The Glory of God.
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.
The Glory of God.
Prelude.—Let us represent God to ourselves under the figure of the Good Shepherd, Who delivers His sheep from the mouth of the wolf. What paternal joy! What transports of love!
Meditation.—A soul which ardently loves God understands the motives which this love of God dictates to him to urge him to charity and compassion for the souls in Purgatory. God is so great, so good, so perfect, that He deserves all the love and honour which His creatures can give Him; and this motive cannot be learnt, it can only be felt and understood when the heart is pure and detached from the things of earth, so that souls really captivated by the love of God think only of increasing His glory. St Ignatius could find no other words to express the sentiments of divine love which filled his heart than the celebrated motto of the holy Society: “All to the greater glory of God.”
Let this thought penetrate into our hearts in seeing how little God is known, loved, and honoured around us, and let us joyfully realise that it is in our power to increase His glory; for the souls in Purgatory as soon as they are released enter heaven to see God face to face with the other Blessed, and there they will never cease singing His praises for all eternity. Hasten then, all ye Christian souls, who have zeal for the glory of God, hasten to show this zeal in an efficacious manner by interesting yourselves with all your hearts in delivering the suffering souls in Purgatory, who desire to be released to glorify the Lord your God for ever and ever.
Resolution.—We will sometimes rekindle our devotion to the souls in Purgatory by thinking of the glory of God.
Aspiration.—“Lord, bring my soul out of prison that I may praise Thy name.” (Psalm cxii. 8.)
REQUESTS OF THE HOLY INFANT JESUS.
The intimate and familiar relations of the venerable Margaret de Beaune with the divine Infant are well known, as are also the favours which she obtained. Sometimes the sweet Infant Jesus Himself begged Margaret to pray for the souls whose necessities He revealed to her, and thus the deplorable state of a great prince was shown her four months before he died. The holy Infant told her the day and the hour of his death, and wished her to assist in spirit at his last moments. Margaret communicated this warning to the prioress, and also related later the details of the death of her protégé, details which were corroborated later. It would be impossible to say how many tears and penances this hardened sinner cost her, and his Purgatory was terrible, fearful. He suffered torments, Margaret says, which cannot be expressed, and his soul was plunged in such a darkness that he knew not if he were in Purgatory or hell, but she did not leave off her prayers and penances till by these means, and through the suffrages of the Church, the soul of this prince was released, and he came to thank his protectress.
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.
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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