Brother Giles on Contempt of Worldly Things.
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 Contempt of Worldly Things.
Many sorrows befall the unhappy man who places his desires, his heart and his hope, on earthly things, through which he abandons and loses heavenly things, and in the end will lose the earthly things also. The eagle is much given to flying aloft, but if he had a weight tied to his wings, he would not fly very high; and thus man also, through the weight of earthly things, cannot fly upwards, that is to say, cannot attain to perfection. But the wise man, who binds the memory of death and judgment on the wings of his heart, shall not be able, for the greatness of his fear, to run after or to fly amongst the vanities and the devices of this world, which are so many occasions of damnation. We see now-a-days men of the world laboring and toiling much, and putting themselves in much bodily peril, in order to acquire these deceitful riches; and then when they have labored and acquired much, in a moment they die, leaving behind them all they have gathered together in this life.
And therefore it is not meet that we should trust to this fallacious world, which will deceive all who trust in it, because the nature of it is to lie. But he who would be great, and very rich, will seek and will love the eternal riches, which ever satisfy, and never disgust, or grow less. If we will not err, let us follow the example of the beasts of the field and of the birds, who when they have had enough are content, and seek no more than to live from hour to hour, according to their necessities; thus should man also be content with satisfying his temporal necessities, and not seek after superfluities.
Brother Giles used to say, that the ant was not so pleasing to St. Francis as other creatures, on account of the great solicitude which it has to collect and lay up a store of grain in the summer-time, for the winter; he said that the birds pleased him much better, because they collect nothing on one day for the next. Yet the ants give us an example of fore sight in this summer-time of our present life, that we may not be found empty and fruitless when the winter of our last and final judgment arrives.
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. Thou art 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 Thy 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.
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