The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Widow of Naim.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Widow of Naim.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Widow of Naim.

(Read Luke vii, II-16.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that it is not without a divine purpose that the gospels recount the raising from the dead by Christ of three persons, all of different ages, a very young girl, the daughter of a ruler of the Synagogue, a young man, son of the widow of Naim, and then Lazarus, the brother of Magdalen and Martha. We should learn therefrom that death does not respect any age, nor exempt any condition of life. Armed with bow and sword, with the latter it strikes the aged to whom it is nearer, and with the former the young who think themselves quite out of reach.

APPLICATION. Whatever may be your age, be always prepared for death. As both the young and the old die daily, when they least of all expect it, be persuaded that it will be the same with you. Heed you not what our Lord says in the Gospel? Be you then also ready, for at what hour you think not, the Son of Man will come. (Luke xii, 40.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He will brandish his sword; he hath bent his bow. (Ps. vii, 13.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that in these three dead persons, raised to life by Christ, are represented three classes of people, who were dead in sin but have been raised to life again by Christ. In the death of the young girl, are represented those people who fall into sin through ignorance and through weakness of nature; in the death of the young man, those who sin from the impulse of vehement passion; and in the death of Lazarus, those who fall into sin through the malice of their own will.

APPLICATION. Under which of these classes do your falls and sins place you? It may be that, by the earnest life you lead for God, you are ordinarily guarded from more serious falls and from mortal sins. Still it is very probable that you daily fall into venial sins. See then whether your daily falls arise from weakness of nature, or from the assaults of your strong passions, or with full deliberation from the malice of your will. For even though all of them may be culpable yet not all are equally hurtful.

  • Through weakness even the saints sometimes fall;
  • by the force of passions not conquered the imperfect fall;
  • and from malice of will, those who may easily fall further into mortal sin.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled, and my soul is troubled exceedingly: but Thou, O Lord, how long? (Ps. vi, 3, 4)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that Christ at the death of the child forbade all weeping, and that at the death of the young man, He said to the widowed mother: Weep not. But at the death of Lazarus He not only suffered the two sisters Martha and Magdalen to weep, but He Himself also wept. Jesus wept. (John xi, 35.)

 

APPLICATION. By the death of Lazarus are represented, as we have meditated, those who fall through the malice of their will. Such as sin gravely, especially when and where they are furnished with much light and protection, will be more severely dealt with. For their fall is more wilful and malicious and most hateful in the sight of heaven.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. O Lord, my God, enlighten my eyes that I never sleep in death. (Ps. xii, 4.)

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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Of Compunction of Heart.

IV. Acknowledge thyself unworthy of divine consolation, and rather worthy of much tribulation.
When a man has perfect compunction, then the whole world is to him burdensome and distasteful.
A good man always finds subjects enough for mourning and weeping.
For whether he considers himself or thinks of his neighbour, he knows that no man lives here without tribulation: and the more thoroughly he considers himself the more he grieves.
The subjects for just grief and interior compunction are our vices and sins, in which we lie entangled in such manner as seldom to be able to contemplate heavenly things.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI pt IV.

[compunction = contrition, remorse, reservations.]

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross.

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer


Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.

The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

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Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Peace in God.

Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Peace in God.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Peace in God.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. (John xiv, 27.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that those of whom Isaias says My people shall sit in the beauty of peace (Isa. xxxii, 18) are those who have fought for a long time and conquered their inclinations, and who now possess joy in the conquest of themselves. Peace is the tranquillity of order. And this peace is enjoyed by him who has conquered his own inclinations. For he stands well as regards his neighbour,

  • whom he does not envy,
  • with whom he disputes not,
  • over whom he does not domineer,
  • knowing how to live in peace with all.

He is well with himself, for his appetites are under the control of reason. He is well with God, because he is in all things subject and submissive to Him.

APPLICATION. Oh how blessed are you if, by the conquest of your own inclinations, you know how to obtain this so desirable state of peace!

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Great peace have they that love Thy law; and for them there is no stumbling-block. (Ps. cxviii, 165.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that, by this conquest of self, you will not only live in peace now but after death shall, as Isaias goes on to say, dwell in the tabernacles of confidence. These tabernacles are the sacred wounds of your divine Lord, where you will experience so much the greater confidence in Him as in life your reverential fear for Him was the greater.

APPLICATION. You will come to learn that so good a father will not abandon you in your extreme need at your death. He will then give you defence from your enemies in the shelter of His sacred wounds, and you will be like the dove in the clefts of the rock. (Cant. ii, 14.) Thus though you are never secure until the very end, you will be filled with entire confidence in that hour in the merits of Jesus.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said: Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living. (Ps. cxli, 6.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that after this peace which you will enjoy in life, and after this confidence in death, you will dwell in the full repose of paradise. This will render you absolutely content and filled with satisfaction in seeing God. For as God has no need of anything outside of Himself, so in heaven you will have no need of anything outside of Him, for you will have God within you and the certainty of never losing Him.

