Thursday, April 21, 2011

On this Holy Thursday

"O my daughter!  would that the believers in the holy Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the sacred and mysterious blessing of the holy Eucharist!  If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the holy Sacrament and in being able, by its reception and constant intercourse, to participate in the full effects of this heavenly manna!  If they would only worthily esteem this precious gift, begin to taste its sweetness, and share in the hidden power of their omnipotent God!  Then nothing would ever be wanting to them in their exile.  In this, the happy age of the law of grace, mortals have no reason to complain of their weakness and their passion; since in this bread of heaven they have at hand strength and health. It matters not that they are tempted and persecuted by the demon; for receiving this Sacrament frequently they are enable to overcome him gloriously. 

...I tell thee truly, my dearest, that Lucifer and his demons have such a fear of the most holy Eucharist, that to approach it, causes them more torment than to remain in hell itself.  Although they do enter churches in order to tempt souls, they enter them with aversion,. forcing themselves to endure cruel pains in the hope of destroying a soul and drawing it into sin, especially in the holy places and in the presence of the Holy Eucharist.  Their wrath against the Lord and against the souls alone could induce them to expose themselves to the torment of his real sacramental presence.

...Whenever He is carried through the streets they usually fly and disperse in all haste; and they would not dare to approach those that accompany Him, if by their long experience they did not know, that they will induce some to forget the reverence due tot their Lord.  Therefore, they make special efforts to tempt the faithful in the churches; for they know what great injury they can thereby do to the Lord himself, who in his sacramental love is there waiting to sanctify men and to receive the return of his sweetest and untiring love.  Hence, thou can also understand the strength of those who prepare themselves to partake of this bread of the angels and how the demons fear the souls, who receive the Lord worthily and devoutly and who strive to preserve themselves in this purity until their next Communion.

...I wish thee also to hear, my dearest daughter, from my own mouth, what were my sentiments when in mortal life I was about to receive Holy Communion....I was preserved from original sin and, at the instant of my Conception, I received the knowledge and vision of the Divinity.  I knew more than all the saints; I surpassed the highest seraphim in love; I never committed any fault; I constantly practiced all the virtues in a heroic degree and in the least of them I was greater than all the saints in their highest perfection...Yet I thought myself to have been fully repaid by being allowed to receive Him even ONCE in the Holy Eucharist; yea I did not consider myself worthy of this one favor.  Reflect then what should be thy sentiments, and those of the rest of the children of Adam, on being admitted to the reception of this admirable Sacrament."

The Mystical City of God Ven. Mary of Agreda  (Our Lady's words to the religious)

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