Tuesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.
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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.
This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him. (Matt. xvii, 5.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that Jesus Christ is Son of the divine Father and loved by Him for His own sake, for He is His Son by nature. But the just are adopted sons and therefore loved of the Father for the sake of Jesus, Who has raised them to be His brethren and partakers even of the divine nature. The Father has given all His power without limitation or reserve to Jesus as a sign of His love. Hence as we have been raised by Christ to sonship through grace, so likewise we receive from Christ every other gift which is proper and proportioned to our high dignity.
APPLICATION. With what affection then should you love this Son Who is so beloved of the Father, Who has been so loving to you as to make Himself your brother, and to raise you to sonship with God! Rejoice with Him in this glorious title of beloved and in the glory that He enjoys at the right hand of the Father. Strive to the utmost to be united by love to Christ, Who has done so much for you, and from Whom alone you can hope for your greatest good of all.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. (Ps. xvii, 2.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that the Father by This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased would signify that He is not only pleased to make to dwell all the plenitude of the Godhead in the sacred humanity, but that He is pleased to do through His Son all the good He desires for all men. He hath purposed to re-establish all things in Christ (Eph. i, 9, 10), rescuing men from the slavery of sin and bestowing on them grace and glory. Now is it not the highest marvel that the Father should have been pleased to give His beloved Son as Saviour for us miserable creatures, without any advantage on His part, and without any merit on ours? Such are the wonders of divine love!
APPLICATION. Have you not yet learnt how to love Him Who has so loved you? The love of God towards you is made known by what He has done for you. You should also show your love for God by what you do for Him.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. What shall I render to the Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me? (Ps. cxv, 12.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY then in consequence of this loving decree of the Father that all your good should come through the hands of His divine Son, with what confidence you should have recourse to Christ in all your needs to obtain all that you desire. But if you desire that Christ should hear you, you must hear Him, and do all that He your Master teaches you. To obtain benefits from earthly princes it is necessary to present your requests, to redouble your solicitations; but in order to obtain favours and graces from Christ, it behoves you rather to listen to Him than to supplicate; Hear ye him.
APPLICATION. Therefore if you will give your mind to all that He teaches you by His doctrine, and by His examples, doing all that He asks of you, you will deserve to be promptly heard. He will pour upon you the fulness of His treasures.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I cried to Thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living. (Ps. cxli, 6.)
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 the Exercises of a good religious Man.
The life of man upon earth is a warfare (Job. vii. I) against the devil, against the world, and against himself. Some retire into the cloister in order to resist more easily, others remain in the midst of the world; but no one can conquer except by the exercise of continual vigilance. The habit of reflection, the love of retirement, constant attention to one’s words, thoughts, and sentiments; fidelity to the most trifling duties, to the most humble practices; preserve from temptations and draw down graces from heaven. The Holy Ghost says, He who neglects small things will fall by little and little.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX reflection.
September Devotion: The Holy Cross.
Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer
Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.
An indulgence of 500 days
Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.
The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.
His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
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