Monday after the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—Working Out Our Salvation.

Monday after the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—Working Out Our Salvation.


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.

Monday after the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—Working Out Our Salvation.
Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all those things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke xxi, 36.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that, by these words, our Lord would have you understand that your eternal salvation is not a work that depends altogether upon yourself, nor yet altogether upon Him. You have to do all you can on your part, and for this reason He says that you must watch. Watch ye by being on your guard, never giving place to temptation, and by being diligent to do your actions well. Then, as if you had done nothing, you must pray and have recourse to God, praying, humbly beseeching Him to protect you by His most holy grace.

APPLICATION. Hence the rule by which you must work out your salvation, is to labour as if all depended on yourself and yet to look to God as if all depended upon Him.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. O Lord, the God of my salvation: I have cried in the day and in the night before Thee. (Ps. lxxxvii, 2.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that it is not enough merely to have begun in this way. You must go on unceasingly and indefatigably to the very end: at all times. It will not be sufficient to watch and pray in times of temptation only. You must pray and watch at all times. Shepherds watch their flocks even when the wolves and thieves are far away, so that they may never be in danger. So too you have to act with regard to your soul. Watch and pray so that temptation may not come. Watch ye and pray that ye enter not into temptation. (Matt. xxvi, 41.)

APPLICATION. When, then, you do not keep sufficient guard over yourself, and neglect prayer, when you do not often during the day turn to God, or recommend yourself to Him, temptation need not come to seek you, but you go into it of yourself. You have already thrown away your arms and have rendered yourself incapable of defence. As there is no time when, if left to your own weak strength, you would not undoubtedly fall and perish, so too there is no time when it is not necessary to watch and to pray.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I have cried to Thee all the day. (Ps. lxxxv, 3.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that all your own diligence is not enough to make you worthy of salvation. Consequently, you have to beseech God by unremitting prayers, that you may be made worthy. Thus, by His mercy, He may consider you as if you really were worthy to escape the evil lot at the last day, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke xxi, 36.) At that great tribunal the just will stand firm, because of their good conscience: Then shall the just stand with great constancy (Wisd. v, I), while the wicked shall fall without hope of ever rising again: The wicked shall not rise again in judgment. (Ps. i, 5.)

APPLICATION. Let us beg the good God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin and of all the Saints, that we may be found worthy to stand with constancy before the tribunal of Christ upon the great Judgment Day.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my petition. I have called upon Thee in the day of my trouble: because Thou hast heard me. (Ps. lxxxv, 6-7.)


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 fervent amendment of our whole Life.

VII. A fervent religious man bears and takes all things well that are commanded him.
A negligent and lukewarm religious man has trouble upon trouble, and on every side suffers anguish; because he has no comfort within, and is hindered from seeking any without.
A religious man that lives not in discipline, lies open to dreadful ruin.
He that seeks to be more loose and remiss will always be uneasy, for one thing or other will displease him.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXV pt. VII.


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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