The Way of Love
SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Ghost
ACT OF LOVE
O my God,
the true and only love of my soul,
what more couldst Thou do to induce me to love Thee!
Thou wast not content with dying for me;
Thou didst wish to institute this holy Sacrament,
to give Thyself entirely to me,
and thus unite Thy whole Heart
to the heart of a creature
so vile and ungrateful as I am.
And what is more,
Thou Thyself dost invite me to receive Thee;
Thou dost ardently desire that I should receive Thee.
O infinite love!
a God wishes to give Himself to me!
My soul, dost thou believe all this?
What are thou doing,
or what hast thou to say?
the only object worthy of all love,
I love Thee with my whole heart;
I love Thee above all things;
I love Thee more than myself -
more than my life!
Oh, that I could see Thee loved by all!
Oh, that I could make all hearts love Thee,
as much as Thou dost desire!
I love Thee,
O most amiable God;
and in loving Thee,
I unite my miserable heart to the heart of Seraphim,
to the heart of most holy Mary,
and to the Heart of Jesus Thy most holy Son.
Thus I love Thee,
O infinite Goodness,
with the love with which the Saints,
with which Jesus and Mary love Thee.
A PRAYER FOR THE
VIRTUE OF COMPASSION
Compassionate and merciful Jesus,
My heart longs for Your perfection.
Not only do You share in my sufferings,
You have voluntarily accepted them.
Your proficiency at perceiving my soul
Is compared to reading large fonts in a book:
Nothing is hidden from Your panorama!
Your merciful nature knows my intentions.
Considering my continuous weaknesses,
You are dedicated to the cause of my salvation.
Jesus, You are most kind and forgiving:
You are the proven Lord of compassion!
ACT OF DESIRE
My soul, the happy hour is arrived;
Jesus comes to dwell in my poor heart.
Behold the King of Heaven,
thy Redeemer and thy God,
coming to thee;
prepare thyself to receive Him with love;
say to Him with the most ardent desire:
Come, O my Jesus,
come to me:
I desire to receive Thee,
before Thou dost give Thyself to me,
I desire to give Thee my miserable heart;
come and take full possession of it.
Come, my God, make haste;
do not delay.
I would wish to receive Thee
with that love with which the most holy and loving souls,
with which Immaculate Mary received Thee.
With their Communion I unite this Communion of mine.
Most holy Virgin, my Mother, Mary,
behold I am going to receive Thy Son.
I would wish to have Thy heart,
and the love with which Thou didst communicate:
give me this morning Thy Jesus,
as Thou gavest Him
to the shepherds and to the Magi.
I wish to receive Him from Thy most pure hands;
tell Him that I am Thy servant,
and that I am devoted to Thee;
and when He comes to me,
He will look on me with a more loving eye,
and will unite Himself more closely to me.
ACT OF CHARITY
O my God!
I love Thee,
with my whole heart and soul,
and above all things,
because Thou art infinitely good and perfect,
and most worthy of all my love;
and for Thy sake,
I love my neighbor as myself.
O my God!
that having loved Thee on earth,
I may love and enjoy Thee
for ever in Heaven.
ACT OF ADORATION
I adore Thee,
O my God,
present in the Holy Eucharist,
as my Creator,
and my Redeemer.
I offer Thee all that I have,
all that I am,
all that depends on me;
I offer Thee my mind to think of Thee,
my heart to love Thee;
my will to serve Thee;
my body to labor and suffer for Thy love.
I am Thine,
I give myself;
I consecrate myself to Thee,
I abandon myself to Thee,
I wish to live and die for love of Thee.
ACT OF THANKSGIVING
From the depths of my heart
I thank You, Dear Lord,
For Your infinite kindness in coming to me.
How good You are to me!
With Your most holy Mother and all the angels,
I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me,
A poor sinner.
I thank You for nourishing my soul
With Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood.
I will try to show my gratitude to You
In the Sacrament of Your love,
By obedience to Your holy commandments,
By fidelity to my duties,
By kindness to my neighbor
And by an earnest endeavor
To become more like You in my daily conduct.
THE DIVINE PRAISES
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God.
Blessed be Her holy and immaculate Conception.
Blessed be Her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, Her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
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