January 20th. Curse of Riches.

Curse of 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.

Curse of Riches.

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

I. Consider first, what words of terror! He does not say, Woe, because you are robbers, extortioners, murderers, because you commit innumerable acts of injustice, but solely because you have your consolation. What, then, is the consolation which the rich possess? It is the power which they, more than others, have of doing their own will, by reason of the slavish subservience which the world pays to money: “All things obey money.”[1] How great an evil, if we rightly judge, it is to follow our own will!

II. Consider secondly, that to have our consolation here below is a very bad sign; for it is a sign that we are not destined to have our consolation in Heaven, according to what was said to the glutton: “Son, thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime.”[2] How much better, then, is it to encounter much sorrow and bitterness here below, than to have everything as we wish! It is an inviolable law that joy is not to be had both here and hereafter. Therefore this “Woe to you!” in this passage not only denotes some dreadful evil, and deplores and threatens it, but it foretells it also; in other words, it contains all the four meanings which are attached in Scripture to this formidable word “woe.”

III. Consider thirdly, that as Christ when He called the poor blessed did not mean to speak of all the poor, but only of such as are so willingly, “the poor in spirit,” He is similarly minded when He calls the rich accursed. For if a man happens to possess riches, but does not fix his heart upon them, and consequently does not use them for purposes which are at variance with the permission or command of God, he need not be filled with apprehension; for he has not his consolation in them. But, “who is he, and we will praise him?”[3] For thyself, choose rather not to have riches at all, than to have riches and to keep thy heart disengaged from them. The first is easy of attainment, the second is a miracle.

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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[1] Eccles. x. 19.
[2] St. Luke xvi. 25.
[3] Ecclus. xxxi. 9.

Meditations for every Day of the Year by Father Paul Segneri – 1892

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If we confide in God’s providence and resign ourselves entirely into His hands, and renounce our individual pleasure, He is pleased to reward us with great peace and interior consolation, and all the more so if we seek ourselves less, and more purely desire the Divine glory and God’s good pleasure.St. Ignatius of Loyola, Letter 139.

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holy name

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.

Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.

Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.

Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.

Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.

Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.

Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.

Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.

Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.

Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.

Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.

Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.

Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.

Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.

Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.

Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.

Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.

Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.

Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.

Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.

Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.

Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.

Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!

From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.

From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.

From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.

From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.

From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.

From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.

From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.

By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy labors, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and to govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.

Raccolta 113

An indulgence of 7 years.

A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S. C. Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S. P. Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).

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Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name

O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. You are the the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.

O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that your Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis

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Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:

“The Golden Arrow”

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.

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Prayer in honor of the Holy Name

O my Jesus, Thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. Hitherto I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.

Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the name of Thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love, so that I may be able also to say to thee as did the devout Alphonsus Rodriguez: “Jesus and Mary, may I suffer for you; may I die for you; may I be wholly yours, and in nothing my own!” O my beloved Jesus! O Mary, my beloved Lady! give me the grace to suffer and to die for your love. I will be no longer my own, but altogether yours; yours in life, and yours in death, when I hope by your help to expire saying, Jesus and Mary, help me! Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to you; Jesus and Mary, I love you, and I give and deliver up to you my whole soul.

The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. p. 163 (Imprimatur 1927)

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