MAKE REPARATION AND CONSOLE YOUR GOD!
(Excerpts from THE VICTIM – Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard)
Greatest of actions
The object of Eucharistic Adoration (and Eucharistic reparation) is the Divine Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament. There is nothing greater or holier we can do on earth than this adoration.
Eucharistic adoration (and Eucharistic reparation) is the greatest of actions. To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb, when she adored Him in the crib, on Calvary, in the Divine Eucharist.
To adore is to share the life of noble souls on earth, whose love and happiness found expression in the long hours passed at the foot of the tabernacle to adore therein the hidden God and to glorify and love Him as much as they could. The tabernacle was their only reason for loving life; they lived only to consume themselves in the flames of His love.
Eucharistic adoration (and Eucharistic reparation)is the holiest of actions. It is so because it it the perfect exercise of virtues.
Faith – Faith is complete and perfect when we adore Jesus Christ, veiled and, as it were, annihilated in the Sacred Host; for that means submission, adoration through all our faculties, all our senses, out of a pure spirit of faith.
Piety – Exterior and interior piety, all concentrated on the hidden God, adoring Him by prayer, meditation, external worship and respect; by self annihilation if it were possible; by humility, penance, purity, and all other virtues.
Love – Since love is the whole law, we fulfill the whole law when, according to the first commandment, we adore Our Lord and God.
Charity – We can, in adoration, practice perfect charity towards our neighbour by praying for him by becoming mediators, victims for his salvation.
Furthermore, Eucharistic adoration is the most just and pleasant actions. Wherever Jesus Christ is, He deserves our adoration; we must therefore adore Him in the Divine Host….
Come let the kingdom of Jesus Christ be established in you! Public Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament is God’s last grace to man. After Exposition, there is only heaven or hell. Man is attracted to what glitters. Our Lord has ascended a throne; He can be seen and is radiant. We no longer have any excuse if we forsake Our Lord, if we pass by Him without amending our lives, Our Lord will go away, and we shall be done forever.
Serve Our Lord, therefore, and console Him; light the fire of His love wherever it is not yet burning; work at the establishment of His reign of love. Adveniat regnem tuum, regnum amoris.
“May your kingdom come, your kingdom of love!”
A respectful attitude
He who believes knows where he is going when he goes to church; he is going to Our Lord Jesus Christ. On entering the church, he says to all his occupations, like Saint Bernard: “stay here at the door. I feel the need of seeking comfort and strength from God.”
Act in the same manner. You know how much time you are to spend in church; forget everything else. If you came to pray, you do not come to transact business. And if you are pestered with distractions and worries, turn them all out of doors without getting troubled over them. Persevere in prayers and make acts of reparation and respect. Take a better posture, and let Our Lord see that you detest your distractions. By your respectful attitude; if not by the attention of your mind, you are still proclaiming His divinity, His presence; were you to do only that would you be doing a great deal…..
Remain quiet for a moment after you have come into church; silence is the greatest mark of respect and the first disposition for prayer is respect. Most our dryness and lack of devotion in prayer is due to our lack of respect for Our Lord on entering the church and to our disrespectful posture.
(The Father seeks such to adore Him… in spirit and in truth – John 4:23.)
The object of Eucharistic adoration (and Eucharistic reparation) is the Divine Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Let us then remember that Our Lord is in the Host in all His different states, and in His entirety. He who does not realise that, lives in darkness; his faith is always weak and fails to make him happy. Let our faith be active and thoughtful; that is what will make us happy. Our Lord wants to bring us to happiness all by Himself. No man can make us happy; even piety cannot do it itself. We need a piety that has fed on the Eucharist; for happiness comes only from the possession of God, and in the Eucharist we own God.
Focus on theLord
But we may say to those who long ago returned to God; if you want to be more quickly recollected more directly united to God, you had better not concentrate so much on yourselves and not always place your miseries between your soul and God. Choose rather to see His goodness, His love, to contemplate Him in Himself and in His Divine motives. After that you may attend to yourselves.
You will thus lose less time in your meditation; you will grow more particular in you relations with God and more loyal in the fulfillment of the obligations of friendship. You will become less egotistic; for there are souls who never tell Our Lord a word about Himself, who hardly greet Him, and who have no homage to offer Him; they are all taken up with themselves, with their needs, and come into His presence only to beg, as soon as they cross His threshold. Act like little children; love, and then speak.
Talk to Him
To adore well we must, above all, talk to Our Lord; He will answer us. Everybody can talk to Our Lord. Is He not in the Eucharist for everybody? Does He not tell us,”Come ye all to Me?” This conversation which goes on between the soul and Our Lord is the true Eucharistic meditation, that is, adoration.
The grace of it is given to everybody. Go to Our Lord as you are. Exhaust your own stock of piety and of love before resorting to books; cherish the inexhaustible book of a humble love. It is all very well to have a devotional book in case the mind wanders or the senses grow drowsy, but remember that the good Lord prefers the poverty of your heart to the most sublime thoughts and affections borrowed from others.
Begin with Love
Always begin your adoration, therefore, with an act of love, and bringing your soul under the action of God will be a joy. If you begin with yourself, you will stop halfway; or if you begin with any virtue other than love, you are taking the wrong road.
For what stands in strongest opposition of the grace of love in us is not that we are no sooner at the feet of our Good Master than we straightaway speak to Him of ourselves, of our sins, of our defects, and of our spiritual wretchedness? In other words, we tire our mind with the sight of our misery, we sadden our heart with the thought of our ingratitude and unfaithfulness.
Keep well in mind these four points: love adores, then gives thanks, weeps over its sins, and consecrates itself entirely to the greater glory of Jesus. “Love, render thanks, repent, and give yourself.”
How love triumphs
Well, in view of such a sad and discouraging picture of things to come, what was the heart of Christ to do? Unable to win the heart of a man, was His love to admit defeat? And since His Eucharist was bound to be useless for some was it worth his instituting it at all?
But His love triumphed over all these sacrifices. “No,” exclaimed Jesus, “it will not be said that man can offend Me more than I can love him. I will love him in spite of his ingratitude and crimes. I, his King, will wait for him to visit Me. I, his Lord, will offer him My love before he offers Me his. I, his Saviour, will be at his beck and call. I, his God, will give Myself entirely to him so that he may give himself entirely to Me and that I may give him with My love all the treasures of My goodness, all the magnificence of My glory; so that I may triumph in him and that he may triumph through Me. If there are so many as a few faithful hearts, if there is only one grateful and devoted soul, I will be compensated for all My sacrifices. I will institute the Eucharist for that one soul; I will rule supreme over the heart of at least one man.
Our Lord seems to seek outrages. He does not take care of His honour. It is frightful to think of it. Ah! How terrified we will be on the day of judgement for having lived with so much love at our sides and paid no heed to it!