Tuesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.

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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.

This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him. (Matt. xvii, 5.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that Jesus Christ is Son of the divine Father and loved by Him for His own sake, for He is His Son by nature. But the just are adopted sons and therefore loved of the Father for the sake of Jesus, Who has raised them to be His brethren and partakers even of the divine nature. The Father has given all His power without limitation or reserve to Jesus as a sign of His love. Hence as we have been raised by Christ to sonship through grace, so likewise we receive from Christ every other gift which is proper and proportioned to our high dignity.

APPLICATION. With what affection then should you love this Son Who is so beloved of the Father, Who has been so loving to you as to make Himself your brother, and to raise you to sonship with God! Rejoice with Him in this glorious title of beloved and in the glory that He enjoys at the right hand of the Father. Strive to the utmost to be united by love to Christ, Who has done so much for you, and from Whom alone you can hope for your greatest good of all.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. (Ps. xvii, 2.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that the Father by This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased would signify that He is not only pleased to make to dwell all the plenitude of the Godhead in the sacred humanity, but that He is pleased to do through His Son all the good He desires for all men. He hath purposed to re-establish all things in Christ (Eph. i, 9, 10), rescuing men from the slavery of sin and bestowing on them grace and glory. Now is it not the highest marvel that the Father should have been pleased to give His beloved Son as Saviour for us miserable creatures, without any advantage on His part, and without any merit on ours? Such are the wonders of divine love!

APPLICATION. Have you not yet learnt how to love Him Who has so loved you? The love of God towards you is made known by what He has done for you. You should also show your love for God by what you do for Him.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. What shall I render to the Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me? (Ps. cxv, 12.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY then in consequence of this loving decree of the Father that all your good should come through the hands of His divine Son, with what confidence you should have recourse to Christ in all your needs to obtain all that you desire. But if you desire that Christ should hear you, you must hear Him, and do all that He your Master teaches you. To obtain benefits from earthly princes it is necessary to present your requests, to redouble your solicitations; but in order to obtain favours and graces from Christ, it behoves you rather to listen to Him than to supplicate; Hear ye him.

APPLICATION. Therefore if you will give your mind to all that He teaches you by His doctrine, and by His examples, doing all that He asks of you, you will deserve to be promptly heard. He will pour upon you the fulness of His treasures.

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

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 Exercises of a good religious Man.

The life of man upon earth is a warfare (Job. vii. I) against the devil, against the world, and against himself. Some retire into the cloister in order to resist more easily, others remain in the midst of the world; but no one can conquer except by the exercise of continual vigilance. The habit of reflection, the love of retirement, constant attention to one’s words, thoughts, and sentiments; fidelity to the most trifling duties, to the most humble practices; preserve from temptations and draw down graces from heaven. The Holy Ghost says, He who neglects small things will fall by little and little.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX reflection.

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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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Monday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Commandment Like to the First.

Monday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Commandment Like to the First.

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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Commandment Like to the First.

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another. (John xiii, 35.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that the precept of loving your neighbour goes along with that of the love of God. The love of God is called the first and greatest commandment; the love of one’s neighbour is called the second, because we ought to love our neighbour for God’s sake and God for Himself, and not for the sake of our neighbour. For the rest these two precepts are so united together that one cannot love one’s neighbour if one does not love God, nor love God if one does not love one’s neighbour. Hence they may be said not only to have been born together but also to die together.

APPLICATION. Can you have the heart then to set so little value on this precept? Our Lord’s words are unmistakable: And the second is like unto the first.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Lord who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? . . . He . . . who hath not used deceit in his tongue, nor hath done evil to his neighbour. (Ps. xiv, I, 3.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that the love of one’s neighbour consists in wishing him well in soul and in body. Then it is that you love him as yourself, when you desire the good of both, as you do for yourself. This good you should desire for your neighbour precisely because he is your neighbour, so that he may be helped by you to attain to eternal beatitude along with you. Therefore you must desire this good for all men be they great or little, be they good or bad, benefactors or enemies; that so all may be your companions hereafter in heaven.

APPLICATION. If, therefore, you exclude any of these from your love, it is not possible for really true love of your neighbour to be in you, even as one who denies but one dogma of faith taught by the Church cannot have true faith. Yet how many boast of loving their neighbour, whilst they refuse this love to perhaps more than one. For to these they do not wish that good, which the law of charity requires us to have for all.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. (Ps. cxviii, 4-7.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that there are three stages in this love for our neighbour. The first is that concerning him you never admit any thought that is unjust or unreasonable. For by doing so you would not only not love him, but would rather show your hatred of him. The second that you wish well to your neighbour for his own sake. Therefore when you love him either for the pleasure of his conversation, or for the good you desire from your connexion with him, though you do not thereby transgress the precept, at least you do not fulfil it. For you do not then love him as your neighbour, or as one like yourself, but merely in view of your own self and for your own advantage. Thirdly, you should not wish well to your neighbour with cold and indifferent will, but with one that is fervent and efficacious. In charity unfeigned. (2 Cor. vi. 6.)

