Prayer – Twenty-Second Day of September
“We ought always to pray.” — St. Luke 18.1.
A friend will visit his friend in the morning to wish him a good day, in the evening, a good night, taking also an opportunity to converse with him during the day. In like manner make visits to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, if your duties permit it. It is especially at the foot of the altar that one prays well. In all your visits to Our Saviour, frequently offer His precious blood to the Eternal Father. You will find these visits very conducive to increase in you divine love. — St. Magdalene of Pazzi.
A pious person whose duties brought her out very much never passed a church without entering to offer to Jesus her homage and to recommend herself to Him.
St. Vincent de Paul visited the Blessed Sacrament as frequently as possible. It was at the feet of Jesus Christ that he took his rest after his many occupations. There, in a basement, in the presence of Our Saviour, his faith beheld Him more clearly than if he see Him with corporal eyes. His admirable modesty, which had its birth in his deep religious sentiments, struck all who beheld him. When his advice was asked upon matters of importance, he had recourse, like Moses, to the divine tabernacles to consult the Oracle of Truth. He never went out without first going to Our Lord to ask His blessing, and upon his return he presented himself before Him to thank Him for the graces he had given him, and to beg pardon for the faults he had committed. It might be said that his heart remained in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, while in body he was far away. He often wished that his duties permitted him to rest here in prayers all his life.
In Rome the servant of god St. Joseph Labre was called the forty hours beggar, because he spent the greater part of the day in those churches where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for the veneration of the faithful. When not reciting the Divine Office, or some other vocal prayer, he appeared to be in an ecstasy. “He is a saint,” those would say who saw him in the church.
O my amiable Saviour, let my heart be always in adoration at the foot of Thy altar. I would wish to be there in prayer the rest of my life.