Wednesday after the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Benignity of God.

Wednesday after the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Benignity of God.

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 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—The Benignity of God.

One is good, God. (Matt. xix, 17.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY how advantageous it is for you to realise how patiently God bears with your many sins, defects, and negligences. He bears with you, not because He cannot abandon you and let you utterly fall away, but because He will not do so. He awaits, that in the meantime you may repent and amend.

APPLICATION. Observe that the goodness of God not only invites you to amend and do penance, but as far as depends on Him, urges you, stimulates and forces you with His lights and inspirations. How then can you resist, when you consider that a God of so great majesty tolerates all the contempt that you show, only in order that you, vile creature that you are, may not perish? Is not such marvellous goodness enough to move a heart of stone? Therefore the Lord waiteth that He may have mercy on you, (Isa. xxx, 18.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. My eyes have sent forth springs of water: because they have not kept Thy law. (Ps. cxviii, 136.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY the great evil that you do, in presuming to offend your God the more freely because He has shown Himself so benign in bearing with you. Have you in mind to be the more wicked because He has been so good to you? It was for you He clothed Himself in human flesh; for you He poured forth so much sweat and so much blood, dying on the cross for you.

APPLICATION. Consider well what a heartless return is this of yours! And if you carefully weigh it, such it really is, because the goodness of God does not move you to penitence, but rather to impenitence, by multiplying your sins. Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance? (Rom. ii, 4.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Thy name for ever. For great is Thy mercy towards me, and Thou hast delivered my soul out of the lower hell. (Ps. lxxxv, 12-13.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the benignity of God is a favour given quite freely, and that consequently it may abandon you when it pleases Him. How is it possible that you do not tremble to think of this? What would become of you did He abandon you, as you too truly deserve? Do you imagine that the benignity of God has no limits within which to be contained? Has it not number and time prescribed by His inscrutable ordinance?

APPLICATION. And who can say whether that number and that time be not already completed for you! The divine mercy is in itself unlimited, but it is limited in its acts and in its effects. Do not then any longer abuse the goodness of God with which until now He has borne with you. Endeavour without delay to avail yourself of it in order to compensate for the sins you have committed, and to amend your life.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Turn not away Thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. (Ps. cxlii, 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 Love of Solitude and Silence.

VI. In silence and quiet the devout soul goes forward, and learns the secrets of the scriptures.
There she finds floods of tears, with which she may wash and cleanse herself every night, that she may become so much the more familiar with her Maker, by how much the farther she lives from all worldly tumult.
For God with his holy angels will draw nigh to him who withdraws himself from his acquaintance and friends.
It is better to lie hid, and take care of one’s self, than, neglecting one’s self, to work even miracles.
It is commendable for a religious man to go seldom abroad, to fly being seen, and not to desire to see men.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XX pt VI.

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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


lnvocation of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Cross.Crucifixion

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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