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Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 2

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 2


*Day 2 -Sacred heart Novena*

*June /20/2019*

*Peace be with you!*

*REFLECTION*

Mother Teresa once said that God did not call her to be successful, but rather faithful. That applies to all of us as well! The main thing is to keep in touch with Him and keep trying to live in His love!

You can see touchingly tangible proof of Jesus’ unbounded love for each and every one of us (that includes you) every time you look at a crucifix. He willingly gave up His life for us in a most brutal fashion so that we might have Eternal Life with him in heaven!

St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that while one might find the courage to sacrifice his life for a good person, Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5: 7-8). And keep in mind as well that He would have made that same sacrifice just for you alone!

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

*I Confess to You* [see Day 1, Novena]

*Come Holy Spirit* [see Day 1 Novena]

*The Lord’s Prayer*  [see Day 1 Novena]

*Hail Mary*  [see Day 1 Novena]


*The Prayer to the Sacred Heart*  [see Day 1 Novena]

*Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus*

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every Blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

*Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Day 2*

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek, and I ask for the grace of 

[​State your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: “Truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” 

Behold, in Thy name, I ask the Father for the grace of

[State your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou has said: 

“Truly I say to you, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Encouraged by Thy infallible words, I now ask for the grace of

[State your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

*Let us pray.*

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have mercy on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy tender Mother and ours.

*Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus* [See Day 1 Novena].

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 1

Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Day 1

*Day 1 -Sacred heart Novena*

*June /19/2019*

*Peace be with you!*

*REFLECTION*

It is said that St. Padre Pio recited this novena daily for all those who requested his prayers. This novena (repeating the same prayer for nine consecutive days for a particular intention or devotion) can be prayed at any time, though it is a tradition to begin on the traditional feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus itself it is a tradition to pray the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart.

In this Novena to the Sacred Heart, we pray for nine days in trust and confidence in the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, that He might grant our request. At each point where the prayer indicates that you should state your request, mention the same request, and use the same request for each of the nine days of the novena.

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

*I Confess to You*

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask the Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Amen.

*Come Holy Spirit*

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

*The Lord’s Prayer* [Our Father]

Our Father, Who art in heaven, 

Hallowed be Thy Name. 

Thy Kingdom come. 

Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

*Hail Mary*

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou amongst women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

*The Prayer to the Sacred Heart*

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, to Your most Sacred Heart I confide this intention {name petition}.

Only look upon me, then do what Your love

Inspires. Let Your Sacred Heart decide.

I count on You. I trust in You. I throw myself on Your mercy. Lord Jesus, You will not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked You for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one.

Take it, place it in Your open Heart.

When the Eternal Father looks upon it, He will see it covered with Your Precious Blood.

It will be no longer my prayer, but Yours, Jesus. Sacred Heart of Jesus,

I place all my trust in You. Let me not be disappointed. Amen

*Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus*

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

*Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Day 1*

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek, and I ask for the grace of 

[​state your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: “Truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” Behold, in Thy name, I ask the Father for the grace of

[State your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, Thou has said: “Truly I say to you, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Encouraged by Thy infallible words, I now ask for the grace of:

[state your request here].

*Our Father*

*Hail Mary*

*Glory be*

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

*Let us pray.*

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have mercy on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy tender Mother and ours.

*Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus*

V. Lord, have mercy on us.

R. Christ, have mercy on us. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. 

R. Christ, graciously hear us. 

V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

~God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

~God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

~Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You, have mercy on us.

~Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Spare us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

R. Have mercy on us.


V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart (3x). 

R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

*In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

Catholic Devotions With Promises Of Salvation – The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion

Catholic Devotions With Promises Of Salvation – The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion

The 3 Hail Mary’s Devotion.

One of the greatest means of salvation and one of the surest signs of predestination, is unquestionably, the devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin. All the holy doctors of the Church are unanimous in saying with St. Alphonsus of Liguori: “A devout servant of Mary shall never perish.” The chief thing is to persevere faithfully till death in this devotion.

Numerous examples show how agreeable the three Hail Marys Devotion is to the Divine Mother and what special graces it draws, during life and at the hour of death, on those who never omit it for a single day.

This practice was revealed to St. Melchtilde (13th century) while she was beseeching Our Blessed Mother to assist her in her hour of death. Our Lady appeared to her and said:

“I will, certainly. But I also want you to say three special Hail Mary’s to me every day. 

The first will be in honor of God the Father, Whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that after God I have the greatest power in heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power far from you.

The second Hail Mary will be said in honor of the Son of God Who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me. In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.

The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost Who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy. In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight.”

Our Blessed Mother also revealed to St. Gertrude the Great: 

“To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Mary’s, I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation.”

