Monday after the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.—The General Judgment.
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.
Monday after the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.—The General Judgment.
They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty. (Matt. xxiv, 30.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that the universal judgment is ordained, among other reasons, in order that each man may know the good or the evil there has been amongst men. Consequently, all must appear before that great tribunal, and all must be manifested that now lies hidden within us of thought, of word, or of actions. At such a revelation how the world will be confounded at the mistakes it has made, despising those who should have been exalted and exalting those who should have been despised!
APPLICATION. Why therefore do you now fear the judgments of the world so much? What does it matter that all the world blame you if you be praised by God, or that all the world praise you if you be blamed by God? Reflect now as to what you will appear in reality before the tribunal of Christ.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man can do unto me. (Ps. cxvii, 6.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that this complete manifestation of ourselves will be so made, that every most intimate recess of our interior shall be laid open and made clear, like a crystal in the sun from which cannot be hidden the slightest flaw. Untruth will then be seen placed against truth, iniquity against the divine goodness, ingratitude against the divine beneficence.
APPLICATION. What confusion will then be yours, seeing yourself before the eyes of all, very different from that which men now think you to be? You now form an estimate of your own sins from the common estimate formed by men, who, the more widespread the evil is, regard it the less. But in that day you will judge of sin as it is in very truth. Before the tribunal of Christ, and in the confusion of others, you will more clearly come to perceive and know the evil of your own sins.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS.All the day long my shame is before me: and the confusion of my face hath covered me. (Ps. xliii, 16.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that at the universal judgment man will receive not only in his soul, but also in his body, the punishment or the reward that he has deserved: That he may receive the proper things of the body whether it be good or evil. (2 Cor. v, 10.) It will be either good without any admixture of evil, or evil without any good.
APPLICATION. Think of this now whilst it means so much for you. At the tribunal of Christ nothing is weighed except our actions, not nobility, nor learning, nor riches. He who has done well will receive good, he who has done evil will receive evil for all eternity. Give them according to their works. (Ps. xxvii, 4.) Why then do you not attend in earnest to that which alone matters?
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Thou art just, O Lord: and thy judgment is right. (Ps. cxviii, 137.)
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.
Permit us not, O God, to yield to our feelings, but grant that we may sacrifice them for the happiness of pleasing Thee, since to feel much and not to follow the bent of our feelings, to keep silence when the heart is moved, and to withhold ourselves when we are all but overcome, is the most essential practice and the surest mark of that truly Christian virtue, which is to gain for us eternal happiness. This, O Jesus, we hope to obtain from Thy infinite bounty. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XVI prayer.
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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