from the 'Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus'
CHAPTER I. THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST IS
AN INVENTION OF THE LOVE OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- The voice of Jesus.-----I was dead, My Child, and behold I am living for ever more.
I had come forth from the Father, and had come into the world: at last I was leaving the world to return to the Father.
However, the love of My Heart did not allow nor suffer that I should leave them orphans, whom I cherished more than My Own life.
The love of My father called and invited Me, that, coming, I might be glorified with Him, with the glory which I had with Him before the world was created.
The love of men also invited and urged Me on, that, staying among them, I might comfort them amidst all the troubles of life.
And behold! My Heart invented a means of satisfying both My love for My Father, and My Love for men.
A mystery, My Child, that going up into Heaven I may be seated at the right of the Father, and abide with you even to the consummation of the world.
A mystery, which, unless I Myself had drawn it forth from My Heart, no mortal could ever have imagined: a mystery which transcends all created nature: a mystery, in fine, which exceeds all finite power.
There is need, therefore, of stupendous miracles, to be wrought by Divine omnipotence alone. But love triumphs: love, which in My Divine Heart found the design, there also found the power of executing the same.
All things are possible, all things are easy, if I will them in My Heart, Whose Will is power and execution.
- As men were not able to bear the sight of My glorified Majesty, and the world could not subsist in the effulgence of such a brightness; regard was to be had to their weakness, lest, alarmed at the splendor of My greatness, they might be kept away.
Wherefore, I must needs conceal My dazzling glory, and display naught that might fill them with dread.
Moreover, My Child, since thou hast here no permanent city, but lookest for one to come, it is expedient for thee, that I do abide with thee under another form; lest, forgetting that thou art a pilgrim on earth, thou be willing to make here thy abode, and cling to the things of the present; but that, mindful of thy place of exile, thou mayst aspire to thy country, where thou shalt be able, with face unveiled, to gaze upon My glory.
Lastly, since this life is short, and after it there shall be no longer any time to gain merits, it is good and most useful that I hide My countenance, that thus thou mayst have a greater opportunity of reducing to practice faith, as well as all other virtues.
- If for so many reasons it is advantageous that I dwell henceforth in another form among men upon earth: from among all possible forms that one should be chosen, which is best suited to My Heart, and most profitable to men.
Now, My Child, since I came down to men, that they might have spiritual life, and since I stay in their midst that they may have it more abundantly; and as the spiritual life bears in every way a resemblance to the material life, which is sustained and strengthened by natural food; they need a supernatural food, whereby the life of the spirit may be preserved, may grow in solidity, and flourish ever more and more.
It is better, therefore, that I remain under the appearance of food, since I am not only the Bread of life, but Life itself. For how much more abundantly will the faithful soul have life, if she be nourished with Life itself?
Besides, Child, My Heart is love: but love is the gift of one's self, and does not rest until it has given and united itself to the object beloved.
Now, as in the life of nature. naught is more intimately united than food and the one that takes it; so also in the spiritual life, by the gift of My love, the greatest and most intimate union occurs between the soul and Myself.
This is that Divine and beatific union, whereby 1 can render every soul blissful: the work of a boundless love.