"On the morning of Good Friday I received Communion, and during the day I wanted to attend the Three Hours of Agony (popular Catholic Church celebration held between 12:00 and 3pm on Good Friday's in honor of Jesus crucified--Editor) but my family would not let me, even though I cried, and only with great effort did I make this first sacrifice for Jesus.
Jesus, always so generous, even though I had sacrificed only reluctantly, wanted to reward me; so, I shut myself in my room to pray the three hours privately, but not alone; my guardian angel came and we prayed together: we assisted Jesus in all His sufferings and comforted our Mother (the Blessed Virgin Mary- editor) in Her sorrows.
This was the first time and also the first Friday that Jesus made Himself felt so strongly in my soul; even though I did not receive the True Jesus from the hands of the priest, (the Holy Eucharist--editor) because it was impossible, still Jesus came on His own and gave me Communion. But this union of ours was so strong that I remained dumbfounded.
But Jesus spoke to me in a strong voice "What are you doing? Have you nothing to say? Aren't you even moved?" Unable to resist Him any further, it was then that I forced myself to speak:
"Oh Jesus, how can this be? You the most perfect- the most Holy- How can you love someone who shows nothing but coldness and imperfection towards You?"
He replied "I am burning with a desire to unite with you." Jesus then repeated "run to me every morning (in receiving Holy Communion--editor) "however" He said, I am a jealous Father and Bridegroom; will you be my faithful daughter and bride?"
I made a thousand promises to Jesus that morning, but oh my God, how quickly I forgot them!
-From the "Autobiography of St. Gemma Galgani" which is obtainable from the Passionists here:
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