Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 20th - Twentieth Visit to Jesus and Mary

I am the Fountain of Living Water bringing virtues to Little Visits.





THE FOUNTAIN OF MERCY


"In that day," says the Prophet Zacharias, "for the house of David and to the dwellers in Jerusalem there will be an open fountain where the sinner may be cleansed." (Chap. 13). This fountain foretold by the Prophet is the Blessed Sacrament. We can go to it as often as we wish to do so. There we can wash the stains of our daily faults from our souls. After committing a fault the best remedy we have is―to go at once to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. 

My Jesus, I will always do this.  I know that the waters from this Fountain of yours will make me clean; but more than this―they give me light, they give me strength not to fall again, they impart to me that joy which is my support in the midst of trials, and above all they inflame me with your love. 

For these reasons, I know you expect me to come to you when I have fallen; and you reward such visits, made by those who love you, with wonderful graces. 

My Jesus, come to me now and wash me from all the faults that I have committed this day. I repent of them because they have displeased you. Give me strength not to fall again; set my heart on fire with the intense longing to love you with a great love. 

It would be well for us if we could imitate the faithful servant of Jesus, Mary Diaz, in her love for the Most Holy Sacrament. She was a contemporary of St. Teresa, and the Bishop of Avila gave her permission to live in a small apartment attached to the church; she referred to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as her neighbor, and her time was spent almost always with Him; the only occasions that she left this place were when she wanted to go to Confession and Holy Communion. 

It is related of the Venerable Brother Francis of the Child Jesus, a Discalced Carmelite, that as often as he passed by a church he could not resist entering it to visit Our Lord, if he knew the Blessed Sacrament was reserved there; he said that it was not becoming to pass by the door of a friend without entering, at least to greet him and exchange a few words. But he was not satisfied with a few words: he always remained in the presence of his loved Master as long as he could. 

Jesus, I understand that you have instituted this Sacrament to remain on the altar to be loved by me―and you are my only Good, my Good that knows no limit and no end. The heart that you have given me is a heart that is capable of an exceeding great love. How then can it be that I have not loved you, or that I love you so little. How can I be so ungrateful? It is not right that Goodness, all―lovely as you are, should be loved so little. Besides, the great love that you have lavished on me deserves a very different love from that which I have hitherto given you: you are the Infinite God, and I am only a poor creature of no account. If I died for you, if I wore myself out in your service, it would be but a little thing: for you have died for me; and every day, for my love, you make a complete sacrifice of yourself on the altar. 

You deserve to be loved with an exceeding great love and I wish to love you exceedingly. Help me to love you, my Jesus: help me to do that which you so long for me to do and that which gives you so much pleasure.

Aspiration―My Beloved to me and I to Him.



SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  



Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.  
 

A VISIT TO MARY 

ACCEPT ME AS YOUR SERVANT



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My Queen, most sweet, most kind, most lovely, when I go to you for protection how beautiful is the confidence St. Bernard gives me! For he tells me that you make no enquiry into the merits of those who appeal to your love, but you offer to help everybody that prays to you: "Mary does not concern herself with our merits, but she helps everyone that appeals to her." Always gentle and kind, you help me if I pray. Then listen to what I am going to ask you for: I am a poor sinner that has deserved to be lost a thousand times over; but I want to change my life―I want to love that God whom I have offended so grievously. I consecrate myself to you as your servant; poor and unworthy as I am I give myself to you. And now I can plead with you―save what is your own. My Lady, you understand me; I am confident that you do understand, and that you have kindly granted my request.

Aspiration
―O Mary, I am yours, save me.

Prayer After Each Visit




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sing to Mary Visits

Speak, Lord, your servant listens: Open my secret ear and say to my soul: I am the source of your salvation!



THE LOVING INVITATION

"Rise up, make haste, my friend, my lovely one, and come to me." (Cant. 2). These are the words of the Sacred Spouse in the Canticles. They are spoken also by Jesus to every soul that visits Him in the Most Holy Sacrament. 

Rise up: lift yourself above your own poverty. My friend: since you come to visit me, for I am here to make you rich by my favours. Make hast: come very close to me and do not be afraid of my Majesty
―my Majesty is humbled in this Sacrament because I wish to take all fear from you and to give you confidence. 


My friend, you love me and I love you; you cannot now be an enemy of mine
―you are my friend. My lovely one, my grace has made you beautiful. Come to me: come near to me and embrace me, and then with great confidence ask of me all that you want. 


St. Teresa tells us: Jesus the mighty King of Glory puts on a disguise in this Sacrament, which is the form of bread; in this way He hides His Majesty so that we will come near to His Sacred Heart with the greatest confidence. 


