How we Render ourselves Guilty of Vanity.
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.
How we Render ourselves Guilty of Vanity.
We render ourselves guilty of vanity: 1st, by all that we have just said; 2d, by addressing praises to our own selves; we speak of ourselves and of all that we foresee will be to our advantage; we publish the graces bestowed upon us, and also our good works, often in an exaggerated manner and at the expense of truth; 3d, by speaking of our condition, of our birth, of our fortune, of our employments, and we are careful in revealing the least circumstance which may be the means of our obtaining esteem; 4th, by praising others in order to oblige them to pay us in return by some tribute of praise; 5th, by bringing the conversation upon public undertakings in which we fancy we have succeeded, and about which no one says a word to us; we make use of stratagems and cleverness to enable ourselves to snatch at praises; we beg our hearers to say wherein we have failed; we say that we are not satisfied with what we have done, and we blame ourselves for not having done better, in order that we may force others to speak advantageously of us; 6th, by ourselves confessing our own faults, when we cannot hide them, for fear lest others should reproach us with them, and we exaggerate them, that others should at any rate say of us that we are very humble. What does our conscience say to us in respect to all these things?
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.
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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