In what Manner we Render ourselves Guilty of Pride.

In what Manner we Render ourselves Guilty of Pride.

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.

In what Manner we Render ourselves Guilty of Pride.

We render ourselves guilty of pride in many ways: 1st, by attaching ourselves to our own ideas and our own will; we prefer our own way of looking at things to that which is held by others, and we are determined to cling to it. We are independent, we will follow only our own will, and if we are obliged to obey, we are annoyed at having to do so, we murmur, and we do it badly; 2d, through presumption; we think ourselves to be capable of everything, we have no doubts about it; we cast ourselves rashly into the most difficult enterprises, and yet at the same time we are pusillanimous and are stopped by the slightest obstacles; 3d, by complaisance in ourselves; we are proud of the smallest advantages which we imagine ourselves to possess; we prefer ourselves to others, and, in order to give a reason for this preference, we keep our attention fixed solely on their defects, we make but little account of them, we criticise and ridicule them, we find something to blame in all that they do, we prove only what we do ourselves, and we expect that no one should blame us for any of these things; 4th, by boasting; we speak of ourselves at every opportunity, we praise ourselves on every occasion, we endeavor to make ourselves looked upon as something; we aspire to honors, to dignities, to exalted positions; we believe that we deserve them and do all we can to obtain them; 5th, by self-sufficiency; we will not take advice from any one; we imagine that we are sufficient to ourselves; 6th, by hypocrisy; we make an outward show of possessing more piety and virtue, more talent and capacity, than we really possess. Let us examine our conscience; are there not in us some of these characteristics of pride?

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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October Devotions: The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary

Virtue to practice: Confidence

PRAYER TO ST. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL. Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day. .


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