Saint Anthony of Padua and the Infant Jesus by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Love of Jesus Christ – Twenty-Fifth Day of January

Love of Jesus Christ.

If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.


Let us go, my brethren, let us enter into the amiable Heart of Jesus, never more to leave it. Let us excite ourselves to great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is so abundant a source of love and mercy. — Jean Lansperg, Carthusian.

The holy bishop of Geneva never spoke of the Sacred Heart of Jesus but with the greatest transports of love. Following his example, let us offer to God the Father the Heart of His divine Son. All that we ask of God, let us ask it through the Heart of Jesus. Let this Sacred Heart be the temple in which we shall never cease to worship; let it be the altar upon which we offer Him our sacrifices, and the victim also.

Let us imitate another holy religious, who begged Jesus Christ that the tribunal before which she would be judged might be His Sacred Heart, in order that it might be a favorable one. St. Matilda, penetrated with the love of Jesus Christ while in prayer, in imagination kissed the sacred wound in His Heart. In this pious exercise she found ineffable sweetness. She seemed to hear the voice of her Beloved, Who said: “My daughter, I desire thee to place in Me alone all the delights of thy soul.” She cried: “Yes, my Love, yes, my Love.” “Let My love,” continued Jesus Christ, “be that of a mother to thee; let it be My love that awakens thee, that clothes thee in the morning, that animates thee, that prays, that speaks, that acts in thee, that conducts thee wherever thou goest.” From awakening in the morning until resting at night, she lived only in and for the love of His divine Heart.


I will go with confidence to thy Sacred Heart, O my Jesus! I will enter, I will bury myself there. I will say with love, “Holy, holy, holy. Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost.” I will never cease to bless, to praise Thy infinite perfections. Thou art the sovereign good, Thou art the source of all good, Thou art a good that is eternal, infinite, the only principle of all perfection, of all glory, and of all happiness. O my Saviour, inspire all Christians with a great devotion to Thy Sacred Heart.