To the Blessed Sacrament
Say the preliminary prayer, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, etc.
O foolish ones of the world, says St. Augustine, miserable creatures,
where are you going to satisfy your hearts? Come to Jesus; for by Him
alone can that pleasure which you seek be bestowed. "Unhappy
creatures, whither are you going? The good you seek for comes from
Him." [Conf. 1. 4, c. 12] My soul, be not of the number of these
foolish ones; seek God
alone: "seek for that one good in which are all good things." [Man. c.
34] And if
thou desirest soon to find Him, behold, He is close to thee; tell Him
what thou desirest, since for this end it is that He is in the
ciborium, to console thee, and to grant thy prayer. St. Teresa says
that all are not allowed to speak to their king: the most that can be
hoped for is to communicate with him through a third person. To
converse with Thee, O King of glory, no third person is needed; Thou
art always ready in the Sacrament of the Altar to give audience to all.
All who desire Thee always find Thee there, and converse with Thee face
to face. And even if anyone at length succeeds in speaking with a king,
how many difficulties has he had to
overcome before he can do so! Kings grant audiences only a few times in
the year; but Thou, in this Sacrament, grantest audience to all night
and day, and whenever we please.
O Sacrament of love, Thou who, whether Thou givest Thyself in the
Communion, or dwellest on the Altar, knowest, by the tender attractions
of Thy love, how to draw so many hearts to Thyself, who, enamoured of
Thee, and filled with amazement at the sight of such love, burn with
joy, and think always of Thee; draw also my miserable heart to Thyself;
for it desires to love Thee, and to live enslaved by Thy love. For my
part, I now and henceforward place all my interests, all my hopes, and
all my affections, my soul, my body,-----
place all in the hands of Thy
goodness. Accept me, O Lord, and dispose of me as Thou pleasest. I will
never again complain, O my love, of Thy holy dispensations; I know
that, as they all take their source in Thy loving heart, they all will
be full of love, and for my good. It is enough for me to know that Thou
willest them; I will them also in time and in eternity. Do all that
Thou willest in me and with me; I unite my entire self to Thy will,
which is all holy, all good, all beautiful, all perfect, all loving. O
will of my God, how dear art Thou to me! My will is ever to live and
die united to and bound up with Thee. Thy pleasure is my pleasure. I
will that Thy desires shall also be my desires. My God, my God, help
me; make me henceforward live for Thee alone; make me will only what
Thou willest, and make me live only to love Thy amiable will. Grant
that I may die for Thy love, since Thou hast died and become food for
me. I curse those days in which I did my own will, so much to Thy
displeasure. I love thee, O will of God, as much aa I love God, since
Thou art one with Him. I love Thee, then, with my whole heart, and give
myself all to Thee.
. O will of God, thou art my love!
Then follows the SPIRITUAL
after which the visit should be paid to the ever-blessed
Mary, the Mother of God before her image:
Visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Click HERE.
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