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Thought for the Day – 24 August – Holy Viaticum, Part One

Thought for the Day – 24 August – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Holy Viaticum

“When the Prophet Elias was afraid and discouraged because the chosen people had abandoned God and slain all the other Prophets, he fled into the desert.
One day he was tired and dejected and lay down to sleep in the shade of a Juniper tree.
He was awakened suddenly by an Angel of the Lord, who showed him, on two successive occasions, a hearth cake which he pressed him to eat.
The Prophet ate and drank “and walked in the strength of that food, forty days and forty nights, unto the mount of God” (Cf 3 Kings 19:4-8).

Some commentaters see, in this bread which Elias ate, an image of the Blessed Eucharist and, in his journey to the mount of God, our own voyage through life to eternity.

Sometimes, we too feel tired along the way and it seems to us that God has abandoned us.
Often we are troubled and sorrowful, humbled by our many lapses into sin, despairing of ever becoming holy.
On such occasions, like Elias, we need nourishment, the nourishment of the Blessed Sacrament.
This spiritual food which contains the Real Living Jesus, the Author of Grace, is all that can give us the courage and strength, to continue our journey and to overcome the obstacles which we encounter on the way.

Let us have frequent recourse to this wonderful means of sustenance, through which, Jesus supplies us with the supernatural strength which we need.
Then we shall be able to repeat the words of St Paul: “I can do all things in Him Who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
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Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Thought for the Day – 11 June – The Sacred Heart and the Holy Viaticum

Thought for the Day – 11 June – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Sacred Heart and the Holy Viaticum

‘From a sudden and unprovided death,
O Lord, deliver us.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
assist me now
and in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
may I breathe forth my soul
in peace with you.
Amen.’

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/05/thought-for-the-day-5-june-the-sacred-heart-and-the-holy-viaticum/
PART TWO:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/06/05/thought-for-the-day-5-june-the-sacred-heart-and-the-holy-viaticum-2/

Posted in JUNE-THE SACRED HEART, MEDITATIONS - ANTONIO CARD BACCI, QUOTES on DEATH, QUOTES on FEAR, QUOTES on MERIT, QUOTES on SIN, QUOTES on VIRTUE, SACRED and IMMACULATE HEARTS, SACRED HEART PRAYERS, SACRED HEART REFLECTIONS, The HOLY VIATICUM

Thought for the Day – 5 June – The Sacred Heart and the Holy Viaticum

Thought for the Day – 5 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Sacred Heart and the Holy Viaticum

We should particularly ask the Sacred Heart for the grace to die a good death, strengthened by the Holy Viaticum.
Let us picture ourselves in this final hour.
The world is fading away and nothing remains of the honours, successes and pleasures of our passing life.
There will remain only two things – on one side, the merits which we have obtained by our prayers, penances and good works; on the other side, the sum total of our sins and ingratitude to God.
May Jesus come, at this moment, into our poor hearts, which is trembling for our sins and lacking in virtue.
May the Holy Viaticum come to strengthen us.
May the white Host bear with it, forgiveness, hope and the purifying flame of love.

Then, the infinite love of the Heart of Jesus will be mingled with th weak limited love of our hearts.
It will waft us into a state of everlasting happiness, where, to love, is to possess, the boundless joy of God.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

PART ONE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/05/thought-for-the-day-5-june-the-sacred-heart-and-the-holy-viaticum/