A Hidden Life in God with Jesus Christ Renders Humility Easy.

A Hidden Life in God with Jesus Christ Renders Humility Easy.

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.

A Hidden Life in God with Jesus Christ Renders Humility Easy.

When we are hidden in God we only count that as real and worthy of attention which God knows of us and thinks of us: God, who not only sees what is exterior in actions, but who penetrates to the bottom of the heart; and by these means the soul is able to free itself fully from human opinion. As we are hidden with God in Jesus Christ, the soul remains in the society of His holy example, of His adorable maxims, of His humble heart; and in such society as this, in presence of the King of the humble, the friend of the humble, who could be otherwise than humble? A day will come, the soul which understands this mystery says to itself, in which Jesus will appear in His glory , and then I shall appear with Him. But until then I ought to remain hidden with Him, as He was in His crib, as He was in His tomb. Therefore, no more praise, no more glory for me here below. I do not desire it. I desire to appear only with Him when He shall appear in glory; and meanwhile I will live hidden in God, in the bosom of eternal light. I will see it, I will admire it, I will delight in it, and enchanted with so beautiful and sweet a spectacle, I will no longer have any eyes for the vanities, the false honor and glory of the world.

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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