St. Leonard of Port Maurice, the celebrated missionary, had the Three Hail Mary’s recited morning and evening in honor of Mary Immaculate, to obtain the grace of avoiding all mortal sins during the day or night. Moreover, he promised in a special manner, eternal salvation to all those who proved constantly faithful to this practice. He gave this devotion of Three Hail Mary’s as a penance in the confessional, especially for those who were struggling with sins of impurity.

Practice: Recite morning and evening, three Hail Mary’s in honor of the three great privileges bestowed upon Our Blessed Mother by the most Blessed Trinity with this invocation at the end: for the morning: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this day.” For the evening: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this night.”

(Pope St. Pius X gave his Apostolic Blessings to this practice and the devotion was raised to an Archconfraternity by Pope Benedict XV).

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Saints Amazing Story Of Heaven 

The Saints Amazing Story Of Heaven 

The Saints Stories Of Heaven.

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori told a story shared with him by a superior of the Jesuit order about a different superior who appeared to him after his death and gave a detailed report about what sort of treatment different people could expect in heaven. According to the departed superior, the rewards of heaven are not equal for all who enter, but all who enter are equally satisfied:

“Now I am in heaven, Philip II, king of Spain, is in heaven as well. We both are enjoying the eternal rewards of paradise, but they are very different for us. My happiness is much greater than his, for it is not like when we were still on earth, for then he was royalty and I was a commoner. We were as far apart as the earth and sky, but now it has been reversed: As lowly as I was compared to the king on earth, I now exceed him in glory in heaven. However, we are both happy, and our hearts are completely satisfied.”

What Saint Lutgarde Saw In Heaven.

Saint Lutgarde a 13th Century Religious Sister was speaking with a sister in religion on heavenly and spiritual matters, and searching for fresh means to appease the wrath of God, they were both overcome with so intense a longing for the salvation and rescue of sinners, that for very pity their hearts did faint away, and they were consumed with hot and fiery love for God and their fellow men. 

Even as they spoke together quickly and eagerly, they were both overpowered by ecstasy, and in that state lay as dead during four whole days. But while their bodies lay thus, they themselves were led in spirit into the clear light of eternal joy, and they saw the whole heavenly host, and the Most Holy, Undivided Trinity. During the four long unbroken days when the holy servant of God and her spiritual sister lay on the ground as though dead, they saw how the Heavenly Court was so exquisitely adorned and ordered with such beauty and regularity that their hearts were not able to grasp it nor their lips to express it.They saw how the Most Holy Trinity lit up the whole of Heaven with an unutterably clear light; and how the noble Queen Mary, as Mother of the eternal Wisdom, shone with a radiance incomparably more beautiful than does the hottest mid-day sun.

And this all high and holy Court resounds with the most entrancing music, and with the songs of the dear Angels. THERE the holy patriarchs and prophets, who had foretold the coming of the Redeemer and longed after it with so great a longing, lifted up their voices in merry gladness.

THERE the holy Apostles sit as Judges, because they forsook all on earth to follow Christ, their Lord and Master, and beside them sit the Evangelists, who did so faithfully transmit to us the teaching, life, and miracles of Christ, leaving behind them a record for all future generations of men.

THERE the glorious martyrs reign in triumph – they who yielded up their bodies to a thousand kinds of pain and martyrdom for love of Christ, and by the shedding of their blood deserved to win a heavenly crown.

THERE stand all glad and joyous the holy priests and confessors who witnessed to the Name of God openly and boldly and by their side are all the holy virgins, who led down here a life austere and upright, chaste and mortified, silent and hidden.

And all these together encircle the vast hall of Heaven like a garland of beautiful red roses and glorious white lilies, filling it with the sweetest perfume, all the while they sing to the Most High God their ceaseless hymn of praise.

Last of all, St Lutgarde and the Sister saw a great company that no man could number, who by the earnest pursuit of good works had laid hold of salvation, and through the conquest of self, the world, and Satan, had deserved to enter in the company of the blessed. 

Now it was revealed to our Saints that in one particular quarter of the Holy City reigned the greatest joy of all the Heavenly Court. Here existed, as it were, a very overflow of happiness, for here the all-sweet odour of Divine love and of every conceivable goodness and virtue, was united to the most soul-entrancing music of the great Song of Praise. The least little gleam from this spot surpasses all the gleam of a hundred thousand earthly suns. So far indeed does it surpass them, that it was quite useless to try to describe it.

The Privileges And Liberties Of The Heavenly Court.

In Heaven many privileges and liberties are enjoyed:

1. Love without Suffering

2. Eternal Life without Death

3. Eternal Youth without Age

4. Riches without Poverty

5. Unfailing Health without Sickness

6. Unspeakable Joy without Grief

7. Everlasting Peace, and the Perpetual Grace of God.

God The Father Describes Heaven To Saint Catherine Of Siena.

