He who abides in Me, and I him, he bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:5)
If you would abide in Me, according to My word, you must begin by abiding with me. the union to which I have called you, a fruitful union with Myself, will begin in the time you dedicate exclusively to Me and to My companionship.
Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Apocalypse 3:20)
Those souls who never abide with Me remain closed to the graces of union with Myself that I so desire to give them. Time spent in My presence softens the heart and makes it permeable to the love that radiates from My Eucharistic Heart. Time spent in My presence allows the eyes of the soul to adjust, in faith, to the brightness of My Eucharistic Face.
Love me and show your love for Me by offering Me the gift of your time. Be like the candle that exists only to burn itself out in My presence. It is enough that you are there in My presence, offering Me the flame of your love and allowing yourself to be consumed in quiet adoration.
Speak to Me freely, or simply remain in silence. I do not ask for many words; I ask for your companionship, for your presence, and for the loving attention of your heart. Thus will you attain to the union with Me that I desire for you: a fruitful union by which you will abide in Me and I in you.
Give me this, the sacrifice of your time in My presence, and I will give you all else, even those things that, at the moment, seem impossible. The monastery will be built not in agitation and in much worry but in quietness and in abandonment to My action and to the love that radiates from My Eucharistic Heart.
. . . Watch before My Eucharistic Face in humble adoration and in submission to My action. You will see [new life] rise all around you like new grass in spring, and you will know that it is all My doing and the fruit of allowing My power to act through your stillness, your abandonment, and your quiet trust in Me.
You may think that there are not enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done. I promise you that every hour given exclusively to Me will be like the seed of an abundant harvest. The fruit that you will reap will surpass beyond all imagining the little you will have given Me by abiding in My presence.
These are words that you can share with . . . . This is something that they can experience. They have only to give Me the little that I ask of you and I, for My part, will do all that I have promised.
There is more time in a day than what is measured by hours and minutes. I am the Lord of all time, and time given in tribute to Me is of greater worth than time invested in the most wearying labours. I ask not that you stop doing the tasks that are before you, but only that you put Me before all else, giving the best of your time and the greater portion to Me alone.
(From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest)