“My beloved priest-companion, tell My people how I long for them to come to Me in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the great Sacrament of My love for My people.
“As the sanctity and merit of our actions depends on
the motive and spirit with which they are actuated,
the practice of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus, however holy, would be of little use, unless it
were animated with the spirit and the motive which
gives it all its value.
This motive, as we have said, is to repair, as far as
possible, by our love, our adoration, and by every
kind of homage the indignities and outrages which
Jesus Christ has endured, and still daily endures, in
the most Blessed Sacrament. It is in this spirit, and
in these sentiments, the devotion should be practiced.”
(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, SJ.)
I [Father Mark} was compelled to write this prayer about ten years ago. In 2007, while preaching a retreat at the Franciscan Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, I proposed it to the wonderful local people who came every evening to Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. On the final evening of the retreat we recited it together before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. Our Lord responded with the customary divine largesse of His Heart.
Prayer of Reparation to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
O Lord Jesus Christ present in this wonderful sacrament, I desire at this hour to make reparation to Thy Eucharistic Heart and to open myself to Thy Love for the sake of those who refuse or ignore it.
Increase Thou my faith,that I may believe firmly in the truths and mysteries Thou hast revealed to Thy Church, for the sake of those who do not believe.
By my attention to Thy Eucharistic Heart, I desire to make up for indifference to Thy Love,
for coldness, and for irreverence in Thy sacramental presence.
By my gratitude to Thy Eucharistic Heart, I desire to make up for ingratitude toward Thee
Who remainest hidden and forgotten in the tabernacles of so many locked churches.
By my trust in Thy Eucharistic Heart, I desire to make up for those who do not trust Thee,
for those who are afraid to trust Thee, and for those whose trust in Thy Love has been weakened by sins of scandal, by the weight of life’s hardships, or by painful loss.
By my hope in Thy Eucharistic Heart, I desire to help those tempted to despair of Thy Mercy. Allow me, I beseech Thee, to hope for those who have no hope and, because Thou didst pour out Thy Blood for them, let not one of them be lost.
In spite of my weakness and inconstancy, I desire, by this humble act of reparation
to obtain for all who yearn for Thy friendship, a share in the unspeakable sweetness experienced by Thy beloved disciple Saint John when he rested his head upon Thy Heart on the night before Thy Sacred Side was opened by the soldier’s lance.
Let my desire to be open to the Love of Thy Eucharistic Heart serve to repair the brokenness of the most wounded and fragile members of Thy Mystical Body.
By the mysterious workings of Thy Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let the reparation and adoration Thou hast inspired me to offer in Thy presence
bring reconciliation to those alienated from Thy Church, healing to souls in need of Thy mercy, and choice graces to Thy priests. Amen.