APPLICATION. How solicitous you are in order to procure whatever you imagine to be for your own profit and advantage! You should do as much for your neighbour if you love him as yourself. But how rarely are any to be found in the world who fulfil this great precept? Many love their neighbour with an interested love, and most with a love that may be said to be more dead than alive. Consider seriously to which of these classes your love belongs.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Make the way known to me, wherein I should walk; for I have lifted up my soul to Thee. (Ps. cxlii. 8.)

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 Exercises of a good religious Man.

VII. And if it be deferred, let us believe that we are not well prepared, and that we are as yet unworthy of the great glory which shall be revealed in us at the appointed time; and let us endeavour to prepare ourselves better for our departure.
Blessed is that servant, says the evangelist St. Luke, whom, when his Lord shall come, he shall find watching. Amen, I say to you, He shall set him over all His possessions.–Luke. xii. 43.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX pt VI.

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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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Sunday the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Great Commandment: The Good Samaritan.

Sunday the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Great Commandment: The Good Samaritan.

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.

Sunday the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Great Commandment: The Good Samaritan.

(Read Luke x, 23-37.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY what God desires of you by this precept. He commands that your heart, that is your will, be turned towards Him; that your desires follow no other law than the law of God. In one word, that you desire nothing better than to be united to God; that you rejoice in nothing else than the honour of God; that you grieve for nothing except what offends God; that you fear nothing but to incur the anger of God. Moreover, He desires that all the members of your body be employed in promoting the glory of God, and that your whole mind be directed towards God, so that whether you study, or whatever you do, you aim only at pleasing God. This precept is the first in importance, because it is the end of all the other precepts, and above all others in excellence. It raises us to real and intimate friendship with God.

APPLICATION. If God had not commanded you to love Him, you should unceasingly beseech Him to permit you to do so, so great is the privilege and the worth of this love. And how shall you not then love Him, now that He commands you to love Him?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The Lord keepeth all them that love him: but all the wicked he will destroy. (Ps. cxliv, 20.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that you cannot perfectly fulfil this precept on earth, but only in heaven. Nevertheless, you should strive to fulfil it at least in part, by placing God before you as your final end in all circumstances, and above all things. Think of the miser who loves his money as his final end. Whatever happens he first thinks of putting his treasure into a place of safety, and never consents to be parted from it. Think even how much thought, labour, industry, and longing are directed towards keeping and adding to his money.

APPLICATION. Thus on a false god, such as is money, a miser ends by concentrating his whole being, esteeming that in his gold he has virtually all his good. Why cannot you succeed in doing as much for that true God, in Whom truly you find all your good?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. (Ps. xvii, 2.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY the principal means you should make use of to attain this love. One is to strive after an intimate knowledge of God by the consideration of His excellences. The saints love Him much because they know Him face to face, as it were. Strive therefore at least to know Him from afar off, in the benefits He has conferred upon you, in all His works of nature, of grace and of glory. The second is that you should exercise yourself in frequent acts of the love of God, and accustom yourself to do all your actions for love of God. The third and last is that in prayer you should beseech God to give you the grace to love Him. For God Who loves you infinitely desires nothing so much as to be loved in return by you.

APPLICATION. God loves you without any interest for Himself, and you too must strive to love Him without any thought of self-interest. Make use even of the fear of punishment and the hope of reward to incite you to love Him more.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will extol Thee, O God my King, and I will bless Thy name for ever; yea, for ever and for ever. (Ps. cxliv, I.)

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 Exercises of a good religious Man.

VI. About the time of the principal festivals we must renew our good exercises, and more fervently implore the prayers of the saints.
We ought to make our resolution from festival to festival, as if we were then to depart out of this world, and to come to the everlasting festival.
Therefore we ought carefully to prepare ourselves at times of devotion, and converse more devoutly, and keep all observances more strictly, as being shortly to receive the reward of our labours from God.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX pt VI.

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August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary

Virtues to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things


O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901)

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Saturday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Temptation.

Saturday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Temptation.

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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Temptation.

Begone Satan, for it is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore and Him only shalt thou serve. (Matt. iv, 10.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that when the demon tempts you to evil, he wishes to put his foot on your neck, and to trample upon you as on a vile slave. As, however, he can never force you or do you violence, he can but instigate and incite you. Therefore he strives to bend your will, and make you abase yourself by freely consenting to his wicked suggestions.

APPLICATION. What is to be thought of this shameful homage that, by sinning, you have perhaps so often paid to the devil? Are you not filled with confusion, in recalling that you have so often placed yourself under the foul feet of one whom you should rather have trampled upon?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? (Ps. xii, 4.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that the devil has always the very worst designs upon you, though he seems to ask you only to bend and relax a little. For by so asking you merely for a beginning of evil, which does not seem great, or frighten you, such as a look at or a wish for forbidden fruit, as he did with Eve, it is afterwards easy for him to obtain all he wants, on account of the extraordinary facility we have of passing from a small evil to a greater one.

APPLICATION. Why then not make a determined resistance to the suggestions of your enemy? At least do not add that prostration of yourself before him, which is involved in the passing on to the commission of grave sin?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord. To Thee have I fled. (Ps. cxlii, 9.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that from the act of prostrating oneself to be trampled upon by Satan, one passes on to the state of being a public highway whereon he is allowed to pass forward or backward at will. Such is the condition to which the sinner arrives at last, passing from actual sin to habitual sin. By actual sin, thou hast laid thy body on the ground, as the prophet Isaias says; by habitual sin, as a way to them that went over. (Isa. li, 23.) This is what Satan aimed at when he asked of you but one step. He wishes never to lift his foot off you, and to trample on you as his slave for all eternity.

APPLICATION. Do not be so senseless as to let him delude you into taking the first step, and afterwards becoming a highway to all that is evil. How many, alas! even among the good, have been tricked in this way, by giving way to very little in the beginning, and afterwards to the greater evil, and that without any remedy! Guard against yielding even one step before your sworn enemy and betrayer.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from the stumbling blocks of them that work iniquity. (Ps. cxl, 9.)

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 Exercises of a good religious Man.

V. Those things which are not common are not to be done in public; for particular things are more safely done in private.
But take care thou be not slack in common exercises, and more forward in things of thy own particular devotion; but having fully and faithfully performed what thou art bound to, and what is enjoined thee, if thou hast any time remaining, give thyself to thyself according as thy devotion shall incline thee.
All cannot have the self-same exercise; but this is more proper for one, and that for another.
Moreover, according to the diversity of times, divers exercises are more pleasing; for some relish better on festival days, others on common days.
We stand in need of one kind in time of temptation, and of another in time of peace and rest.
Some we willingly think on when we are sad; others when we are joyful in the Lord.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX pt V.

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August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary

Virtues to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things


O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901)

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Friday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Remembrance of Christ.

Friday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Remembrance of Christ.

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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—Remembrance of Christ.

Do this for a commemoration of Me. (Luke xxii, 19.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that you should ever be diligent as the Apostle St. Paul counsels us (Heb. xii, 3-4), in thinking about Jesus Christ. He, our crucified Redeemer, is the remedy of all your ills. Let therefore your assiduous thought be to think diligently Who it is Who suffered for you. It is the King of glory Who indeed from the beginning of the world suffered in His saints, in Abel, in Joseph, in Jeremiah; but now He no longer suffers in His own servants only, but in Himself. And from whom does He suffer? Even from the very persons for whom He hung on the cross, from sinners. What does He suffer? A torment in every way most cruel, most ignominious and unjust.

APPLICATION. Enter into yourself in order to penetrate fully these truths. For you will thus gain great help in the small sufferings you have to endure.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Look upon the face of thy Christ. (Ps. lxxxiii, 10.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that nothing will so strengthen you to suffer, as to think often of the passion of Jesus Christ. Nothing so animates and invigorates a soldier as to see his king himself, covered with wounds and bathed in blood, in the front line of the battle.

APPLICATION. Yet perhaps you may think you do not need to strengthen yourself. Reflect a little how you so easily lose heart at every slight thing, and then neglect the service of your Lord.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. My hand shall help him, and mine arm shall strengthen him nor the son of iniquity shall have power to hurt him. (Ps. lxxxvii, 22-23.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY the confusion that all your own unworthiness should arouse in you, when you ponder on it at the foot of the cross. Your sin does not harm Christ, yet see how much He did on the Cross to deliver you from it. But to yourself sin does infinite harm. Yet, notwithstanding, what have you done to remove it far from you? Have you gone so far as to give even a drop of blood for it? Ah truly does the Apostle say: You have not yet resisted unto blood (ibid.)

APPLICATION. Reflect then that not only will you not shed a drop of your blood to atone for your sin, but neither will you bear any slight on your reputation, any injury to your health, nor will you deprive yourself of the least satisfaction. Is it not so? When St. Paul bids us resist and fight until the very end of the struggle, even unto blood, he means that we are not to tolerate sin, which Jesus shed the very last drop of His blood to destroy.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Ps. 1, 19.)

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 Exercises of a good religious Man.

IV. If thou canst not continually recollect thyself, do it sometimes, and at least once a day, that is, at morning or evening.
In the morning resolve, in the evening examine thy performance, how thou hast behaved this day in word, work, or thought; because in these perhaps thou hast often offended God and thy neighbour.
Prepare thyself like a man to resist the wicked attacks of the devil: bridle gluttony, and thou shalt the easier restrain all carnal inclinations.
Be never altogether idle; but either reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or labouring in something that may be for the common good.
Yet in bodily exercises a discretion is to be used; nor are they equally to be undertaken by all.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX pt IV.

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August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary

Virtues to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things


O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901)

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