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"and my all." Most holy Virgin Mary, obtain for me a great love for Jesus in the holy Sacrament.
On Jesus residing upon our altars that he may be found by all.
ST. TERESA says, that, in this world, it is impossible for all subjects to speak with their king. The most the poor can hope for, is to convey what they have to say to him by means of some third person. But to speak with thee, O King of heaven, there is no need of any third person; every one who wishes, may find thee in the Holy Sacrament, and may speak to thee without restraint. For this reason, it is, says the same Saint, that Jesus has concealed his majesty under the appearance of bread, to give us confidence, and to take away from us all fear of approaching him. Ah how does Jesus hourly exclaim from our altars: "Come to me all you who labour and are heavy burdened and I will refresh you." Come, does he say, come, ye poor, come, ye infirm, come, ye afflicted, come, ye just and sinners, and you shall find in me a remedy for all your losses and afflictions. Such is the desire of Jesus Christ to console all those who apply to him. He remains night and day upon our altars that he may be found by all, and may bestow his favours upon all. Hence the saints here in this world experienced such delight in remaining before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament that days and nights appeared to them as moments. The Countess of Feria, having become a Poor Clare, was never satisfied with remaining in the choir in sight of the tabernacle: being one day asked what she was doing so long before the Blessed Sacrament, an
swered with surprise: "What was I doing before the Blessed Sacrament? what was I doing? I was thanking, loving and asking." St. Philip Neri, at the sight of the Blessed Sacrament exclaimed: " Behold, my love, behold all my love." Ah if Jesus Christ were our whole love, our days and nights in his presence would also appear as
Affections and Prayers.
FROM this day forward, O Jesus, I also hope to be able to say always of thee, when visiting thee on the altar: "Behold my love, behold all my love." Yes, my beloved Redeemer, I desire to love no other but thee, I desire only thee, who art the only love of my soul. I could even die of grief, when I think that hitherto I have loved creatures and my own gratification more than thee, by turning my back upon thee, my sovereign good. But thou wouldst not suffer me to be lost, thou hast borne with me with so much patience, and, instead of chastising me, hast wounded my heart with so many darts of love, that I could no longer resist thy allurements, and have now given myself to thee. I see that thou wouldst have me all thine. But since thou desirest this, do thou effect it, for it is thou that must do it. Detach all my affections from myself and from creatures, and grant that I may seek no other but thee, nor think of any other, nor speak of any other but thee, and that I may desire and sigh only to burn with thy love, to live and to die for thee. O love of my Jesus, come and occupy my whole heart, and expel from it all love that is not for God. I love thee, O Jesus, present in the Holy Sacrament. I love thee, my life, my treasure, my love, and my all. O Mary, pray for me, and make me belong entirely to Jesus.
On the great gift of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
THE love of Jesus Christ was not satisfied with his shedding his blood and laying down his life for us in the midst of ignominies and torments, in order to evince his affection for us; but moreover, to oblige us the more to love him, on the night before his death, he would leave us his whole self to be our food in the Holy Eucharist. God is omnipotent, but, having given himself to us in this Sacrament, he has nothing more to give. The Council of Trent says, that Jesus, in giving himself to us in the holy communion, pours out upon us all the riches of his infinite love: He pours out as it were the riches of his love towards men. Sess. 13. сар. 2. How would a vassal esteem himself honoured, says St. Francis of Sales, to whom his prince at table should offer a portion of his own food? Jesus, in the holy communion, gives us for our food, not a portion from his own table, nor a part of his sacred flesh, but his whole body: "Take and eat: this is my body." And at the same time that he gives us his body he gives us also with it his soul and divinity; so that, as St. Chrysostom says, our Lord in giving us himself in the Holy Eucharist, gives us all that he has, and nothing more remains that he can give us. O wonderful prodigy of love! God, who is the Lord of all, makes himself entirely ours.
Affections and Prayers.
O My dear Jesus, what more canst thou do to make us love thee? Oh make us sensible of the excess of thy love in reducing thyself to food, in
order to be united with us sinners. Thou then, my Redeemer, hast had so much love for me as not to refuse to give me thy whole self frequently in the holy communion, and I have many times had the baseness to expel thee from my soul! But thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart. Thou didst become man for my sake, thou didst die for me, and thou hast given me thyself to be my food; and what more remains for thee to do to gain my love? Oh that I might die with grief as often as I remember having despised thy graces! I am sorry with my whole heart for having offended thee. I love thee, O infinite goodness; I love thee, O infinite love. I desire nothing but to love thee, and I fear nothing but to live without loving thee. My beloved Jesus, do not refuse to come again into my soul. Come, for I would rather die a thousand deaths than drive thee from me any more; and I will do all in my power to please thee. Come and inflame my whole soul with thy holy love. Grant that I may forget all things else to think only of thee, and to aspire after thee alone, my sovereign and only good. O Mary, my Mother, pray for me, and by your holy prayers make me grateful for the great love of Jesus towards me.
On the great love of Jesus Christ shown to us in the most Holy Sacrament.
JESUS knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. St. John, xiii. 1. Jesus knowing that the time of his death was near, was pleased to leave us
the strongest pledge of his love for us, and this was the gift of the Blessed Sacrament: He loved them "to the end;" which St. Chrysostom explains: 66 He loved them with extreme love." He therefore loved men with the greatest love he could possibly entertain towards them by giving them his whole self. But when was it that Jesus instituted this
great Sacrament? The night before his death: The Lord Jesus, says the Apostle, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks, broke, and said, Take ye and eat, this is my body. 1 Cor. xi. 24. While men were preparing to put him to death, he was pleased to give them this last proof of his love. The marks of affection which are shown to us by our friends at the time of their death remain more deeply impressed on our hearts: and for this reason did Jesus choose to bestow upon us himself in the Blessed Sacrament, a little before his death. Well therefore might St. Thomas call this Sacrament, "The Sacrament and pledge of 'love;" and St. Bernard, "the love of loves;" because Jesus Christ in this Sacrament unites and comprises all the other marks of his love towards us. Hence St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, speaking of the day on which Jesus instituted this Sacrament, calls it, "the day of love."
Affections and Prayers.
O INFINITE love of Jesus, thou art worthy of being loved with an infinite love! Thou, my Lord, hast loved man so much, and how is it that man loves thee so little! What more couldst thou do to make him love thee? O my Jesus, thou art most amiable and loving; make thyself known, make thyself loved. When shall I ever love thee, as thou hast loved me? Discover to me, more and more, the greatness of thy bounty, that I may always