Emotions of the Sacred Heart. (4)

Points for Self Examination – The Signs of Advancement in Spirit.

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.

Points for Self Examination – The Signs of Advancement in Spirit.

CONSIDERATION.

In spiritual things not to advance is to go back. In order to see if you are advancing, consider the following Eight Signs of Spiritual Progress:
1st Sign.—Diminution of sin: are your sins fewer and less serious?
2nd Sign.—Victory over temptations: do you resist promptly, prayerfully, perseveringly?
3rd Sign.—Curbing of evil passions: are you gaining greater mastery over them?
4th Sign.—Rooting out bad habits: have you less inclination towards them? Greater facility in overcoming them? Greater desire for purity of soul?
5th Sign.—Ordinary actions done with greater perfection: less from mere habit, with greater purity of intention, with fewer faults, with more diligence.
6th Sign.—Increase of good habits: are your good actions performed more promptly and easily, with less repugnance of self-love, with more pleasure, with greater constancy.
7th Sign.—Less affection for the things of earth: are your joys and consolations more spiritual and less of this world, are you less dependent on the pleasures of the senses?
8th Sign.—Greater love of recollection and silence: are you fonder of prayer, of visiting the Blessed Sacrament, of spiritual reading, of practices of devotion and self-denial?

Prayer.

O Jesus! grant that by means of devotion to Thy Sacred Heart I may rapidly advance in Thy service.

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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