Saturday after the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.—Help in Tribulation.

Saturday after the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.—Help in Tribulation.

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.

Saturday after the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.—Help in Tribulation.

Lord save us, we perish. (Matt. viii, 25.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY that the hour of death is a time of special tribulation, in which you will have the very greatest need of help. Death is in truth a great tribulation for both soul and body. For the body, its sufferings give it often not one moment of repose or respite. It is a still greater trial to the soul from the fear of going out of this world, of leaving a body that is dear to it, and perhaps too from remorse of conscience, knowing that it must render a most strict account of all its life and of all its sins.

APPLICATION. Oh what a tribulation may not all this be to you in that last hour, on which depends an eternity of punishment or of reward? Pray earnestly to God every day of your life that He may not stand afar off from you at that last dread hour. Lord save us, or else we perish!

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Depart not from me. For tribulation is very near: for there is none to help me. (Ps. xxi, 12.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that this tribulation accompanying death is nearer to you than you think. How many accidents might destroy you at any moment! The ten, twenty or thirty years that you imagine you may yet live, will they not fly away swiftly? Think of the years that are past, and see how quickly they have gone.

APPLICATION. Therefore lose no time. Put all things in order. Be ready for the great journey! Furnish thyself to go into captivity. (Jer. xlvi, 19.)

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my necessities. (Ps. xxiv, 17.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the tribulation of death is at hand and that it will not bring any help for you. If God is not there to help, woe be to you! Who is there who, at that dread hour of death, can ward off from you the assaults and the temptations of the devil, so that you become not an unhappy prey to his fury? Who is there that can give you sufficient help to overcome the difficulties that you will then encounter, and to make safely the great passage to eternity? How necessary then is it that you should now stand well with your Lord. For it is He alone Who can help you in the hour of death!

APPLICATION. Take, then, often into your hands that crucifix: holding which you hope to die, and kissing it devoutly promise to be always faithful to Jesus Christ. At the same time beg Him with hot tears not to leave thee nor forsake thee. (Hebr. xiii, 5.) For if in that hour Jesus be your friend, you will have no need of any other.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man can do unto me. (Ps. cxvii, 6.)

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 Interior Conversation.

V. Christ was also in this world despised by men, and in His greatest necessity forsaken by His acquaintance and friends, in the midst of reproaches.
Christ would suffer and be despised; and dost thou dare to complain of any one?
Christ had adversaries and backbiters; and wouldst thou have all to be friends and benefactors?
Whence shall thy patience be crowned, if thou meet with no adversity ?
If thou wilt suffer no opposition, how wilt thou be a friend to Christ?
Suffer with Christ and for Christ, if thou desirest to reign with Christ.—Thomas à Kempis—Imitation of Christ Bk II, Ch I, pt. V.

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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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