The Heart of Jesus the City of Refuge.
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.
Be thou unto me a house of refuge. Ps. xxx. 3.
O Lord Jesus Christ, inexhaustible fountain of love and of grace, I praise and thank Thee for the Wound of Thy most holy Side, received after Thy death: for then, O Saint of saints, was Thy right Side so deeply pierced by the soldier’s spear, that the point of the iron penetrated through Thy Breast even to the midst of Thy tender Heart, and from this large Wound began to flow for us the healing stream of blood and water which fertilizes the earth and saves the world. O beneficent and wonderful shedding of blood from the Side of Jesus slumbering on the Cross in the sleep of death for the redemption of the human race! O most pure and sweet stream of water, coming from our Saviour’s Breast to wash away all our stains!
Moses, in the desert, struck the rock, and there came out a refreshing water intended simply for the use and comfort of the people of Israel and their flocks; but when the fearless soldier Longinus with his sturdy hand struck the rock with the spear, that is to say, when he cleft the right Side of Christ, there came out, then and evermore, a mysterious fountain of water and of blood from which our chaste Mother, the holy Catholic Church, draws her saving Sacraments. Eve was called the mother of all the living, and was formed from a rib of her husband, Adam. The holy Church militant is called the mother of all who are living by faith, and she is formed from the Side of Christ her Spouse.
O great, precious and loving Wound of my Saviour, thou art deeper than all the others, and opened so wide that the faithful can enter in! O Wound from which flow unlimited and endless blessings, Wound of the Side inflicted the last, but become nevertheless the most celebrated! Whosoever drinks deeply from the holy and Divine source of this Wound, or takes even a few drops, will forget all his ills, will be set free from the thirst for fleeting and vile pleasures, will be inflamed with the love of eternal and heavenly things, and filled with the unutterable sweetness of the Holy Spirit. Then will flow into his soul “a fountain of water springing up into life everlasting.”
Enter, O my soul, enter into the right Side of Thy crucified Lord. Enter through this blessed Wound into the centre of the all-loving Heart of Jesus, pierced through and through out of love for thee. Take thy rest in the clefts of the Rock sheltered from the tempests of the world. Enter into thy God! Covered with herbage and fragrant flowers, the path of life lies open before thee. This is the way of salvation, the bridge leading to Heaven.
The Heart of Jesus is the city of refuge in which we are safe from the pursuit of the enemy. It is the city of refuge which defends us from the wrath of an angry Judge. This Heart is the inexhaustible fountain of the oil of mercy for truly penitent sinners. This Heart is the source of the Divine river springing up in the midst of Paradise to water the surface of the earth, to quench the thirst of the dry and barren human heart, to wash away sin, to extinguish the unholy fires of concupiscence, to regulate the flights of the imagination and to allay the fierceness of anger. Draw near then and take the draught of love from this fountain of the Saviour, in order that thou mayest no longer live to thyself, but in Him Who was crucified for thee. Give thy heart to Him, for He has opened His Heart to thee. Give not thy heart to the world, but to Christ thy Lord. Give it not to vain wordly wisdom, but to the eternal Wisdom. Where canst thou rest more peacefully, dwell more securely, or sleep more sweetly than in the Wounds of Christ crucified for thee?
O all-glorious and most amiable Jesus, Creator of the mysterious and invisible world of grace, Thou guest of loving hearts, crucified example of souls crushed under the weight of the cross, Thou Who containest all the riches and all the gifts of Heaven; Jesus our King, Saviour of the faithful, Who hast willed that Thy holy Side should be opened by the point of a ruthless lance, I humbly and fervently beseech Thee to open to me the doors of Thy mercy, and suffer me to enter through the large Wound of Thy adorable and most holy Side, into Thy infinitely loving Heart, so that my heart may be united to Thy Heart by an indissoluble bond of love. Wound my heart with Thy love. Let the soldier’s spear penetrate my breast. Let my heart be opened to Thee alone and closed to the world and the devil. Protect my heart, and arm it against the assaults of its enemies by the sign of Thy holy Cross. Amen.
 St John, iv. 14.
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.
Of Reading the Holy Scriptures.
II. Men pass away, but the truth of the Lord remains for ever.
God speaks many ways to us, without respect of persons.
Our curiosity often hinders us in reading the Scriptures, when we attempt to understand and discuss that which should be simply passed over.
If thou wilt receive profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faith: and seek not at any time the fame of being learned.
Willingly enquire after and hear with silence the words of the saints; and be pleased with the parables of the ancients: for they are not spoken without cause.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch V pt II.
June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Virtues to practice: Obedience, Piety, Dutifulness
Prayers to the Wound of the Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the holy Wound of Thy Heart, my most sweet Jesus! Accept, O Lord, my heart and all the powers of my soul. Detach them from earthly affections. Let me lose even the remembrance of the things of this world. Cast my soul into the adorable Wound of Thy Side, into the ocean of Thy love, into the source of true life. Unite my heart for ever to Thy tender Heart, so truly that it will be impossible for me to desire what is not in conformity with Thy will. May I in all things entirely renounce my own will, and unite myself by faith, hope and charity to Thee, my Lord, my God and my Creator. Amen.
O most sweet Jesus, through the Wound of Thy Heart, pardon, I beseech Thee, all my offences against Thee by acting without sufficient purity of intention, or by following my own perverse will. I offer Thee my heart, that Thou mayest unite it to Thy Heart. Then I shall neither seek nor see anything but Thee in all things. I shall have no other will than Thine. Amen.
Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.
That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!
For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (Raccolta)
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