Matter for Expiation—Self-Indulgence and worldliness.

Matter for Expiation—Self-Indulgence and worldliness.

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.

Matter for Expiation—Self-Indulgence and worldliness.

IF there is one characteristic of our times which is more marked than another, it is an excessive love of pleasure and search after bodily comfort. Life in our days is so strenuous that for all toilers some amusement is imperatively necessary, and hence there is on all sides a passionate love of excitement and pleasure, which seems daily to increase, and is the source of ruin to many souls.
But such a life takes no account of the penalty for sin which must be paid sooner or later. In a life of unrestrained pleasure one is forever accumulating debts of this kind, instead of paying them, and the total of such debts reaches a sum affrighting to contemplate.
In earlier times, when pleasures were not so accessible to all as they are now, we read that lives of comfort and pleasure had to be dearly atoned for in the next world. And there laws and customs do not change as they do here. Because people no longer believe in or heed the severe judgments to come, Purgatory and its torments have not ceased to exist, nor have they lessened in intensity.
We read in the revelations of Frances of Pampeluna that one day she saw a man of the world, who though he had been a good Christian, had passed fifty-nine years in Purgatory merely for seeking his ease. Another was punished for thirty-five years for the same reason, and another was detained sixty-four years for love of gambling. And all this might have been avoided by a few days of penance here on earth.
A brother coadjutor of the Society of Jesus, who had little love for mortification, but sought his ease and comfort in all that could gratify the senses, some days after his death appeared to a Father of the same Society, suffering fearful torments for his fault. He earnestly implored prayers, and disappeared.
A deceased Sister appeared to St. Margaret Mary when she was in bed one night, and said: “Ah, there you are lying at ease in your bed, but I lie upon a bed of flames, to atone for my love of bodily comfort here on earth.” But by the charitable prayers and the sufferings endured for her by the Saint, she was relieved after some time.
We read many instances of souls appearing to make known how they were tormented for indulgence of the tongue. A Dominican preacher who had been the glory of his Order, appeared after his death with a crown of gold upon his head, but with his tongue fearfully tortured, because he had been unguarded in his speech, and the language he used was not always becoming the sacred lips of a priest.
In a monastery of the Order of Citeaux lived two young nuns, Gertrude and Margaret. Gertrude, although virtuous, did not guard her tongue; she often transgressed the rule of silence, and addressed useless words to her Sister in the choir. She died while very young, and Sister Margaret, saw her after her death in her accustomed place in the choir. The Prioress ordered her to ask Gertrude why she came. “I come,” she replied, “to satisfy the divine justice in this place, where I formerly sinned. Oh, if you only knew how I suffer! I am devoured by flames, and my tongue especially is tormented.” She then disappeared after begging for prayers.
At the time when St. Hugh governed the monastery of Cluny, a deceased religious appeared to the holy Abbot to ask his prayers. His mouth was filled with ulcers in punishment for his many idle words. The community observed seven days of silence for him. Then the deceased reappeared, his mouth free from ulcers, and full of gratitude to his brethren.

Practice.—Make a daily act of self-denial for the Holy Souls.

Indulgenced Prayer.—Gloria Patri; thrice a day in thanksgiving for our Lady’s graces. (100 days, thrice a day. Plenary once a month on the usual conditions.)

EXAMPLE.

Those who have received more graces during life and more means of discharging their debt of expiation, have a more severe Purgatory to undergo than others not so favoured. St. Margaret Mary heard at the same time of the death of three persons, two religious and one secular. It was the first day of the year. Our Lord appeared to her and showed her the three souls in their fiery prison. He said to her: “My daughter, as your New Year’s gift, I give you the deliverance of one of these three souls. Which shall I release?” “Lord,” she replied, “it is for Thee to make the choice.” Then Our Lord delivered the secular, because He said religious had more means of expiating their sins in this life, and therefore He now had more compassion on the soul of the secular.

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.


PSALM: DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord! Lord hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by rea­son of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
V. Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. 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 to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through the devout prayers of Thy Church on earth, they may obtain that remission of pain which they have ever desired. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
V. Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Clement XII., by a brief, Calestes Ecclesia thesauros, Aug. 11, 1736, granted:
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS to all the faithful who, at the sound of the bell, at the first hour after nightfall, shall say devoutly on their knees the psalm De profundis, or the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Requiem æternam.
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, once a year, to those who shall have performed this pious exercise for a year, on any day when, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall pray for peace and union among Christian princes, for the extirpation of heresy and for the triumph of holy Mother Church.
The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VI., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of the Propaganda, March 18, 1781, granted these indulgences to all the faithful who may happen to dwell in a place where no bell for the dead is sounded, provided they shall say the De profundis, or the Our Father, and the Hail Mary, etc., about nightfall.
The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 18, 1877, declared that these indulgences can be gained on the recital as aboye of the De profundis, or the Our Father, etc., before or after nightfall, provided that the bell is sounded at such hour, according to the custom of the church or place.
Moreover, His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Feb. 3, 1888, granted to all the faithful who shall recite the above Psalm, adding the versicle Requiem æternam dona eis Domine ei lux perpetua luceat eis, AN INDULGENCE OF FIFTY DAYS, three times a day.

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.
R. Amen.
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.
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.
R. Amen.

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).


RECITING THE ROSARY FOR THE HOLY SOULS.

Pius IX, has granted an Indulgence of Ten Years and Ten Quarantines once a day to the faithful who devoutly recite in company with others, either at home or in church, in public or private oratories, a third part of the Rosary of Saint Dominic; and a Plenary Indulgence on the last Sunday in every month to all who are in the habit of saying with others at least three times a week, the third part of the Rosary, without belonging to the confraternity of that name. (Visit.)
Benedict XIII granted an Indulgence of One Hundred Days for every Our Father and every Hail Mary, and a Plenary Indulgence once a year, to those who recite the third part of the Rosary every day; the same Indulgence of One Hundred Days had been granted for the Chaplet of Saint Bridget. Those who recite at least once a week the Chaplet of our Lord, or that of the Blessed Virgin, enriched with Apostolic Indulgences, gain numerous Indulgences on the feast indicated in the calendar, besides an Indulgence of One Hundred Days each time. (Take particulare notice that it is necessary to recite the whole Chaplet without remarkable interrruption.) – Month of the Dead.


CATHOLIC LEAGUE OF PERPETUAL SUFFRAGE FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY.

In order to maintain and diffuse ever more and more among the faithful the holy and salutary thought of praying for the departed, some pious Romans projected and proposed a so-called Catholic League of perpetual suffrage for the holy souls in purgatory, to which any one may belong by reciting each day, three times, Give them eternal rest, etc., in behalf of the holy souls.
His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Aug. 19, 1880, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, recite, three times, Give them eternal rest, etc.:
AN INDULGENCE OF TWO HUNDRED DAYS, once a day. – Raccolta 1898

THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, January 17, 1888, granted to the faithful who shall perform some pious practice for the relief of the souls in Purgatory, every day during the whole month of November, whether in public or in private,
AN INDULGENCE OF SEVEN YEARS AND AS MANY QUARANTINES on each day of the month;
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, once during the same month, on any day of the month, on the usual conditions: Confession and Communion, and a visit to a church or public oratory, and there praying for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. – Raccolta 1898.

 


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