WHAT TO DO IN FRONT OF JESUS?
Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
You have started to visit the Blessed Sacrament every day … I am not surprised to hear you say, ‘I have come to love the Sanctuary light madly’ (J. Escrivá, Furrow, 688). The Visit to the Blessed Sacrament is an act of piety that only takes a few minutes; nevertheless, what a lot of graces and what fortitude and peace does Our Lord give through it. There we find that our sense of presence of God throughout the day is improved and we gather new strength to take the difficulties of the day in our stride. There our desire to work better is enkindled and we are provided with a good supply of peace and joy to take with us to our family life. Our Lord, who always pays generously, is grateful for the fact that we have gone to visit Him. And as to paying us, he is so careful about this that you need to have no fear he will leave us without our reward if only we raise our eyes to Heaven and remember Him (St Teresa, The Way of Perfection, 23, 3).
In the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament we go to keep Jesus company for a few minutes. It could be that on a particular day not many have gone to visit him even though He was expecting them. Therefore He is all the more pleased to see us there. We shall say some of the usual prayers to him as well as making the spiritual Communion. We’ll ask him for help — both spiritual and material; we’ll tell him what is causing us concern and what we are happy about; we’ll tell him that, in spite of our miseries, He can count on us for the re-evangelization of the world and we’ll tell him, perhaps, that we want to bring a friend close to him.
“What shall we do, you sometimes ask, in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Love him, praise him, thank him and ask him for things. What does a thirsty person do when he sees a pure clean fountain? (St Alphonsus Liguori, Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, 1).”
Excerpt from ICWG, Vol. 2, Easter Thursday Meditation
HOW TO DO VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Enter a church or a chapel and look for the Tabernacle. Then say the following prayer.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be 3x
“I wish my Lord to receive you, with the purity, humility and devotion with which your Most Holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints.”
If you wish, talk to Our Lord really, truly and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament. I’m sure He would want that and you will make Him happy.
POPE FRANCIS ON THE VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
“I encourage all the Faithful to always honor the most blessed Eucharist,” the Pope said in the message, which was addressed to the president of the Italian Bishop’s Conference, Cardinal Agnelo Bagnasco.
Citing the Second Vatican Council document Sacrosantum Concilium, the Pope referred to the Eucharist as “a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity,” and he called the faithful to be nourished by it “in order to be fraternally united among themselves, and cooperate in the building of the Church and the good of the world.”
“Moreover, I want to encourage everyone to visit – if possible, every day – especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and His mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.”
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