Tuesday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—The Sin of Pride.

Tuesday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—The Sin of Pride.

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.

Tuesday after the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.—The Sin of Pride.

He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. (Luke i, 51.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that pride, which is an inordinate desire of self-exaltation or of superiority, brought about the fall of the angels and of Adam, aspiring as they did to make themselves equal to God. How much then to be dreaded is this vice, which was to be found not only in the earthly but also in the heavenly paradise. Lucifer aspired to make himself like unto God by lording it even over the stars: I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. (Isa. xiv, 13.) Adam aspired to become even as God Himself in knowledge: You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Gen. iii, 5.)

APPLICATION. See then how imperative it is that, as regards knowledge or position, you should know how to keep within the limits God has appointed for you. If you wish to exceed these, you must be numbered among the proud.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He that worketh pride shall not dwell in the midst of my house. (Ps. c, 7.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY the disastrous ruin caused by the pride of Lucifer and of Adam. Lucifer fell in one moment, with all his followers, from the empyreal heaven above into the depths of hell. And these were some of the noblest spirits and fairest creatures that had come forth from the hand of God! Oh what a great evil must pride then be, a single deliberate thought of which resulted in such irreparable loss. Not less disastrous was that which Adam suffered in the earthly paradise. He was deprived of the dominion he had hitherto possessed and of original justice; he was condemned to an infinity of afflictions.

APPLICATION. Reflect how Adam was punished not only in himself but in all his posterity likewise, and that this great punishment and irreparable evil never decreases or ceases. And will you allow a vice so hated and punished by God to predominate in you?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Thou hast rebuked the proud; cursed are they that err from Thy commandments. (Ps. cxviii, 21.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the pride here spoken of may be distinguished as pride in mind and in words. If you would keep it far from your mind often consider what you are, and Who God is. Thus you will learn how just it is that you should be subject in all things and conformed to His divine will. In order to banish it from your words, consider how disedifying and even ridiculous it seems to you in others. Fly then from pride both interiorly and exteriorly. But it is an insidious vice which easily insinuates itself even unto good works, and if you are not careful it will sometimes surprise and get the better of you.

APPLICATION. When then you perceive pride or vanity in yourself banish it from you at once, either by an act of humility, or, when it is very importunate, by despising it and turning your mind to other thoughts. You will be free from much sin, if you know how to fly from this vice. You will be indeed unhappy if you voluntarily allow it to rule in you.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He that worketh pride shall not dwell in the midst of my house. (Ps. c, 7.)

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.

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Of the Exercises of a good religious Man.

I. The life of a good religious man ought to be eminent in all virtues; that he may be such interiorly, as he appears to men in his exterior.
And with good reason ought he to be much more in his interior, than he exteriorly appears; because he who beholds us is God, of Whom we ought exceedingly to stand in awe, wherever we are, and like angels walk pure in His sight.
We ought every day to renew our resolution, and excite ourselves to fervour, as if it were the first day of our conversion, and to say: Help me, O Lord God, in my good resolution, and in Thy holy service, and give me grace now, this day, perfectly to begin, for what I have hitherto done is nothing..–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX pt I.

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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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