The Acquisition of Humility is a Labor of the Whole of our Life.

The Acquisition of Humility is a Labor of the Whole of our Life.

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 Acquisition of Humility is a Labor of the Whole of our Life.

Humility being, on the one hand, the most essential of virtues in regard to salvation, and, on the other, the one which we are most in danger of losing (since self-love, which seeks to deprive us of it, is a danger which meets us at every moment, which follows us into retreat as well as into exterior relations, which mingles with our thoughts and imaginations, as well as with our words and our actions), it becomes evident that a constant uninterrupted vigilance is necessary with respect to it. If we neglect ourselves one single day, immediately self-love will either come and whisper to us about our merits, our talents, our virtues, and that in language which will sound so sweetly in our hearts that we shall allow ourselves to be seduced, or else men, seconding therein the perfidious intentions of self-love, will come and applaud us, often even against their own conscience and from pure flattery, and we shall be simple enough to accept their false praise as being so many truths, and we shall take pleasure in it, without thinking of the judgment of God, the only equitable judge of persons and of things. The labor is therefore one which endures throughout our whole life. If even we had applied ourselves during sixty or eighty years to acquire humility, we should have to go on applying ourselves to it still as we did the very first day, in order to persevere until our last sigh and die in humility. One moment of pride before death would be enough to damn us eternally, and no one can answer for himself in regard to so delicate a point. There is therefore no other means of salvation but to take constantly to heart, and with great firmness and constancy, to become humble. Let us beg of God to penetrate us with this truth!

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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October Devotions: The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary

Virtue to practice: Confidence

PRAYER TO ST. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL. Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day. .


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