Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Peace in 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.
Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Peace in God.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. (John xiv, 27.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that those of whom Isaias says My people shall sit in the beauty of peace (Isa. xxxii, 18) are those who have fought for a long time and conquered their inclinations, and who now possess joy in the conquest of themselves. Peace is the tranquillity of order. And this peace is enjoyed by him who has conquered his own inclinations. For he stands well as regards his neighbour,
- whom he does not envy,
- with whom he disputes not,
- over whom he does not domineer,
- knowing how to live in peace with all.
He is well with himself, for his appetites are under the control of reason. He is well with God, because he is in all things subject and submissive to Him.
APPLICATION. Oh how blessed are you if, by the conquest of your own inclinations, you know how to obtain this so desirable state of peace!
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Great peace have they that love Thy law; and for them there is no stumbling-block. (Ps. cxviii, 165.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that, by this conquest of self, you will not only live in peace now but after death shall, as Isaias goes on to say, dwell in the tabernacles of confidence. These tabernacles are the sacred wounds of your divine Lord, where you will experience so much the greater confidence in Him as in life your reverential fear for Him was the greater.
APPLICATION. You will come to learn that so good a father will not abandon you in your extreme need at your death. He will then give you defence from your enemies in the shelter of His sacred wounds, and you will be like the dove in the clefts of the rock. (Cant. ii, 14.) Thus though you are never secure until the very end, you will be filled with entire confidence in that hour in the merits of Jesus.
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 after this peace which you will enjoy in life, and after this confidence in death, you will dwell in the full repose of paradise. This will render you absolutely content and filled with satisfaction in seeing God. For as God has no need of anything outside of Himself, so in heaven you will have no need of anything outside of Him, for you will have God within you and the certainty of never losing Him.
APPLICATION. But, in order to attain to that truly precious repose, it is necessary that you should not desire to rest before the time. If you wish for peace, it is often necessary that you should wage war, by conquering your passions and by mortifying your inclinations. If you would have confidence in death, it is necessary that you should first have fear, and live with solicitude not to offend your Lord Who defends you, and has so often to plead for you. If you desire rest after death, it is needful that labour should now precede it, so that you must spend yourself wholly in the service of God, until you shall rest from your labours. (Apoc. xiv, 13.)
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Do ye manfully, and let your heart be strengthened, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Ps. xxx, 25.)
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 Compunction of Heart.
III. Busy not thyself with other men’s affairs nor entangle thyself with the causes of great ones [quit watching, worrying about, being curious about the news, TV, etc.].
Have always an eye upon thyself in the first place; and take special care to admonish thyself preferably to all thy dearest friends.
If thou hast not the favour of men, be not grieved thereat; but let thy concern be, that thou dost not carry thyself so well and so circumspectly as it becomes a servant of God, and a devout religious man, to demean himself.
It is oftentimes more profitable and more secure for a man not to have many comforts in this life, especially according to the flesh.
Yet, that we have not divine comforts, or seldomer experience them, is our own fault ; because we do not seek compunction of heart, nor cast off altogether vain and outward satisfactions.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI pt III.
[compunction = contrition, remorse, reservations.]
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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