1st Point. A Worldly 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.
1st Point. A Worldly Spirit.
Even though it be your lot to live amid the cares and turmoil of the world you must not, nevertheless, be of the world. You must not belong to that world for which Christ Himself refused to pray, that world which, as He tells us, is altogether sunk in wickedness. The spirit of the world and the spirit of Christ are diametrically opposed.
The spirit of the world is the spirit of covetousness, which makes its highest aim to accumulate riches; the spirit of ambition, which at all costs seeks its own exaltation, and loves to be honoured and respected by men; the spirit of pride, which is essentially selfish, full of self-esteem and arrogance, and looks with scorn and contempt upon the lowly.
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of detachment from the goods of earth, using these things as though it used them not, remembering that they are creatures subservient to a nobler and a higher end, and useful only in so far as they promote that end; it is the spirit of humility, self-sacrifice, and self-forgetfulness that toils and prays and suffers in secret, and is willing to be hid and ignored on earth.
Which of these two spirits is predominant within me? Whether I live in the world or within the sheltered haven of religion I am bound, in greater or less degree according to my state, to banish from my heart the one and to cultivate the other.
Affections and Resolutions.
Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. Grant me light and grace to know and understand the spirit of Thy Sacred Heart, that knowing It, I may love It, and loving It, I may imitate It. O Lord, make my heart like unto Thine.
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.
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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