Self-love often Robs us of Good Sense in our Conduct.

Self-love often Robs us of Good Sense in our Conduct.

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.

Self-love often Robs us of Good Sense in our Conduct.

The man whom self-love dominates says to himself as the men of Babel did: “Let us make our name famous” (Gen. xi. 4). At these words he loses his senses, he casts himself blindly into rash enterprises, without mistrusting his own intelligence, without taking counsel; he comes in contact with obstacles and they bruise him. Even when he feels he has deceived himself, he will not allow it, and making it a false point of honor not to go back, he goes deeper into the bad undertaking in which he is engaged, without any fear of compromising his fortune and that of the simple souls who had trusted in him, and his honor, and sometimes even the honor of religion, so true are the maxims of the Holy Ghost: “Where pride is, there also shall be reproach” (Prov. xi. 2). “Hast thou seen a man wise in conceit? There shall be more hope of a fool than of him” (Ibid. xxvi. 12); and those other words: “Where humility is, there also is wisdom” (Ibid, xi. 2). It is the same thing as saying that humility is the counsellor of good sense, that the humble man is full of good sense, that he reflects before acting, that he mistrusts himself; he takes counsel, he does not undertake more than he can do, he keeps from adventurous enterprises and has nothing to do with what he is not sure of. Let us examine if it be thus that we act.

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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