Ubi caritas et amor Deus ibi est
Where charity and love are, there is God
The Lord again presents us today with a timing that causes contemplation. Today being both Holy Thursday and April 1, the month whose devotion is dedicated to the Most Holy Eucharist. The True Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist is a devotion which swells in our hearts today as we celebrate both the Institution of the Eucharist and the conferral of the Holy Priesthood.
A 12th century hymn attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Jesu Dulcis Memoria extols the Most Holy Name of Jesus. It's text has inspired centuries of composers, from Palestrina, to Victoria, even until today.
In an effort to "close out" the month of the Holy Name - or rather give it back to heaven - the text of this beloved hymn is below, as well as links to a few more well-known renditions.
“The name of Jesus, is in fact, the great foundation of the faith
that turns people into children of God."
- St. Bernardine of Siena
"At the name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in heaven,
on earth and under the earth; and let every tongue confess that
the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2: 10 - 11
Suffering and sorrow is our lot here upon this sinful earth. Far from abandoning us to our self-imposed misery, Our Lord enters into our sorrows in His Incarnation, and particularly in His Passion and Death, in order to redeem us by setting us free from our sins. His Mother joins Him in her role as co-redemptrix, sharing His and our suffering as the most tender of mothers. Let us join with Our Sorrowful Mother and St. Louis Marie de Montfort in meditating on the great love of Our Lord in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
"Hail the Cross, our only Hope."
This is the exclamation which rises in the hearts of Christians today, as we celebrate the blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
"This is My blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Matthew 26: 28
"Jesus knowing that His hour was come, that He should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end."
John 13: 1-2
Introit from Mass of the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
"You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain."
This is beautiful scripture passage Pope Pius XII uses to open his encyclical on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Haurietis Aquas (You shall draw waters) - the Latin title - was published on May 15, 1956 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart by Pope Pius IX.
In this profound encyclical, the Holy Father Pius XII refutes various arguments against devotion to the Sacred Heart and explores both the Old and New Testament as grounds for this devotion. He also expounds upon what such a devotion means for our spiritual life, that devotion to the Heart of Jesus is to love the heart of God.