The Heart of Jesus Cannot Refuse Anything
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.
Hath he not also, with him given us all things? Rom. viii. 32
Behold and see, says our Lord Jesus Christ, what a painful position I am in upon the Cross. My Arms are extended in order to be always able to receive and embrace thee each time thou comest to Me. My Feet are nailed, that thou mayest know that I cannot, will not be parted from thee. My Hands, since they are pierced through and through, show thee that it would be impossible for them, even when closed, to withold the favours thou desirest from Me. But understand that it is not the nails that fasten Me to the Cross and keep Me there, but My love. I have loved thee from all eternity, and will love thee eternally if on thy side thou never ceasest to love Me. I will never forget thee. Deeply, carefully, and lovingly have I written thee in the Wounds of My Feet and Hands. I have even gone further. As though I were not satisfied with this, I have had My Side pierced by a soldier’s spear in order to open wide for thee the entrance to My Heart, and to show thee how great was the love which led Me to die for thee.
Lastly, desiring more easily to attract and keep thee close to Me by the bonds of love, I have caused Blood and Water to flow from My Side after death. Blood to pay thy ransom, Water to wash away thy sins. In this way, by virtue of the Sacraments contained in this Blood and this Water, I have set thee free and renewed thy innocence.
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.
What is it that human reason understands? Almost nothing; but faith embraces the infinite. He who believes is therefore far above him who reasons, and simplicity of heart is much preferable to the knowledge which nourishes pride. It was the desire of knowledge whieh destroyed the first man; he sought knowledge, he found death. God, who speaks to us in the Scriptures, has not wished to satisfy our vain curiosity, but to enlighten us as to our duties, to exercise our faith, to purify and nourish our souls by the love of what is truly good-which is altogether contained in Himself. Humility of soul therefore is the most necessary disposition to read with profit the holy writings; and we have already largely profited by them when we are brought to understand how much they are above our weak and limited reason..–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch V reflection.
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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