St. John Chrysostom.
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.
St. John Chrysostom.
Glory not and be not liars against the truth. For this is not wisdom descending from above; but earthly, sensual, and devilish (St. James iii. 14, 15).
I. Consider first, the nature of that doctrine in which worldlings glory, when they place their happiness in riches, honours, and pleasures. It is a doctrine wholly opposed to the truth, in other words, a lie. Has not Christ already said with His own lips: “Blessed are the poor, blessed are they that mourn, blessed are they that suffer persecution?” One of two things is true: either Christ is deceived, or the world errs. But Christ cannot err, if He be the Truth. It therefore follows that the world must be deceived. Fix deeply in thy mind this principle, and be convinced that what Christ here sets down is just as true as is the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, or any other truth which He has been pleased to reveal to us; for every word uttered by the Eternal Truth is true in the same degree. One cannot be more true than another.
II. Consider secondly, that this doctrine of the world, if it must go by the name of wisdom, is “earthly, sensual, devilish wisdom.” The wisdom that places all happiness in riches is earthly; for it makes earthly goods its object. The wisdom which places happiness in pleasure is sensual; for it makes the gratification of the body its object. The wisdom which places happiness in honour is devilish; for it has the same object which Lucifer had; he of whom it is written in the Book of Job: “He is a king over all the children of pride.” It is impossible, therefore, that any one of these kinds of wisdom can be true wisdom. For true wisdom is that which takes for its object the final end of all created things (no other assuredly than God, the immense and infinite good), and orders all things for the attainment of this end, according to the rules laid down by God Himself.
III. Consider thirdly, that each of these three kinds of wisdom is “lying.” The earthly wisdom is “lying,” because. it promises to make men happy by riches, which are intended only for the ruling of our necessities, and are not good as being in themselves the end, but only as means to an end; and even as means not always to be relied on, seeing that sometimes “riches are turned to the hurt of the owner.” The wisdom that is sensual is “lying,” because it promises to make men happy by pleasures, which gratify the body only, and do no service to the soul, the better part of man; thus acting like a man who tries to please the servant instead of the master. The wisdom that is devilish is “lying,” because it promises to make men happy by honour, grandeur, glory, which do not constitute the excellence of a man, but serve to manifest it, and are therefore only signs of the real good that is in him; and as such too often deceptive, unreasonable and unfair: they are not like the signs sent by the hand of God, Who never confers honour where it is not due.
IV. Consider fourthly, on the other hand, that the wisdom of Christ is true wisdom, because it leads men to the attainment of their final end, which is true happiness. And the more it withdraws men from riches, pleasures, and honours, the more does it withdraw them from all that impedes their easy progress to this final end; and therefore the more does it advance them towards that final end, both by the way of merit in the present life, and of reward in the life to come. Yea, even in this life it often brings the reward with it, or at least the beginning of reward. Such is the happiness which even here the saints enjoy, whom we may compare to trees of happy growth, showing not only leaves and flowers in rich abundance, but also the young fruit already forming for their future glory.
V. Consider fifthly, that the wisdom of the world described before “is not descending from above,” because it can be fully acquired by human study, if indeed there be any need of acquiring that which each man from his birth possesses as a propensity of fallen nature. On the contrary, the wisdom of Christ “is descending from above,” because it can only come from Heaven, although we may help ourselves by human study to acquire it; and it is not founded in corrupted nature, but in the restoration of that nature, after it had been turned away from its final end. Therefore this wisdom is sublime, spiritual, free from error; it was worthy to be brought to earth by Christ in Person: “The only-begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared it.” He Who before had made eloquent the tongues of others, whom He sent to be His messengers, now spoke in His own Person “And opening His mouth, He began to say: Blessed are the poor, blessed are they that mourn, blessed are they that suffer persecution.” See then the high resolve which it is for thee to form! generously to renounce all the wisdom of the world, so poor compared with the wisdom of thy Lord. And if thou wish to meet with one who has with marvellous success reproved this worldly wisdom, entertain a great affection for St. John Chrysostom. Of all the saints, he is the one who has best refuted it in all three modes of disputation, with his pen, and with his words, and with his actions.
 Job xli. 25.
 Eccles. v. 12.
 St. John i. 18
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.
Lord! what do I desire or what can I desire but Thee?– St. Ignatius of Loyola, Ribaden, Book v, ch 1.
Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
Let Us Pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.
Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and to govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
– Raccolta 113 An indulgence of 7 years. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S. C. Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S. P. Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).
Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name
O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. You are the the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.
O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that your Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis
Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:
“The Golden Arrow”
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
Prayer in honor of the Holy Name
O my Jesus, Thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. Hitherto I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.
Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the name of Thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love, so that I may be able also to say to thee as did the devout Alphonsus Rodriguez: “Jesus and Mary, may I suffer for you; may I die for you; may I be wholly yours, and in nothing my own!” O my beloved Jesus! O Mary, my beloved Lady! give me the grace to suffer and to die for your love. I will be no longer my own, but altogether yours; yours in life, and yours in death, when I hope by your help to expire saying, Jesus and Mary, help me! Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to you; Jesus and Mary, I love you, and I give and deliver up to you my whole soul.
The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. p. 163 (Imprimatur 1927)
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