What is a church, be it large or small, without a sanctuary lamp? Is it not like a body without a soul? When entering a church, a Catholic instinctively lets his eyes roam over the sanctuary in search of that tiny flame of light; and if he finds it not, he seems to hear in the depths of his heart a little voice that is cold and disappointing: ‘Your Savior is not here!’ It may be that rare treasures of art are gathered together there; but of what avail are the greatest masterpieces of the painter’s brush or the sculptor’s chisel if the beams of this dear light do not fall upon them? The art of man may indeed cross the threshold of our sacred edifices; it may exert all its skill for the glorification of God and the beautifying of our churches; but if this trembling light does not cast its magic rays upon them, not even the greatest genius can infuse into the marble its proper expression or give true life to the canvas.
Little sanctuary lamp, you are for me as the eye of Divine love, which penetrates to the very depths of my soul, searches out its every secret, conquers my heart, and awakens its tenderest emotions! You are always, silent, and yet – how eloquent you are!
“Those who communicate often without becoming more devout, more mortified, more recollected, without loving Jesus Christ more and more, are in a more dangerous state than they think. What would have been said, if those who often conversed with Jesus Christ, and usually ate at His table, had not become daily more virtuous? What further hope would there have been for those sick persons who were presented to Jesus Christ, if Jesus Christ had not cured them.”
(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart – Father John Croiset, S.J.)
“Once, as I was leaving Church, Jesus asked, ‘Why are you leaving so quickly? Is there anything so important as I? Just tell me that you love and adore Me. Our thoughts must be one – to save souls from eternal damnation. Do you know how much My soul suffers because souls are lost?”
(From The Flame of Love: The Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann)
“If we really believed Jesus Christ was truly here with us, we would go visit Him. Nothing would prevent us from doing so. We would not permit anyone or anything to take precedence over Him. But we do not come as we ought because not enough of us believe He is here! We are the only ones who can quench His thirst for our love. All we have to do is come into His Presence and tell Him we love Him! That’s it! But most of us don’t and won’t.
He remains not only thirsty but heartbroken!
Shame on us for denying Him what He deserves, what He has asked of us and that which would be so very easy to give Him!”
St. Peter Julian Eymard tells us that the Incarnation makes Jesus and Mary one. Mary received Jesus in her womb; she bore Him into the world through the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father! She was made one with Him by receiving the Body of Christ. We receive them both by our own reception of Holy Communion.
(From Consecration to Jesus Through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament)
“If the heart wanders or is distracted [during a Holy Hour] , bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”
“If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist. If I am in special need of light and prudence in order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my Savior and seek counsel and light from Him.”
“O Sacred Host, I carry Your image engraved in my memory, but far more in my heart. I always seek You in the ciborium, in the tabernacle, in the monstrance, as my eyes and my thoughts pierce brick walls, silk, precious metals, and even the appearance of bread that hides You, my Jesus.”
“God demands your heart of you; He wants it absolutely. If you refuse it, you refuse everything: there can no longer be any real union between you and God. The heart is all of ourselves; it stands for our joys, our pains, our affections. God wants all or nothing. When it is a question of supreme love, we cannot share it with our neighbor: God wants our whole heart and will consent to divide it with no one. Certainly your heart is not so very large; give it entirely! If you divide it into parts, you will find that creatures will always have more than the Creator.”
(St. Peter Julian Eymard from The Eucharist and Christian Perfection II)