Whenever the Venerable Esprite de Jesus used to repeat the Holy Name of Jesus, she seemed to hear an interior Voice, which said to her:
“I am always looking at you.”
On one occasion, upon hearing these Divine words, she asked where her dear Lord was. The reply?
“I am in your heart, My love.”
Are we not living tabernacles? Were we not created for love? Did Jesus not promise to abide with us and to make His home in us? How else did Bl. Alexandrina live on the Eucharist alone for years and years? How else are sinners fashioned into saints (a greater work than creation itself)? How else could St. Anthony Mary Claret have received the grace of having Jesus dwelling perpetually in his heart?
The end of such considerations is to direct us to one place: the Tabernacle.
“On the night of 29th to the 30th June, the last of the octave and the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Theodolinde’s [Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché, d. 1863] time for adoration was from one to three in the morning — this was God’s hour.
She had scarcely knelt down, when she was seized by a grace which became usual to her; she seemed to be sensibly touched by the divine love, as if a sharp ray had emerged from the Host and reached her heart; so strong was the impression that she received that she felt as if she were dragged out of herself.
“The Eucharistic veils disappeared; … I saw Our Lord as if seated on a throne; a channel of gold seemed to connect His Heart with mine, and to cause a life to flow into my being from which I should have died had He not supported me; and I heard — though there were no words — what I shall now tell:
‘I wish for adoration and reparation in order to appease My Father’s justice, but all these associations are not sufficient.
A religious consecration is needed . . . there must be souls always before Me so that they may receive My Life.
… I will place on their hearts a channel of gold as I have just done to you . . .
that life which I shall give them must be communicated by them to souls which belong to Me in the world’.”
Source: ‘Eucharistic reparation: the life of the Ven. Marie-Thérèse du Coeur de Jésus, foundress of the Congregation of Adoration Réparatrice’
+ Update: I am still working on a post about Mary; the working title is: ’33 Reasons to Consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary.’ This will possibly take months (I spend roughly 5hrs a month on the blog, max.). I will try to post some brief articles in the meantime.
+ Servite Domino in laetitia
I haven’t had much time to work on the blog, so it might be a little while before I post the next article. I have been working for some time on a post about devotion to Our Lady, but it has been very stop-start… It is mostly a collection of quotations, but I will write a brief intro when I get the time!
For now, here is a little gem: “He who keeps constant hold of the staff of prayer will not stumble. And even if he does, his fall will not be fatal.” – St. John Climacus (p. 199, The Principles of Monasticism)
HELLO, JUST WONDERING WHY I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A NEW ISSUE? THIS IS THE LAST I GOT FROM YOU. ‘HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. . .
Sit nomen Domini benedictum!
I can’t remember the quote exactly, but Dom Pius de Hemptinne said something like this (to Our Lady): “Make Jesus to grow in my heart even as He didst grow in your womb!”
God bless you, Jesus sure is in our Hearts. 🙂
No worries 🙂
Thanks for the prayers! I will send some your way, too.
If I come across anything, I will definitely let you know.
Also, you probably know this already, but “little Van” was spiritually close to Sr. Benigna Consolata. She is an extraordinary soul, and it is thanks to her writings that I discovered Sr. Jeanne Benigne.
May God bless you abundantly, dear sister!
ps. You must read about a dear sister of mine: Venerable Philomena de Santa Colomba!
Thank you dearest brother! Prayers for your joy in Lent, and I will follow up the leads you mention to see if I can discover whether Sr. Jeanne or Sr. Gertrude also received this Eucharistic grace…Do let me know if your guardian angel leads you to any more particular references, but if not, simply many thanks for this information. God bless you!
Julie! Very nice to hear from you! You are always in my prayers.
Reading of your sufferings, I cannot be unmoved, and yet I am forced to repeat what a certain Abbot said (I paraphrase) to one of his spiritual children: “I would say that I am sorry to hear of your sufferings, were it not for the fact that they are so evident a sign of God’s love for you.”
