Let us imagine that the Communion, for which we are
preparing, is to be the last in our lives. Let us prepare,
every time, as though, on quitting the holy table, we
had to pass from this life to eternity.
If we desire that the sacrament of the Eucharist should
produce in us sentiments of the love of God, let us think
of the immense love which God has shown us in instituting
this mystery, and of His design to oblige us thereby to love
The reproof of Jesus Christ to Martha for too great
solicitude, should teach some souls, who are disquieted
and wholly taken up with reciting many vocal prayers,
that tranquility of heart, interior recollection and attention
in listening, from time to time, to Jesus Christ in silence,
like Magdalen, is the best preparation we can make.
So that we should employ the greater part of the precious
time that precedes, accompanies and immediately
follows Communion, in making many interior acts, of
which the love of Jesus Christ should be the principle,
and the increase of this love the chief effect.
(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)