Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Preparing for 'that hour'

Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.  You are my God;  save your servant who trusts in you. ... Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul." - Psalm 86:2,4

St Albert the Great Chapel, Edinburgh

"But most assuredly, there is one hour when the remembrance of the visits you have paid to the Blessed Sacrament will give you indescribable pleasure - the hour of your death. 

And if you never, at any other time, feel remorse for neglecting this great duty, certainly you will feel it when your soul has left the body and you know how near you have been to Jesus Christ on earth. Oh, with what shame and confusion will you not be covered when Jesus will say to you: "I was a stranger and you received Me not." I was so near to you and you visited Me not. You have treated Me as an outcast; you have left Me alone; you have thought of Me but seldom, or not at all.  How confused, I say, will you feel at such a well-deserved reproach! 

Save yourself this shame and confusion; resolve from henceforth daily to spend some time, say half an hour or a quarter of an hour at least in church in the presence of Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament!

And at the hour of death He will say to you:  "I was indeed a stranger to many lukewarm Christians, but not to you; you came to visit Me; you kept company with Me on earth; you shall, from henceforth, enjoy My Presence in Heaven forever and ever."

Michael Mueller, C.S.S.R.
The Blessed Eucharist,
Our Greatest Treasure (1867), pg 59-60


  1. Oh, I trembled when I typed these words... Let us together 'prepare for that hour', Barbara!!