In how many Ways we Render ourselves Guilty of Ambition.

In how many Ways we Render ourselves Guilty of Ambition.

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.

In how many Ways we Render ourselves Guilty of Ambition.

We render ourselves guilty of ambition: 1st, by passionately desiring another position than the one we occupy, by aspiring to honors which are not our due, or by insisting too vigorously upon such as are due to us; 2d, by taking ambition as our counsellor in our judgment as regards our appreciation of others, to the extent of loving or hating them, favoring or opposing them, according as they show themselves to be for or against us; 3d, by looking upon those as happy who attain success, and never pausing in our pretensions, excepting in presence of our powerlessness to obtain our desires; 4th, by looking upon no position whatever as being above our merits, and seizing all opportunities that present themselves of procuring distinctions and advancement; 5th, by proposing to ourselves as the principal motive of the majority of our actions a vain honor which flatters our pride; 6th, by aspiring, in the spiritual order, to extraordinary and special graces, without being contented with the measure of light and of grace which it has pleased God to give us.

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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