Brother Giles on Holy Penance.
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 Holy Penance.
Much should a man continually afflict and macerate his body, and willingly suffer every injury, tribulation, anguish, sorrow, shame, painfulness, insult, adversity and persecution, for the love of our good Master and Lord, Jesus Christ, who has given us the example in Himself; inasmuch as, from the beginning in His glorious Nativity, to the end in His most holy Passion, He ever suffered anguish, tribulation, sorrow, pain, contumely, and persecution, solely for our salvation. And, therefore, if we should attain to the state of grace, before all things it is necessary that we should, so far as in us lies, follow in the footsteps of our good Master, Jesus Christ.
A secular once asked Brother Giles: “Father, in what way can we men of the world attain to the state of grace?” To whom Brother Giles replied: “My Brother, a man should first of all mourn for his sins with great contrition of heart; and then he should confess himself sincerely to the priest, with bitterness and sorrow of heart, without concealing or excusing aught; and having done so, he should perfectly fulfill the penance imposed upon him by his confession; and after this he should keep guard against every vice, and every sin, and every occasion of sin; and moreover he should excite himself to good works of virtue towards God and his neighbor; and thus doing, a man shall attain to the state of grace and virtue.
“Blessed is the man who shall have continual sorrow for sins, continually weeping both by day and by night in bitterness of heart, solely for the offences which he has done against God. Blessed is the man who, having always before his mind the afflictions, and the pains and sorrows of Jesus Christ, shall receive no temporal consolations in this bitter and stormy world, so that last of all he may attain to the celestial consolations of life eternal, where all his desires shall be fulfilled abundantly with ever-lasting joy.”
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.
That temporal Miseries are to be borne with Patience after the Example of Jesus Christ.
III. O! How great thanks am I obliged to return to Thee, for having vouchsafed to show me and all the faithful, a right and good way to an everlasting kingdom.
For Thy life is our way: and by holy patience we walk on to Thee, Who art our crown.
If Thou hadst not gone before and instructed us, who would have cared to have followed?
Alas! how many would have staid afar off, and a great way behind, if they had not before their eyes Thy excellent example?
Behold we are still tepid, notwithstanding all the miracles and instructions we have heard: what then would it have been, if we had not this great light to follow Thee ?– Imitation of Christ Bk III, Ch XVIII.
February Devotion: The Holy Trinity (also the Holy Family)
Virtue to practice: Humility
I vow and consecrate to God all that is in me: my memory and my actions to God the Father; my understanding and my words to God the Son; my will and my thoughts to God the Holy Ghost; my heart, my body, my tongue my senses and all my sorrows to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, ‘who was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to suffer the torment of the Cross.’ – St. Francis de Sales
An indulgence of 3 years.
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of oblation is devoutly repeated every day for a monh (S.P.Ap., Sept. 22, 1922 and May 12, 1934).
The faithful who devoutly offer any prayers in honor of the Most Holy Trinity with the intention of continuing them for nine successive days, may gain:
An indulgence of 7 years once each day:
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the novena (S.C. Ind., Aug. 8 1847; S.P. Ap., Mar. 18, 1932).
Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, thou knowest my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the grotto of Lourdes thou wert pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary from where thou dost dispense thy favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore thy maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. Through gratitude for thy favors, I will endeavor to imitate thy virtues, that I may one day share in thy glory. R. Amen.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
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