"Moreover, you must console our Lord. He expects
consolation from you and will receive it with pleasure. Ask Him to prepare good
priests for Himself; priests who are apostolic and zealous for the salvation of
souls; priests who are the glory of their age and who present God with
kingdoms. Beg Him to take ownership of everything, and to be not only a Savior,
- that supposes nothing but sacrifice, - but a King, and a King of peace with
absolute power. Console Him for His being so little treated as a King in His
own kingdom. Alas! Our Lord is vanquished! In heaven He is an all-powerful
Ruler Who commands saints and angels and is faithfully obeyed. Not so here
below. Men, - the children He ransomed, - have got the best of Him. He no
longer rules over Catholic peoples. Let us establish His kingdom in us at
least, and work at restoring it everywhere."
Year Wishes to Our Eucharistic Lord by Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
My wife and I will be boarding a train later this afternoon to return home ending a nearly three week visit with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. I thank God that He blessed us with this unforgettable time together.
Unfortunately, my visits to the local Catholic Church here created a heaviness and sadness in my heart. There was no tabernacle in the main Church or Chapel. Our Lord was confined to a small room that accommodated only eight individuals.
“Our wish, our
object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to
make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His
disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be
directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do
(St. John Eudes fromThe Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls)