The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Ten Lepers.
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.
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Ten Lepers.
(Read Luke xvii, II-19.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that to turn to God for help in public or private calamities is a thing common to all men. But these lepers, who had recourse to Jesus in order to be cleansed, show you the way in which you ought to go to God in order to obtain the graces you ask for. They stood a long way off, deeming themselves unworthy to approach Him because of their loathsome disease. They lifted up their voices, showing thereby a great desire to be healed. Master, have mercy on us, and thus they made their supplication with faith together with resignation.
APPLICATION. You should do likewise when you beg the help of God in your necessities. You must acknowledge that you are unworthy to appear in the divine presence, a leper as you are, infected by so many sins. You should show your intense desire to be healed, by fervent and constant prayers, and with perfect confidence resign yourself to the good pleasure of God. If your prayers to God are accompanied by real humility, a lively desire, and perfect confidence and resignation, you will obtain a favourable response.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Do with me, O Lord, for Thy name’s sake, for Thy mercy is sweet. Do Thou deliver me. For I am poor and needy. (Ps. cviii, 21-22.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that these ten lepers obtained the grace they asked of Jesus, of being cleansed from their leprosy, and this in the act of going to the priests as they had been commanded to do. Our Lord would hereby teach you, that in order to obtain from God what you ask, you must do what He commands you. The petitions which you present to God will certainly be heard if your actions correspond with your prayers.
APPLICATION. By the very act of praying to God, you acknowledge Him as supreme Lord and Giver of all good, and declare that you are dependent upon Him for everything. But if in your actions you obey Him not and desire to go your own way, you contradict your prayers by your actions and so render your supplications less efficacious.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I cried unto Thee, O Lord, and said: Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living. (Ps. cxli, 6.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that of the ten lepers only one, who was a Samaritan, returned to give thanks to God for the benefit he had received. Were not ten made clean, and where are the nine? Thus Jesus Christ gives us to see how much more anxious we are to go to God in our necessities, than to show ourselves grateful afterwards for having been aided and delivered in them.
APPLICATION. For how many benefits are you not indebted to God? And how little gratitude perhaps have you shown Him hitherto! Gratitude moreover opens the channels for the reception of new and greater gifts. Therefore this Samaritan who went back with a loud voice glorifying God, giving thanks, obtained the health of his soul besides the health of his body. Thy faith hath made thee whole.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Give glory to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. (Ps. cv, 1.)
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 Love of Solitude and Silence.
III. No man securely rejoiceth, unless he have within him the testimony of a good conscience.
Yet the security of the saints was always full of the fear of God.
Neither were they less careful or humble in themselves, because they were shining with great virtues and graces.
But the security of the wicked arises from pride and presumption, and will end in deceiving themselves.
Never promise thyself security in this life, though thou seemest to be a good religious man, or a devout hermit.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XX pt II.
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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