On Abandoning Oneself to the Sacred Heart. (2)

2nd Point. The Practice of Self-Abandonment into God’s Hands.

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.

2nd Point. The Practice of Self-Abandonment into God’s Hands.

CONSIDERATION.

I am troubled with doubts and anxieties: shall I be lost or saved? Am I in God’s friendship or not? Am I advancing or going back? My mind is all in darkness, I know not what to think, or what to say, or how to act. All I can do is to cry to Thee, O Sacred Heart, from the depths of my soul. O Lord, I love Thee alone, I desire Thee alone, I abandon myself entirely to Thee.
My enemies surround me, my friends abandon me, calumniators have robbed me of my character, my soul is flooded with a sea of sorrow and affliction, my heart is bowed down with woe, I have no one to comfort me, no one to advise me, I seem to stand alone and without a friend in the world. Yet from the depths of my sorrow and bereavement to Thee do I cry aloud, and say: O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love Thee alone, I desire Thee alone, I abandon myself entirely to Thee.
I may have health or sickness, a happy life or one of sorrow, prosperity or failure, affluence or poverty, long life or short life, peace or contention of spirit; all this I heed not, my sole desire is to do Thy will. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love Thee alone, I desire Thee alone, I abandon myself entirely to Thee.

APPLICATION.

In all the events of life, its joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, the loving hand of Providence is ever guiding and protecting those who place their entire trust in God. The waves of tribulation threaten every moment to engulf you; but fear not, Christ is with you, even though He seems to sleep.

Affections and Resolutions.

“Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in Thee; though I should sink beneath my weakness, I will hope in Thee still; though I should break my resolutions, I will look to Thee confidently for grace to keep them in the end; though Thou shouldst kill me, even then will I trust in Thee; for Thou art my Father, my God, the support of my salvation; Thou art my kind, my tender and indulgent Parent, and I am Thy loving child who cast myself into Thy arms, and beg Thy blessing; who put my trust in Thee, and so trusting shall not be confounded” (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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