Preparation for Holy Communion

Tonight I bring my heart to You, my dearest Jesus, to You I dedicate it. Unformed and weak and timid, I place it at Your feet. Oh! Lift it up, my dearest Lord; take it to Yourself and form it. Make it strong to do the good You ask of me. Make it bold to resist the wrong, courageous to ignore the criticism of those about me.

O my dear Lord, let this year be full of progress, full of merit, full of good. Let me be faithful to the inspirations that come to me at every moment. Let me listen to Your sweet voice that bids me keep back the impatient word, the unkind look the selfish act.

I beg of You to grant that I may cause no pain to anyone. Let my days be one long chaplet of cheerful loving kindness. Let no word of mine, no act, however small, wound the heart of anyone.

Teach me, dearest Lord, to know You, to understand You. Let me, each day sacrifice something of my ways, so that Your beautiful characteristics may be gradually stamped upon me. May Your ways become my ways; Your sweet and gentle words, my words; Your pure and noble thoughts, my thoughts; Your kind and tender acts, my acts, so that all in me may bear, little by little, a stronger likeness to the One who in my heart will rest tomorrow morning, my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Let all in me bring joy and peace and happiness to others. May no one be less good for having come within my influence. May no one be less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow traveler in our journey towards eternal life.

Good-night, my dearest Jesus. Bless me before I go. Lay Your tender hand upon me, Your child, who longs to be like her Lord. Come to my heart tomorrow and fill it with Your grace. Take away all that looks like sin, that I may never pain You more, my own sweet Lord.

I love You now, but Oh! Increase my love so that all I do, or think, or say, may bear the mark of my Lord, my Friend, my All.


J. S. E., RABBONI: Heart to Heart Before the Tabernacle,
Cincinnati, Ohio: Ursuline Nuns, 1920. Nihil Obstat
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament: My Cherished Rabboni, pp.44-46