Our Morning Offering – 10 October – Thursday of the Twenty Seventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
Unite Me to Your Sacred Heart
By Blessed Angela Truszkowska (1825-1899)
My Lord, You bid us to suffer,
therefore, my poor soul desires it.
I want to suffer, O Jesus
but with You,
to suffer but for the love of You,
to suffer but in silence and in solitude,
so that no-one would know
that I suffer, only You,
so that only You would hear the groanings of my soul
and only You would see my tears.
Ah! Teach me, O Lord,
to suffer in that way,
teach me to suffer without seeking any consolation,
to suffer without craving the sympathy of creatures,
to suffer without even
expecting the eternal joys of heaven.
Teach me to suffer,
not because suffering is the source of merit and glory
but because it unites us to You
and makes our hearts
like unto your Sacred Heart.
(The text was written on sheets of paper bound together with two works of St Alphonsus Ligouri. Mother Angela gave this book to Sr Anna Bielska as a gift on the first anniversary of her profession, 8 December 1861.)