Brother Giles on Holy Prudence.
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 Prudence.
O servant of the Heavenly King, who wouldst learn the mysteries and the needful and holy precautions of the doctrine of the spiritual life, open well the ears of thy soul, and receive with true desire of heart, and lay up carefully in the storehouse of thy memory, the precious treasures of doctrine and of spiritual warning which I deliver to thee! By these thou shalt be illuminated and directed in thy way, namely, the way of the spiritual life, and guarded against the malignant and subtle assaults of thine enemies whether visible or invisible; and with a humble audacity thou shalt pass securely over the tempestuous sea of this present life, until thou arrive at the desired haven of eternal salvation. Therefore, my son, harken, and give good heed to what I tell thee!
If thou wouldst see well, pluck out thine eyes, and be blind; if thou wouldst hear well, be deaf; and if thou wouldst speak well, become dumb; if thou wouldst advance, stand still, and advance with thy mind; if thou wouldst work well, cut off thy hands, and work with thy heart; if thou wouldst love much, hate thyself; if thou wouldst live well, mortify thyself; if thou wouldst gain much and be rich, first lose all, and become poor; and if thou wouldst enjoy peace, afflict thyself, and be ever in fear, and suspect thine own self; if thou wouldst be exalted and have great honor, humble and abase thyself; if thou wouldst be held in great reverence, despise thyself, and do reverence to him who reviles thee; if thou wouldst that it should be well with thee, sustain all evil things; and if thou wouldst be blessed, desire that all should speak ill of thee; and if thou wouldst have true and eternal rest, then toil, and suffer, and desire to have every temporal affliction. O what great wisdom it is to know how to do and to work out these things.
But because these are very great and high things, God giveth the grace only to a few. But, of a truth, I tell thee, he who shall study them well and put them in practice, shall not need to go to Bologna, or to Paris, to learn any other theology; for if a man live a thousand years, and have nothing exterior to do, and nothing to say with his tongue, I tell thee that he will have enough to do to exercise himself within his own heart, laboring solely for the purification and the right direction and the justification of his own soul.
A man should neither will, nor see, nor hear, nor speak of anything, save in so far as it be useful to his soul. The man who does not know himself, is not known by God. And, therefore, woe to us, when we receive the gifts and graces of the Lord without knowing their worth! but still more woe to him who receiveth them not, neither knoweth them, nor yet careth to acquire them! Man, who is made in the image of God, changeth himself as he wills, but the good God never changeth.
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.
Of Supporting Injuries, and who is proved to be truly patient.
[Christ.] I. WHAT is it thou sayest, My son? Cease to complain, considering My passion, and the sufferings of the saints.
Thou hast not yet resisted unto blood.
What thou sufferest is but little, in comparison to them who have suffered so much, who have been so strongly tempted, so grievously afflicted, so many ways tried and exercised..– Imitation of Christ Bk III, Ch XIX.
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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