Act of Reparation
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, well known in connection with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, led the way in
making reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the coldness and ingratitude of men.
O kind and merciful Savior, from my heart I earnestly desire to return Thee love for love. My greatest sorrow is that
Thou art not loved by men, and, in particular, that my own heart is so cold, so selfish, so ungrateful. Keenly aware of
my own weakness and poverty, I trust that Thy own grace will enable me to offer Thee an act of pure love. And I wish
to offer Thee this act of love in reparation for the coldness and neglect that are shown to Thee in the sacrament of Thy
love by Thy creatures. O Jesus, my supreme good, I love Thee, not for the sake of the reward which Thou hast promised
to those who love Thee, but purely for Thyself. I love Thee above all things that can be loved, above all pleasures, and
above myself and all that is not Thee, promising in the presence of heaven and earth that I will live and die purely and
simply in Thy holy love, and that if to love Thee thus I must endure persecution and suffering I am completely satisfied,
and I will ever say with Saint Paul: Nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God." O Jesus, supreme master
of all hearts, I love Thee, I adore Thee, I praise Thee, I thank Thee, because I am now all Thine own. Rule over me, and
transform my soul into the likeness of Thyself, so that it may bless and glorify Thee forever in the abode of the saints.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque