The Heart of Jesus Is a Sure 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 place of strength. Ps. lxx. 3.
The Wound of the Heart of Jesus is for every one a sure refuge in all troubles. In every sorrow and affliction have recourse to this wounded Heart. Should pleasures entice you, or sadness overwhelm you, be not afraid, for there is a place of safety for you in the opened Heart of Jesus. Enter in, and there take refuge. The tempter cannot penetrate there. Evil cannot approach this sacred dwelling. In this inviolable sanctuary you can rest in peace.
Cast all your sins into this Wound, that through the loving kindness of Jesus Christ, they may be blotted out and destroyed. Hide your good works there, in order that the holiness of Jesus may keep and defend them. Bring into this Divine Heart all the gifts you have received from God, so that, under the protection of Jesus, they may become still greater. Learn to dwell in this Wound of the Side and the Heart of Jesus. If your soul is His friend and mystic spouse, where can it find a more noble, a more salutary, or a sweeter resting-place than in the Heart of Jesus? If your soul is like a dove, here is the place for it to build its nest. If you have chosen to be like a lonely sparrow, what retreat wherein to lead a life of solitude, retired from all, can be better suited to you than the Heart of Jesus? If your soul is like a turtle-dove, if it sighs after God by its chaste desires, behold the place of its repose, the open Heart of Jesus Christ. If you hunger, there you will find the manna which will nourish you: if you thirst, there is the fountain of the Saviour at which you can drink abundantly. Yes, the Heart of Jesus is the river that came out of the midst of the earthly paradise: it flows into the hearts of all who are devoted to Him; it waters and fertilizes the whole earth. The Heart of Jesus is the door of the ark, through which those come in who will escape the flood. Enter then, and dwell in this Wound, contemplating like a dove the Passion, the mercy, and the love of Jesus.
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.
To render every service we can to our neighbour, and not to blush at being poor for the love of Jesus Christ, our head and model, Who debased Himself, taking the form of a servant, and lived in such extreme poverty that He had not where to lay his head; to humble ourselves, at least in heart, and spirit, beneath all mankind, and to prefer ourselves to none: these are, O my God! the surest means to acquire and preserve the precious treasure of humility; but we will never undertake to practise them, without the assistance of Thy grace, which, O God! we most humbly beseech Thee to grant us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch VII prayer.
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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