To the Blessed Sacrament
Say the preliminary prayer, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, etc.
The devout Father Nieremberg says, that bread being a food which is
consumed by eating, and which keeps when preserved for use, Jesus was
pleased to dwell on earth under its species, that He might thus not
only be consumed by uniting Himself to the souls of His lovers by means
of the Holy Communion, but also that He might be preserved in
the tabernacle, and be present with us, and thus remind us of the love
which He bears us. St. Paul says: He
emptied Himself, taking the form
of a servant
[Phil. ii. 7] But what must we say when we see Him "taking the form
of bread"? "No tongue would suffice," says St. Peter of Alcantara,
"to proclaim the greatness of the love which Jesus bears to every soul
that is in a state of grace. In order, therefore, that His absence
might not be to them an occasion of forgetting Him, this most sweet
Spouse, when He was pleased to quit this life, left as a memorial this
Most Blessed Sacrament, in which He Himself remained. He did not wish
that between these souls and Himself any other pledge but Himself
should remain, whereby to keep alive their remembrance of Him."
Since, then, my Jesus, Thou art enclosed in this tabernacle to
receive the supplications of miserable creatures who come to seek an
audience of Thee, listen this day to the petition addressed to Thee by
the most ungrateful sinner living on earth. I come repentant to Thy
feet; for I now know the evil which I have committed in giving Thee
displeasure. My first prayer and desire, then, is, that Thou wilt be
pleased to pardon me all the sins that I have committed against Thee.
Ah, my God, would that I had never offended Thee! After this I must
tell Thee my next desire. Now that I have found out Thy sovereign
goodness, I have become enamoured of Thee; I feel an ardent desire to
love Thee and to please Thee; but I have not the strength to do this
unless Thou helpest me. Manifest, O great Lord, Thy supreme power, and
Thy immense goodness to the whole court of Heaven; change me from a
great rebel, such as I have hitherto been to Thee, into a great lover
of Thee. Thou canst do so, and I know that such is Thy will; supply all
wanting in me, that thus I may be enabled to love Thee much-----
that I may love Thee as much as I have offended Thee. I love Thee, my
Jesus; I love Thee above all things; I love Thee more than my life, my
God, my love, my all!
. My God and my all.
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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