Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Abounding life of glory!

 As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in Him;
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith
... abounding in thanksgiving.  - Col 2:6,7

"When the Blessed Sacrament is laid upon your tongue - that moment and that act which the great angels of God look down upon with such surpassing awe - the Blood of Jesus is throbbing there in all its abounding life of glory.  It sheathes in the sacramental mystery that exceeding radiance which is lighting all heaven at that moment with a magnificence of splendor which exceeds the glowing of a million suns. You do not feel the strong pulses of His immortal life.  If you did, you could hardly live yourself.  Sacred terror would undo your life. 

But in that adorable Host is the whole of the Precious Blood, the Blood of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, and Calvary, the Blood of the Passion, of the Resurrection, and of the Ascension, the Blood shed and reassumed.  As Mary bore that Precious Blood within herself of old, so do you bear it now.  It is in His Heart and veins, within the temple of His Body, as it was when He lay those nine months in her ever-blessed womb. 

We believe all this; nay, we so believe it that we know it rather than believe it; and yet our love is so faint and fitful.  Our very fires are frost in comparison with such a faith as this." 

Fr Frederick William Faber
The Precious Blood (pg 32)

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