Our Purchase by 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.
Our Purchase by Christ.
The Son of man is come … to give His life a redemption for many. (Matt. xx, 28.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY how true it is that you do not belong to yourself; for our Lord has bought and redeemed you at a great price, the price of His precious blood. Consider then how you wrong Him, when you wish to dispose of yourself only as you yourself desire. Your very eyes are not yours, nor your ears, nor your tongue, and so on with all that constitutes you yourself. For you wholly belong to that Lord Who has bought you.
APPLICATION. What doubt then can there be that you should never dispose of yourself in the least, except in homage to Him and His service to Whom you by purchase and right belong?
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world and all they that dwell therein. (Ps. xxiii, 1.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY the benefit our Lord did you in redeeming, in buying you back. Had He perhaps some need of you? Was He not supremely happy in Himself without you? It was then only for your good that He bought you back from the slavery of Satan. To do this, it would have sufficed to have given a single drop of His own blood, but He willed to give it all, and to sacrifice His life itself amid terrible sufferings.
APPLICATION. Were you to see any one who could buy a jewel for a thousand crowns, and yet preferred to give ten thousand, would you not at once conclude what a great desire he had to possess that jewel? Greater without doubt is the longing, which our Blessed Saviour has, to deliver you for your own good from the hands of the devil Lucifer. Do you not wish then to be His, since He has redeemed you with so much love, and at so great a cost?
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I have said to the Lord: Thou art my God, for Thou hast no need of my goods. (Ps. xv, 2.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY how best to correspond to this excess of love of your Lord and Saviour. Employ and spend your whole self in His honour, without thinking of your own interest in any detail. When you have to use the senses or members of your body for God, ask of them to whom do they belong. Say too the same to your eyes and to your ears, when it is needful to mortify them for God; the same also to your tongue and to all your interior faculties and feelings, reminding them that they are not their own masters: You are not your own; you are bought with a great price. (I Cor. vi, I9, 20.)
APPLICATION. For this same reason you are still more bound to keep your soul from all dangers, for it belongs to Jesus. You are commonly told to strive to save your soul, because it is your own and it belongs to you. Keep therefore your souls carefully. (Deut. iv, 15.) And so it is; but also strive to save your soul, because in fact it is not really yours, but belongs to Jesus, Who bought it back for Himself. This too is the most noble motive you can possibly have to save your soul from hell.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Bring to the Lord glory and honour; bring to the Lord glory to His name. (Ps. xxviii, 2.)
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.
Grant me, O Lord, a contrite and humble heart, a sacrifice which Thou wilt never despise. Give me this holy sorrow, and according to Thyself, in order to make me shed torrents of tears even to the last moment of my life; that sorrow which Thy dearly beloved Son has promised to turn into joy in the mansion of the blessed, into which I hope Thy mercy will be pleased to receive me. Amen.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXI prayer.
[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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