O let us come close then to Jesus
―very confident and full of love―and making ourselves one with Him we shall ask for His favors. 


O Eternal Word, how great should be my joy! You became Man and are present here in the Blessed Sacrament for me; I know that I stand in your presence and you are my God; your Majesty is infinite, your Goodness is boundless
―and it is you, my God, who love me with so mighty a love. 


O all you lovers of God wherever you are found, in heaven or on earth, love Him for me also. Mary my Mother, help me to love Him. And you, my Lord and My God, you who are so lovely, today make yourself the one and only object of my love; make yourself complete Master of my will and take full possession of my whole being. To you I consecrate my mind: let its thoughts be always of your goodness. To you I consecrate my body: help me that I may be pleasing to you. To you I consecrate my soul: let it be wholly yours. 


O Beloved of my heart, I would that all men knew the marvellous depths of the love you have for them, and then all would spend their lives for this one end
―to love you and to give you pleasure; in the way you want them to do, and to the extent that you deserve it. 


As for myself, I want to live always in love with your boundless beauty; I want to do everything I can from this day forward with the one aim of giving joy to you. 


I am resolved to give up anything at all, whatever it be, if it displeases you; it does not matter what the cost be to myself, for rather than displease you I prefer to lose everything, even my life. My God, my treasure, my love, my all: O how happy will I be if I lose everything to gain possession of you.  

       
Aspiration―Take everything from me and take me all to yourself, Jesus my God. 
  


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  


Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.   



A VISIT TO MARY 

THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD 
O Mary, take our flowers and our hearts to offer them to Jesus, your Divine Son.

"If you are a little one, then come to me (Prov. 8). Mary calls on every child who has need of a mother to come and seek her because she is of all mothers the most lovely. Nuremberg expresses her love for us in these words: What is the love of all other mothers but a mere shadow beside the love of Mary for each of us.

O Mother, O Mother of my soul, you love me and you long for my salvation so intensely that only God longs for it more than you do. O Mary, prove yourself a Mother to me.

Aspiration―O Mother, you are mine; let me ever remember you.

Prayer After Each Visit






Friday, March 14, 2014

1st Day


A Catholic priest carries the Eucharist into the home of a dying child while siblings kneel at the roadside.
Quebec, Canada, 1942
Photo by John Phillips 
Compliments of Life Magazine




THE FOUNTAIN OF GRACE 

Here is the fountain of everything good―Jesus in this Sacrament. It is He who says: "Let him who is thirsty come to me." From this Fountain of the Most Holy Sacrament the Saints have always drawn the wonderful waters―God's great favors. There Jesus gives us all the merits of His Passion just as the Prophet foretold: "You will draw waters from the fountains of the Saviour." (Isaias, 12). 

The Countess of Feria, a devoted follower of the Venerable Father Avila, and a nun of the Society of Poor Clares, was sometimes called "The spouse of the Most Holy Sacrament"
―this was because she remained before it long and frequently. When asked what she did for so many hours spent in the presence of Our Divine Lord, she answered: "For all eternity I could remain there. Is not the very Essence of God there?―the nourishment of the Blessed. God is here. What do you do in His presence? What do you not do? You love; you praise; you thank; you ask. What does a poor man do when he approaches one who is rich? What does a sick man do when he goes to see his physician? What does a thirsty man do when he goes to the limpid spring? What does a hungry man do when he goes to a table where there is an abundance of food?"   

O my lovable Jesus, most sweet and most delightful; my Life, my Hope, my Treasure
―the one love of my soul! Oh! How great was the price that it cost you to remain with us in this Sacrament? To remain in the Sacrament on our altars you had to die; and after that how great were the wrongs you had to suffer in this very Sacrament in order to help us with your own Presence! It is your love and the longing you have to be loved by us that have conquered everything.  

Therefore, my Master, come. Come and place yourself within my very heart. Close up the gate of it forever, so that no created thing shall enter there any more to take away any part of that love which is due to you, and which I want to give all to you. You alone, my dear Redeemer, will have full ownership of me. You alone will rule me now; and if at any time I should disobey you, even in the smallest way, give me some severe punishment, so that in future I may be on my guard to act only in the way that gives most joy to you.     

   
See that I no longer wish for, or seek for, any other pleasure except to give pleasure to you; to visit you often at the altar; to spend my time with you; and to receive you in Holy Communion. Others if they wish may seek for other good things; but I neither love nor wish for anything except for the treasure of your love. This alone is my wish―to seek for you at the foot of the altar. See that I may become forgetful of myself so that I may remember only your goodness. 

O blessed Seraphim, I do not envy you because of your glory, but I envy you for the love that you have for your God and mine. Teach me what I am to do in order to love Him and to give Him pleasure.


