The Heart of Jesus the Centre and Resting-Place of Hearts
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.
My heart shall be there always III. Kings, ix. 3.
O Lord Jesus, Thy odours, more penetrating than all the perfumes of earth, sweetly caress my senses now that they are set free from all desire for sensual and wordly enjoyments. Thy fragrance draws me after Thee with delightful force. It attracts me to Thee and into Thee. I throw off the weight of earthly affections, and I hasten to come unto Thee. I build my nest on the altar of Thy Heart, and deposit there the offspring of my soul, namely my works, my words, and my thoughts. I cast them into Thee, and Thou wilt sustain them. On the altar of Thy Heart, I find a safe haven, the tranquillity of which rough winds can never disturb. Yes, I find in Thy Heart a resting-place, sheltered from the storm: and there do I experience pure delights which neither grow distasteful nor are liable to change. I find in Thy Heart a profound peace that cannot be troubled by discord, a joy that no sadness can ever alter, an unclouded happiness, an unspeakable sweetness, a serene and perfect blessedness. In Thy Heart I find the beginning of every good thing, the fountain-head of all sweetness and all holy joy.
From Thy Heart, O God, Who art goodness itself, proceeds all happiness, sweetness, quietness, joy, peace, gladness, beatitude–in a word, all good gifts. They proceed from it, as from their only and inexhaustible source, to pass then into the hearts of all Thy children, who are the holy Angels and men. And what good could exist, and how could it be good, if it came not from Thee, O Lord, the true, the supreme, the only Good? Ah! how good it is to draw all that is good from this never failing fountain of the Sacred Heart! How good it is to be inebriated from this source of the most chaste and sweet enjoyments, from this stream which pours from its bosom an impetuous torrent of the holiest and purest pleasures! How perfect, how delightful and incomparable is the fragrance of the precious perfumes of Thy virtues, O my Jesus! It invites me to enter the sanctuary. of Thy Sacred Heart. It attracts those whom it invites: it leads those whom it attracts, and deceives not those whom it leads. On the contrary, it fortifies them, so that henceforth they can without peril rest from their labours in the peace of Thy Heart.
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 Flying Vain Hope and Pride.
I. He is vain who puts his trust in man, or in creatures.
Be not ashamed to serve others, and to appear poor in the world, for the love of Jesus Christ.
Confide not in thyself; but place thy hope in God.
Do what is in thy power, and God will be with thy good will.
Trust not in thy own knowledge, nor in the cunning of any man living; but rather in the grace of God, who helps the humble, and humbles those who presume of themselves. –Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch VII pt I.
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)
Copyright © 2013 – 2014. Holy Cross Publications. All rights reserved.