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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Eucharistic Reflection - The Occupation of A Fervent Soul

If Jesus Christ, in coming to us, gives us sensible marks of His presence, as is generally the case with those who have a tender devotion to His Sacred Heart, let us profit by these precious moments, let us preserve great interior recollection, let us listen to our Lord, let us allow grace to work. If we do not hinder its operation by voluntary distractions, and a kind of dissipation by which the devil seeks to make us lose all the fruit of Communion, it will work wonders in us.

The occupation of a fervent soul at this time, shouldbe principally, to abandon herself entirely to the loveof her Divine Savior, and to enjoy the sweetness of His presence.

A tender and sincere love is, at the same time, the best disposition for Communion, and the chief fruit we should draw from it. A soul that loves much, is generally silent in the presence of Jesus  Christ, and shows her love for Him, by fervent interior acts.

Magdalen lost in admiration at our Savior's  feet, is the model of a soul that has communicated.If she speaks, her words must only be expressions of her love, her admiration, and her joy.

We may say from time to time, ..." I have found Him Whom my soul loveth. I have held Him, and  I will never separate myself from Him." At other times,..."My God and my All.” ...My beloved to me, and I to Him.What have I in Heaven ? and besides Thee, what do I desire

upon Earth ? The God of my heart, and the God thatis my portion for ever.

We must endeavor at that time, to enter into the sentiments of Jesus Christ, and consider what displeases Him in us, what are His designs upon us, what He wills we should do, and what can hinder us in future from doing what He desires.

Let us remain in spirit at His feet, and renewing from time to time, our faith in the presence of Jesus Christ, let us adore Him with profound respect, mingled with fear, seeing that this God of Majesty, before Whom the Seraphim tremble, humbles Himself as far as to dwelling in the heart of a mortal man and a sinner...He destroys the laws of nature, and works such stupendous miracles. Then passing from sentiments of admiration to those of gratitude, let us, with a  sense  of our absolute incapability of testifying it sufficiently to our Lord, invite all creatures to bless Him with us.

Let us offer to Him the love which all the Blessed feel for Him, and the fervor with which so many holy souls communicate.

Let us offer Him His own Heart, with the immense love that inflames it.

Let us then unfold to Him, with great confidence and sincerity, our weaknesses, our miseries, and our wants.

       (From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)

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