“Jesus asked his disciples in Gethsemane, and He is asking each of us right now: ‘Could you not watch one hour with Me?’ What an affront, insult and gesture of ingratitude it would be to such a caring, loving and merciful God if (where it exists) Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration devotions had to be curtailed because so few of His people loved Him enough to be with Him”
(From I Thirst For Your Love)
“Dearest Lord, one would have expected You to be in such request upon the altar; expected that there would be crowding and crushing in Your Presence as in the days of Your earthly life; that we should be see flocking to You, and to pour out our troubles into Your willing ear. Where is our faith to leave You thus deserted?”
(Mother Mary Loyola from Coram Sanctissimo – Before the Most Holy)
“I am your God, beloved soul, and you are only a poor, guilty creature. And yet it is for a pitiable being, like you, only for you, that I dwell in this Host! Then give Me at last your sadly profaned heart; give it to Me in exchange for Mine. Love Me as I love you!”
(From Twenty Holy Hours by Rev. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.)
“And Jesus answering, said: ‘Were not ten [lepers] made clean? And where are the nine? Is there no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger?’
In the world, we cannot endure ingratitude. It is only when God is in question that we do not concern ourselves about being ungrateful.
This wonderful cure, this miracle, had been extended to ten persons, and of them all, one only was found who thanked his Benefactor.
Of all the benefits we have received from Jesus Christ, we cannot doubt that the Blessed Eucharist is one of the greatest: and even the greater part of the blessings we daily receive, are derived from the same source.
But who thinks of often thanking Jesus Christ for this great benefit? Who returns thanks to this loving Savior, Who, in abolishing all the other sacrifices, has left us a Victim that cannot but be pleasing to God, an offering equal to all the other benefits we have received from Him, and to those that we may ask of Him; a Host capable of cancelling all the sins of men ; a Host which is truly a sovereign remedy for all kinds of evil ; a tree of life that has power to communicate to us, not only health, but even immortality?
So sinful a forgetfulness, such enormous ingratitude, touched the Heart of a Man-God, and shall it not move mine, even when I myself am of the number of these ungrateful wretches?”
(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)
“Ah! if we had the eyes of angels with which to see Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is here present on this altar, and who is looking at us, how we should love Him! We should never more wish to part from Him. We should wish to remain always at His feet; it would be a foretaste of Heaven: all else would become insipid to us. But see, it is faith we want. We are poor blind people; we have a mist before our eyes. Faith alone can dispel this mist. Presently, my children, when I shall hold Our Lord in my hands, when the good God blesses you, ask Him then to open the eyes of your heart; say to Him like the blind man of Jericho, ‘O Lord, make me to see!’ If you say to Him sincerely, ‘Make me to see!’ you will certainly obtain what you desire, because He wishes nothing but your happiness. He has His hands full of graces, seeking to whom to distribute them; Alas! and no one will have them. . . . Oh, indifference! Oh, ingratitude! My children, we are most unhappy that we do not understand these things! We shall understand them well one day; but it will then be too late!”
(St. John Vianney)