On Holy Humility 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 Holy Humility from Brother Giles.
No one can gain any knowledge of God, or intimacy with Him, but by the virtue of humility; inasmuch as the direct way to ascend is first to descend. All the perils and the great falls which have taken place in this world have arisen from no other cause than exaltation of the mind through pride. This is seen in the fall of the devil, who was cast out of heaven, and in the fall of our first father Adam, who was cast out of Paradise, because of the exaltation of the mind, namely, disobedience; and again in the instance of the Pharisees, of whom Christ speaks in the Gospels, and in many other examples.
And so, on the contrary, all the good works which have ever taken place in this world have been produced entirely by humility of mind, as is proven by the blessed and most humble Virgin Mary, and by the publican, and by the holy thief on the cross, and by many other examples in the Scriptures. And therefore it would be well for us, if we could find a great and heavy weight, that we might carry it always fastened round our neck, so that it might always draw as downwards, that is to say, continually cause us to humble ourselves.
A Brother once asked Brother Giles: “Tell me, Father, how may we escape from this pride?” To which Brother Giles replied: “My Brother, set this fact before thee, that thou canst never hope to flee pride, except, first of all, thou place thy mouth where thy feet are; but if thou consider the gifts of God thou wilt know well that thou owest it to Him to bow thy head. And again, if thou consider well thy defects, and the many offences which thou has committed against God, thou wilt find sufficient cause to humble thyself. But woe to those who would be honored even for their sins! There is a degree of humility in him who knows himself to be the enemy of his own welfare. There is a degree of humility also in him, who renders to another the things which belong to him, and does not attribute them to himself; which is to say, that all good, and all virtue which man finds in himself, he must not attribute to himself, but solely to God, from whom proceeds every grace, every virtue and every good.
But all sins and evil passions in the soul, and whatever vice man finds in himself, he must take as his own, considering that they proceed from himself alone, and from his own malice, and not from any other. Blessed is the man who knows himself, and reputes himself vile before God and men! Blessed is he who judges himself, and condemns himself, and not another: for he shall not be judged in the great, and terrible final judgment. Blessed is he who bears meekly the yoke of obedience, and submits to the guidance of another, as the holy Apostles did, both before and after they received the Holy Spirit!”
And again, Brother Giles said: “He who would acquire and possess perfect peace and quiet, must consider every man his superior, and himself subject and inferior to all. Blessed is the man who desires not to be seen or known, either in his deeds or words, save in the pure disposition and the simple adornment to which he has been disposed, and by which he has been adorned of God! Blessed is the man who can keep and conceal the Divine revelations and consolations: for there is nothing so secret that God will not reveal it when it pleases Him. If a man were the most perfect and the most holy upon earth, and he should consider and believe himself to be the most miserable sinner, and the vilest man in the world, herein would be true humility. Holy humility knows not how to converse, and the blessed fear of God knows not how to speak.”
Brother Giles said also: “To me it seems that humility is like the thunderbolt, for as the bolt causes a terrible concussion, breaking, rending, and burning whatever it strikes, and yet afterwards there is nothing of it to be found, thus also humility explodes, and dissipates, and consumes all malice, all vice and all sin, and afterwards it seems to be nothing at all in itself. The man who possesses humility, shall through humility find grace with God, and perfect peace with his neighbor.”
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. 28th day for anyone praying Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort that ends February 2nd!
The 4nd day of the Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Good Success.
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