Would others believe?

The Eucharist is alive. If a stranger who knew nothing about the Eucharist were to watch the way we receive, would he know this? When you and I approach the Eucharist, does it look like we believe we are about to take into our bodies the living person, Jesus Christ, true God and true man?

(From 7 Secrets of the Eucharist)

(From Hands At Mass)

You Pass Me By

[Sometimes, one priest must have the courage to challenge some of his brother priests by writing frankly and truthfully.]

Nothing so grieves my Heart as the coldness and indifference of priests and of consecrated souls to my living presence among them. Had they not the privilege of my abiding Sacramental presence close at hand, they might be excused for the hardness of their hearts, but those who have me near, those who dwell close to my tabernacles have no excuse for the estrangement of their souls from the Sacrament of my Love.

On the Day of Judgment I will hold them accountable for the neglect and indifference by which they alienated themselves from me, while I, the living God, the God who is love, the God who is all mercy and who sought their friendship and their company waited for them, and waited in vain.

Even you, O my priests, my adorers, my chosen friends, consolers of my Heart, disappoint me when, although I wait for you and although it is within your power to approach me, to adore me even for a moment, and to console me, you pass me by and live as though I were not here waiting for you, yearning for your companionship, ready to embrace 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 soul.

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 yours 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.

Come to me, for I wait for you.

(From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest, used with permission. This is just one of 27 challenging reflections you will find in I Thirst For Your Love)

AN Undeserved Gift From God!

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“Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you. He will do just that if you trust Him enough to spend time with Him. He awaits you with open and loving arms. If you come to Him with an open heart, He will give you His! That’s His promise!”

(From I Thirst For Your Love)

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A Daily Promise

“My vocation is beautiful; its duties are great and holy. I desire to spend my life in adoration at the foot of Incarnate Love. Before that Eucharistic throne, I will join the angels and saints in what they do and will eternally do in heaven: praising the infinite bounty of God and blessing the boundless mercy of God. With this gift of self, I devote my life to live the mystery of the Eucharist fully and make known the love of God in service to others.”

(From Consecration to Jesus Through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament)

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God’s Gift

Belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a gift from God. No one but He can give it to you. He will do just that if you trust Him enough to spend time with Him. He awaits you with open and loving arms. If you come to Him with an open heart, He will give you His! That’s His promise!

What are you waiting for? Consider this a personal invitation from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He will transform you, your family and the communities in which you worship, live and work.

(From I Thirst For Your Love)

Console His Heart

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament continues to be the ‘stone rejected by the builders.’ Many do not believe in His Eucharistic Presence; others who do believe reject His appeal for love and personal devotion to the Blessed Sacrament either through indifference or erroneous thinking.

Your belief and presence before Him today consoles His Heart for those who reject Him. For this reason, it is all the more important that you come back and remain faithful to your holy hour; for one person like you who truly loves Him in the Eucharist can make up for the many who reject Him.

(From Come to Me In the Blessed Sacrament)

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Why Do We Treat Him So Poorly?

Jesus Christ dwells in the midst of us in the same manner He dwelt at Nazareth amidst His relatives. He was there without being known by them, and without working in their favor, the miracles that He wrought elsewhere. Our blindness and evil dispositions prevent Him from letting us experience the wonderful operations with which He favors those whom He finds well disposed…

Why is it, then, that we have so little feeling, either for the neglect shown to Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament where He is visited by so few, or for the outrages He there endures, from the very persons who profess to believe in Him? Certainly, because the faith of Christians on this point is very weak.

(Devotion to the Sacred Heart – Father John Croiset, S.J.)

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