Pause And Consider

“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.”

St. Teresa of Avila – Teresa of Jesus

An Unending Invitation

“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.”

Father Florian Racine

Become His Sanctuary!

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)

(Image Source: Hands At Mass by Walter Nurnberg)

Radiating, Pulsating Centers of Intense Divine Activity


“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.”

(Excerpted from Loves Invincible Radiance from I Thirst for Your Love)

Come And Adore That Holy Host

“Did you ever consider well, dear Christian soul, that, when the Sacred Host is publicly exposed, Jesus is not on His Eucharistic throne to receive the adorations of the angels and to enjoy the company of the blessed? These He finds in heaven. But He is on His Eucharistic throne to receive your adorations, to listen to your confidences, and to console and alleviate your sorrows and trials.

Come, then, and adore that Holy Host. When Jesus is offended everywhere, when His royal dignity is mocked and His sovereignty denied, it behooves noble souls to come and acknowledge publicly that He is our beloved Sovereign and divine King, and that to Him all praise, honor, and glory are due.

Come and adore that Host of mercy and peace. Show Him your wounds, tell Him your faults, expose to Him your miseries. You do not insult Him who shed His blood for all the sins of the world, when you tell Him your sins to obtain forgiveness. Whatever their number and grievousness, in proportion to His infinite mercy they are less than a grain of sand lost in the immensity of an ocean.

Come close to that loving Host and pour out your heart’s bitterness into His heart. Let your tears flow freely in His presence as if you were upon His breast. The sorrows of your exile, the faithlessness of your friends, the loneliness of your heart, and the disillusions of your life, all find an echo in that heart, which has known from experience what it means to suffer.

There you will find peace in your worries, light in your difficulties, and firmness in the execution of your good resolutions. There your thirst for affection will be satisfied. You will learn the science of hidden sacrifice, of constant abnegation, of tireless meekness, and of perfect joy.

Do not say that you have no time. Rather, acknowledge that you do not love Him enough. If you did, you would leave everything, in order to visit Him.

Do not say that you do not know what to tell Him. Rather, admit that you do not love Him. If you loved Him, your lips would speak out of His heart’s abundance; and, if your lips stayed silent, it would be because hearts that understand each other need not words: silence is enough.

Do not look for other excuses. Try it, and find out by your own experience. Do not wait until tomorrow. Today, go and spend a few moments with Jesus, whether He is within the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance. Let your weary and wounded heart be penetrated by the peaceful atmosphere of the sanctuary and your soul be bathed in the light streaming forth from the Eucharistic Sun. And, tomorrow, I am sure, you will return.”

(From The Holy Eucharist, by Jose Guadalupe Trevino)

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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)