Thanksgiving After Holy Communion
Dearest Jesus, once again I find myself alone
with You, heart to heart with my God, my
Saviour, and my King.
What can I say to You that You may
I am happy in Your presence, happy
love You bear me, longing to make some
for all Your goodness to me, who is
and so ungenerous towards You, my dearest
What can I do to show You that I love You?
What sacrifice can I make to prove to You
that I wish to be like You? I hear Your dear
sweet voice reply: “Be perfect”.
This is much to ask of one so weak as I,
my Lord, and yet I know that if You ask it
of me, You also give me Your grace, Your
love, Your never-failing light that shines
forever upon the model I have chosen to imitate
in all its beauty and strength.
Let my life be one long study of this face
so pure and good, one continuous effort to
reproduce in my soul the likeness of Him
who loves me with a tender, merciful love.
Grand that I may keep my eyes so fixed
You, my dearest Lord, that Your sweet
may become mine, Your beautiful sentiments
may creep into my soul, Your tenderness,
Your charity may shine in all my actions
so, like You, I may “go around doing
This is my resolve, to grow to be like
my Lord. And when the days seem hard
trials difficult to bear, I shall remember,
sweet Lord, that I pledged my word
that my life should be one constant,
effort to become like You in thought
word and deed.
J. S. E., RABBONI: Heart to Heart Before
Cincinnati, Ohio: Ursuline Nuns, 1920.
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