On the Divine Justice Manifested in Our Lord’s Passion.
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.
On the Divine Justice Manifested in Our Lord’s Passion.
Whilst gazing upon the cross whereon our Lord is suffering, your soul will be filled with amazement at the infinite greatness of the love of God, and you are too apt to overlook the other attribute of the Deity which made itself seen in so awful a manner in the Passion of the Son of God—His infinite justice. Recall to mind the different times how the just God displayed this attribute in the most terrible way, when He sent the deluge to destroy all that lived upon the earth, when He overwhelmed Sodom by fire from heaven; and when you have sufficiently realized the magnitude of His avenging justice, proceed to consider how it was manifested in the Passion of our Lord.
1st. Consider what the justice of the Eternal Father demanded from His divine Son. Although the Son of God by His omnipotence might easily have delivered man from the power of the devil, yet He would not do this without satisfying divine justice to the full. Now this justice requires that the individual who has sinned should make satisfaction either in his own person or in that of another. Inasmuch however as the God whom man has offended is infinite, justice demands that the satisfaction made should also be infinite. But as, on the other hand, it is not in the power of man, a finite creature, to make the infinite satisfaction required of him, the Son of God took upon Himself to make it in his stead.
2d. Consider how it was that our Lord could make the satisfaction due to divine justice. As God it was impossible for Him to do this, for being Himself God, there was no Being greater than Himself. He was in fact the One whom man had offended. Wherefore He united His divine nature to the human nature, in order that by this means man might pay the debt he owed to divine justice, since His divine nature gave infinite value and merit to the finite satisfaction He made in His sacred humanity. O marvellous wisdom, which devised this means whereby alone divine justice could be appeased! Think upon this: It was impossible for a God to suffer, therefore our Lord suffered as man, and by His divinity gave infinite value, infinite power of satisfaction to His human sufferings. Reflect attentively on this profound mystery, my soul; let it awaken within you astonishment and admiration.
3d. Consider what were the particular sufferings which divine justice demanded from the Son of God. Afflictions, temporal death and eternal damnation were the chastisements which a just God awarded to sin. And as our Lord took upon Himself our iniquities it followed as a matter of course that He should bear as far as was possible the penalty attached to them. O see, my soul, how during three and thirty years He endured all the trials and tribulations of life on earth in His own person, the miseries which, as the punishment of sin, are attached to our earthly pilgrimage. Consider how He suffered the death of the cross, paying in our stead the penalty of temporal death imposed on us as a chastisement; consider how He gave Himself into the power of His enemies and endured the most terrible tortures of mind and body in order that we might escape the eternal death to which we were condemned, that we might not be delivered into the power of the devil to be tormented in hell to all eternity. O how strict, how pitiless is divine justice!
How terrible a fate, therefore, to fall into the hands of a just God! If divine justice was so relentless in exacting from the Son of God all that was its due, well may you tremble, O miserable sinner; well may you count no sacrifice too great lest, in spite of the satisfaction made by the Saviour in His Passion, you should, if you are impenitent, experience the merciless severity of God in His justice.
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.
February Devotion: The Holy Trinity (also the Holy Family)
Virtue to practice: Humility
I vow and consecrate to God all that is in me: my memory and my actions to God the Father; my understanding and my words to God the Son; my will and my thoughts to God the Holy Ghost; my heart, my body, my tongue my senses and all my sorrows to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, ‘who was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to suffer the torment of the Cross.’ – St. Francis de Sales
An indulgence of 3 years.
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of oblation is devoutly repeated every day for a monh (S.P.Ap., Sept. 22, 1922 and May 12, 1934).
The faithful who devoutly offer any prayers in honor of the Most Holy Trinity with the intention of continuing them for nine successive days, may gain:
An indulgence of 7 years once each day:
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the novena (S.C. Ind., Aug. 8 1847; S.P. Ap., Mar. 18, 1932).
Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, thou knowest my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the grotto of Lourdes thou wert pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary from where thou dost dispense thy favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore thy maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. Through gratitude for thy favors, I will endeavor to imitate thy virtues, that I may one day share in thy glory. R. Amen.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
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