Jesus, You are my only true friend.
You share my burdens; You take them upon Yourself; You alone know how to turn them to my advantage. You listen to me kindly when I tell you my troubles and You never fail to lighten them.
I find You at all times and in all places; You never leave me, and if I am obliged to change my abode, I will always find You wherever I go.
You are never annoyed at listening to me; You never cease to help me. If I love You, I am sure of being loved in return. You have nothing to gain from my possessions and You do not make Yourself poor in sharing Yours with me.
No matter how miserable I may be, You will never cease to be my friend for the sake of someone else more noble, more worthy, or even more holy; and death itself- which separates us from ll other friends - will serve only to reunite us forever. Old age or misfortune will not cause You to abandon me; on the contrary, You will never be closer to me, n or will I enjoy Your presence more, than when all seems to go against me.
You tolerate my faults with admirable patience; even my infidelities and ungratefulness never hurt You to such a degree that You are not always ready to come to me, if I so desire it.
O Jesus, grant that I may die praising You, that I may die loving You, that I may die for the love of You.
- From Reflections on St. John, the Friend of Jesus Christ, by St. Claude la Columbiere, S.J.
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, by Rev. Francis Larkin. SS.CC.