St. Catherine of the Siena (1347-1380) wrote down what God the Father told her about heaven. From her famous Christian work ‘The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena‘ (excerpts are below).

Of the glory of the Blessed: 

“Similarly, the just soul, for whom life finishes in the affection of charity and the bonds of love, cannot increase in virtue, time having come to naught, but she can always love with that affection with which she comes to Me, and that measure that is measured to her. She always desires Me, and loves Me, and her desire is not in vain — being hungry, she is satisfied, and being satisfied, she has hunger, but the tediousness of satiety and the pain of hunger are far from her. 

In love, the Blessed rejoice in My eternal vision, participating in that good that I have in Myself, everyone according to his measure, that is that, with that measure of love, with which they have come to Me, is it measured to them. Because they have lived in love of Me and of the neighbor, united together with the general love, and the particular, which, moreover, both proceed from the same love. And they rejoice and exult, participating in each other’s good with the affection of love, besides the universal good that they enjoy altogether. And they rejoice and exult with the angels with whom they are placed, according to their diverse and various virtues in the world, being all bound in the bonds of love. 

And they have a special participation with those whom they closely loved with particular affection in the world, with which affection they grew in grace, increasing virtue, and the one was the occasion to the other of manifesting the glory and praise of My name, in themselves and in their neighbor and in the life everlasting, they have not lost their love, but have it still, participating closely, with more abundance, the one with the other, their love being added to the universal good, and I would not that you should think that they have this particular good, of which I have told you, for themselves alone, for it is not so, but it is shared by all the proved citizens, My beloved sons, and all the angels — for, when the soul arrives at eternal life, all participate in the good of that soul, and the soul in their good. 

Not that her vessel or theirs can increase, nor that there be need to fill it, because it is full, but they have an exultation, a mirthfulness, a jubilee, a joyousness in themselves, which is refreshed by the knowledge that they have found in that soul. They see that, by My mercy, she is raised from the earth with the plenitude of grace, and therefore they exult in Me in the good of that soul, which good she has received through My goodness. And that soul rejoices in Me, and in the souls, and in the Blessed spirits, seeing and tasting in them the beauty and the sweetness of My love. And their desires forever cry out to Me, for the salvation of the whole world.

And because their life ended in the love of the neighbor, they have not left it behind, but, with it, they will pass through the Door, My only-begotten Son in the way that I will relate to you. So you see that in those bonds of love in which they finished their life, they go on and remain eternally. They are conformed so entirely to My will, that they cannot desire except what I desire, because their free-will is bound in the bond of love, in such a way that, time failing them, and, dying in a state of grace, they cannot sin any more. 

And their will is so united with Mine, that a father or a mother seeing their son, or a son seeing his father or his mother in Hell, do not trouble themselves, and even are contented to see them punished as My enemies. Wherefore in nothing do they disagree with Me, and their desires are all satisfied. The desire of the blessed is to see My honor in you wayfarers, who are pilgrims, forever running on towards the term of death. 

In their desire for My honor, they desire your salvation, and always pray to Me for you, which desire is fulfilled by Me, when you ignorant ones do not resist My mercy. They have a desire too, to regain the gifts of their body, but this desire does not afflict them, as they do not actually feel it, but they rejoice in tasting the desire, from the certainty they feel of having it fulfilled. Their desire does not afflict them, because, though they have it not yet fulfilled, no bliss is thereby lacking to them. Wherefore they feel not the pain of desire. 

And think not, that the bliss of the body after the resurrection gives more bliss to the soul, for, if this were so, it would follow that, until they had the body, they had imperfect bliss, which cannot be, because no perfection is lacking to them. So it is not the body that gives bliss to the soul, but the soul will give bliss to the body, because the soul will give of her abundance, and will re-clothe herself on the Last Day of Judgment, in the garments of her own flesh which she had quitted. For, as the soul is made immortal, stayed and established in Me, so the body in that union becomes immortal, and, having lost heaviness, is made fine and light.

Wherefore, know that the glorified body can pass through a wall, and that neither water nor fire can injure it, not by virtue of itself, but by virtue of the soul, which virtue is of Me, given to her by grace, and by the ineffable love with which I created her in My image and likeness. The eye of your intellect is not sufficient to see, nor your ear to hear, nor your tongue to tell of the good of the Blessed. Oh, how much delight they have in seeing Me, who am every good! Oh, how much delight they will have in being with the glorified body, though, not having that delight from now to the general Judgment, they have not, on that account, pain, because no bliss is lacking to them, the soul being satisfied in herself, and, as I have told you, the body will participate in this bliss.

Saint John Bosco Vision of Heaven.

Saint John Bosco had a vision of Heaven in the form of a dream, which he related to his boys during one of his famous “bedtime talks.”

