Whence comes it that Our Lord is so little loved in the Eucharist?

It comes from this: that He is not sufficiently spoken of. Preachers urge faith in the Presence of Jesus Christ instead of speaking of His life, of His love in the Most Blessed Sacrament, instead of showing forth the sacrifices that His love imposes on Him; in a word, instead of showing Jesus Eucharistic loving each of us personally and particularly. Another cause is our own conduct, which betrays our little love. No one seeing us praying, adoring, going to church, would comprehend the Presence of Jesus in it. Even among the best Catholics, how many ever make a visit of devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, to speak to Him from their heart, to tell Him of their love! They do not love Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, because they do not know Him intimately. But if they knew Him with all His love, with all the sacrifices and desires of His Heart, and if, in spite of that, they did not love Him — what an injury! Yes, an injury! For it is to say to Jesus Christ that He is not sufficiently beautiful, good, amiable, to be preferred to what pleases their fancy. What ingratitude! After so many graces received from this good Saviour, so many promises to love Him, so many offerings of self to His service — to treat Him thus is to laugh at His love. What tepidity! If we do not desire to know Him well, to behold Him nearer, to receive Him, to speak with Him heart to heart, it is because we dread being captivated by His love! We fear not to be able to resist His goodness; we fear being obliged to surrender to Him, to sacrifice to Him without reserve and unconditionally our heart, our mind, our life! We fear the love of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and we flee from It! We are troubled in His Presence; we fear to yield to Him, and so, like Pilate and Herod, we shun His Presence.

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