The touch of Jesus

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Quinquagesima Sunday

Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes
26th World Day of the Sick

Today is the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday. And this year, it happens to fall also on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. How appropriate, given that we see time and again in Scripture that God is moved with pity by the condition of man. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus demonstrates God’s love for his creatures and his desire to cleanse and heal us. Jesus’ mission is to reconcile us with the Father; he humbles himself to take on a human nature; he becomes like us in all things but sin, that we might inherit rather than lose our destiny of eternal happiness.

Love is God, healing is found in him. That is why so many healings take place in association with the apparitions of Our Lady, be it at Lourdes (France, 1858), Guadalupe (Mexico, 1531), Fatima (Portugal, 1917), Kibeho (Rwanda, 1981–1989), or Vailankanni (India, 16th c).

The Old Testament reading shows us how people who were unclean had to separate themselves from community life. It was in the best interest of everyone. How different the situation is today, where the unclean gather at the table to be served the one bread to be touched by and to touch Jesus, to be forgiven of our venial sins and restored to the life of grace in the Holy Spirit. We truly can sing Psalm 32: blessed are we that Jesus takes away our faults, covers our sins. We confess our faults in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which moves us to exult, to be glad in the Lord.

Scriptures of the Day

Old Testament:  Leviticus 13:1–2, 44–46

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest,
or to one of the priests among his descendants. If the man is leprous and unclean,
the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head.

“The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare,
and shall muffle his beard; he shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’ As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean, since he is in fact unclean. He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp.

Responsorial Psalm: 32

Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
and you took away the guilt of my sin.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just;
exult, all you upright of heart.
R. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation

New Testament Epistle: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:3 

Brothers and sisters, Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Gospel: Mark 1:40–45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Meditation excerpt from Divine Intimacy, 69. The Sacraments

The Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, is a living organism possessing elements which are capable of propagating, conserving, and nourishing life in all her members. This vital force emanates from her divine Head and is the fruit of the grace merited for Her by this most loving Redeemer when He died on the Cross, that grace which He still diffuses in all His members by the means of the Sacraments. In fact, “when the Church administers the Sacraments by means of exterior rites, it is He who produces their interior effect” (Mystici Corporis). Jesus is the author of grace and has complete dominion over it; He created it as God, merited it as Man, and can dispense it as He wills and to whom He wills, even without the medium of the Sacraments. However, He ordinarily communicates grace to us through these sensible signs which He Himself has instituted, thus giving us greater assurance of having received it.

…When we receive a Sacrament it is not the priest alone who is attending to the good of our soul, but with him is Jesus, whose all-powerful action penetrates and vivifies the inmost fibers of our spirit. This is why the Sacraments, when administered to those who are capable of receiving them, have of themselves an infallible efficacy: in them is the action of God Himself.

Members of Christ’s Mystical Body

18. Now we see that the human body is given the proper means to provide for its own life, health and growth, and for that of all its members. Similarly, the Savior of mankind out of His infinite goodness has provided in a wonderful way for His Mystical Body, endowing it with the Sacraments, so that, as though by an uninterrupted series of graces, its members should be sustained from birth to death, and that generous provision might be made for the social needs of the Church. Through the waters of Baptism those who are born into this world dead in sin are not only born again and made members of the Church, but being stamped with a spiritual seal they become able and fit to receive the other Sacraments. By the chrism of Confirmation, the faithful are given added strength to protect and defend the Church, their Mother, and the faith she has given them. In the Sacrament of Penance a saving medicine is offered for the members of the Church who have fallen into sin, not only to provide for their own health, but to remove from other members of the Mystical Body all danger of contagion, or rather to afford them an incentive to virtue, and the example of a virtuous act.

19. Nor is that all; for in the Holy Eucharist the faithful are nourished and strengthened at the same banquet and by a divine, ineffable bond are united with each other and with the Divine Head of the whole Body. Finally, like a devoted mother, the Church is at the bedside of those who are sick unto death; and if it be not always God’s will that by the holy anointing she restore health to the mortal body, nevertheless she administers spiritual medicine to the wounded soul and sends new citizens to heaven – to be her new advocates – who will enjoy forever the happiness of God.

