September 3rd. Feast of Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis.
O Lord, preserve to us the Faith. 100 days. Pius X, March 20, 1908.
Wednesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Day of the Lord.
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.
Wednesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Day of the Lord.
The lord of that servant will come in the day that he hopeth not. (Luke xii, 46.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that in Scripture three days are said to be in a special manner days of the Lord. The first is that of the universal judgment: the great day of the Lord. The second is that of the particular judgment. The day of the Lord shall come like a thief. The third is that day of tribulation, which is a judgment previous to the particular one, by which God tries a man to prove whether he is faithful or not. Every man’s work shall be made manifest, says the Apostle (I Cor. iii, 13); and of the time which God has chosen to make known what a man is, the Apostle says: The day of the Lord shall declare it.
APPLICATION. Think now, whilst still there is time, what your work will be shown to be on each of these three days of judgment.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. God is the Judge. One He putteth down, and another He lifteth up. (Ps.lxxiv, 8.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that at the day of the universal judgment every man’s work shall be manifest. All the most secret actions must come to light before the eyes of the whole universe. It will then avail you nought, to have now used so many artifices to hide the malice of your heart and actions from the eyes of those among whom you live. At the particular judgment too his work shall be manifest. Then shall the poor man who was abandoned and neglected like Lazarus, be brought and laid to rest in Abraham’s bosom, and the rich man who was courted, flattered, and envied, shall be dragged down by the demons into hell, with no hope of ever changing his lot throughout all eternity. The third judgment, when his work shall be manifest, is the day of tribulation in which God tries a man in order to make him know what he is. Are you not often a different person in affliction from what you show yourself in prosperity? In this consists the judgment God makes of you in tribulation.
APPLICATION. Reflect now what rôle you will play in these great acts. If in trials and in sickness you are not strong and faithful, you will not be among the number of those of whom it is written: God hath tried them and found them to be worthy of Himself. (Wis. iii, 5.)
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The Lord will not cast off His people; neither will He forsake His own inheritance until justice be turned into judgment, and they that are near it are all the upright in heart. (Ps. xciii, 15.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that all these three judgments are said by the Apostle to be made by fire. The fire shall try of what sort it is (ibid.); just as by fire true gold is distinguished from the false. At the day of universal judgment, the fire that will devastate the universe will likewise separate the reprobate from the elect. The latter will receive no hurt whilst the reprobate will be severely proved. In the particular judgment, the fire of purgatory will prove the elect but the fire of hell the reprobate. Finally in the judgment of tribulation, the true gold will be distinguished from the false, the good from the bad. For by the fire of suffering and affliction, the good will stand firm and resist, the evil will give way and will perish.
APPLICATION. If perchance you feel deeply the affliction by which God tries you, do not be thereby discouraged. It is enough that you remain faithful, not indeed by your strength alone, but by the strength of grace.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. We have passed through fire and water, and Thou hast brought us out into a refreshment. (Ps. lxv, 12.)
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.
Grant me, O God, the grace to practise all the duties and virtues Thou hast commanded, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX prayer.
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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