BY THE REV. H. NOLDIN, S.J.
AUTHORISED TRANSLATION FROM THE GERMAN.
REVISED BY THE REV. W. H. KENT, O.S.C
The most intimate union possible with Our Lord is what those who venerate His Sacred Heart above all things desire and strive after, and Our Lord's intention in instituting the Most Holy Sacrament was to unite Himself to us as closely as is possible on earth. This union is consummated when we receive holy communion, therefore they frequently approach the holy table. There is no doubt that no good work, no act of devout worship is so pleasing to Our Lord; there is none which He so willingly accepts in reparation for the indignities offered Him, as a communion made with careful preparation and profound devotion. He laid the injunction upon B. Margaret to receive holy communion as frequently as she was permitted to do so. It is an excellent plan always to go to communion with some definite intention, for some special object; for instance, in thanksgiving for benefits received from God; to obtain some particular grace for our selves or for others; to increase in the knowledge of self and the love of God; in obedience to the will of God, who desires that we should receive holy communion; or in order to acquire a greater likeness to Our Lord. In any case, it is only right, whether one joins the Association of the Communion of Reparation or no, to habituate one's self to offer one's communion in reparation and satisfaction for the offences committed against Our Lord in the Sacrament of His love, and to do this in union with the thousands of communions received and offered daily with this intention by the members of the aforesaid association.