Thought of the day
Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday of the Second week of Easter

"Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them"

O Lord, now that we have been cleansed and purified in our inmost selves, given new life by your Holy Spirit and filled with your eucharistic food, give us a share in that grace which was the lot of the holy apostles and disciples, who received the sacrament from your own hand. Prompt in us such restless desire and eagerness to follow you as your members (1Cor 12,27) that we may be worthy to receive at your hands the feeling and experience of your spiritual food. Increase within us the zeal of Peter  – the same zeal brought to birth in Peter at the last Supper - so that the will opposed to yours may be destroyed... May interior peace, together with the resolution and happiness enjoyed by Saint John as he leaned on your breast (Jn 13,25,) grow within us, that thus we may draw from your wisdom and taste your sweetness and goodness. Increase within us faith in all its integrity, firm hope and perfect charity. 

     Through the intercession of all the holy apostles and all your blessed disciples may we receive this sacrament from your own hand, and grant that we may always be kept from betraying you like Judas. Inspire in our souls what your Spirit inspired in those saints now in heaven when he brought the perfection of blessedness to fulfillment within them. Bring all these things to pass, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the same Spirit, before time began and to the end of ages. Amen.

Saint Albert the Great