Self-love is a Wall of Separation between God and Ourselves.

Self-love is a Wall of Separation between God and Ourselves.


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.

Self-love is a Wall of Separation between God and Ourselves.

We will meditate upon a seventeenth reason for being very humble; it is: 1st, that self-love is a wall of separation between God and us; 2d, that self-love is incompatible with virtue. We will then make the resolution: 1st, to prefer always that which causes us to be hidden rather than that which places us in evidence, that which humbles us rather than that which raises us; 2d. to avoid as much as possible opportunities for showing ourselves off and attracting observation.

Let us not be made desirous of vain glory” (Gal. v. 26).

Let us adore Our Lord Jesus Christ suffering throughout the whole of His apostolic life all the blame cast upon Him. Some indeed said, “He is a prophet; He is the Christ,” but others added, “No, He is not, He is a deceiver, He is a man who loves pleasure, wine, and good eating; He is a Samaritan, a heretic, an impious man, an enemy of the temple and of the holy nation. If He delivers the possessed, it is in the name of Beelzebub. He is Himself possessed. Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Of a truth this man cometh not from God, for He does not observe the Sabbath.” And in the midst of all these speeches Jesus is silent. He accepts the humiliation and offers it to His Father in expiation of the susceptibilities of our self-love. Let us admire, thank, imitate Him.

1st. It is a fact confirmed by experience that inasmuch as humiliations borne in a Christian manner bring God near to us and unite us with Him, so the complaisance which the heart feels in esteem and praise, the vexation which contempt and blame inflict upon it, removes God from us and separates us from Him. The reason is, that the esteem in which we take pleasure develops in us pride, which God detests; while contempt rightly borne develops in us humility, which God cherishes.

2d. Self-love distracts us from God. It suffices that the soul, which at first proposed to itself God alone and desired nothing but His good pleasure, begins to think that it is looked at, that it is praised and admired; at that moment it is turned away from God, stopped in its progress, and inclined to act only from vain glory. All kinds of praise or marks of esteem, unless they are disavowed by a frank humility, dissipate, preoccupy, and seduce the heart, dazzle it and charm it. It is a kind of enchantment which pursues us in our prayers, our acts, and our intentions, separates us from God and makes us forget heaven. It is what made an author say, “I mistrust a virtue exposed to too great a number of spectators; the least look cast upon it may inflict a mortal wound;” and it is this which has made so many saints love a hidden life. Have we hitherto considered this danger and do we distrust it?


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.


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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