Happy St. Valentine's Day, my Lord!
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I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him that I languish with love.
What manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, O thou most beautiful among women? what manner of one is thy beloved of the beloved, that thou hast so adjured us?
My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.
His eyes as doves upon brooks of waters, which are washed with milk, and sit beside the plentiful streams.
His cheeks are as beds of aromatical spices set by the perfumers. His lips are as lilies dropping choice myrrh.
His hands are turned and as of gold, full of hyacinths. His belly as of ivory, set with sapphires.
His legs as pillars of marble, that are set upon bases of gold. His form as of Libanus, excellent as the cedars.
His throat most sweet, and he is all lovely: such is my beloved, and he is my friend, O ye daughters of Jerusalem.
Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside, and we will seek him with thee?
~Song of Songs 5:8-17
O my Most Loving and Gentle Jesus, I desire with all the affections of my heart, that all beings created and uncreated, should praise Thee, honor Thee and glorify Thee eternally for that Sacred Wound wherewith Thy Divine side was rent. I deposit, enclose, conceal in that wound and in that opening in Thy Heart, my heart and all my feelings, thoughts, desires, intentions and all the faculties of my soul. I entreat Thee, by the Precious Bloodand Water that flowed from Thy Most Loving Heart, to take entire possesion of me, that Thou may guide me in all things.
Consume me in the burning fire of thy Holy Love, so that I may be so absorbed and transformed into Thee that I may no longer be but one with Thee. Amen.
"This much," He said.
And He stretched out His arms, and He died.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Son, that we should not die, but have eternal life!
~ John 3:16
And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother: Behold this Child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted;
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.
And His mother kept all these words in her heart.
~ Luke 2:12-13, 51
O JESUS through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I offer them for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart: for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for all the intentions of our Bishops and all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen.
Updated 21 March, 2000
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