Anima Christi

Anima Christi 

Soul of Christ, sanctify me, Body of Christ, heal me.

Blood of Christ, drench me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me, Good Jesus, hear me.

In your wounds shelter me. From turning away keep me.

From the evil one, protect me. At the hour of death, call me.

Into your presence lea d me, to praise all your saints for ever and ever. Amen.

The persistency of the love of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament is undeniable proof that He loves us. He loves, He hopes and He waits.

“Does He love me personally?” we ask. Jesus gives Himself wholly and entirely to each one of us. If the church is full of adorers, can they not all pray to Jesus and converse with him? Is not each one listened to as if she or he were the only one in the church?

Such is the personal love of Jesus for us. Each one may take it all for himself and wrong no one, the sun gives all its light to each and every one of us, the ocean belongs wholly and entirely to each and every one. Jesus is greater than us all and He is inexhaustible.

I love them; I see them; I am waiting for them; I am coming to them. Jesus is then with us; and as long as there are adorers on Earth, Jesus will be there to protect them. This is the secret of longevity of the Church, people fear the enemies of the Church, but that comes from lack of faith. Let us take good care of Jesus and we have nothing to fear. If we love Jesus in the Eucharist, He will always be able to say, “I have a home”. He has pitched His tent in the midst of you so that you may see Him at all times. While you are working think often of this good Brother who is always present among you, protecting you and looking down on you in kindness. The more helpless and forgotten you are, the more He loves you. You hear His words, not indeed the words that strike the ear, but that touch the heart and give it peace and joy.

If you have faith in these things, if you understand your happiness, here you have for yourself and your own, Jesus, for whom no substitution can be found.

~ St Peter Julian Eymard

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