Aspiration
―My Jesus, I wish to love but you alone; I wish to give pleasure only to you.    

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION 


Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love you; I want you to come to me.  Come into my heart;  I embrace you; O never depart from me. 


Photo by John Phillips

A VISIT TO MARY 

THE SECOND FOUNTAIN 




Another fountain awell-spring of very great happiness for us, a spring rich in good things and graces―is our Mother Mary. St. Bernard says that there is not a person in the world who does not draw some good thing from it, "Of its fulness we have all received." Mary Most Holy was filled with grace by God, for the angel saluted her, "Hail, full of grace." St. Peter Chrysologus adds that it was not only for herself, but also for us that her soul was like a deep abyss filled with grace; so that from its depths she should draw gifts for everyone who is devoted to her. "It was to pour out salvation through all the ages that the Blessed Virgin received this store of grace."

Aspiration
―Fountain of all our joy, pray for us.

Prayer After Each Visit




Photo by John Phillips 341,903


2nd Day


Climbing the Holy Steps on one's knees is a devotion much in favor with pilgrims and the faithful.
Quebec, Canada - 1942
Photos by John Phillips

Compliments of Life Magazine.



THE BREAD OF THE STRONG

Father Nieremberg says: Bread may be eaten at once for nourishment, or it may be kept for use in the future. For this reason Jesus chose it in giving the Eucharist. By being received He unites Himself to the souls of those who love Him; by remaining in the Tabernacle He is always present with them. This is the method He employs to keep the thought of His love always in our mind. 
   
St. Paul says, "He made Himself nothing and took the form of a servant." (Phil. 2:7). But what should we say when we see Him "take the form of bread"? 

St. Peter of Alcantara assures us that the greatness of the love of Jesus for a soul in the state of grace is beyond the power of words to describe. 


Our most loving Lord wished to make certain that when he left this earth He would not be forgotten because of His absence. Some pledge He could leave as a proof of His love; but no pledge, whatever it be, was sufficient. The only thing that could satisfy Him would be to remain with us Himself; this He did by means of the Blessed Sacrament. Nothing but His own presence would do to keep alive His memory between these two―Jesus and the soul He loved. 


Since you are here within this Tabernacle, my Jesus, to listen to the prayers of those who are in need, and who come to speak with you; listen now to the petition of the poor sinner who of all men living has been the most ungrateful. 


I have come to your feet repentant, for I know the wrong that I did when I displeased you; so my first wish is that you will forgive me all the wrong I have done. O my God, how I wish that I had not ever caused displeasure to you; from this you will know what I long for now. Since I have learned to know how supremely lovable you are I have become filled with love of you, and I feel an intense longing to love you more and to give you pleasure; but unless you yourself help me, I have not the power to do this. O Great and Almighty Lord, let the whole of Paradise see the greatness of your power and your boundless kindness; bring about a change in me, so that from obstinately resisting you I may become a great lover of you. You are able to do it. You wish to do it. Supply everything that is wanting in me. Do this yourself; so it will come to pass that I will love you exceedingly
―at least let me love you as much as I once offended you. 

O my Jesus, I love you; I love you above everything; I love you more than my own life
―my God, my Love, my All.

Aspiration
"My God and my All." 



SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  

Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.   



A VISIT TO MARY 

THE THRONE OF GRACE 




Clearing the grass and weeds from around a roadside shrine. Note the Blessed Virgin's image on the Cross.
Quebec, Canada - 1942
Photo by John Phillips

"Let us confidently approach the Throne of Grace where we will receive mercy and timely help" (Hebr. 4:16). St. Antoninus tells us that this Throne is Mary. Through her God distributes all graces. 

O Queen most lovely, if you wish so much to help poor sinners, here before you is a great sinner who seeks your help. Let your help to me be powerful. Let your help to me be prompt.  


Aspiration
―Sole refuge of sinners, have pity on me.
(St. Augustine).

Prayer After Each Visit




Stopping farm work to Pray The Angelus
Quebec, Canada - 1942
Photo by John Phillips

3rd Day



First Communion
Date: 1959
Place: USA
Photo by Nina Leen

Compliments of Life Magazine



LIVING IN THE PALACE OF THE KING

"My delights are to be with the children of men.
(Prov. 8). 

See our loving Jesus: He has died on the Cross for love of us; but this is not enough. In the Most Holy Sacrament He will continue with us even after His death; and He assures us that it is with us men He finds His deepest joys. 


"O men," exclaims St. Teresa, "how can it possibly be that you will continue to offend that God, who tells you that it is in you that He finds His deepest joys!" Jesus delights to be with us. Can it be possible that we do not delight to be with Jesus. And, most of all, we―yes, we
who are so honored as to live in His palace. 

