To the Blessed Sacrament
Say the preliminary prayer, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, etc.
St. John says that he saw our Lord girt up with a golden girdle, which
supported His breasts: I saw the Son of Man girt about the paps with a
golden girdle. [Apoc. i. 12] Thus also is Jesus in the Sacrament of the
Altar, with His breasts all filled with milk; that is to say, with the
graces which, in His mercy, He desires to bestow upon us. And as a
mother, whose breasts are overcharged with milk goes about seeking for
children who may draw it off, and relieve her of its weight, [St.
Francis de Sales, in his treatise The Love of God, B. 1, ch. 15, uses
the same comparison in explaining it, to show us that the Divine
goodness takes greater pleasure in giving us His graces than we do in
ED.] so also does He call out to us,
You shall be
carried at the breasts. [Isa. lxvi. 13]
The Venerable Father Alvarez saw Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with
his hands filled with graces, and seeking to whom He might dispense
them. Of St. Catherine of Sienna it is related, that when she
approached the Most Holy Sacrament, she did so precisely with the same
loving avidity with which a child flies to its mother's breast.
O most beloved and only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, I know that
Thou art the object most worthy of being loved. I desire to love Thee
as much as Thou deservest to be loved, or at least as much as a soul
can ever desire to love Thee, I fully understand that I, who am a
traitor, and so great a rebel to Thy love, deserve not to love Thee,
neither do I deserve to approach Thee so near as I now am in this
church, but I feel that Thou, for all this, seekest my love; I hear
Thee say My son, give Me thy heart. [Prov. xxiii, 26] Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with thy whole heart. [Matt. xxii. 37] I understand
that it is for this end that Thou hast spared my life, and not sent me
to Hell, that I might be converted and turn all my affections to Thee.
Since, then, Thou art pleased that even I should love Thee, oh, yes, my
God, I will do so. Behold me: to Thee I yield myself up; I give myself
to Thee; I love Thee. O God! all goodness, all love, I choose Thee for
the only king and lord of my poor heart. Thou desirest it, and my will
is to give it to Thee: it is cold, it is loathsome; but if Thou
acceptest it, Thou wilt change it. Change me, my Lord, change me; I no
longer have courage to live as I have hitherto done, ungrateful, and
with so little love towards Thine infinite goodness, which loves me so
much, and deserves an infinite love. Enable me to supply from this day
forward i for all the love which I have hitherto failed to bear Thee.
. My God, my God, I will love Thee, I will
love Thee, I will love 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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