Healing of a bleeding women Rome, Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, 4th century
Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so that I may always long for you alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul’s deepest desires. May my heart always hunger for you, so that my soul may be filled with the sweetness of your presence.
Grant that my soul may hunger for You, the Bread of Angels, the Refreshment of holy souls, our daily and ever-satisfying Bread, which contains all possible sweetness. Let my heart ever hunger after You and feed upon You, upon whom the angels desire to gaze, and may my whole soul be filled with Your sweetness. May it ever thirst for You, the Fountain of eternal light, the Torrent of pleasure, the Richness of the House of God. May it ever yearn for You, seek You, find You, stretch towards You, reach You, meditate upon You, speak of You, and do all things for the praise and glory of Your holy Name, with humility and prudence, with love and delight, with willingness, affection and perseverance.
Be ever my hope and my whole confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure, and my joy. Be my rest, my peace, my sweetness and my delight. Be my spiritual enjoyment, my food and refreshment. Be my refuge and my help, my wisdom, my reward, my possession, and my treasure, in whom my mind and my heart may ever remain fixed and firm now and forever. Amen.
Bonaventure 1221 – 1274, Italian scholastic theologian
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.