The Storm on the Sea of Genesareth.
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 Storm on the Sea of Genesareth.
Place before your mind’s eye the scene of the storm at sea depicted in to-day’s Gospel. A great tempest arose in the sea of Genesareth, and the waves ran so high that they threatened to swallow up the boat in which Christ was present with His disciples. Apprehension and alarm might be read upon every countenance, yet amid the deafening noise of the wind, the roar of the boisterous waves, the cries of the panic-stricken disciples, Jesus is asleep in Peter’s little bark as calmly and tranquilly as a child in its cradle to whom care is unknown. Keep this scene before your mind while you proceed to meditate upon its various points.
1st. Consider the violent tempest that arose. Jesus was upon the sea with His disciples, the disciples who were dearest to Him, yet the water becomes rough, the wind becomes a hurricane, their lives are imperilled, the fear of death seizes upon them, and all this, as St. Bonaventure remarks, is by our Lord’s appointment. He permits this storm, according to the explanation given by St. Basil, in order that as He has manifested His omnipotence by many miracles on the firm land, so He wills to display that same power on the restless sea, thereby to prove and to confirm the faith of His disciples. Hence you, my soul, may learn a salutary lesson, conformably to the admonition St. Augustine gives us, that when on the stormy sea of this world a tempest of tribulation over-takes you, when you are tossed to and fro by the billows of opposition, persecutions, misfortunes, sickness and affliction, remember that the storm which buffets you has arisen by the ordinance or at any rate by the permission of God, and that it is for your good.
2d. Consider that Jesus is asleep during the storm. Jesus sleeps and leaves the disciples to toil in the midst of the tempest; Jesus sleeps and allows the disciples to be in the sorest distress and anxiety, and this He does for the purpose of confirming the faith of those who are still wavering, of affording them an occasion of imploring His aid with the utmost confidence, and, by succoring them at the moment of direst need, of inspiring them with greater trust for the future. Oh how advantageous was this sleep of our Lord, which awoke the slumbering faith of the disciples! Consider this well, my soul. Have you not often, when lashed as by a tempest, driven before the blast of poverty, of misery, of temptation, of persecution, imagined that your God must be asleep, whereas in fact you yourself were asleep? Your faith was slumbering, your trust in God was slumbering. Jesus only appeared to sleep, and it was because He saw your faith to be slumbering that He permitted your troubles, your persecutions, your calamities to reach a climax, that He might then wake you, and lead you in your greatest need with firm faith and steadfast confidence to cry to Him: “Lord save me, I perish.”
3d. Consider the prompt assistance given by the Saviour. As soon as the disciples call to Him He rises up, commands the winds and the sea, and there comes a great calm immediately. Here ask yourself, my soul, why the disciples did not go to their Master at once, why they wearied themselves out in the endeavor to save themselves, and only called on Him to interfere when they could do nothing more? Because their faith was still weak. They trusted too much to themselves, too little to Jesus, and only when their self-confidence broke down and their own efforts proved unavailing, did their trust in Jesus awaken. Not till then did they have recourse to Him and were saved.
How often, my soul, in the course of your life has it been so with you. How often in times of affliction, temptation, conflict you have labored in your own strength, tired yourself out in the endeavor to find relief, sought succor from friends and acquaintances, striven to cheat your woe by distractions, by reading. Yet all was in vain, the tempest only increased in violence. At length it occurred to you to seek help from our Lord in holy Mass, or kneeling before the tabernacle where He abides, or by a humble and sincere confession; and all of a sudden tranquillity ensued, the storm was stilled, the temptation ceased to trouble you. O you of little faith, wherefore did you not go at once to the Physician who alone could cure you?
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.
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 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)
P.S. 30th day for anyone praying Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort that ends February 2nd!
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