Come to the Heart of Jesus.
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.
… and put my hand into his side. St. John, xx. 25.
Lift up your heart and your mind as often as possible, and cast them into the amiable Heart of Jesus, into this Heart which is indeed divine, since, according to the Apostle, “In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporally,” and because it is through this same Heart that we can all have access to the heavenly Father.
Practise interior recollection, and enter in spirit into the Heart of Him Who said: “Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.”
The Heart of Jesus contains all virtues in their highest perfection. There we find mercy, justice, peace, grace, salvation, the fountain of life, perfect consolation, and the true Light which enlighteneth all men, especially those who there seek for help in their trials and necessities.
In short, we receive all that we can desire from this Heart, and every blessing or grace bestowed upon us comes from It. It is a furnace of Divine love burning with the fire of the Holy Ghost. It cleanses, kindles, and changes into Itself all those who desire to be united to It. In a word, It is in this adorable Heart that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
Keep yourself then close to this Divine Heart, so that neither place, nor society, nor circumstances, may hinder you from hastening thither as to a haven of refuge where you will find nothing but love and fidelity; for though the hearts of men may deceive or forsake you, and be wanting in sympathy, it is certain that the Heart of Jesus will never prove inconstant. Jesus is too faithful and has too great a love for you not to keep you in remembrance; and the pains He has endured for you prevent His forgetting anything that will complete the work of your salvation.
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 Shunning too much Familiarity.
We should only lend ourselves to men: to God alone should we give ourselves. Too close an intercourse with the creature divides the soul and weakens it; it should live for higher things. Our conversation is in heaven, says the Apostle. (Philipp. iii. 20.) –Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch VIII 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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