Christ and St Gertrude.
I see from different blogs on the Internet that the fear of disease or sickness of any kind, especially the swine flu’ or any other sickness spreading through the reception of the Blessed Host is raging like a heresy in the Church once again. Where does it say in the revelations by Christ or to and then by His saints that God brought any kind of corruption into the world?? Can a conclusion be drawn from this dreadful statement? I think it could easily be seen as scandalous. We have Bishops and priests who are supposed to know better declaring publicly, their belief is the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Altar spreads disease. Does this not lead to the conjecture that for them and consequently for us in accepting their instructions it is not the Blessed Sacrament, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ we see under the veil of bread and wine. Has it not been known since time immemorial that God in His Presence is not seen by Mankind? Is this not a scriptural part of the Old Law? If this is their, the priestly belief that is, can it really be Christ at all , for those who receive what is for them just bread and wine? I make this point because some have claimed to become ill by reception of this Bread at mass.
Unfortunately we all know how many call the Host just a symbol. We have to wonder how high is the percentage of what I call symbolic believers. How lacking in charity is this denial of Christ's implicit words in scriptures? I mean more or less calling Christ a deceiver. Lacking charity how can one join in the sacrifice and thus claim to be united in Christ.
Christ revealed this to St Gertrude, who asked about the gains made by those involved with the consecration and reception of the sacrament of Holy Communion.
‘It is true”, replied Our Lord, “that those who celebrate worthily shall shine in great glory; but the love of him who communicates with pleasure should be judged very differently from the exterior magnificence which appears in this mystery. There will be one reward for him, who has approached with desire and love; there will be another for those who has approached with fear and reverence; and another for him who is very diligent in his preparation. But for those who habitually celebrate through custom only, shall have no share in My gifts”.
Christ it would seem states without falseness that just receiving Him as a habit without real preparation, without obtaining the right disposition receives nothing nor does He share in His Gifts. That is rightly seen as no indwelling of His Holy Spirit. God’s love and truth is blissful, ignorance is not. I can give you examples where the sacrifice offered for certain petitions and people have not been efficacious. So many say God has decided to do something else instead. Is this really so that for the sacrifice we remember and celebrate with the Liturgy does not awaken the all Powerful God from the meditation of His Magnificence to celebrate with us signs of His Glory?
Later in this Saints revelations Christ explains to her how those who having easily omitted the sacrament of confession needed purifying, sometimes when the priest was available this soul was perhaps asleep not having any grave fault to confess, that is accuse herself of. Confession is a chance to speak with Jesus. We should not pass it by.
May I dedicate this work as Gertrude beloved of God dedicated hers? I believe I can use the saint’s prayer as it was hers to begin with.
I offer Thee this work, O Lord Jesus Christ, Fount of eternal light, in union with that ineffable charity which moved Thee. The Only Begotten of the Father, in the plenitude of the Divinity, to take upon Thee our nature, and so become Man. I offer it to Thee on the part of all Thy creatures, because it is Thine ineffable tenderness for mankind which caused Thee to pour forth those sweet and efficacious graces on the heart of your chosen one, to fructify them, to draw her to Thyself and unite her to Thee eternally
I beseech Thee to take this work into Thy Divine keeping, that it may glorify the omnipotence of the Father, the wisdom of the Son and the love of the Holy Ghost. I offer it to Thee in fervent thanksgiving for all the graces which Thou hast communicated or wilt communicate through this work, even to the end of time. And as I am utterly vile and an unworthy creature I offer Thee in satisfaction for all my deficiencies and omissions, my blindness and ignorance, Thy own sweet heart, ever full of Divine thanksgiving and eternal beatitude.
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