In Sinu Iesu: March 2012 Archives

It has always been so

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The image depicts the widow's giving her mite. It is in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, and dates from the sixth century.

It is the little and the poor who come to Me in the Sacrament of My Love
and who console My Heart by their presence to Me.
It has always been so.

The proud and the worldly have no time for Me
because I am hidden,
because I am poor,
because I am silent
in the Sacrament of My Love.

But those who are themselves humble and poor
are drawn to the humility and to the poverty of My Eucharistic Presence.
I welcome them.
I take comfort in their presence,
and I recognize them as those blessed of My Father
to whom belongs already the Kingdom of Heaven.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

The Little Moment

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No moment spent in My presence is without value.
Every moment given Me is precious in My sight
and becomes fruitful for the whole Church.
It is not a question of quantity,
of spending long hours in My presence
when the duties of one's state in life require something else.
What I ask instead is the moment of pure adoration and of love
offered to Me from a simple, childlike heart.

Just as a mother takes delight in a single wild flower
offered by her child,
as much as in a great bouquet of flowers,
so too do I take delight in the moment offered Me out of love.

Begin, then, by offering Me what you can.
You will see that I will move you to add moment to moment
until you are giving Me all the time of adoration and of love
that I desire from you.

Too many souls are discouraged when they attempt to pray.
They think, wrongly, that unless they can undertake much,
they should undertake nothing.
And so they abandon prayer and leave Me alone,
waiting for their little moment of presence,
a consolation to My Heart.

Give Me the little moment of adoration and of love
and I will multiply it,
making it possible for you to give Me hours of adoration and of love,
as they become available in your life,
and as I ask them of you.

Too many souls try to do much
and end up doing nothing.
Better to begin by doing what is very little,
and by entrusting that little offering to Me,
confident that I will receive it
and turn it to My glory
and to the glory of My Father.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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