Monday, August 19, 2013

Change of heart

Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.  You are my help
and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay. - Psalm 40:17
"Pray that just as Jesus changes the lower earthly nature
of bread and wine into His body and blood
He might change and transform also
the sluggish, coldness and dryness
of our earthly and arid heart ...
into the fire, tenderness and agility
of the holy divine affections and dispositions
of His divine and heavenly Heart."
  - From What We Must Do to Assist Worthily
at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (St John Eudes)
St. John Eudes
France ~ 1601-1680
Priest, gifted preacher and confessor
Encouraged devotions to twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary
 Central theme of his writings: Jesus as the source of holiness,
Mary as the model of the Christian life.
Dedicated to counsel and defend morally endangered women,
he founded an association of priests (Eudists) and religious -
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity
(later known as Good Shepherd Sisters)
FEAST DAY - August 19
Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end. It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.”
St. John Eudes, The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls

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