— Mystici Corporis Christi, Pope Pius XII, 1943

Prayer

Jesus, if you wish, you can make me clean.

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Everyone is searching for you

Silver and gold I have none, but what I have I give you

Today’s Old Testament reading offers a snippet from the life of Job, whose trials could lead anyone to despair. He certainly could use some good news. Perhaps, you, too, or someone you know has fallen into desolation. The responsorial psalm is one that brings hope to anyone experiencing Job-like trials. In the Gospel reading, Jesus displays his victory over sin and death by healing the sick and casting out demons. The whole town gathers around him. The New Testament reading proposes the call to action of all Christians: to bring the good news, Christ, to every situation.

Scriptures of the Day

Old Testament: Job 7:1–4, 6–7 

Job spoke, saying: Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me. If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?” then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.

My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.

Responsorial Psalm: 147  

Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.

He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.

New Testament: 1 Corinthians 9:16– 19, 22–23 

Brothers and sisters: If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.

Gospel: Mark 9:29–39 

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

Some excerpts from today’s meditation from
In Conversation With God, Vol 3

35 Spreading the truth

35.1 The urgency and responsibility of taking Christ’s doctrine to all environments

And on so many occasions, Jesus rose early in the morning and went outside the city to pray. The apostles found him there and said to him, Everyone is searching for you. And Our Lord answered them, Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out. 

…the Church has often reminded the faithful that God calls them to make use of every opportunity to spread Christ’s doctrine everywhere. (Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Apostolate of Laity, 6) …

Let us ask ourselves whether, in our own environment, in the place where we live and work, we are being true transmitters of the faith; whether we bring our friends to receive the sacraments more frequently. Let us examine ourselves as to whether we feel the urgency of the apostolate as one of the demands of our vocation, whether we feel the responsibility as those first Christians did, because the need today is no less great … For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

35.2 Apostolate and proselytism stem from our conviction that we possess the truth—the only truth that can save

The apostolate and the proselytism that we carry out, and that attract people to the Faith or to a greater dedication to God, stem from the conviction that we possess Truth and Love. We possess the Truth that saves and the only love that can assuage the anxieties of the heart, which ever remains unsatisfied. When this certainty is lost, we can see no point in spreading the Faith. Then, even if we were in a Christian environment, we might start doubting that we could exert any influence. We might despair of non-Christians ever giving their support to a just law, a law that happens to be in accord with God’s will. We would also fail to see any sense in taking Christ’s teaching to other lands where the Faith has not yet become firmly rooted. In any case, the apostolic mission would become merely social action, favoring the material advancement of these countries. We would be forgetting the most valuable treasure we can possibly give them — faith in Jesus Christ and the life of grace.

… It is important that the Faith lead us to propose social works, but the world cannot be satisfied simply with social reformers. It needs saints. (Pope Saint John Paul II) …

Faith is truth, and gives light to our reason and preserves it from error. It heals the wounds of original sin and allays the propensity to stray from the way which that primal catastrophe bestowed upon us. It is from this that the certainty of the Christian comes, not only in what refers strictly to the Faith, but to all those matters connected with it — the origin of the world and of life, the unquestionable dignity of the human person, the importance of the family … Faith is a light which enlightens a man’s path.

Without conceit be proud of the truth.
— Blessed Pope Paul VI, 1965

It is an immense gift to have received the true faith, but at the same time it is a huge responsibility. The apostolic zeal of the Christian who is aware of the treasure he has received is not fanaticism. It is love for truth, a manifestation of living faith; consistency between one’s thoughts and one’s life. Proselytism in the noblest and true sense of the word does not in any way mean attracting people through deceit or violence, but is the effort of an apostle to make Christ known, along with his call to all men. It is to want souls to recognize the richness that God has revealed, and for them to be saved. It is to want them to receive the vocation to a full dedication to God, if this is God’s will. This proselytism is one of the noblest tasks that God has entrusted to us.

35.3 Fidelity to the teaching we have to transmit

… More importantly still, God is searching for them.

