On Abandoning Oneself to the Sacred Heart.

1st Point. Excellence of this Self-Abandonment.

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.

1st Point. Excellence of this Self-Abandonment.

CONSIDERATION.

How happy is the soul that thus resigns itself entirely into God’s hands. No evil can befall it, for it is under the immediate guidance of God’s Omnipotence. Nothing can oppose its will, for it has no other will or wish than that of God Himself. No enemies can hurt it, for God’s almighty arm is its strong defence. How securely does it ride amidst the tempest and the storm. The winds may roar and the lightnings flash and the angry waves may threaten to engulf it, but even as of old the disciples rode securely in their bark across the waters of the lake, because they had with them the Lord and Master of the winds and waves, so the soul that places all its trust in God ever rests securely in the powerful and loving arms of Providence. How dear to God is such a soul.
He watches when it sleeps,
toils when it rests,
anticipates its wants,
listens to its prayers,
shares in its griefs,
comforts it in sorrow,
guides it in doubt,
guards it in danger,
helps it in its enterprises,
brings them to a happy issue,
and carries it triumphantly over obstacles and dangers till it comes into the haven of eternal rest.

APPLICATION.

Nourish in your heart the spirit of abandonment of self into the hands of God. It is one of the most perfect forms of conformity to God’s will, one of the highest exercises of devotion to the Sacred Heart. It is a source of profound peace, a pledge of salvation, a powerful and lasting bond of union with the Sacred Heart.

Affections and Resolutions.

“My God and my All!” “In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded.” “To Thee, O Lord, I commit the wants of this perishable body; to Thee I entrust the more precious interests of my immortal soul. Though my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme, my hope in Thee surpasses all; it is superior to my weakness, greater than any difficulties, stronger than death” (F. de la Colombière).

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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