APPLICATION. But, in order to attain to that truly precious repose, it is necessary that you should not desire to rest before the time. If you wish for peace, it is often necessary that you should wage war, by conquering your passions and by mortifying your inclinations. If you would have confidence in death, it is necessary that you should first have fear, and live with solicitude not to offend your Lord Who defends you, and has so often to plead for you. If you desire rest after death, it is needful that labour should now precede it, so that you must spend yourself wholly in the service of God, until you shall rest from your labours. (Apoc. xiv, 13.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Do ye manfully, and let your heart be strengthened, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Ps. xxx, 25.)

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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Of Compunction of Heart.

III. Busy not thyself with other men’s affairs nor entangle thyself with the causes of great ones [quit watching, worrying about, being curious about the news, TV, etc.].
Have always an eye upon thyself in the first place; and take special care to admonish thyself preferably to all thy dearest friends.
If thou hast not the favour of men, be not grieved thereat; but let thy concern be, that thou dost not carry thyself so well and so circumspectly as it becomes a servant of God, and a devout religious man, to demean himself.
It is oftentimes more profitable and more secure for a man not to have many comforts in this life, especially according to the flesh.
Yet, that we have not divine comforts, or seldomer experience them, is our own fault ; because we do not seek compunction of heart, nor cast off altogether vain and outward satisfactions.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI pt III.

[compunction = contrition, remorse, reservations.]

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross.

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer


Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.

The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

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Friday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Jesus Christ our Model.

Friday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Jesus Christ our Model.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Friday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Jesus Christ our Model.

He that followeth me walketh not in darkness. (John viii, 12.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that the eternal Father sent His divine Son on earth to clothe Himself with our flesh, principally in order that He might be our example and our model. To this model therefore we must conform our lives, because all our perfection consists in reproducing in ourselves, as far as we may, the divine perfections and in making ourselves images of Jesus Christ. Every faithful soul is bound to conform himself to this divine exemplar, if he would be among the number of the elect. Much more so is every one bound, who desires and professes to be a more intimate follower and companion of Jesus.

APPLICATION. How have you striven up till now to conform yourself to the example of Jesus? Can you truthfully say with holy Job: My foot hath followed His steps, I have kept His way? (Job xxiii, II.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my paths. I have sworn, and am steadfastly purposed to keep the judgments of Thy justice. (Ps. cxviii, 105-106.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY in what things Jesus should be especially imitated, namely, in all that which He ceaselessly made profession of from His birth even unto His death; poverty, suffering, pain and contempt. During the thirty-three years that He dwelt on earth He did not always teach, or preach, or heal the sick, or work miracles; but He always lived in poverty, in suffering and in contempt.

APPLICATION. What kind of attachment have you to these three inseparable companions of Christ? How far do you seek them? How do you accept them when you meet them, by feeling some of the effects of poverty, in suffering some illness, in receiving some wrong or some insult? These are the marks and features most proper to make you like to the image of Jesus Christ. Made conformable to the image of his Son. (Rom. viii, 29.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I am poor and in labours from my youth. (Ps. lxxxvii, r6.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY how you ought to imitate Him. Does it seem to you to be an undertaking beyond your strength to copy the virtues of Christ? Do not lose heart, for equality is not asked of you but only a likeness that consists in following Christ at least from afar. (4 Kings xviii, 6.) Neither does our Lord require that you imitate Him in everything, but only in that which is proper to your own state of life. All the faithful are members of the mystical body of Christ: We are one body in Christ. (Rom. xii, 5.)

APPLICATION. All the members of our body have different functions, the eye one, the hand another, the foot a third: All the members have not the same office. Your function, as a member of the mystical body of Christ, will be to conform yourself to Jesus in the observance of God’s law, the mortifications, the duties and labour, which are proper to your state of life, making it your study in all to form yourself to an image of the divine model: To be made conformable to the image of his Son.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Perfect Thou my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps be not moved. (Ps. xvi, 5.)

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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Of Compunction of Heart.

II. Through levity of heart, and the little thought we have of our defects, we feel not the sorrows of our soul; but often vainly laugh, when in all reason we ought to weep.
There is no true liberty, nor good joy, but in the fear of God, with a good conscience.
Happy is he who can cast away all impediments of distractions, and recollect himself to the union of holy compunction.
Happy is he who separates himself from all that may burden or defile his conscience.
Strive manfully: custom is overcome by custom.
If thou canst let men alone, they will let thee do what thou hast to do.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI pt II.

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross.

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer


Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.

The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

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Tuesday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Riches.

Tuesday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Riches.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Tuesday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Riches.

Woe to you that are rich, for you have your consolation. (Luke vi, 24.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that our Blessed Lord does not use the word Woe here merely to denote some horrible and deplorable evil. It is a threat and prediction of woe to the rich; not indeed because they rob, nor because they oppress the poor, but because they have their consolation in this world. For you have your consolation.

APPLICATION. Can it be then that instead of pitying the rich, you envy them and their greatness? When therefore you behold the pomp of their palaces and the magnificence of their courts, be not borne away by admiration, but say rather: Woe to you that are rich!

