Come then to this Heavenly Banquet prepared for you by Eternal Wisdom. Come, draw near. Leave behind your baubles and fantasies, cast away these mocking rags which cover you; ask of Jesus the white robe of pardon, and, with a new heart—with a pure heart, drink of the limpid fountain of His love.
Believe me, now that your Divine Savior might grant you an audience, He daily ascends His throne within your churches: He will hear you with still greater clemency. Throw yourselves at His Feet; give Him your heart, and He will bless you, and you will taste joys—joys so immense that, if you do not taste them for yourselves, I cannot describe them to you. Taste then and see how gracious the Lord is!
O Jesus, my love, how I want to enkindle my former friends with the love with which you have enkindled me. How I want to testify to the happiness that you give me.
But unfortunately, I stop short, unable to say any more, for my songs don’t have the fire of love I wished them to have, and I can do no more.
It is to you, O God, that I come for help. Give me the hidden strength with which you alone know how to attract me.
Then like a torch thrown on a heap of wood, it will light a fire of love for the Eucharist. Amen
Servant of God Hermann Cohen
Augustine-Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, OCD
For the Love of Jesus Christ, excerpts
Discalced Carmelite convent of Agen
Tierney, T 2017, A Life of Hermann Cohen: From Franz Liszt to John of the Cross, Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN
Featured image: This detail of a wood engraving in color was published in France by Pellerin in 1853. It depicts the procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. It appears to be a clever set of cut-outs on one sheet that a child could play with to arrange a Blessed Sacrament procession at home. Image credit: Bibliothèque Nationale de France / gallica.bnf.fr (Public Domain).