 

Let loving hearts enthrone Him

12th Day of Christmas: The Epiphany of Our Lord

Their hearts were open to the horizon and they could see what the heavens were showing them, for they were guided by an inner restlessness. They were open to something new. …

The Magi were able to worship, because they had the courage to set out. And as they fell to their knees before the small, poor and vulnerable Infant, the unexpected and unknown Child of Bethlehem, they discovered the glory of God.

— Pope Francis homily for the Epiphany

We Three Kings

Their Souls Were Ready

“We have seen His star in the East and are come with gifts to adore Him.” They saw the star and immediately set out. They had no doubts: their unbounded faith was strong and sure. They did not hesitate at the prospect of trials of a long journey: they had generous hearts. They did not postpone the journey: their souls were ready.

A star often appears in the heaven of our souls; it is an inspiration from God, clear and intimate, urging us to greater generosity and calling us to a life of closer union with Him. Like the Magi, we too must always follow our star with faith, promptness, and selfless generosity. If we allow it to guide us, it will certainly lead us to God; it will bring us to the One whom we are seeking.

The Magi did not give up their quest, although the star—at one point—disappeared from their sight. We should follow their example and their perseverance, even when we are in interior darkness. This is a trial of faith which is overcome only by the exercise of pure, naked faith. I know that He wills it, I know that God is calling, and this suffices for me: Scio cui credidi et certus sum (2 Tim 1, 12); I know whom I have believed. No matter what happens, I shall trust Him.

— Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalene, Divine Intimacy

May the Glory of the Lord Shine Upon You

Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 60:1–6

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm: 72

O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
All kings shall pay him homage,
all nations shall serve him.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 3

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.
It was not made known to people in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Gospel: Matthew 2:1–12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Haste, Haste

Christ was born to save us

Octave of Christmas
Feast of the Holy Innocents

Scriptures of the Day

New Testament: 1 John 1:5–2:2

Beloved:
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
and proclaim to you:
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,”
while we continue to walk in darkness,
we lie and do not act in truth.
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
If we say, “We are without sin,”
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

Responsorial Psalm: 124

Had not the LORD been with us—
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive,
When their fury was inflamed against us.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

Gospel: Matthew 2:13–18

When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.

Video of the Day
Love is putting others ahead of ourselves

Meditation from In Conversation With God, Vol. 1

There is no easy explanation for suffering, least of all for the suffering of the innocent. St Matthew’s narrative, which we read in today’s Mass, shows us the suffering, apparently useless and unjust, of some children who gave their lives for a Person and for a Truth whom they didn’t even know. Suffering is a frequent cause of scandal. For many people it is like a great wall which prevents them from seeing God and his infinite love for men. Why doesn’t Almighty God prevent such apparently useless suffering?

Suffering is indeed a mystery. Yet, through faith, Christians can discover in the darkness of his own or other people’s suffering, the loving and provident hand of his Father God who knows so much more and sees so much farther than he himself can. Then he begins to understand to some extent the words of St Paul to the first Christians of Rome: We know that in everything God works for the good with those who love him (Rom 5:28), including everything that seems to us piercingly inexplicable or incomprehensible.

Nor must we forget that our greatest happiness and our most authentic good are not always those which we dream of and long for. It is difficult for us to see things in their true perspective: we can only take in a very small part of complete reality. We only see the tiny piece of reality that is here, in front of us. We are inclined to feel that earthly existence is the only real one and often consider our time on earth to be the period in which all our longings for perfect happiness ought to be fulfilled. There is anguish for us, twenty centuries later, in thinking of slain babies and their parents. For the babies the agony was soon over; in the next world they would come to know whom they had died to save and for all eternity would have that glory. For the parents the pain would have lasted longer, but at death they too must have found that there was a special sense in which God was in their debt, as he had never been indebted to any. They and their children were the only ones who ever agonized in order to save God’s life … (Frank Sheed, To Know Christ Jesus, p 45–46)

Suffering comes in many forms. No one willingly looks for it in any of them. And yet, Jesus proclaimed as blessed (MT 5:5) (privileged, happy, lucky) those who mourn, that is to say, those who in this life carry a heavier cross: illness, handicap, physical pain, poverty, slander, injustice … Faith transforms the meaning of suffering. In union with Christ’s suffering it is changed into a sign of God’s love, into something very valuable and fruitful.

