Dehonian Spirituality includes a monthly reflection and prayer based in the spirituality of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians).
Reflections from Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart
After Communion, the first occupation of a soul should be to abandon itself entirely to the love of its Savior and quietly enjoy his presence. Usually one is silent in the presence of Jesus when one loves him very much, and one is satisfied to show him love by fervent interior acts.
If one does speak, the words uttered should be expressions of love, admiration, and joy similar to the following: “I found him whom my heart loves” [Song of Songs 3:1]; “I will never separate myself from him;” “My God and my all!” “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” [Song of Songs 6:3]. Then the soul remains in adoration, in deep respect mingled with astonishment at seeing this God of majesty lower himself to dwell in the heart of a poor sinner.
Striving to become imbued with Jesus’ sentiments, you will then consider what he might find in you that displeases him, what are his designs for you, what he wishes you to do, and what may prevent you from doing his will. With great confidence and sincerity let us tell the good Master our weaknesses, needs, and miseries.
“Lord, how can I doubt your love when I consider what you have done for me, what you are willing to do? How little I love you! Inflame my heart with the sacred fire of your love! I know I have placed obstacles in the way of your designs to do me good, but do begin yourself, if it pleases you, to remove these obstacles.”
Finally, let us never fail at each Holy Communion to offer the Heart of Jesus some sacrifice that will be agreeable to him, promising to apply ourselves in correcting some fault we know displeases him. We must also remember that we shall never feel the sensible effects of Holy Communion if we do not take care to spend the rest of the day in interior recollection. How happy are those who approach the Holy Table with these dispositions! What marvelous fruits of sanctification these Holy Communions produce in such souls!
Crowns of Love for the Sacred Heart III, 5th Mystery, 2nd Meditation
In your kindness throughout the coming week, please remember in your prayers those who try to be attentive to Jesus’ presence as they go about their daily tasks. You may find helpful the following paraphrase of Psalm 4, from Water and Enrich My Heart, Prayers Based on the Psalms, by Charles Flood, SCJ.
you tell us that you
are the guardian of all our rights,
that you answer all our prayers.
Help me to see with eyes of faith
that you do care for me
and are ready to work wonders for me.
Give me the grace
to find that sense of wonder
in the ordinary happenings of everyday living,
especially the routine
or otherwise boring things.
If I can have my sights constantly sharpened,
I will thus be much happier
and much more contentedly productive.