When they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out Blood and Water. (Magnificat antiphon, S. Heart feast)
My God, my Saviour, I adore Thy Sacred Heart, for that heart is the seat and source of all Thy tenderest human affections for us sinners.
It is the instrument and organ of Thy love.
It did beat for us. It yearned over us.
It ached for us, and for our salvation.
It was on fire through zeal, that the glory of God might be manifested in and by us.
It is the channel through which has come to us all Thy overflowing human affection, all Thy Divine Charity towards us.
All Thy incomprehensible compassion for us, as God and Man, as our Creator and our Redeemer and Judge, has come to us,
and comes, in one inseparably mingled stream, through that Sacred
O most Sacred symbol and Sacrament of Love, divine and
human, in its fullness, Thou didst save me by Thy divine strength, and Thy human affection, and then at length by that wonder-working blood, wherewith
Thou didst overflow.
O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest
for us still.
Now as then Thou savest, Desiderio desideravi -“With desire I have desired.”
I worship Thee then with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most
O my God, when Thou dost condescend to suffer me to receive
Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for a while takest up Thy
abode within me, O make my heart beat with Thy Heart.
Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and
sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all
disorder, of all deadness.
So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle
it, but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace.
The Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman
Consider, as people redeemed, who it is that hung on the Cross for you; how great and extraordinary he is whose death enlivens the dead and whose passing made heaven and earth groan and the hard stones split.