Most adorable and most amiable Jesus! Ever full
of love for us, ever touched with compassion for our
miseries, ever actuated by the desire of making us
partakers of Thy treasures, and of giving Thyself
wholly to us: Jesus, my Savior and my God, Who,
through an excess of the most ardent and most won-
derful love, hast placed Thyself in the condition of a
victim, in the Adorable Eucharist, where Thou offers
Thyself for us in sacrifice so many times every day,
what must be Thy sentiments in this state, at finding
no return for all this, in the hearts of the greater part
of men, but hardness, forgetfulness, ingratitude and
Was it not enough. Oh my God, to have taken the most
painful means of saving us, when Thou could
have shown us Thy excessive love at much less cost ?
Was it not enough to abandon Thyself once to that cruel
agony, and deadly sorrow, caused in Thee by the horrible
sight of our sins, with which Thou was loaded ?
Why would Thou still expose Thyself daily to all the
insults of which the unspeakable malice of men and
devils is capable?
Ah! my God and my most loving Redeemer, what
are the sentiments of Thy Sacred Heart at the sight
of all this ingratitude, and of all these sins ?
How great was the bitterness with which so many
sacrileges, and so many outrages, afflicted and
tormented Thy Heart ?
…With a heart humbled and broken with grief, I ask of
Thee a thousand and a thousand times pardon for all these
indignities. Why cannot I, oh my God, wash with my
blood every spot where Thy Sacred Heart has been
so horribly outraged, and the greatest proof of Thy love
received with such incredible contempt?
…But oh, my beloved Savior, what covers me still
more with confusion, and should fill me with greater
grief is, that I also have been of the number of these
(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)