the tabernacle, in intimate union with Jesus in the Eucharist, the more you will increase in holiness. The Eucharistic Jesus becomes the model and the form of your holiness. He brings you to purity of heart, to humility which is sought and desired, to a lived-out confidence, to loving and filial abandonment.”
In closing, I wish to extend my gratitude for the cards, gifts and good wishes received this past Christmas. Your continued prayerful and financial support are sincerely appreciated, and help us to continue sending books to other English-speaking countries or to assist them financially in printing their own editions.
A very special thank you to those who have transferred shares of stock to the Marian Movement of Priests, Inc., or who have placed us on their last will and testament. If any of you are interested in doing the same, please call us and we will give you our Tax I.D. number. We are recognized by the IRS as an organization described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; therefore, your gifts are tax deductible.
May the Risen Jesus be our protector and defender as we face the many obstacles that today oppose themselves to the one, true, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. Spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, and Jesus will give you the strength to do combat in this battle between good and evil – “to give [us] courage in evangelizing.” Fight, children of the light; the hour of our witness draws near.
With my best wishes for a holy season of Lent and a joyous Easter, I remain,
Sincerely yours in
Jesus and Mary,
Rev. Albert G. Roux
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