WHEN THE MOMENT COMES
HAVING received Jesus into your heart at Holy Communion, spend some time in simple recollection, without vocal prayers. Adore Him in silence; sit like Magdalen in humble, adoring love at His feet; gaze upon Him like Zaccheus, love Him in mute worship like Mary, His Mother.
Call Him your King, the Spouse of your soul. Say to Him: "Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth." Offer yourself to Him as His servant, ready to execute His will. Bind your heart to His footstool, that it may wander no more, or rather, put it under His feet, that He may crush out its self-love and pride.
While your soul remains in recollection, in the hushed calm of His Holy Presence, do not seek to disturb it. It is the sleep of the soul upon the breast of Jesus, and this grace, which strengthens and unites it to Our Lord, will be more profitable than any other exercise.
The first state having passed, we may then proceed to acts of thanksgiving
and the exercise of the Four Ends of Sacrifice [which we have already presented
on page 4-2], may prove useful:
Adoration, Thanksgiving, Reparation, and Supplication or Prayer.