CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
I.— Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, having meditated upon your devotion, I admire the excellence of your adoration and Eucharistic service in the Cenacle; I now give myself entirely to you to guard and direct my vocation as an adorer. I place into your hands the direction of my vocation and the graces of the awesome duties that it asks of me. My vocation of adorer is the most beautiful of all, since it retains me forever in the service of the Person of Jesus Christ in His Divine Sacrament.
My vocation shares the functions of the angels and, if I dare say it, those of the Blessed Virgin herself, in the service of Jesus. For this divine vocation, I come to you in my poverty and spiritual emptiness. I have nothing. I am nothing. I can do nothing!—I know not how to pray nor how to make prayer. I possess only routine piety, with some meagre ideas of virtue, narrow and limited. Alas, my God! You who should have at Your service all that is greatest, most perfect, and most holy, how is it You chosen me, poor infirm creature, a nothing full of miseries, still covered with the scars of my sins, still with the old self that lives in me?
0 Mary, my celestial Queen and Mother, I can only accept the honor of becoming the happy servant of our Eucharistic Jesus, if you consent to form me, to raise me, and to clothe me with your spirit, your virtues, your merits. Take me for your child, Queen and Mother of the servants of Jesus, you who love all who are in Jesus and for Jesus! I place into your hands, my good Mother, the grace and the training of my vocation. I give myself to you; give Jesus to me. Formed and presented by you, O good Mother, Jesus, my sweet Master, will receive me kindly and love me in you.
My vocation is beautiful; its duties are great and divine. I desire to pass my life in adoration at the foot of the throne of Incarnate Love. United before the Eucharistic with the angels and saints I will touch into eternity praising God’s infinite goodness, blessing His boundless mercy, thanking His love, devoting myself to His glory, immolating myself for sinners, and consuming myself for the extension of His reign on earth.
I ought to live always with Jesus in the Host, like the Blessed Virgin at Nazareth and in the Cenacle, like the saints in glory. I ought not to quit Him, even to serve and follow my neighbor. My mission is that of Magdalen, contemplative, with the Queen of the Apostles in the Cenacle, praying before the tabernacle, converting the world by her prayer at the foot of the Eucharist; that of St. Teresa, St. Catherine of Siena, and of all those holy souls who carry on an uninterrupted apostolate of prayer and immolation.
I ought to honor in an entirely special manner the interior and hidden life of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, living unknown to men, even the pious and the holy, forgotten by my own, despised by the world, dead to all in order to live more freely and more purely with Jesus in God.
But how can I, all alone, fulfill duties so sublime? How dare I even approach Jesus to serve Him? Alas! all alone—I should be ashamed of myself!
But, O my good Mother, since thou dost deign to become my teacher, thou wilt let me adore Jesus with thee, bless Him with thy praises, entreat Him with thy prayers, serve Him with thy hands, love Him with thy heart, glorify Him with thy sanctity. I will be thy disciple, thy child, and, shall I say it?—a little Mary, another thyself,—the servant of Jesus!
I shall tell thee simply and artlessly my faults, 0 my good Mother! I shall make known to thee my ignorance, my little knowledge, my little success. I shall give thee the tiny flowers of virtue that I shall have gathered, and thou wilt offer all to Jesus, and myself along with thyself.
On this condition alone, do I hope to become a true servant of the Most Blessed Sacrament. My God, behold Thy humble servant! May it be done unto me according to Thy merciful goodness and Thy grace of love!
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Mother and Model of Adorers, pray for us who have recourse to thee!