Tuesday after the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—Impatience.
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-Third Sunday after Pentecost.—Impatience.
In your patience you shall possess your souls. (Luke xxi, 19.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY the great evil to which the impatient man is subject. He is not master of himself. For he is not master of his understanding, but acts precipitously, and even foolishly, without hearkening to the dictates of reason. He is not master of his will, for he is ruled by the ill-regulated affections of annoyance, of sadness, of fear, which change and turn him about like a small craft tossed about by the winds. Our Lord had reason then to say: In your patience you shall possess your souls. (Luke xxi, 19.)
APPLICATION. Reflect on yourself and strive to amend yourself efficaciously, if you are in any way dominated by this vice.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. My soul is continually in my hands: and I have not forgotten Thy law. (Ps. cxviii, 109.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that an impatient man is necessarily unstable in good. Directly he begins to feel the tedium and fatigue of the work he has undertaken, he wearies of it. Whether it be study, prayer, or reading, he at once gives it up. If it be the spirit of penance or of mortification, he soon begins to neglect it. Neither does he remain long firm in his good resolutions.
APPLICATION. What good then can the impatient person hope for? For it is perseverance in good, that ordinarily disposes us more than anything else to final perseverance. Therefore although you read: He that shall persevere to the end shall be saved (Matt. xxiv, 13), elsewhere you likewise read: He that shall endure to the end he shall be saved, so that there cannot be perseverance without endurance.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners in the council of the just. (Ps. i, 5.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that there are three means you should take, in order to obtain this patience which is so necessary. The first is to ask it often of God in prayer with great earnestness. The second is to foresee and prepare for those incidents that may perturb you, such as injuries or humiliations, sickness, difficult orders and the like, and so be forearmed. For it is the unexpected that puts even the greatest strongholds in danger. Remember that on this earth you are on a field of battle; hereafter will come to you peace and the reward. The third means is that you should exercise yourself as much as possible in acts of patience, on occasion of the little contrarieties you frequently meet with. Bear with the defects of your neighbours, trials of the weather, discomforts of body, affliction of soul, that come upon you so often.
APPLICATION. When you perceive any trial about to come upon you, recollect yourself awhile, recommend yourself to God, and imagine that with His own mouth He says to you: In your patience you shall possess your souls. (Luke xxi, 19.)
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I have put my trust in Thee, O Lord. I said: Thou art my God; My lots are in Thy hands. (Ps. xxx, 15, 16.)
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 fervent amendment of our whole Life.
VIII. How do so many other religious do, who live under strict mouastic discipline?
They seldom go abroad; they live very retired: their diet is very poor; their habit coarse; they labour much; they speak little; they watch long; they rise early; they spend much time in prayer; they read often; and keep themselves in all kinds of discipline.
Consider the Carthusians, the Cistercians, and the monks and nuns of divers orders; how every night they rise to sing psalms to
It would therefore be a shame for thee to be sluggish at so holy a time, when such multitudes of religious begin with joy to give praises to God.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXV pt. VIII.
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.
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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