Writings from Dushna pasha - Pasture of the soul
Written by bishop baraga
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament speaks to the soul:
Love is as strong as death. Death fears no authority, and takes no account of wealth or poverty, youth or old age, praise or flattery, beauty or respect –one must die! – True love is exactly the same. It cannot be made to fear, deceive or hold back: one must love! O soul! Consider how I love you. Because of you I am sentenced to death, yet I still love you. Love concealed me in this Most Blessed Sacrament, even though I conveyed that I would receive little love, and even more ungratefulness and scorn. Still I could not be turned away from showing love to my ungrateful followers. – O also love me, my dear soul! At least return to me the glory and love that worldly people take from me, for they honor and love me entirely too little in this Most Blessed Sacrament. Love me, for I also love you, my dear soul!
The soul replies to Jesus:
O my kind Jesus! Your love is thus so strong that our wickedness could not overcome it, but instead it became even more fervent the more wretched and unworthy we are. Not scorn, nor hate, death or anything could turn you away from love. O Jesus, O eternal love, concealed in the Most Blessed Sacrament! O, how ungrateful I have been to you up to now! How often I have offended you! How poorly I have honored you! How little I have loved you! Oh, I am sorry from my heart for not loving you above all else, for you are worthy of all love, O eternal love! O Jesus, my merciful redeemer! You remain by us in the Blessed Sacrament not to punish us as we deserve, but to love us as a father loves his children. O Jesus, my bridegroom! Have mercy upon me and forgive me greatly, so I may love greatly. – O eternal Love, who would not love you? – Glory, praise and love to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, now and forever. Amen.
Our father…Hail Mary…Glory be…