The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—The Miracle of the Daughter of Jairus.

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—The Miracle of the Daughter of Jairus.

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 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—The Miracle of the Daughter of Jairus.

(Read Matt. ix, 18-26.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that Jesus, when about to perform the striking miracle of recalling to life the little daughter of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, commanded all the people to leave the room of the dead child, where they were making a tumult and weeping. He so acted because He did not wish to have spectators of this wondrous work. Our Blessed Lord gives you in this an example that good works should not be done with the view that they may be seen and praised by men. You must distinguish between two sorts of good works, those that are common and prescribed by your state of life, others that are private and extraordinary. The first, which are common, you should perform in public, as ordinary Christian duties. The second, which are extraordinary, you should perform, as far as possible, secretly, so as to avoid all danger of vainglory.

APPLICATION. If then sometimes you must do your good works in public, for the sake of good example for others, be careful that the motive is the honour of God, and the good of your neighbours, and not your own self-love. Otherwise it will be said of you, They have received their reward. (Matt. vi, 2.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear Him; and on them that hope in His mercy. (Ps. xxxii, 18.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that our Lord sent away the crowd of people, when He desired to raise the child to life. Thus He teaches you that, if you would rise from your miseries, and from your tepidity, you must get out of that crowd of thoughts and disorderly affections, that tumult also of useless and of superfluous conversations. All such matters disturb the heart and distract the mind, and prevent you from being sufficiently retired and recollected within yourself.

APPLICATION. By so doing you will dispose yourself to receive clearer lights and stronger helps from heaven as God promised by Osee (ii, 14): I will allure her into the wilderness; and I will speak to her heart.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. My eyes are ever towards the Lord. (Ps. xxiv, 15.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the raising to life of the child was accomplished by our Lord, by the act of stretching out His arm, and taking her by the hand; He took her by the hand and the maid arose. (Matt. ix, 25.) By that omnipotent touch He infused into her the spirit of life, and awakened her from the sleep of death. Oh omnipotent touch of the right hand of God!

APPLICATION. For you it is also needful that our Lord should stretch out His hand, in order to awaken you from the sleep of your tepidity and to raise you to the life of fervour of spirit. If He stretched not out His holy hand to lift you out of your miseries, you too might cry out: I stick fast in the mire of the deep, without hope of getting out, and there is no sure standing (Ps. lxviii, 3). But as the hand of the Lord is not shortened that it cannot save (Isa. lix, I), plead earnestly that He will stretch out His merciful hand and touch your heart, raising you from the mire of sin, so that you may walk in the way of greater care and perfection.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Neither did their own arm save them. But Thy right hand, and Thy arm, and the light of Thy countenance: because Thou wast pleased with them. (Ps. xliii, 4.)

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.

VI. Be mindful of the resolution thou hast taken, and set before thee the image of the crucifix.
Well mayest thou be ashamed, if thou hast looked upon the life of Jesus Christ, that thou hast not yet studied to conform thyself more to His pattern, although thou hast been long in the way of God.
A religious man, who exercises himself seriously and devoutly in the most holy life and passion of our Lord, shall find there abundantly all things profitable and necessary for him; nor need he seek any better model than that of Jesus.
O, if our crucified Jesus did but come into our heart, how quickly and sufficiently learned should we be!–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXV pt.VI.

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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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