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

Love of Jesus Christ – Twenty-Ninth Day of January

Love of Jesus Christ.

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


By Communion we are united to Him Whom the blessed spirits dare not behold, so penetrated are they with holy reverence. We become one body, one flesh with Him. Where is the shepherd who nourishes his flock with his own blood? We see many mothers who confide their children to nurses. It is not thus Jesus Christ does in our regard; He nourishes us with His own blood. — St. John Chrysostom.

“O my love!” exclaimed St. Augustine. “Jesus Christ has said, ‘Eat My body,’ that there might be a most intimate union between Him and me. Is not this the folly of love?”

St. Magdalene of Pazzi asked a novice what were the thoughts which occupied her in holy Communion. She replied: “I thought of the love of Jesus.” “That is well,” said the saint, “but it is not sufficient to think of that for a short time only; we must think constantly of it.”


My God, I would that, in order to please Thee, I possessed all the humility, obedience, faith, love, religion, hope, all the virtues of all the saints, that Thou mightest be more and more glorified.

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