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Better is little to the just than the great riches of the wicked. (Ps. xxxvi, 16.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY why it is that the rich are to be pitied. It is because their consolation here is a sign that they will not have it hereafter, as it was said to the rich glutton: Thou didst receive good things in thy life time. (Luke xvi, 25.) And it is especially so with the rich because of the greater ease with which, by reason of their money, they can give vent to their passions, and satisfy the irregular cravings of their corrupt nature. Thus it is that they fall into innumerable sins and hasten onwards to perdition. How much better is it, then, not to have here the consolations of living as one wills. For it is an inviolable law that we cannot rejoice both in this world and in the next!

APPLICATION. Thank rather our Blessed Lord with all your heart for having drawn you out of this peril. The less consolations you shall have here, the more you shall enjoy hereafter. Woe to you rich! Blessed are the poor! Oh what a difference between these two sentences that issue from the mouth of uncreated Wisdom itself!

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Behold these are sinners, and yet prospering in the world they have obtained riches! (Ps. lxxii, 12.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that Christ, in pronouncing the rich unhappy, intended to denote those who have their hearts attached to their riches, and have placed in them all the means of satisfying their desires. He did not speak of the wealthy whose hearts are not set upon their riches, and who use them in the ways that God permits and intends and commands. So likewise He only calls those blessed who are voluntarily or who are spiritually poor. Blessed are the poor in spirit, and not those who are poor quite against their will, and who love, and who desire to have, riches and the goods of this world.

APPLICATION. To which class of the poor do you belong? Do you still let your heart be attached to money, and envy those who possess it? This most terrible threat of Christ, Woe to you, may be directed against you, more than against many a man of wealth. For many such live with their hearts more detached from riches than is yours.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He shall spare the poor and needy: and He shall save the souls of the poor. (Ps. lxxi, 13.)

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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Of Compunction of Heart.

I. IF thou wilt make any progress, keep thyself in the fear of God, and be not too free, but restrain all thy senses under discipline, and give not thyself up to foolish mirth.
Give thyself to compunction of heart, and thou shalt find devotion.
Compunction opens the way to much good which dissipation is wont quickly to lose.
It is wonderful that any man can heartily rejoice in this life, who weighs and considers his banishment and the many dangers of his soul.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI pt I.

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross.

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer


Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.

The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Copyright © 2013 – 2014. Holy Cross Publications. All rights reserved.

Monday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Eternity.

Monday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Eternity.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Monday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Eternity.

These shall go into everlasting punishment, but the just into life everlasting. (Matt. xxv, 46.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that the house you here inhabit is not your real home, but only a lodging which gives you shelter for a short time. Nor is your real resting-place the sepulchre, from which, indeed, you will not issue except at the universal destruction of the world, then to find all, that you once so admired and made so much of, reduced to ashes. Man, says Ecclesiastes, shall go into the house of his eternity. (Eccles. xii, 5.) For you shall not go into the sepulchre nor dwell there; only your already decaying body will be taken there. Your real eternal house to which you will go, will be either heaven or hell, but with what a difference!

APPLICATION. Can you now say which will be yours? May it please God that you may not have reason to answer me, Hell is my house. (Job xvii, 13.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days. (Ps. xxii, 6.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that it is for you now to choose that which you desire. Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death. (Jer. xxi, 8.) Will you be so foolish as to choose rather to lose your soul than to save it? Before, however, making so fatal a choice, consider seriously on the one hand what it means to be surrounded in hell by all that fire for all eternity, so that there, after you have passed thousands and millions of years, your sufferings will only be beginning. You who fear so much and tremble at the slight and the brief pains of this life, are you not dismayed at the inconceivable torments of eternity? On the other hand, lift up your eyes to heaven to see the eternal peace and perpetual joy that each one of the blessed souls enjoys in that abode of happiness. Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads (Isa. xxxv, ro.)

APPLICATION. Think well about this, and as it were in the very sight of such different dwelling-places, choose which pleases you most whilst still you may.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. (Ps. xxvi, 4.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY how many there are, who labour and struggle more to deserve hell, than you are obliged to labour and to suffer in order to gain heaven. What folly then is not yours if, when choosing between two houses of eternity that differ as much as do heaven and hell, you do not endeavour to secure for yourself the former with less labour than others will use to get the latter.

APPLICATION. Ponder well, for example, upon the difference there is between the trouble that many persons endure in order to be revenged, or in order to give vent to their evil passions, and that which you have to bear to lead a fervent life, and you will perceive how far less is that of yours. If the constant observance of God’s commandments and the laws of the Church seems hard or painful to you, reflect on the eternal sufferings, from which it is sure to deliver you, and the eternal blessings that you will gain by this subjection to the cross of Christ,

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Decline from evil and do good, and dwell for ever and ever. (Ps. xxvi, 27.)

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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Of the Love of Solitude and Silence.

Grant us, O Lord, the grace to mortify in ourselves the curiosity and love of sensible pleasures, which induce us to seek in the world that peace, tranquillity, consolation, and delight, which we can discover in Thee only; to the end that, renouncing all for Thy love, we may be so happy as to win and possess Thee, without fear of losing Thee during eternity. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XX prayer.

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September Devotion: The Holy Cross.

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer


Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.

The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

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