We ought to be very Humble because we are still Capable of Sinning.

We ought to be very Humble because we are still Capable of Sinning.

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.

We ought to be very Humble because we are still Capable of Sinning.

We are so wicked that we might say to God every morning like St. Philip Neri, and with far greater reason than he: “Lord, do not trust to me; for if Thou dost not take care, I shall betray Thee.” O profound wretchedness! we cannot answer for ourselves for one single moment (I. Cor. x. 12). There is not a moment in our life in which we might not commit a mortal sin, and not a mortal sin after which we might not die and be punished everlastingly. For that nothing more is needed than a proud thought, as is shown in the case of the rebel angels; a word of calumny, an impurity, according to St. Paul, a desire, a look, according to what Jesus Christ says; and who is there who has not cause to fear certain delicate occasions, certain unhappy moments, in which the heart is so weak and so forsaken that it hardly recognizes itself? Who has not cause to fear that pride is only made captive and not annihilated, that sensuality only slumbers and is not really extinguished? Alas! so many others have fallen who were worth more than we. And what is there that could reassure us? Is it a certain kind of good that we have done? But even if, like the apostles, we had left all to follow Christ, if like them we had evangelized nations, and worked miracles, we have only to look into hell and we shall see that Judas did all that. Might it be graces received? But the angels received more than we have; they were free from all kinds of passion and they did not persevere. Might it be a life exempt from great faults? But in order to be damned it is not necessary to have committed great sins, it is enough not to have done the good we ought to have done, to have been a faithless servant, not to have put our talents to account. After that, who could have any pride, who would not despise himself down to the very lowest degree?

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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August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary

Virtue to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things

O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901).


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