Historic and Inspirational Stories of the Blessed Sacrament with Prayers
FR. FREDERICK A. REUTER, K.C.B.S.
with Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat, Feast of the Assumption, 1922
THE STORY OF
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT #5
A VERY remarkable event is recorded to have happened on the fifth of February, 1876, in a small town in Poland called Dubna, during the celebration of the Forty Hours' devotion in the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amid the terrors of the revolution, the church of Dubna had been fortunate to escape molestation, and that reason, added to religious motives, contributed to make the number of religious worshipers thronging the church particularly large. As the Blessed Sacrament was exposed to the view of the multitude, soft brilliant rays of light began emanating from the monstrance, in plain sight of the people kneeling close to the Sanctuary. Then a wonderful apparition took place: Our Lord appeared distinctly in place of the Host, and remained there throughout all forty hours.
Catholics and heretics, some from motives of strong faith, others, out of mere curiosity, repaired to the church to see the miracle, until persons of every vocation and of every form of belief offered their solemn testimony as to the fact of the manifestation. This wide acknowledgment brought the affair to the ears of city officials; as a result the parish priest was called to give testimony before the director of police. The Governor of Schitomar being informed, it was forbidden under pain of imprisonment to speak of the apparition. But the witnesses were not anxious to parade God's work before the incredulous, and so they were content that God saw fit to exhibit His marvelous power in their behalf. A written statement of the miracle having been submitted by the priest to the Bishop of the diocese, the latter requested that the event should be kept secret, lest the Church should be closed by the civil authorities.
I ADORE Thee in Thy Sacrament, O Jesus, eternal Love and Source of all graces, and I beseech Thee to cast a look of mercy upon Thy children prostrate before Thee. See, O Lord, how great is our poverty, and deign to help us.
Bless us in out thoughts, our sentiments, our words and actions. Bless us in our relations, in our labors, our trials, our sufferings. Grant by Thy grace that, doing what Thou requirest of us, we may become worthy to be the object of the blessings by which Thou will call Thy elect to the kingdom of Thy Father.
ACT OF CONTRITION
O MY GOD I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, because Thou art infinitely good and infinitely worthy of all my love, and because sin displeases Thee. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to never more offend Thee by sin.
MY JESUS, I believe that Thou art present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things, and I desire to receive Thee into my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace Thee as if Thou wert already come, and unite myself wholly to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
SOUL OF CHRIST, be my sanctification;
JESUS, my God, I love Thee above all things.
O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in Thy servants, in the spirit of Thy holiness, in the fullness of Thy power, in the truth of Thy virtues, in the perfection of Thy ways, in the communion of Thy mysteries; subdue every hostile power, in Thy Spirit, for the glory of the Father.A Sacred Heart Reading
A PRIEST relates the following conversion of a great sinner, in which the goodness of the Heart of Jesus is strikingly manifested:
"A young man, one of my parishioners, whose parents had given up their
practice of religion, became so impious and lawless that he scandalized
even those who led bad lives. The excesses in which he indulged brought
on an infection of the lungs which, gradually developing, was slowly leading
him to the grave. I visited him and gave him many proofs of the interest
I took in him; but he met all my advances with blasphemies and insults,
even refusing to say a 'Hail Mary.' His state filled me with grief. 'My
good friend,' I said to one of my curates, 'go at once to Paray-le-Monial;
ask prayers for our poor dying man, and place his name in the Heart of
Jesus.' He set off without delay, and the next day he was at Paray-le-Monial
with the pilgrims from Dijon. Prayers were said and his Communions offered
for the lost sheep, and his name was placed near the altar of the Heart
of Jesus. Full of hope we went again to visit the sick man. ' I prayed
for you at Paray,' said the curate, 'and I have brought you a medal of
the Sacred Heart.' 'I thank you,' replied the dying sinner, and calling
his mother he asked for a ribbon, to which he attached the medal, placed
it around his neck, and even kissed it with respect. 'Now," said he, 'I
wish to go to Confession, and it must be this very day.' He received all
the Sacraments of the Church, to the great edification of all present.
Whilst I administered Extreme Unction, he said: 'Do not hurry, Father,
I must follow what you say, and ask pardon for my sins. O how good is the
Heart of Jesus in waiting for and pardoning me; if I could live longer,
how much I would love It.' He died the following day, blessing the Heart
MAY the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time! Amen.
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