Eucharistic Reflection – Oh Indifference! Oh Ingratitude!

"0 my children! Our Lord is hidden there, waiting for us to come and visit Him and make our requests. See how good He is! He accommodates Himself to our weakness.

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 "In Heaven, where we shall be glorious and triumphant, we shall see Him in all His glory. If He presented Himself before us in that glory now, we should not dare to approach Him, but He hides Himself like a person in a prison and seems to say, 'You do not see Me, but that does not matter; ask of Me all you wish and I will grant it.' He is there in the Sacrament of His love, sighing and interceding incessantly with His Father for sinners. "To what outrages does He not expose Himself,  that He may remain in our midst!

“He is there to console us, and therefore we ought to visit Him. How pleasing to Him is the short quarter of an hour that we steal from our occupations, from something of no consequence, to come and pray to Him, to visit Him, to console Him for all the out­rages He receives! When He sees pure souls coming eagerly to Him, He smiles upon them . . . They come with that simplicity which pleases Him so much, to ask pardon for all sinners, for the outrages of so many ungrateful souls.

"What happiness do we not feel in the presence of God, when we find ourselves alone at His feet before the holy Taberna­cle! Come, my soul, redouble thy fervor; thou art alone adoring thy God; His eyes rest upon thee alone. This good Saviour is so full of love for us, that He seeks us every­where.

"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 lack. 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 to open the eyes of your heart; say to Him with the blind man of Jericho, '0 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 someone to whom to distribute them, but alas, no one will have them . . .! Oh, indifference! Oh, ingratitude! My children, we are most unhappy not to understand these things! We shall understand them well one day, but it will then be too late."

(St. Johm Marie Vianney from The Holy Eucharist Our All by Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.)