Gratitude 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.
What shall I render to the Lord? Ps. cxv. 12.
Reply of the faithful soul.–If it were in my power, I would return Thee unceasing acts of thanksgiving, and they would still be too little to praise Thee for Thy boundless love. O my God, my Father and my Saviour, I adore and praise Thee. I bless Thee for having opened the door of Thy mercy and Thy love to all who sigh under the weight of afflictions of body or of soul, and who desire to come to Thee and take refuge in Thy Heart. In Thy Heart the penitent sinner finds the unfailing remedy which heals the wounds of his soul. The weak find consolation, the tempted a place of safety, and the just their repose. Whosoever wishes it, can find in Thy Heart the most desirable, profitable and enviable abode that can be imagined here on earth. I thank and bless Thee in like manner for having spent Thyself wholly for us worthless creatures; for having poured out Thy most precious Blood so abundantly: for having given It all, even to the last drop, to wash away our stains. Again and again I thank Thee; for all that was Thine, in life and after Thy death, Thou hast offered to God for the redemption of our souls. Thou didst reserve nothing for Thyself. Thou didst become dry and barren as a grape trodden in the wine-press. Most sweet Jesus, through Thy infinitely perfect and boundless love, open to me, I humbly beseech Thee, the door of Thy Heart, the door of life and of mercy. Suffer me to approach this fountain of grace; send me not away from Thy Heart, since, inspired by love alone, Thou hast made a way to that Heart for all those who seek and desire it. In Thy Sacred Heart I shall be in a sure refuge: there shall I enjoy unalterable peace: there shall I fix my dwelling in perfect confidence. There shall I find both repose and riches, there live as a dove in innocence and simplicity: there will I build my nest. There shall I be sheltered from the angry waves of this world’s troubled sea, on which, alas! I am in very great danger. There shall I dwell without peril, far from my enemies who, like hungry lions, prowl and roar around my soul seeking to devour it.
O most sweet Jesus, enclose all my senses, all the affections of my soul, and all the impulses of my heart in Thy most holy Wounds. Let me think only of Thee, and contemplate unceasingly Thy blessed Passion. I acknowledge that I need this more than any other creature, seeing that a thousand times a day I go out of myself and no longer take thought of Thee, Who nevertheless dwellest always in the depth of my soul. O ardent love that is never extinguished, would that I burned with this fire Thou hast sent on the earth, and which Thou dost so fervently desire to see kindled in souls! So inflame and consume my poor heart that for the future it may not become chilled by the influence of worldly pleasures, but may burn with Thy love, seek no consolation but in Thee, be insensible to and die to all that is not Thee, and live only for Thee its only life. Let my heart, I beseech Thee, enter through the most precious Wound of Thy sacred Side, even to the midst of Thy infinitely loving Heart, in order that it may be united to that Divine Heart by an indissoluble love, and absorbed and buried therein. Then shall I lose myself in Thee, and live inseparably attached to Thee. A mutual compact will unite us: I shall be in Thee and Thou in me: all that is Thine will be mine, and all that is mine will be Thine for ever.
O Jesus, the delight of my heart, vouchsafe to receive my heart and give me Thine, or at least a heart like unto Thy Heart. If I must needs retain my own, wound it, pierce it through and through with the all-powerful arrow of Thy love, with the blood-stained dart of Thy sorrowful Passion. This health-giving Wound will cure me, and inasmuch as I am consecrated to Thee, from henceforth, Thou alone wilt direct, defend and possess me. By imitating Thee I shall always do all that is pleasing to Thy Father, and shall love God only. With the help of Thy grace, I will be faithful to Thee, and will keep my soul in spotless purity and deepest humility. May my heart be always open and ready to admit Jesus my well-beloved! May it be closed to the devil, estranged from the world, and dead to itself. May it be protected from the assaults of evil passions by the sign of the holy Cross.
Finally, I humbly beseech Thee, O my Jesus, through Thy most compassionate Heart, to bestow these same favours on my friends living and dead, granting to the former Thy grace and Thy love, and to the latter everlasting repose. Amen.
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 Obedience and Subjection.
To follow those maxims, so contrary to nature; to prefer the merit of obedience to the pleasure of commanding; to love rather to be governed by another, than to govern one’s self, we must be free from pride, free from self-love; we must be very humble and diffident of ourselves; and Thou alone, O my God, canst bestow these dispositions. Snatch then from
my heart every sentiment of ambition, and give me a sincere love for dependence. Make me, O Lord, one of those children to whom thou hast promised the kingdom of heaven. Grant that I may obey as a child, with humility, simplicity, and joy: that I may consider nothing in those who govern and direct me, but Thy divine authority; that I may discover nothing in what they advise or command, but Thy holy will, and obey them from the bottom of my heart, for the
love of Thee. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch IX 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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