Tuesday after the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.—Christ’s Reward to the Faithful.

Tuesday after the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.—Christ’s Reward to the Faithful.

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.

Tuesday after the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.—Christ’s Reward to the Faithful.

You are they who have continued with Me in My temptations; and I dispose to you, as My Father has disposed to Me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at My table. (Luke xxii, 28-30.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that Christ promised the Apostles that in heaven He would refresh them at His table, not indeed that in heaven they eat or drink, for the kingdom of God is not in eating and drinking (Rom. xiv, 17), but, as the Apostles were still unlearned in spiritual things, He would have them understand, under the figure of a meal, that they should hereafter rejoice in a repast of most joyous delights. Moreover, that they would have the glory of being ever with Him at table, i.e., of being as near as possible Him in His kingdom. At the universal judgment also, the Apostles would sit on thrones of power like unto His, judging with Him the human race. For He intended to dispose to them His kingdom, as His divine Father had disposed to Him a kingdom: And I dispose to you, as my Father hath disposed to me, a kingdom (Luke xxii, 29), with the same love, and conferring the same intense happiness of seeing God.

APPLICATION. What think you of this recompense, this glory, this kingdom given by Christ to His Apostles? You too will partake of the same, but exactly in the measure in which you shall have been faithful to Christ in life.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I shall be satisfied when Thy glory shall appear. (Ps. xvi, 15.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY the reason why our Blessed Redeemer willed to raise the Apostles to so sublime a position. It was because they had been faithful to Him in His afflictions: You are they who have continued with me in my temptations. Admire here the liberality of so great a Lord towards His servants. Because the Apostles had shown faithfulness to Him in His afflictions and sufferings, He would make them, as far as possible, His equals in His heavenly kingdom.

APPLICATION. Do you not then feel anxious to accompany Him and to remain faithful to Him? Wherever He leads with His cross, endeavour to stay near to Him after the example of the Apostles.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The Lord is faithful in all His words: and holy in all His works. (Ps. cxliv, 13.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the holy apostles were in fact faithful to Jesus in His afflictions during those three first years, and yet forsook Him in His sacred Passion. Nevertheless our Lord declares them to have been faithful, because at His Resurrection they would immediately return to Him more faithful even than at first, like sheep that had wandered from their shepherd. For our Lord makes no account of those sins which are truly repented of with tears.

APPLICATION. If, to your shame, you have gone away from Christ by a sinful or a careless life, so little conformable to one who professes to be a follower of Him, do not put off your return: Delay not to be converted to the Lord. (Ecclus. v, 8.) For if in spite of such a departure you repent sincerely from your heart, He will treat you as if you had never abandoned Him.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Turn, O my soul, into thy rest: for the Lord hath been bountiful to thee. (Ps. cxiv. 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 fervent amendment of our whole Life.

I. Be vigilant and diligent in God’s service, and often think with thyself to what end thou earnest hither, and why thou didst leave the world: was it not that thou mightest live to God, and become a spiritual man?
Be fervent therefore in thy spiritual progress, for thou shalt shortly receive the reward of thy labours; and then grief and fear shall no more come near thee.
Thou shalt labour now a little, and thou shalt find great rest, yea, everlasting joy.
If thou continue faithful and fervent in working, God will doubtless be faithful and liberal in rewarding.
Thou must preserve a good and firm hope of coming to the crown; but must not think thyself secure, lest thou grow negligent
or proud.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXV pt I.

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November Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Virtues to practice: Charity and kindness.


Most loving Jesus, I humbly beseech Thee, that Thou Thyself wouldst offer to Thine eternal Father in behalf of the Holy Souls in purgatory, the Most Precious Blood which poured forth from the sacred wounds of Thine adorable Body, together with Thine agony and death. And do thou likewise, O sorrowful Virgin Mary, present unto Him, together with the dolorous Passion of thy dear Son, thine own sighs and tears, and all the sorrows thou didst suffer in His suffering, in order that, through the merits of the same, refreshment may be granted to the souls now suffering in the fiery torments of purgatory, so that, being delivered from that painful prison, they may be clothed with glory in heaven, there to sing the mercies of God for ever and ever. Amen.
Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin, that with Thy gracious assistance they may deserve to escape the judgment of vengeance and enjoy the blessedness of everlasting light.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gates of hell,
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful; grant unto the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins: that through our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Eternal rest, etc.

An indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if these prayers are said daily for a month (S. C. md., Sept. 15, 1888; S. P. Ap., April 25, 1934).

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