The Lance and the Wounded Heart of Jesus. (3)

3rd Point. The Lance the Instrument of Power.

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.

3rd Point. The Lance the Instrument of Power.

CONSIDERATION.

We, too, as did the Roman soldier of old, hold in our hands a lance with which we can open for ourselves the life-giving fountains of the Sacred Heart. The lance we hold is not of steel or iron; it is a spiritual lance of double edge, whose point is keen to open for us the hidden treasures of the Heart of Jesus. It is the spiritual lance of confidence and deep humility: unbounded confidence and trust in the never-failing love and merits of our Saviour; profound humility and absolute distrust of self. By confidence and trust in God we do a sort of violence to the divine and loving Heart of Christ, and force Him, in a manner, to pour down upon our souls the treasures of His love, for “Know ye that no one hath hoped in the Lord and hath been confounded” (Ecclus ii., II). By humility we attract towards ourselves the merciful glance of Him “Who hath exalted the humble, and hath filled the hungry with good things” (Luke i. 52, 53).

APPLICATION.

Confidence in God’s unbounded love, humility and absolute distrust of self, these are the virtues that will enable me to penetrate into the wounded Heart of Jesus, and there to find the strength and grace that will enable me to do great things in His service.

Affections and Resolutions.

“In Thee, O Lord, I place all my hope, to Thee I look for help in all my tribulations and anguish, for I find all to be infirm and unstable whatever I behold outside of Thee” (à Kempis).

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.

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June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Virtue to practice: Obedience, piety, dutifulness

O Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!

Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.

That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.

O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!

For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.

Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.

An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957)

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