Brother Giles on the Holy Fear of God.
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.
Brother Giles on the Holy Fear of God.
He who fears not, shows that he has nothing to lose. The holy fear of God orders, governs and rules the soul, and brings it into a state of grace. If a man possess any grace or divine virtue, holy fear will preserve it for him to the end. And he who has not yet acquired either virtue or grace, will be enabled, through holy fear, to acquire them. The holy fear of God is a channel of Divine grace, for it causes the soul in which it dwells to obtain these graces and all holy virtue without delay. All who have fallen into sin would never have succumbed, had they possessed the holy fear of God. But this holy gift of fear is given only to the perfect, for the more perfect a man is, the more he fears and humbles himself. Blessed is the man who knows himself to be in prison in this world, and ever remembers how grievously he has offended his Lord.
A man should always greatly fear pride, lest it cause him to stumble and fall from that state of grace in which he is, for one can never stand secure in the midst of enemies; and our enemies are the lusts of this miserable world and of our own flesh, which, along with the devils, are ever at war against our souls. One must have still greater fear lest his own malice deceive and overcome him, than of all other enemies. It is impossible for a man to ascend to any grace or Divine virtue, or persevere therein, without holy fear. He who has not the fear of God is in danger of being lost altogether. The fear of God makes a man humbly obey, and incline his head under the yoke of obedience; and the more fear a man possesses, the more fervently will he worship God.
It is not a little matter to have the gift of prayer, and to him that feareth it shall be given. The virtuous actions of men, however much we may esteem them, are not, therefore, reckoned and rewarded according to our estimation, but according to the estimation and the good pleasure of God; for God looks not at the amount of labor, but at the amount of love and humility: and, therefore, the safest part to choose is to love and fear always with humility, and never to trust in ourselves for any good, but to distrust the thoughts which arise in our minds under the appearance of good.
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. 30th day for anyone praying Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort that ends February 2nd!
The 6nd day of the Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Good Success.
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