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

Love of Jesus Christ – Twenty-Eighth Day of January

Love of Jesus Christ.

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


In the sacrament of the Eucharist, Jesus Christ, says the Council of Trent, has lavished upon men all the riches of His love. This sacrament is the sacrament of charity. According to St. Thomas it is the pledge of the sovereign charity of Jesus Christ. It is called by St. Bernard the love of loves.

St. Magdalene of Pazzi said that a person who communicated often might well say: “All is consummated. God, in giving Himself to me in holy Communion, could give me nothing more precious than what He has given.”

When St. Philip Neri was dying, on beholding the priest with the holy Viaticum, he exclaimed: “This is my love, my love; give me my love!” Let us enter into these sentiments when we approach the table of the Lord.


O my Saviour, O my Love, Thou givest Thyself to me, and Thou but askest my heart in return. What is this heart of mine of which Thou art so jealous? O my God, Who art so perfect, Thou suffices for Thyself. How blind will I be if I ever love anything but Thee! Grant, O my God, that my heart may rest in Thee alone, for Whom it is created. I will do all in my power to gain hearts to Thee, my Lord.

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