In 1876, his recently-deceased disciple Saint Dominic Savio appeared to him in a dream. Saint John Bosco told his pupils:

“As you know, dreams come in one’s sleep. So during the night hours of December 6, while I was in my room – whether reading or pacing back and forth or resting in my bed, I am not sure – I began dreaming.

Marvelous Garden

It suddenly seemed to me that I was standing on a small mound or hillock, on the rim of a broad plain so far-reaching that the eye could not compass its boundaries lost in vastness. All was blue, blue as the calmest sea, though what I saw was not water. It resembled a highly polished, sparkling sea of glass. Stretching out beneath, behind and on either side of me was an expanse of what looked like seashore.

Broad, imposing avenues divided the plain into grand gardens of indescribable beauty, each broken up by thickets, lawns, and flower beds of varied shapes and colors. Each species and each single plant sparkled with a brilliance of its own.

None of the plants we know could ever give you an idea of those flowers, although there was a resemblance of sorts. The very grass, the flowers, the trees, and the fruit – all were of singular and magnificent beauty. Leaves were of gold, trunks and boughs were of diamonds, and every tiny detail was in keeping with this wealth. The various kinds of plants were beyond counting.

Each species and each single plant sparkled with a brilliance of its own. Scattered throughout those gardens and spread over the entire plain I could see countless buildings whose architecture, magnificence, harmony, grandeur and size were so unique that one could say all the treasures of earth could not suffice to build a single one. If only my boys had one such house, I said to myself, how they would love it, how happy they would be, and how much they would enjoy being there! Thus ran my thoughts as I gazed upon the exterior of those buildings, but how much greater must their inner splendor have been!

An Enchanting Melody.

As I stood there basking in the splendor of those gardens, I suddenly heard music most sweet – so delightful and enchanting a melody that I could never adequately describe it. … A hundred thousand instruments played, each with its own sound, uniquely different from all others, and every possible sound set the air alive with its resonant waves.

I suddenly heard music most sweet, blended with them were the songs of choristers. In those gardens I looked upon a multitude of people enjoying themselves happily, some singing, others playing, but every note, had the effect of a thousand different instruments playing together. At one and the same time, if you can imagine such a thing, one could hear all the notes of the chromatic scale, from the deepest to the highest, yet all in perfect harmony. Ah yes, we have nothing on earth to compare with that symphony.

Deepest Pleasure.

One could tell from the expression of those happy faces that the singers not only took the deepest pleasure in singing, but also received vast joy in listening to the others. The more they sang, the more pressing became their desire to sing. The more they listened, the more vibrant became their yearning to hear more…

As I listened enthralled to that heavenly choir, I saw an endless multitude of boys approaching me. Many I recognized as having been at the Oratory and in our other schools, but by far the majority of them were total strangers to me. Their endless ranks drew closer, headed by Dominic Savio, who was followed immediately by Father Alasonatti, Father Chiali, Father Guilitto and many other clerics and priests, each leading a squad of boys…

A Most Radiant Joy.

Once those host of boys got some eight or ten paces from me, they halted. There was a flash of light far brighter than before, the music stopped, and a hushed silence fell over all. A most radiant joy encompassed all the boys and sparkled in their eyes, their countenances aglow with happiness. They looked and smiled at me very pleasantly, as though to speak, but no one said a word.

Dominic Savio stepped forward a pace or two, standing so close to me that, had I stretched out my hand, I would surely have touched him. He too was silent and gazed upon me with a smile…at last Dominic Savio spoke:

Why do you stand there silent, as though you were almost devitalized?” he asked. “Aren’t you the one who once feared nothing, holding your ground against slander, persecution, hostility, hardships and dangers of all sorts? Where is courage? Say something!”

Loving Warmth.

I forced myself to reply in a stammer, “I do not know what to say. Are you Dominic Savio?”

Yes I am. Don’t you know me anymore?”

How come you are here?” I asked still bewildered.

Savio spoke affectionately: 

“I came to talk with you. We spoke together so often on earth! Do you not recall how much you loved me, or how many tokens of friendship you gave me and how kind you were to me? And did I not return the warmth of your love? How much trust I placed in you! So why are you tongue-tied? Why are you shaking? Come ask me a question or two!”

Abode of Happiness.

Summoning my courage, I replied, “I am shaking because I don’t know where I am.”

“You are in the abode of happiness,” Savio answered, “where one experiences every joy, every delight.”

“Is this the reward of the just?” asked St. John Bosco.

“Not at all! Here we do not enjoy supernatural happiness but only a natural one, though greatly magnified.”

“Might I be allowed to see a little supernatural light?”

.

“No one can see it until he has come to see God as He is. The faintest ray of that light would instantly strike one dead, because the human senses are not sturdy enough to endure it.”

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