On Faith from Brother Giles.
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 Faith from Brother Giles.
All those things which can be conceived in the heart, or expressed by the tongue, or seen with the eyes, or touched with the hands—all these are nothing in respect of the things which cannot be conceived, or seen, or touched. All that the Saints and wise men who have passed away, and those who are now in this present life, or will come after us, have written and spoken, or will write or speak of God, does not, and never can, tell so much of what might be told of Him, as a grain of millet compared with all heaven and earth, nay, a thousand times less. All the Scripture that speaks of God speaks of Him as it were lispingly, even as a mother does who lisps to her son who would not be able to understand her words if she spoke in another fashion.
Brother Giles once said to a secular judge: “Dost thou believe that the gifts of God are great?” The judge answered: “I do believe it.” Then said Brother Giles: “I will show thee that thou does not believe it in very deed;” and he said to him: “What is the value of all thou dost possess in the world?” And the judge answered him: “It is worth about a thousand lire”. Then said Brother Giles again: “Wouldst thou part with thy property for ten thousand lire?” The judge replied, without a moment’s hesitation: “Certainly, I would do so willingly.” And Brother Giles said: “Of a surety, all the possessions of this world are nothing in respect of heavenly things; why then dost thou not give up all thy possessions to Christ, to obtain those that are heavenly and eternal?”
Then the judge, learned in all the foolish science of this world, said to Brother Giles, pure and simple as he was: “God hath filled thee with the wisdom of divine folly; but tell me, Brother Giles, dost thou believe there is a man in all the world, who would conform his exterior actions to that which he believes inwardly?” And Brother Giles answered him: “See, my beloved: it is most certain that all the Saints have made it their study to put in practice as perfectly as possible, all that they knew or understood to be the will of God; and all those things which they could not actually carry out externally, they fulfilled in the holy desires of their will, in such wise that the impossibility of exterior fulfillment was made up for by the desires of the soul.”
Again, Brother Giles said: “If there were a man to be found who had perfect faith, in a little space of time he would arrive at a state of perfection, in which it would be given him to know, with full certainty, his salvation. What good can prosperity or temporal advantage in this world do to the miserable man who expects eternal perdition? What hurt or harm can any temporal adversity of this life do to the man who, with firm faith, looks forward to eternal, consummate, and supreme bliss? Nevertheless, however great a sinner a man may be, let him never despair so long as he lives of the infinite mercy of God; because there is not a tree in the world so thorny, or so knotty and gnarled, but can be planed, and polished, and adorned and made beautiful by men; and so also, there is no man in the world so iniquitous and sinful, but God can convert him and adorn him with singular graces, and many gifts of virtue.”
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.
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.
P.S. 27th day for anyone praying Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort that ends February 2nd!
The 3nd day of the Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Good Success.
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