How Great is Your Love, O Jesus!


All are invited to attend a Eucharistic Congress on September 11-12, 2009 in Washington, DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Congress, entitled Sacrifice of Enduring Love, is sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). There is no charge for admission to the two-day event that will explore three vocations in depth — the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Marriage. In addition to other displays, a piece of the actual tilma of St. Juan Diego will be exhibited. For more information about the Congress, visit or write: P.O. Box 4467, Washington, DC 20017.

Below is a reflection on the Eucharist that I wrote for the Eucharistic Congress. As you read it I’m sure that you will see the Sacred Heart Spirituality. May this reflection lead you to prayer and to a deeper knowledge and love of His Heart.


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How great is your love, O Jesus!
Out of love you became one of us:
Emptying Yourself to be as we are;
You laid down your life and told us:
Greater love has no one than this,
That he lay down his life for his friends.
Even that was not enough!

The night before you died,
You emptied yourself even more!
You gave your very self to us
Under the appearance of bread and wine!
How great is your love, O Jesus! 

You, the sinless Son of the Father,
You, the Son of Mary most Holy,
Became sin, destroying the devil’s hold on us,
Setting us free to be daughters and sons of the Father.
Jesus, your sacrifice is more than we can ask or imagine!
Our words too weak grow great with thanks
Before your enduring sacrifice of love!
How great is your love, O Jesus! 

United with you we give thanks to the Father
For sending you, His only Son, to us.
We proclaim your death and resurrection!
We trust you even when all seems dark,
Because you, the Light, shine in our darkness!
We are your people!
We are the People of the Eucharist!

Your Heart burns with love for us
Ever ready to light our path
and show to us the way to the Father.
Even that was not enough!
You give us your own Spirit,
The Living Spring, the Living Fire,
To open our eyes to see you in each other;
To open our ears to the cries of the poor;
To open our hearts to respond
with a strong Yes! to all that the Father asks of us.
We do not fear, for You are ever with us;
We know: We are not alone!

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