That said, I will pray that you feel the sweetness of Christ’s yoke.
I often write (quote saints etc.) for myself to some extent, but I’m glad others appreciate it as well! 🙂
I have Adoration now. I will take your intentions with me to Our Lord. I don’t have much to offer Him, but I do believe 100% that His mercy is unfathomable.
All the best, dear Julie!
Very sorry – I am off e-mail for Lent! Also, I have been so busy that I have not had time to reply to anyone for some time. I will get around to it when God permits. Until then, be assured of my prayers – esp. at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lean on your Beloved, Who wishes to be your ALL.
Hello, dear sister! (Any sister of Therese and Marcel Van is a sister of mine!)
It is an incredible and fascinating grace. I’m sure it would make for an interesting study.
I have read about this grace in the life of another servant of God, but I cannot recall who it was. I have a great love for and devotion to Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos; I think she might have received this grace. I have read her biography twice, but my memory can only take so much! Also, Sr. Gertrude Mary might be another, but I’m even less confident about her.
Thanks for the thanks 🙂
My internet use is limited during Lent, so I can’t e-mail. Perhaps in the future…!
+Servite Domino in laetitia
Greetings Ben! This is your spiritual mother Julie from Arizona. It’s been sometime since I’ve commented.
Since our adoption proceedings God literally packed my husband and I by the back of our necks and moved us a block and a half from five grandchildren. I also have become more physically debilitated from the arthritis in my spine and rather than housebound am somewhat chair bound. Ben, I cannot tell you how helpful your postings have been! The increased pain, decreased mobility, and highly increased self pity required The Physician, using you, as I bravely tried to pull a rock box around and around the race track by myself. Halfway into this misadventure I was informed if I would only hold up Jesus would pull with :-/. So many of the things you write or addressed specifically to me. So God bless you, my dear, passionately in love with the Saints (and the Great Physician!) Ben. In His Peace, and Mercy – julie
Are you still able to respond to emails? I had some questions I wanted to ask you, but I wanted to know whether you would be able to respond or not.
Dear Brother Cassian,
Just yesterday I found your blog (Thank You Holy Spirit and guardian angel!), and I have a question for you: You mentioned St. Anthony Mary Claret’s special Eucharistic miracle/grace of having Jesus abide in him in the Eucharistic species between Holy Communions. I am a little sister of Therese and Marcel, a lover of the Saints (and of Jesus :), and I am researching this miracle. So far I have found similar instances in the lives of St. Faustina, Padre Pio, and Blessed Dina Belanger. Are you aware of any other instances in which this grace of Jesus’ abiding Eucharistic presence has been given to recent or older saints, venerables, or holy ones? Thank you so much for any light you can shed! May the angels assist you!
p.s. you can email me back or post, though email would be easier for me (to be sure I see it – I don’t have internet at home, so my time online is limited). Oh, and thank you so much for this beautiful blog! God be praised!
No worries, Denise! St. Therese and a few other little souls have sent me some bouquets over the years; hopefully I will get to share them all before I die!
Thanks for sharing, Pat! Very beautiful words.
‘… he that receiveth Me, the same also shall live by Me.’
“You are a tabernacle constructed by Divine Hands.”
– Our Lord to Bl. Alexandrina
Thank you so much… I look forward to these little flowers as often as you can send them.
Thank you for another deeply profound post…”Are we not living tabernacles? … The end of such considerations is to direct us to one place: the Tabernacle.” Just read this from St. Teresa of Avila–how we are also in Him — “God is a very large and beautiful mansion” so any sins we commit, or good done are “done in the Palace itself, inside God.” And then I read this in “In Sinu Jesu” — “Consent to be hidden. Let Me hide you as you hide Me in the tabernacle. My Heart is your tabernacle, and you are my host.”
As always, much food for contemplation! God bless you!