An Act of Thankgiving after receiving Holy Communion

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sisters Adorers at the Communion rail, on July 4, 2013, at the ordination of five new priests in Florence 

There is another homage which I owe thee, O my God !— it is gratitude. Thou often invitest me to partake of the divine gift…. But, woe to me, if, because I can easily and often have it, I value so much the less its greatness! … I give thee thanks for this, and for every Communion thou hast hitherto so graciously given me. Deign to enlighten me more and more, as to the magnificence of thy gift; deign to cherish within me the sentiment of love; that thus my longings for thy visit may be increased; and that I may know how to honour, as I ought, thy presence within me, and that I may never dare to approach thee out of custom, or without my conscience assuring me that I am bringing with me the profound respect due to thee.

– From The Liturgical Year


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