Our Lord wants us to avoid pain and combat illness with all the means at our disposal. But he wants us to understand, at the same time, that our pain and suffering can have a redemptive meaning and lead to our personal purification, even in the case of those which seem unjust or out of all proportion.

Prayer of Consecration to the Infant of Prague
by Father Cyril of the Carmelites

Infant Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Your Mother, I ask for your help in my needs. I believe in your divine power and know that you will protect me. Full of confidence, I come to you, knowing that you will give me graces. Repenting of my sins and asking you to free me from my sinful inclinations, I now give my heart entirely to you. I realize that I need God’s grace in order to amend my ways and not to offend you again. I resolve to patiently offer up the sufferings that come into my life, and I hope to serve you eternally. For you I will love my neighbor as myself. I ask you, dear Jesus, to help me in my needs, so that I may enjoy you for all eternity with Mary, Joseph, and the angels. Amen.

 

 

Henceforth and forever, God with us

Christmas Octave
Contemplating the Simplicity of the Divine Child

…henceforth and for ever, the infinite and eternal God is God with us. He is not far off. We need not search for him in the heavens or in mystical notions. He is close at hand. He became man and he will never withdraw from our humanity, which he has made his own. …

He appears not in the splendour of a royal palace, but in the poverty of a stable; not in pomp and show, but in simplicity of life; not in power, but in astonishing smallness. In order to meet him, we need to go where he is. We need to bow down, to humble ourselves, to make ourselves small. The newborn Child challenges us. He calls us to leave behind fleeting illusions and to turn to what is essential, to renounce our insatiable cravings, to abandon our endless yearning for things we will never have. We do well to leave such things behind, in order to discover, in the simplicity of the divine Child, peace, joy and the luminous meaning of life.

Yet Christmas has above all a taste of hope because, for all the darkness in our lives, God’s light shines forth. His gentle light does not frighten us. God, who is in love with us, draws us to himself with his tenderness, by being born poor and frail in our midst, as one of us. He is born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread”. In this way, he seems to tell us that he is born as bread for us; he enters our life to give us his life; he comes into our world to give us his love. He does not come to devour or to lord it over us, but instead to feed and serve us. There is a straight line between the manger and the cross where Jesus will become bread that is broken. It is the straight line of love that gives and saves, the love that brings light to our lives and peace to our hearts.

— Pope Francis, homily for Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 2016

Meditation from Divine Intimacy
Believing in Love

  1. When creating us, God loved us so much that He made us into  His own image and likeness; when redeeming us, He loved us so much that He made Himself to our image! Christmas is preeminently the feast of love—the love which was revealed, not in the sufferings of the Cross, but in the lovableness of a little Child, our God, stretching out His arms to make us understand that He loves us.
  2. God is Love! An immense treasure is contained in these words; and it is the treasure which God discloses to souls who devoutly contemplate the Incarnate Word. Until we comprehend that God is infinite love and infinite benevolence, who gives Himself and extends Himself to all men in order to communicate to them His goodness and His happiness, our spiritual life has still just begun: it has not yet developed or deepened. Only when the soul, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, has penetrated the mystery of divine charity, only then does its spiritual life attain to full maturity.We cannot better understand the infinite love of our God, than by drawing near to the humble manger where He lies, made flesh for us.  …From the silent, loving contemplation of the Infant Jesus, there is easily aroused in us a more profound and penetrating sense of His infinite love: we no longer merely believe, but in a certain way, we know by experience God’s love for us. Then our will fully accepts what faith teaches; it accepts it with love, with all its strength, and our soul believes unreservedly in God’s infinite love. God is Love; this truth, fundamental for all Christian life, has penetrated to the depths of the soul; it feels it, it lives it, because it has, so to say, almost touched it in its Incarnate God. One who so believes in infinite love will know how to give itself to Him without measure: to give itself totally.

Presence of God

O most sweet Infant Jesus, permit me to enter into the abyss of Your infinite love, so that I may believe in it with all my strength.