This is the 12th part of 13 posts from Sister Mother Mary of Agreda’s ‘The Mystical City of God’ Book II of the Transfixion dealing with the chapter entitled:
Christ Our Savior Celebrates The Sacramental Supper, Consecrating His True And Sacred Body And Blood In The Holy Eucharist; His Prayers And Petitions; The Communion Of His Blessed Mother And Other Mysteries Of This Occasion.
Part XII begins the instruction that our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Heaven, gave to Sister Mary of Agreda:
489. O my daughter!
Would that the believers in the holy Catholic faith opened their hardened and stony hearts in order to attain to a true understanding of the sacred and mysterious blessing of the Holy Eucharist!
If they would only detach themselves, root out and reject their earthly inclinations, and, restraining their passions, apply themselves with living faith to study by the divine light their great happiness in thus possessing their eternal God in the Holy Sacrament and in being able, by its reception and constant intercourse, to participate in the full effects of this heavenly manna!
If they would only worthily esteem this precious gift, begin to taste its sweetness, and share in the hidden power of their omnipotent God!
Then nothing would ever be wanting in them in their exile.
In this, the happy age of the law of grace, mortals have no reason to complain of their weakness and their passions; since in this bread of heaven they have at hand strength and health.
It matters not that they are tempted and persecuted by the demon; for by receiving this Sacrament frequently they are enabled to overcome him gloriously.
The faithful are themselves to blame for all their poverty and labors, since they pay no attention to this divine mystery, nor avail themselves of the divine powers, thus placed at their disposal by my most holy Son.
I tell thee truly, my dearest, that Lucifer and his demons have such a fear of the most Holy Eucharist, that to approach It, causes them more torments than to remain in hell itself.
Although they do enter churches in order to tempt souls, they enter them with aversion, forcing themselves to endure cruel pains in the hope f destroying a soul and drawing it into sin, especially in the holy places and in the presence of the Holy Eucharist.
Their wrath against the Lord and against the souls alone could induce them to expose themselves to the torment of His real sacramental presence.
490. Whenevr He is carried through the streets they usually fly and disperse in all haste; and they would not dare to approach those that accompany Him, if by their long experience they did not know, that they will induce some to forget the reverence due to their Lord.
Therefore they make special efforts to tempt the faithful in the churches; for they know what great injury they can thereby do to the Lord Himself, Who in His sacramental love is there waiting to sanctify men and to receive the return of His sweetest and untiring love.
Hence thou canst also understand the strength of those who prepare themselves to partake of this bread of the angels and how the demons fear the souls, who receive the Lord worthily and devoutly and who strive to preserve themselves in this purity until the next Communion.
But there a very few who live with this intention, and the enemy is ceaselessly alert in striving to throw them back into their forgetfulness, distraction and indifference, so that he may not be obliged to encounter such powerful weapons in the hands of men.
Write this admonition in thy heart; and since without thy merit the Almighty has ordained, that you receive holy Communion daily, seek by all possible means to preserve thyself in the good dispositions from one Communion to the other.
It is the will of the Lord and my own, that with this sword thou fight the battles of the Almighty in the name of the holy Church against the invisible enemies. For in our days they are heaping affliction and sorrow upon the mistress of nations, while there is none to console her or to take it to heart (Lamentations Chapter 1; Verses 1-2).
Do thou thyself weep for the same reason and let thy heart be torn in sorrow.
But while the omnipotent and just Judge Who is so greatly incensed against the Catholics for having out raged His justice by their unmeasurable and continual transgressions even under the aegis of their grand faith, none are found to consider and weigh the fearful damage, nor to approach the easy remedy of receiving the holy Eucharist with a contrite and humble heart; nor does any one ask for my intercession.
The final installment is ‘Part XIII’.