The Eternal Destiny of our Soul ought to Occupy us more than all Temporal Evils.

The Eternal Destiny of our Soul ought to Occupy us more than all Temporal Evils.

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 Eternal Destiny of our Soul ought to Occupy us more than all Temporal Evils.

This is the lesson the Saviour gives us in the gospel of the day. The Jews present to Him the man sick of the palsy and beg of Him to cure the poor suffering body. Our Lord replies to them by curing his soul, which is still more sick. He enlightens it, He touches it, He penetrates it with sincere contrition and a true love of God, and He says to the sick man, “My son, have confidence, your sins are remitted you.” The cure of the body will come, but it will be only in the second place. The essential must precede that which is accessory, heaven must come before earth; the interests of eternity before those of time; the soul before the body. Is it thus that we appreciate all things? The holy Curé of Ars once lighted his lamp by mistake with a bank-bill. His servant uttered a cry and was greatly distressed. “How little faith you have,” the holy priest said to her. “If you had seen me commit a venial sin, you would have said nothing, but for a little money thus lost you cry out loudly.” How many Christians are there in the world who attach less interest to their salvation than to their money; who have less fear of a sin than they have of the loss of their fortune, of their honor, and their reputation? Let us examine ourselves as to whether we are not of the number.

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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