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.
“Wearing the White Flower of a Blameless Life.”
In the Dedication of “The Idyls of the King,” Tennyson, summing up the virtues of Prince Albert, says that he was distinguished above all for “wearing the white flower of a blameless life.” The prince was “modest, kindly, all-accomplished, wise.” Yet it was chiefly the moral excellence of his life that won for him the admiration of his people.
But not only those who pass their days “in that fierce light which beats upon a throne” are entitled to grateful recognition for giving unto others the high example of a blameless life. Not only those who occupy the seats of the mighty, deserve praise for keeping down the base in man and for striving upward with strong resolve. The lowly worker who gives cheer and inspiration to a neighbor in the battle of life by kind word, by courageous conduct, and by the value he sets on keeping his soul free from the stain of grosser sin—such a one is likewise a hero in the strife. He, too, deserves well of his fellow-men for “wearing the white flower of a blameless life.”
This much-quoted line from the Poet-laureate shows that it is not dazzling achievement in state craft or warfare that lends renown to the character of those who rule others. These accomplishments pass away and may even leave a train of grim evils in their wake. Posterity is keen in deciding a ruler’s claim to grateful recognition. It will look for something of real and lasting value in his career. It will remember his virtues and his vices. Happy the sovereign if the former outweigh the latter in the shrewd opinion of the multitude! For then will he be held in loving remembrance by the best and noblest, because he wore “the white flower of a blameless life.”
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.
That temporal Miseries are to be borne with Patience after the Example of Jesus Christ.
[Disciple.] II. Lord, because Thou wast patient in Thy life-time, in this chiefly fulfilling the commandment of Thy Father, it is fitting that I, a wretched sinner, should, according to Thy will, take all with patience; and, as long as Thou pleasest, support the burden of this corruptible life, in order to my salvation.
For though this present life be burthensome, yet it is now become through Thy grace, very meritorious; and by the help of Thy example and the footsteps of Thy saints, more supportable to the weak, and more lightsome.
It is also much more comfortable than it was formerly under the old law, when the gate of heaven remained shut, and the way to heaven seemed more obscure; when few concerned themselves to seek the kingdom of heaven.
Neither could they, who were then just and to be saved, enter into Thy heavenly kingdom, before Thy passion, and the payment of our debt by Thy sacred death. – Thomas à Kempis – Imitation of Christ Bk III, Ch XVIII.
June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Virtues to practice: Obedience, Piety, Dutifulness
Prayers to the Wound of the Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the holy Wound of Thy Heart, my most sweet Jesus! Accept, O Lord, my heart and all the powers of my soul. Detach them from earthly affections. Let me lose even the remembrance of the things of this world. Cast my soul into the adorable Wound of Thy Side, into the ocean of Thy love, into the source of true life. Unite my heart for ever to Thy tender Heart, so truly that it will be impossible for me to desire what is not in conformity with Thy will. May I in all things entirely renounce my own will, and unite myself by faith, hope and charity to Thee, my Lord, my God and my Creator. Amen.
O most sweet Jesus, through the Wound of Thy Heart, pardon, I beseech Thee, all my offences against Thee by acting without sufficient purity of intention, or by following my own perverse will. I offer Thee my heart, that Thou mayest unite it to Thy Heart. Then I shall neither seek nor see anything but Thee in all things. I shall have no other will than Thine. Amen.
Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.
That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!
For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (Raccolta)
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