“In the Host is Your Strength—it will Defend You” (Diary, 616)

Author: św. Faustyna Kowalska

“Only in eternity shall we discover the great mystery that Holy Communion works in us.” (St. Faustina Kowalska)

“Jesus said to me: Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I wish to lavish My graces on them, and they will not accept them. They treat Me as a dead object, whereas My Heart is full of love and mercy. That you may know at least some of My pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love. Consider her pain. No one is able to console her. This is but a feeble image and likeness of My love” (Diary, 1447).

  “Jesus, living Host, You are my Mother, You are my all! It is with simplicity and love, with faith and trust that I will always come to You, O Jesus! I will share everything with You, as a child with its loving mother, my joys and sorrows—in a word, everything” (Diary, 230).

  “I find myself so weak that were it not for Holy Communion I would fall continually. One thing alone sustains me, and that is Holy Communion. From it I draw my strength; in it is all my comfort. I fear life on days when I do not receive Holy Communion. I fear my own self. Jesus concealed in the Host is everything to me. From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage, and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish. I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart” (Diary, 1037).

  “When I steeped myself in prayer, I was transported in spirit to the chapel, where I saw the Lord Jesus, exposed in the monstrance. In place of the monstrance, I saw the glorious face of the Lord, and He said to me, ‘What you see in reality, these souls see through faith. Oh, how pleasing to Me is their great faith! You see, although there appears to be no sign of life in Me; in reality it is present in its fullness in each and every Host. But for Me to be able to act upon a soul, the soul must have faith. O how pleasing to Me is living faith!’” (Diary, 1420).

  “I often feel God’s presence after Holy Communion in a special and tangible way. I know God is in my heart. And the fact that I feel Him in my heart does not interfere with my duties. Even when I am dealing with very important matters that require attention, I do not lose the presence of God in my soul, and I am closely united with Him. With Him I go to work, with Him I go for recreation, with Him I suffer, with Him I rejoice; I live in Him and He in me. I am never alone, because He is my constant companion. He is present to me at every moment. Our intimacy is very close, through a union of blood and of life” (Diary, 318).

  “On Thursday, when I went to my cell, I saw over me the Sacred Host in great brightness. Then I heard a voice that seemed to come from above the Host: ‘In the Host is your strength; it will defend you.’ After these words, the vision disappeared, but a strange power entered my soul, and a strange light [which revealed] what our love of God consists in; namely, in doing His will” (Diary, 616).

  “See, I have left My heavenly throne to become united with you. What you see is merely the hem of the garment, and already your soul swoons with love. How amazed will your heart be when you see Me in all My glory! But I wish to tell you that eternal life must begin already here on earth—through Holy Communion. Each Holy Communion makes you more capable of communing with God throughout eternity” (Diary, 1810-11).

  “O living Host, my one and only Strength, Fountain of Love and Mercy, embrace the whole world, fortify faint souls. Oh, blessed be the instant, the moment Jesus left us His most merciful Heart!” (Diary, 223)

  Selected and edited by Sebastian Bednarowicz

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