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Ave Maria Meditations

Prayers from St. Bonaventure

(Franciscan Doctor of the Church, Feast Day is July 15th):

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, and with true, calm and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, may yearn for Thee and for thy courts, may long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and super substantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delightful taste. May my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, Whom the angels desire to look upon, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor; may it ever thirst for Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the fullness of the house of God; may it ever compass Thee, seek Thee, find Thee, run to Thee, come up to Thee, meditate on Thee, speak of Thee, and do all for the praise and glory of Thy name, with humility and discretion, with love and delight, with ease and affection, with perseverance to the end; and be Thou alone ever my hope, my entire confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure, my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace, my sweetness, my food, my refreshment, my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion, my possession, my treasure; in Whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed and firm and rooted immovably. Amen.


O most sweet Jesus, the treachery of my sins would forbid  my entering Your Heart.  But since an inconceivable charity enlarged Your Heart, and sine You, who alone are holy, can purify what is defiled, cleanse me from my faults, O good Jesus, and deliver me from my sins.  When I am purified by You, I can approach You, O purest One, and enter and abide in Your Heart all the days of my life, to know and to do what You wish me to do.

Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Author Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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  • Alex Benedictus says:

    O what a beautiful prayer! What a precious prayer! It’s about the Eucharist! Jesus in the holy host!

    I feel particulary touched by this prayer, cause some priest and some laity have said to me to become more fervent to the Eucharist. I’m trying to attend the mass the most times possible, but I have some dificulties cause I don’t have a car and the nearest churches from my house are a little distant. Please, dear Friars, pray for me. I want to love more and more Jesus in the Eucharist, but I some dificulties to go to the mass as I had explained.

  • mario pizzo says:

    please pray for my gandson who is aving idfficuty in his matrity.heis 18 ear old. thank you.

  • mario pizzo says:

    please pray for my grandson who is having difficultywith maturity he is 18. thank you.

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