This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 Excerpt: ... TENTH MEDITATION. On receiving the Lord with the assiduity of Martha, and the zeal of Mary. First Point.--Before Communion. /ONSIDER what must have been the joy of - the two sisters, truly such, both in relationship and in spirit; and what their appreciation of such a favour must have been when they understood that the Lord was coming to honour them, and their house, with His Presence. With what ardour must the Magdalen have awaited that Lord, Whom she, before, had sought with such anguish, judging herself highly favoured in being received by Him, and who now is singularly blessed in being allowed to entertain Him. What preparations they must have made for the Guest Whom they were expecting, whose Majesty and greatness they so well knew. Great must have been the adornments of their abode, and more so, of their hearts--their rich jewels being symbolical of their precious virtues. Reflect, that to-day, this same Lord, really and truly comes in person as a guest to the castle of your heart, see that you entrust Him with the keys.of it, namely, your powers and senses, joining your will and understanding, to do service around Him with respect and zeal, preceeded by a great preparation of adornment with the jewels of virtue; a great purity of conscience, and the odours of grace and sanctity. Second Point.--At the time of Communion. The Divine Master approaches the gates of the castle, displaying a celestial affability in His divine countenance. The sisters, coming to receive Him with loving reverence, and accompanied by all their household, so that every one might be employed in serving the Lord. How lovingly must they have received Him, how gratefully have saluted Him! Methinks I see Martha very solicitous, and Magdalene endearingly affectionate; with what sove...
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