To the Blessed Sacrament
Say the preliminary prayer, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, etc.
God is charity; and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God
. [John, iv. 16] He who loves Jesus dwells with Jesus, and
with him. If any one love Me . . .
My Father will love him; and We
will come to him, and will make Our abode with him
. [John, xiv.
23] When St.
Philip Neri received the Holy Communion as Viaticum, on seeing the Most
Blessed Sacrament enter his room, he exclaimed: "Behold my love!
behold my love.!" Let each one of us, then, say, here in the Presence
of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament: Behold my love! behold the object
of all my love for my whole life and for all eternity!
Since, then, my Lord and my God, Thou hast said in the Gospel that he
who loves Thee will be beloved by Thee, and that Thou wilt come and
dwell in him, and never more leave him, I love Thee above every other
good: do Thou, then, also love me; for I, indeed, esteem being loved by
Thee above all the kingdoms of the world. Come and fix Thy dwelling in
the poor house of my soul in such a way that Thou mayest no more depart
from me; or rather, so that I may never more drive Thee from me. Thou
dost not go, if Thou art not expelled; but as I have already done
this, so I might do again. Ah, never allow such a fresh act of
wickedness, such horrible ingratitude, to be perpetrated in the world,
as that I, who have been so especially favored by Thee, and who have
received so many graces, should again drive Thee from my soul! But this
might happen. I therefore, my Lord, desire death, if it so pleases
Thee; that by dying
united to Thee, I may live united to Thee forever. Yes, my Jesus; for
this I hope. I embrace Thee; I press Thee to my poor heart; grant that
I may always love Thee, and always be beloved by Thee. Yes, my most
amiable Redeemer, I will always love Thee; and Thou wilt always love
me. I trust that our love will ever be mutual, O God of my soul, and
this for all eternity. Amen.
. My Jesus, I desire always to love Thee, and
always to be beloved by Thee.
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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