Why Do We Afflict HIs Divine Heart?

“It is for us, during eighteen now [twenty] hundred years, our Divine Savior has remained day and night on our altars, that we may have recourse to Him in all our needs; and nothing so much afflicts His Divine Heart as our ingratitude for such a favor, and our neglect to visit Him and ask His blessing. If we knew how profitable those visits are, we should be constantly prostrate before the altar.”

(Saint J. B. Marcellin Champagnat)

He Thirsts!

“It is there in His Eucharist that He says to me: “I thirst, thirst for your love, your
sacrifices, your sufferings. I thirst for your happiness, for it was to save you that I
came into the world, that I suffered and died on the Cross, and in order to console and
strengthen you I left you the Eucharist. So you have there all My life, all My

Mother Mary of Jesus, Foundress of the Sisters of Marie Reparatrice

Come To Communion

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“St John Mary Vianney liked to tell his parishioners: “Come to communion…. It is true that you are not worthy of it, but you need it”. With the knowledge of being inadequate because of sin, but needful of nourishing ourselves with the love that the Lord offers us in the Eucharistic sacrament, let us renew our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We must not take this faith for granted! Today we run the risk of secularization creeping into the Church too. It can be translated into formal and empty Eucharistic worship, into celebrations lacking that heartfelt participation that is expressed in veneration and in respect for the liturgy. The temptation to reduce prayer to superficial, hasty moments, letting ourselves be overpowered by earthly activities and concerns, is always strong. When we recite the Our Father, the prayer par excellence, we say: “Give us this day our daily bread”, thinking of course of the bread of each day for us and for all peoples. But this request contains something deeper. The Greek word epioúsios, that we translate as “daily”, could also allude to the “super-stantial” bread, the bread “of the world to come”. Some Fathers of the Church saw this as a reference to the Eucharist, the bread of eternal life, the new world, that is already given to us in Holy Mass, so that from this moment the future world may begin within us. With the Eucharist, therefore, Heaven comes down to earth, the future of God enters the present and it is as though time were embraced by divine eternity. 

— Pope Benedict XVI

Just For You

(Image Source: From Hands At Mass by Walter Nurnberg)

“Dear Eucharistic soul: In that hour [of the Last Supper] Jesus thought of you. Have no doubt about it. He thought of you in particular, and had you before His eyes. He understood that, without that small, white, consecrated wafer, which you adore and which you receive every morning, you would feel lonely, very lonely, in your exile here below. He knew that your heart would hunger and thirst for love and be the prey of unmitigated nostalgia for heaven. He knew that on the road through life you would find many a cause for grief and, behind a smiling appearance, would have to conceal many a galling sorrow. And for your sake, dear soul, lest you be orphaned and without a loyal friend in whose understanding heart you might pour out the overflowing bitterness of your heart, Jesus overlooked all those sacrileges, profanations, and ingratitudes and, in that night, instituted the Eucharist for you understand this well! — just for you. And for your sake He has remained in that small, white, consecrated Host which you receive each morning. Do you understand now, dear soul, how much you are loved by the Christ of the Cenacle and of the Eucharist?”

(The Holy Eucharist – Jose Guadalupe Trevino)

Prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, gracious companion of our exile, I adore Thee.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, lonely Heart, humiliated Heart, abandoned Heart, forgotten Heart, despised Heart, outraged Heart, Heart ignored by men, Heart which loves our own hearts; Heart pleading for our love, Heart so patient in waiting for us, Heart so eager  to listen to our prayers, Heart so anxious for our requests, Heart, unending source of new graces, Heart so silent, yet desiring to speak to souls, Heart, welcome refuge of the hidden life, Heart, teacher of the secrets of union with God, Heart of Him Who sleeps but watches always, Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Jesus Victim, I desire to comfort Thee; I unite myself to Thee; I offer myself in union with Thee.

I regard myself as nothing in Thy Presence. I long to forget myself in order to think only of Thee, to be despised and forgotten for love of Thee. I have no desire to be understood or loved by anyone but Thee.

I will keep silent in order to listen to Thee, and I will abandon myself in order to lose myself in Thee.

