At the Foot of the Cross

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An excerpt from In Sinu Jesu, dated January 10, 2008:

…I want you to learn to remain before My Eucharistic Face, silent, adoring, listening to Me, and loving Me for those who do not adore Me, those who do not listen to Me, those who never express their love for Me in this way. If only My priests would spend time before My Eucharistic Face, I should heal them, purify them, sanctify them, and change them into apostles set all ablaze with the living flame that consumes My Heart in the Blessed Sacrament. But they stay away. They prefer so many other things, vain pursuits and things that leave them empty, bitter, and weary. They forget My words, “Come to Me . . . and I will refresh you.” My priests will be renewed in holiness and in purity when they begin to seek Me out in the Sacrament of My love…

Not only priests will be renewed in holiness but also those religious and lay faithful who seek the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

I have learned from a devout priest that we should spend at least 15 minutes each day at the foot of the Cross. It is there that we can give everything, our whole selves, to Our Lord Crucified. But it must be noted who of the Apostles was able to remain at the Foot of the Cross, Saint John, the Beloved Apostle. Why was this so?

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It was Saint John who rested his head upon the breast of Jesus, wherein he was able to receive the strength, the power, the love to remain with Our Lord as He hung upon the Cross.

It will thus be the same for us, who, with a solid resolve, attend to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. If we are unable to receive Our Lord daily in Holy Communion, let us at least make a Spiritual Communion uniting our hearts to the Lord and begging to receive the graces necessary to love Him. Let us not do so with haste, but with gratitude for such a great gift. Do not delay in each day spending time with Our Lord, away from all other distractions. Even if you cannot physically get to the Church, can you not transport your heart in spirit near the Tabernacle where Our Lord awaits you?

Let us learn from the example of Saint John, we will only be able to bear the crosses in our life, to remain at the Foot of the Cross of Our Lord, if we lovingly receive the strength, the fortitude, the peace of the Sacrament of Love, the Most Holy Eucharist!

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