Saturday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.—Confidence in God.
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.
Saturday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.—Confidence in God.
Be of good heart; it is I; fear ye not. (Matt. xiv, 27.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY how justly he is called blessed, who places all his hope and confidence in Jesus Christ Who is our true Saviour, not in word only but in truth also, for he places it in Him Who is supreme power, supreme wisdom and supreme goodness. Therefore He is not only able, and knows how, to grant us every good gift, but He most intensely longs to do so. He however cannot be called blessed who puts his trust in men; rather on the contrary is he unfortunate. For men rarely desire to do good to one another, and when they do so desire, either they do not know how to do it or they have not the power.
APPLICATION. Oh you who have looked to your fellow-men in the hope of some worthless benefit, and often have not obtained it, begin at once to have recourse to Jesus Christ your Saviour. Place all your hope in Him because by so doing you will be blessed.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Thou, O Lord, art my hope. (Ps. xc, 9.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that it is not so very easy after all to have this hope and confidence in God and in Jesus Christ. It requires strength to begin to hope and strength also not to cease to hope. Many never begin to trust, because, frightened at the sight of their own miseries, they think themselves unworthy to receive great graces from God. Many others begin but do not persevere for their hope seems to be in vain, either because God makes them await His graces too long or because He bestows them secretly.
APPLICATION. Do not you ever act thus. Be always strong in hope, and turn to God with confidence amid aridities or consolations alike, in adversity or prosperity, and so shall you obtain every grace to make you blessed. You cannot please God more, or do Him greater honour, than by trusting in Him however weak and poor you are yourself.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will always hope, and will add to all Thy praise. (Ps. lxx, 14.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that it comes easy to him who has placed all his trust in God to despise the things of this world. For Jesus crucified suffices for him; He is above all; He makes up for all, and consoles more than all. Consequently, he who possesses this firm and true hope in his heart, regards the things of this world as really worthless, reckoning them all as deceitful and foolish.
APPLICATION. In what esteem do you hold worldly things? If you have really set your hope on Jesus Christ set not your heart upon these other things. Thus they will not seduce you as they have so many others, who will discover their error when all too late and will cry out: We have erred from the way of truth and the light of justice hath not shined upon us. (Wisd. v, 6.)
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. For thou art my hope, O Lord, from my youth. (Ps. lxx, 5.)
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 bearing the Defects of others.
IV. But now God has so disposed things, that we may learn to bear one another’s burdens; for there is no man without defect; no man without his burden; no man sufficient for himself; no man wise enough for himself; but must support one another, comfort one another, assist, instruct, and admonish one another.
But how great each one’s virtue is, best appears by occasion of adversity : for occasions do not make a man frail, but show what he is.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XVI pt IV.
August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Virtues to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things
O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.
An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901)
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