Grant that I may thus satisfy Thy thirst for my salvation, Thy burning thirst for my holiness, and that once purified I may give Thee a sincere and pure love. I am anxious not to tire Thee further with waiting: take me, I hand myself over to Thee. I give Thee all my actions, my mind to be enlightened, my heart to be directed, my will to be stabilized, my wretchedness to be relieved, my soul and body to be nourished by Thee.

Eucharistic Heart of my Savior, Whose Blood is the life of my soul, may I myself cease to live and Thou alone live in me. Amen.

(Indulgence 500 days. Brief, February 6, 1899, Leo XIII; Sacred Penitentiary Apostolic, November 8, 1934. Today the 500 days has been replaced by a partial indulgence, which no longer has a specific time associated with the indulgence).

Eucharistic Revival – Do Not Read This Free Book

I Thirst For Your Love  is a dangerous book – one that will have you looking at our Eucharistic Lord with different eyes and a more welcoming heart.

Be careful. You may not want to read this tome even though it has received the Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writers Guild.

Why? It can change your life. 

If you are willing to take a chance and cast spiritual caution to the wind click here and get a FREE PDF copy

Maybe the following comments from several readers might give you the courage to click that link:

    “[The author] has written a book full of little reminders as eye-opening as they are stimulating and, in some cases, conscience pricking. We are taken on a journey of considerations surrounding our behavior and attitudes toward Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the effect of stirring us to spend more time with Our Lord in Adoration and being more focused and attentive at Mass…I think this book needs to be promoted in every parish for the sake of evangelizing ourselves and others.” – Barb Schoeneberger, Catholic Blogger 

    “Tender, earnest, and heartfelt—I Thirst For Your Love is an excellent collection of beautiful poignant Eucharistic reflections. Author Michael Seagriff believes we have lost the sense of the Sacred and offers countless reasons for us to pause and ponder Jesus’ Sacred thirst for our love. I highly recommend this book.” – Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Author, Speaker and ETWN Host.

    “As I was reading [this book] I just kept thinking how urgent is this message. You say it with clarity and charity. Anyone reading this book will not be able to resist the ‘wooing’ of our Saviour to His wounded heart. As a woman, the holy gift of my receptivity resides and is invigorated by His Eucharistic presence. Jesus in the tabernacle is our only hope, quenching His thirst our single aim.” – Anne Costa, Author and Catholic Radio Host.

    “If you have ever wanted to know more about Our Lord Jesus Christ exposed in a monstrance, and referred to as Our Blessed Sacrament, then this book is for you. Michael Seagriff does an excellent job at helping you to understand that it is truly Jesus Christ, Himself, contained in the monstrance, exposed during Adoration. Michael helps the reader to understand why we should be more reverent to the Blessed Sacrament. He also provides suggestions on how we can be more reverent when in Church. The messages from Jesus, contained in this book, taken from In Sinu Iesu (The Journal of a Priest) were beyond powerful. When reading them, I felt like Jesus was talking directly to my heart about what it means to Him to have someone visit with Him in Church. I highly recommend taking this book to Adoration and reading it in Christ’s Presence. The prayers in the Appendices can be recited over and over, at each visit. This book is a gem!” – Virginia Lieto, Author and Catholic Blogger

    “This book is a wake up call to adore God, truly present in the Holy Eucharist and to expand Eucharistic adoration in parishes!  This book inspires greater reverence and respect for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!  It is well written and thoughtful!”  EucharisticAdorationcanada.com  (where you can obtain information or assistance starting, expanding or reviving Eucharistic Adoration in the USA or Canada.)

If you find the book has value, please let me know. Send a link of this post to your family, friends, and parish. Invite them to get their free PDF copy as well. If you prefer a paper copy or Kindle version both are still available here.

Whatever you decide, please take the time to visit our imprisoned Lord. Love Him! Reverence Him!  Quench His Thirst For Your Love!

The Source Of All Strength

The great socially committed saints, therefore, were always great Eucharistic saints as well… In our time, the image of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is right before our eyes. Wherever she opened houses of her sisters in order to serve the dying and outcast, the first thing she asked for was a place for the tabernacle, because she knew that the strength for such service could only come from there.

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)