Booklet holy card. Front cover illustration shows a golden chalice in the center, with a red cross above it surrounded by gold rays. Above the chalice are green shamrocks; to the left of the chalice are pink and yellow flowers. Below the chalice is a passage from Ecclesiastes. The inside of the booklet contains passages about the Eucharist from Father Joseph Huby, S.J. (1878-1948), Saint Alphonsus (1696-1787), and Bishop Hector-Albert Chaulet d'Outremont of Le Mans, France (1812-1874). The back of the booklet contains the rest of the d'Outrement quotation, and a passage by Father Armand de Ponlevoy. The back also has a handwritten inscription of five lines from the hymn 'O Sacrament Most Holy' and the date January 8, 1915. Printed by Bouasse-Jeune.
The Sweetness of the Eucharist. 'My spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.' (Eccl. XXIV, 27.) (front) Eucharistic Sweetness. In what is the heart of Jesus more tender, more sweet than in this mystery of love, the Holy Eucharist? The Holy Gospels, it is true, teach us sweetness and charity, but it is only from Jesus that come to us the strength and grace to practise these lovely virtues. It is through the Eucharist that we overcome our antipathies and our rancour; it is from the Eucharist that we learn to love, that we learn to forgive, for this ineffable Sacrament is a mystery of sweetness and of love. Impregnate, then, your souls with sweetness by receiving frequently Him who is all goodness, all charity. The almight Master will teach you the divine science of being sweet and good, tender and patient towards all men and for the sake of all. (Père Huby.) We must be gentle and kind towards all men in all circumstances and at all times. He who would sanctify himself must be here below like a lily among thorns: whatever pricks he may feel, he must never cease to be a lily, I mean he must be both gentle and agreeable. A humble meekness and gentleness is the virtue of virtues, which Our Lord recommended to us so much: that is why we must practise it ever and everywhere. This virtue so dear to the Heart of Jesus will merit for us, moreover, His mercies and His graces. Alas! how we do try the patience of Our Lord! and what need we have of His mercy! We live, so to say, on the merciful tenderness of God who is so good, it is this which bears with us, pardons us, and keeps hope alive in our hearts. Let us in turn practise meekness and charity, let us be meek and patient with the poor, and with the sick, but let us be above all thing generous towards our enemies. We must overcome hatred by love, and persecution by meekness. It was thus that the Saints did, it was by such means that they triumphed over their most inveterate enemies. (St. Alphonsus.) Nothing is so edifying as a charitable meekness. It radiates from the brow of the Saint and renders him victorious over men and devils. To be meek is to be strong. To know how to keep our serenity in the midst of the difficulties and sufferings of life, is almost to triumph over them. But forget not that you will draw such strength from God alone, in His Sacrament (inside) of the Eucharist. Your heart must be wholly possessed by the grace of Our Lord, you must experience the divine influence exercised by this adorable mystery. You must receive into you the life of Jesus, in order to be able to live His life of meekness and of charity. (Mgr. d'Outremont.) Love brought Jesus down into the Eucharist: His meekness and His tenderness in our regard keep Him there. Yes, in spite of our lukewarmness, in spite of the ingratitude of our hearts, Jesus abides amongst us, our consoler in our wretchedness, our stay in our weakness, our living refuge and succour. O ineffable meekness of Jesus in His mystery of love, who will give me the heart to understand you and to love! (Père de Ponlevoy.) O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, All praise and all Thanksgiving Be every moment Thine. 'At the elevation of the Host.' Jan 8, 1915. (back)
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