A subject is honored indeed when the King asks him to live in the palace. But here are we, living with Jesus Christ in this house which is His own palace. Let us learn to be grateful to Him. Let us learn to put its true value on this familiar intercourse with Jesus Christ. 


Yes here I am, my Lord and my God before this altar, the place where you rest night and day for love of me. You are the spring from which every good thing flows; you are the doctor that heals every sickness; you are the treasure that makes rich every man who is poor. Here I am at your feet today
a sinner; the poorest of all, the weakest of all; and here I seek your mercy. Have pity on me. 

No. I will not allow my unhappy state to make me lose courage, because I know well that you have come down from Heaven to earth in this Sacrament for this one and only reason
―to do me good. 

I will praise you; I will thank you; I will love you; if you want me to ask you for a gift, here is my petition
O listen to meI want never again any more to offend you. I want you to give me the light and grace to love you with all my power.  

O my God, I love you;  I love you with all my soul; I love you with all my affections. O see to it that when I say this I say it truly. Let me say it in this life. Let me say it in eternity. 


And I call you to help me
Mary Most Holy, my Patron Saints, all you Saints and Angels of Heaven. Help me to love my God because He is most beautiful and lovely. 

Aspiration
O Jesus Good Shepherd, O Jesus True Bread, have mercy on us. Feed us, and protect us, and show us good things in the land of the living. 

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  


Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.   



Walking to First Communion Mass
Date: 1959
Place: USA
Photo by Nina Leen



A VISIT TO MARY 

THE GENTLE CHAIN OF LOVE   




"Her bonds are bonds that bring redemption (Eccl. 6:3). 

Pelbart, a devoted servant of Mary, tells us that devotion to her is a chain; but the chain is not one of bondage. It is a succession of graces that surely ends in Heaven. Let us ask Our lady and she will bind us; but she will bind us ever more closely with the bonds of love, and of confidence in her protection.


Aspiration
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Prayer After Each Visit


 
Catholic Schools
Date: 1959
Place: USA
Photo by Nina Leen

4th Day


Nun conducting class at Espada Mission school. 
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Date: 1945
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Compliments of Life Magazine.


Prayer Before Each Visit


MY FRIEND, JESUS
 
"There is not bitterness in his conversation, and there is no weariness when in his company." (Wisd. 8:16). 

There are friends who are so happy when they meet that entire days pass quickly by in the company of each other: but there are those who become weary when with Jesus in this Sacrament and it is because they do not love Him. As for the Saints
it was in the presence of the Most Holy Sacrament that they found their paradise on earth. 

After her death, St. Teresa speaking  from Heaven said to one of her nuns: "The Blessed in Heaven and those who still dwell on the earth should be alike in the purity of their lives and in their love. We are in the possession of joys: you are in the midst of trials. What the Beatific Vision is to us in Heaven, the Blessed Sacrament should be to you who are exiled on earth." Here then is our Paradise on earth―it is found in the Most Holy Sacrament. 


O spotless Lamb, you were sacrificed for me on the Cross; be mindful that I am one of the souls that you redeemed with so great pain and with your death. Since you have given yourself to me
and you continue to give yourself to me every day by sacrificing yourself for love of me on the altar―bring it about that you may really be mine and that I may never lose you: and let me also be entirely yours. 

I give myself all to you that you may do with me just as you please. I give you my will; bind it to yourself with the sweet bonds of your love, so that for ever it may remain the faithful servant of your most holy will. 


I want to live, not to satisfy my own wishes any more, but to make you happy because you are so good. If there is anything in me that does not please you take it away, and in its place give me this one grace
―to have no thought for anything except to make you happy; to have no wish for anything except for your good-pleasure. My dearest Redeemer, with all my heart I love you; and the reason why I love you is because you are so deserving of love. It grieves me to know that I cannot love you as much as you deserve. Would that I could die for love of you! Jesus, my Lord, accept my intense desire and give me the grace to love you more. 

Amen; so may it be.


Aspiration
―My God, I make a complete sacrifice of myself to your good-pleasure.



SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  

Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.  


Nuns leading children of Espada Mission school across grounds to the chapel.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Date: 1945
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt



A VISIT TO MARY  

THE MOTHER OF BEAUTIFUL LOVE 





"I am the Mother of beautiful love"―I am the Mother of the love that makes beautiful. This is what Mary says; and it meansOf the love that gives beauty to the soul. St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi saw Our Lady going from place to place; she who is full of Holiness was distributing a sweet liquid and the Liquid was Divine Love. This precious gift comes to us only through her; let us ask her for it.   
  
Aspiration―My Mother, my Hope, make me belong all to Jesus.

Prayer After Each Visit




Children at morning Mass in chapel of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Date: 1945
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt