3. He considered it his place of refuge.
"Oh, heaven, open thy gates to let me behold my Lord! But dear Jesus, what do I say? heaven is deaf and will not hear me. Thy sweet Heart is my living heaven. It has eyes which behold; ears which listen; a will which loves; beauty which refreshes; light which
gives light; O my living heaven, Thou seest and understandest me, open Thyself to me, to let me see what is taking place in Thee. Receive me, my sweet heaven, lock me up in Thyself, and then men may speak of me as they will. It is contrary to Thy nature to
be hard with sinners; be not so with me. If I am blind send me light. I know Thou sighest after me, and Thou knowest I long for Thee. Open Thyself to recive me."
(Source: "The Sacred Heart: Anecdotes and Examples to Assist in Promoting
the Devotion to the Sacred Heart", pp. 84-88, by Fr. Joseph
Keller, Imp., 1899.)
Blessed be St. Peter, Prince
of the Apostles!