On the Things which Displease the Sacred Heart. (2)

2nd Point. Tepidity in God’s Service.

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. Tepidity in God’s Service.

CONSIDERATION.

“Because thou art lukewarm, and art neither hot nor cold, I will begin to vomit thee out of My mouth” (Apoc. iii. 16). “Cursed be he that doth the work of the Lord deceitfully” (Jer. xlviii. 10). These are the terrible denunciations pronounced against those who are lukewarm in God’s service. God looks for much in return from those to whom He has given much.

APPLICATION.

Tepidity and real devotion to the Sacred Heart cannot exist together; one or the other must give way. Do I wish to be fervent, to shake off the spiritual languor that is apt so stealthily and silently to take possession of the soul, and secretly to undermine its strength; let me embrace seriously and practically devotion to the Sacred Heart. How am I to do so?
(1) Go to Confession and Communion every First Friday.
(2) Join the Apostleship of Prayer and get the Decade Leaflets, and the Messenger each month they serve to keep our devotion alive.
(3) Join the Sodality of the Sacred Heart, if there is one in the parish.
(4) Practise the Three Degrees[1]
mentioned on the Decade Leaflets. Do these four things, and your life will be different from what it has been.

Affections and Resolutions.

O Lord! enable me to realize in myself the truth of Thy promise made in favour of those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart: “The tepid will become fervent.”

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.

[1] The first, which alone is essential to participation in the work, consists in the making of “ The Morning Offering.”

The second consists in offering daily a Pater and ten Aves to the Blessed Virgin for the intentions of the Apostleship . This practice of itself imports a considerable amount of vocal prayer into one’s daily life, and fosters devotion to our Blessed Lady.

The third demands a monthly or weekly communion of reparation in turn from the members, thus carrying out the well-known injunction laid on Blessed Margaret Mary by our Lord Himself.

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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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