Lent & Prayer


Building on our desire to pray more before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament this Lent,
consider this from Jacques Bossuet, a French spiritual writer of the 1700’s.

And you, whoever you may be, to whom Divine Providence should bring
this book, be you great or small, poor or rich, wise or ignorant, priest or
layman, monk or nun: go now to the foot of the altar and contemplate
Jesus there, in the sacrament where he hides. Remain there in silence.
Say nothing to him. Look upon him and wait for him to speak to you in
the depths of your heart.
I have died, he says, and my life is hidden in God until I appear in my
glory to judge the world. Hide yourself in God with me and do not think
of appearing until I appear.
If you are alone, I will be your companion.
If you are weak, I will be your strength.
If you are poor, I will be your treasure.
If you are hungry, I will be your food.
If you are afflicted, I will be your consolation and your joy.
If you are bored, I will be your delight.
If you are falling, I will hold you up.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and
opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with
me” (Rev. 3:20) I do not wish for a third: none other but you and me. . . .
So may it be, O Lord, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy
Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Jacques Bossuet (1627-1704)


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