We hold His Sacred Heart in our hands. An enlargement of this painting may be found at the end of the Consecration section.The Sacred Heart Online Prayer Retreat.


Prayer Poems for
Heart's Presence

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Heart's Presence

You, most Sacred Heart, desire to be with us not only in Spirit, but in body and soul. You desire an intimacy with each of us only possible through You in all the ways that you reach out to us daily but especially in Your miraculous gift of Your Blessed Sacrament. As we draw closer to Your Heart, we draw closer to Your Presence in the Eucharist. As we draw closer to Your Presence in the Eucharist, we draw closer to Your Heart. Grant us the faith to believe more deeply every day, the desire to spend time with You in Your Awesome Presence before Your Sacrament and the desire to receive You into our hearts more frequently.

Readings: John 6 Bread of Life Discourse, John 4:10-15 Living Water 21, Psalms 23, 27, 63

Response: Pick a poem from the Presence section. Read slowly, sensing His Presence.

Reflection: If praying in the Presence of the Eucharist here, please allow yourself to come into His Awesome Presence and let Him surround your heart and soul. Listen for His words in your heart. But mostly, just give Him your heart, which is His desire. If not in the Eucharistic Presence, but having received the Eucharist today or within a day, focus on His Presence in your heart, His tabernacle. If neither of these conditions is present, simply focus your thought on the last time you received Him, or focus in anticipation of the next time you will, calling upon a greater faith and experience of His Presence next time, and each time.

**(Non-Catholics are invited to pray for faith in this miracle and are always invited to pray before the Eucharist in any Catholic Church. You do not have to be Catholic and eligible to receive Him in the Sacrament to adore Him and receive Him in your hearts in prayer before His Presence.)


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