The Love of God for Humble Souls.

Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis.

The Love of God for Humble Souls.

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.

The Love of God for Humble Souls.

God looks down complaisantly upon the humble (Ps. cxii 5, 6)

We will meditate on a ninth reason for being humble; it is the love which God has for humble souls, 1st, we will establish the fact of this love; 2d, we will study the marvellous effects of it. We will then make the resolution: 1st, not to make excuses when we are reproved and when nothing obliges us to justify ourselves; 2d, willingly to consent to be thought an awkward person, having no intelligence, or judgment, or memory.

Let us adore the complaisance which the Holy Trinity takes in the humiliations of the Incarnate Word. His Divine Son humbles Himself in the crib, and God shows how pleasing this humiliation is to Him by sending His angels to announce His birth to the shepherds, and by the heavenly star which led the kings to adore Him. He humbles Himself on the borders of the Jordan by receiving baptism from John, confounded with sinners; and the adorable Trinity declares from the height of heaven that it finds in Him its complaisance. He humbles Himself upon the cross, and it reveals His greatness by the sun which is darkened, the earth which trembles, the rocks which are rent, the dead who rise. Let us thank God for the great lessons enclosed in these prodigies.

“To whom shall I have respect,” says the Lord in Isaias, but to him that is poor and little, and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at My words? (Is. lxvi. 2.) Who is he that glorifies Thee, and consequently pleases Thee, O Lord, says Baruch, if it be not he who humbles himself for the evil he has done, and blushes for it, and dare not even raise his head or his eyes? (Bar. ii. 18. ) God always looks with complaisance upon the humble heart: “A contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise” (Ps. 1. 19). “In a contrite heart and humble spirit, O Lord” says Daniel, “let us be accepted” (Dan. iii. 39). My kingdom, says Jesus Christ, is for those who are humble like little children: “Amen I say to you, unless you become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt, xviii. 3). And St. Peter teaches us that God gives to the humble His grace and His love (I. Pet. v. 5); St. Paul assures us that He draws near to them and consoles them (II. Cor. vii. 6), that His predilection is for souls which are nothing in their own eyes, and that it is those whom He chooses for His great works (I. Cor. i. 27, 28). The reason of this great love of God for the humble is that He loves the truth (Ps. 1. 8), and that the humble soul has the true feeling of what it really is, of its poverty and its misery; whilst the soul which is under the empire of self-love has a false idea of its own merit; it exists in an atmosphere of falsehood, esteeming itself and desiring to be esteemed. The soul which loves truth even when it humbles it is so pleasing to God that He places in it all His delights; He pours forth His whole heart and all His love into it. Who then would not desire to be very humble, since it is a means for gaining the heart of God and for being loved by Him?

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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September Devotion: The Holy Cross

Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer

O Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957).


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