Come close to Me, all of you who are bruised by deception and pierced to the heart by your own at home; come, you who are crushed by injustice, tortured by cruel separations by misfortunes and anguish often more sorrowful than death itself! You who are deprived of prosperity here below also come, all of you whose souls are torn in shreds! Finally, you who have tasted the chalice of all griefs, and have been touched by all the cruelties of life, come to Me, not only to be consoled, but that you may understand in the light of the Tabernacle as Christians, that the torrent of your misfortunes is only a drop of that flood that God the Father pours on His Son, your hidden God.
In this prison, I expiate the ingratitude of men who forget their God and wound their Savior as the most ungrateful of sons overwhelm their parents with shame and anguish!
See Me disdained, put in the last place, forgotten even as the most ordinary of friends would not be forgotten; despised even as the worst scoundrel would not be despised. And yet, I am the King, the Savior of the world. I am Jesus, your God and your brother. My friends, have pity on My soul, sorrowful unto death!
Please, make a visit every so often. Just go into your church for a moment and say, “Hi, Jesus, I’m here. I don’t have much to say.” He knows that He wants our will, our love, our faith, and our trust. Remember now, you have that, you have everything. Every day, whatever church you belong to, He waits in that tabernacle, hoping when that door opens, it’s you.
“Come to Me, then, come to Me as often as you can. Come, even if only for a moment to allow Me to refresh you, to inflame you with My love, to illuminate your mind, and to pacify your souls.
Come to me and, for a moment, remain with Me for the sake of those who walk away from me. Come to Me for the sake of those who pass Me by.
Come to Me for the sake of those whose hearts are cold and who seek their happiness in passing things. Come to Me, and I will welcome you. Come to Me, and I will bless you. Come to Me and I will press you against my open Heart. Come to me, and I will show you the beauty of my Eucharistic Face.
Come to Me, and your soul shall live. Come to Me, and your shall be the joy that the world cannot give. Come to Me, and I will place you next to Myself. Come to Me, and know that I come to those who come to Me, together with my Father and the Holy Spirit.”
Would that priests understood that they are called not only to minister to souls in My Name, but even more, to cling to Me, to abide in Me, to live in Me and for Me, and by Me and no other…
They have Me, very often, near to them in the Sacrament of Love, and they leave Me there alone, day after day and night after night. Oh, how My Heart longs to raise up a company of priest-adorers who make reparation for their brother priests by abiding before My Eucharistic Face.
“Belief in the Real Presence is an act of faith and a gift from our Lord. That being said, if a pastor does all that he can to teach the truth, to restore and maintain a sense of the sacred within the confines of his Church building, if he properly and regularly catechizes his flock, if his every action evidences his deep seeded belief, sense of awe, amazement in and dependence on the Blessed Sacrament, and if he participates in, promotes and treasures Adoration himself, his parishioners will come to do likewise.
‘If you build it, they will come’ was a punch line in a movie a few years back.
Jesus invites his imperfect creatures to come into His Presence so He can make them more like Himself. Most able bodied persons can find one hour each week to be with their Lord and Savior (even if it is in 10 or 15 minute segments). Many simply choose not to do so. Others find only locked Churches.”
“If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament of the Eucharist, I am sure that the thought of Christ’s love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude.”
“The Church never ceases to send out this invitation: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord’, inviting her children to meet Christ, who awaits us in the Eucharist. This mountain is higher than the others, because the Eucharist received in faith raises the soul in love, transforming it through divine charity.”
O Jesus, in Holy Communion I become Thy sanctuary, but what a poor dwelling I offer Thee, the King of heaven and earth! May Thou ever find Mary, Thy Mother in my heart when I receive Thee! She will entertain Thee within me and offer her Immaculate Heart to be thy dwelling place, because Thou does find Thy delight wherever she is. Do not behold my poor soul, but rather look upon the virtues and merits of Thy dear Mother to whom I belong.
(Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. from A Novena Holy Communions)
“Chapels of adoration are not mere refuges for the devout. They are the radiant, pulsating centers of an intense divine activity that goes beyond the walls of the place where I [Jesus] am adored, to penetrate homes, and schools and hospitals; to reach even those dark and cold places wherein souls are enslaved to Satan; to penetrate hearts, heal the infirm, and call home those who have wandered far from Me. For these reasons, the work of Perpetual Adoration, or even of prolonged daily Adoration, is intensely Apostolic and supernaturally efficacious.
Would that my bishops understood this! But, alas, they put their trust in human schemes and plans devised by the worldly wise and in programs drawn up along the shortsighted human principles. And so they go, and they will continue to go from failure to failure, and from disillusionment to disillusionment.”