Novena for the Feast of CORPUS CHRISTI
Meditation – Sixth Day
Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament is the Fountain foretold by the prophet, open to all, in which we may, at all times, cleanse our souls from all the stains of sin which we daily contract. When any one falls into a fault, what better remedy is there than immediately to have recourse to the Ever-Blessed Sacrament. Yes, my Jesus, this I resolve always to do, knowing as I do that the waters of this, Thy fountain, not only cleanse me, but also give me light and strength to preserve me from falling, and to enable me to bear crosses cheerfully, and at the same time animate me with love for Thee. I know that for this purpose, Thou expectest that I should visit Thee, and that Thou rewardest with many graces the visits of those who love Thee. My Jesus, wash me now from all the faults I have this day committed; I am sorry for them because they have displeased Thee; give me strength to fall no more into them, by giving me an ardent love of Thee. Oh! that I could be always with Thee, like Thy faithful servant, Mary Diaz, who lived in the days of St. Teresa, and was allowed by the Bishop of Avila to inhabit the tribune of a church, in which she almost unceasingly continued in the presence of the most holy Sacrament, which she called her neighbor, and which she scarcely ever quitted but to go to Confession and Communion. The venerable Father Francis of the Infant Jesus, a bare-footed Carmelite, could not refrain from visiting the most holy Sacrament, whenever he passed a church wherein It was kept, saying that it was not fitting that a friend should pass by the dwelling of his friend without going in, at least to salute him, and say a few words to him: but he was not content with a few words, he always stayed as long as he was allowed, before his beloved Lord. My sole and infinite Good, I see that Thou hast instituted this Sacrament, and remainest on this altar on purpose to be loved by me; for this end Thou hast given me a heart capable of loving Thee; why, then, am I so ungrateful as not to love Thee, or to love Thee so little ? It is not just that such goodness as Thine should be so little loved: the great love which Thou bearest me deserves a very different return on my part. Thou art God, infinite in all perfection — and I am a wretched worm: it would be little were I to die for Thee, were I to be consumed for Thy sake, who didst die for me, and dost daily sacrifice Thyself on our altars for love of me. Thou deservest to be much loved, and I will love Thee much; help me, my Jesus, help me to love Thee, to do that which pleases Thee so much, and which Thou seekest of me.
My Beloved is mine, and I am His!
I thank Thee, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon this earth for our salvation, and for instituting the august Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank Thee for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Thy infinite majesty and beauty, which Thy Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Thy Mercy.
I thank Thee, most loving Jesus, for having made Thyself my food, and for uniting me to Thyself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in Thee.
I thank Thee, my Jesus, for giving Thyself to me in this Most Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Thy love that Thou hast no greater gift to give me.
I thank Thee not only for becoming my food but also for offering Thyself as a continual sacrifice to Thy Eternal Father for my salvation. I thank Thee, Divine Priest, for offering Thyself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.
I thank Thee for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual propitiatory Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which Thou satisfiest Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank Thee, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of Heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in Thee that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul and let me always be worthy of Thee.
I thank Thee for offering Thyself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He hath bestowed upon me. In union with Thine offering of Thyself to Thy Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor:
(Mention your petition here)
If it be Thy holy Will, grant my request. Through Thee I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Thy love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with Thee in Heaven. Amen.
O Lord, Thou hast given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us who are worthy of Thee. Thou hast given them bread from Heaven. Having all sweetness within.
God our Father, for Thy glory and our salvation Thou appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the souls He gained for Thee by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Most Blessed Sacrament, for He liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, forever. Amen.
O Jesus, since Thou hast left us a remembrance of Thy Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Thy Redemption through Christ our Lord. Amen.