Loving Jesus Above All Things!

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Loving Jesus Above All Things

by Thomas a Kempis

BLESSED is he who appreciates what it is to love Jesus and who despises himself for the sake of Jesus. Give up all other love for His, since He wishes to be loved alone above all things.

Affection for creatures is deceitful and inconstant, but the love of Jesus is true and enduring. He who clings to a creature will fall with its frailty, but he who gives himself to Jesus will ever be strengthened.

Love Him, then; keep Him as a friend. He will not leave you as others do, or let you suffer lasting death. Sometime, whether you will or not, you will have to part with everything. Cling, therefore, to Jesus in life and death; trust yourself to the glory of Him who alone can help you when all others fail.

Your Beloved is such that He will not accept what belongs to another -- He wants your heart for Himself alone, to be enthroned therein as King in His own right. If you but knew how to free yourself entirely from all creatures, Jesus would gladly dwell within you.

You will find, apart from Him, that nearly all the trust you place in men is a total loss. Therefore, neither confide in nor depend upon a wind-shaken reed, for "all flesh is grass"[12] and all its glory, like the flower of grass, will fade away.

You will quickly be deceived if you look only to the outward appearance of men, and you will often be disappointed if you seek comfort and gain in them. If, however, you seek Jesus in all things, you will surely find Him. Likewise, if you seek yourself, you will find yourself -- to your own ruin. For the man who does not seek Jesus does himself much greater harm than the whole world and all his enemies could ever do.

 

St. Augustine writes...

"Belatedly I loved thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new, belatedly I loved thee. For see, thou wast within and I was without, and I sought thee out there. Unlovely, I rushed heedlessly among the lovely things thou hast made. Thou wast with me, but I was not with thee. These things kept me far from thee; even though they were not at all unless they were in thee. Thou didst call and cry aloud, and didst force open my deafness. Thou didst gleam and shine, and didst chase away my blindness. Thou didst breathe fragrant odors and I drew in my breath; and now I pant for thee. I tasted, and now I hunger and thirst. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for thy peace."

 

ASPIRATIONS (SHORT PRAYERS) TO OUR LORD

(It has been noted, incidentally, that a very good effective prayer is just to say the name of Jesus!)

 

Jesus, I love You; Jesus, have mercy; Jesus, make Your will mine!

Blessed be God!

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the holy souls in purgatory.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, increase in us our Faith, Hope and Charity.

Good Jesus, give me a deep love for Thee, that nothing may be too hard for me to bear from Thee.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of Thee.

Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee!

Jesus I trust in You!

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart like unto Thine.

Jesus, my God, I love Thee above all things!

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

May the most just, most high, and most adorable will of God be done in all things, praised and magnified forever.

My God and my all.

My Jesus, mercy!

My Lord Jesus Christ, for the sake of Thy sufferings, grant me such faith, hope, charity, sorrow for my sins, and love of prayer as will save and sanctify my soul.

My Lord, grant that I may love Thee, and that the reward of my love may be to love Thee ever more and more.

My sweetest Jesus, be not my Judge, but my Savior.

O Good Jesus, shelter me from the evil one, shed Thy dew upon me to calm my soul, and dwell in me fully, that I may wholly love Thee.

O Good Jesus, my God and my All, keep me ever near Thee, let nothing for a moment separate me from Thee.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forevermore.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come!

Savior of the world, have mercy on us.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love!

Sweet Heart of my Jesus, grant that I may ever love Thee more.

We adore and praise Thee, most holy Lord Jesus Christ, because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

ASPIRATIONS TO OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Jesus, my God, here present in the Sacrament of Thy love, I adore Thee.

O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.

O Jesus, in the most holy Sacrament, have mercy on us.

Praised and adored forever be the most holy Sacrament.

We adore Thee, thou true Bread of angels.

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