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A Life of Saint Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

Author: Norman B. Pelletier, S.S.S.
Copyright: 2002
First Printed: 07-15-2002

At the end of the first session of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII canonized Saint Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist. Eymard (AY-mard), however, was not born with that title. In fact, his attraction to the Eucharist evolved over a long period of time. The title of this book, Tomorrow Will Be Too Late, refers to the words he spoke to his sisters when he left the diocesan clergy to enter a missionary community. They pleaded with him to remain one more day. He replied, “God calls me now. Tomorrow will be too late.” Peter Julian’s entire life was a journey in faith; a journey spent discerning and responding to God’s will. Eventually, after seventeen years as a Marist, he established a new religious community dedicated to the Eucharist, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament which continues to flourish some 140 years after his death at the age of 57. His journey is both fascinating and inspiring and one with which the reader can easily identify.

About the Author: Father Norman B. Pelletier, SSS, is presently the editor of Emmanuel, a magazine of Eucharistic spirituality. After many years in teaching he ministered as pastor in Chicago and in New York. He spent twelve years in Rome serving as vicar and then as superior general of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.

Book: 160 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0912-2
Prod. Code: 0912-9

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"This reprint of a life of St. Peter Eymard is intended for the general reader and its aim is to relate the life and mission of the man who established the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Peter Julian Eymard lived in the nineteenth century and was canonized by Pope John XXIII at the end of the first session of Vatican Council II. St. Peter Eymard is known as the Apostle of the Eucharist. His story is told by a priest of the order St. Peter Julian founded. The Church in nineteenth century France was blessed with many remarkable people who founded religious orders and religious communities. St. Peter Julian was fascinated by the Eucharist and established his congregation dedicated to work for the Church under its inspiration. During his life he became increasingly aware of the value of the Eucharist in Christian life. In the tumultuous times of the Church in France and Europe, he saw the Eucharist as the source of Catholic revival. This belief became the keystone of his spiritual legacy. The book not only traces the spiritual journey of St. Peter Julian but also gives us a wonderful picture of Catholicism in France in the nineteenth century. Using photographs, excerpts from journals and letters, and personally visiting relevant locales, Fr. Pelletier has written a very interesting little book. He has captured one man's spiritual journey of historical significance. It also reminds us of the power of the Eucharist in our contemporary lives. Recommended for libraries not owning the earlier edition." --Arnold Rzepecki in Catholic Library World, November 1, 2003

"A Saintly Life: Suffering and loss were the hallmarks of the early life of Saint Peter Julian Eymard. He lost his mother and father within two years. Finally accepted into school to be a priest, and he is sent home because of his fragile health. He tried to enter two religious orders before finally being accepted as a Marist. But being a diocesan priest, he had obligations elsewhere. And then there are his sisters -- who took care of him when he was sick and kept gong to the bishop to try to arrange his future. In Tomorrow Will Be Too Late: A Life of Saint Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868), his whole gripping story is laid out by author Fr. Norman B. Pelletier, SSS. The book includes selections from his writings and prayers. An interesting and inspirational read on the founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament." --Crux of the News, May 12, 2003

"Some years ago France acquired the enviable title, "The Oldest Daughter of the Church." Many of today's American Catholics do not savvy its how and why. Yet there are many invaluable services and heroic sacrifices that French men and women, religious and lay, have rendered for the people of God in various parts of the world. This book is about one of them -- Peter Julian Eymard. Canonized after the conclusion of Vatican II's initial session, he established a new religious community dedicated to increase appreciation for and devotion to the Eucharist. Written by a Superior General of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, this book is an inspiring narrative. It is a valuable service to anyone who welcomes Jesus' institution of this sacrament. Another value of Fr. Pelletier's narrative is that it enhances our understanding of how our faith recovered from the French Revolution and the subsequent secularization of French life that followed. That is another story that American Catholics need to fathom especially since we have a comparable challenge. This book could have been even more useful if Fr. Pelletier had added a postscript about the main achievements of his congregation after the death of its founder. Fr. Pelletier is currently editor of Emmanuelmagazine." --Henry Mayer in Pastoral Life, April 2003

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