Tuesday after Trinity Sunday.
On the Good Providence of God.
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.
Tuesday after Trinity Sunday.
On the Good Providence of God.
Think of God as of a loving Father, looking down upon the earth, the work of His hands; think how He disposes, conducts, ordains all that happens upon earth; now with the just anger of a Father punishing His disobedient children, now lovingly rewarding those who do His will. Think how He feeds the hungry ravens and clothes the lilies of the field; and when you have impressed upon your mind a vivid conception of your heavenly Father, proceed to meditate on the following truths:
1st. Consider the words of Holy Scripture: “God hath equally care of all.” (Wisd. vi. 8.) “Divine Providence,” says Hugh of St. Victor, “cares for and provides for the welfare of all creatures that He has made; He abandons none of those who belong to Him and are subject to Him. He cares even for irrational creatures; His providence extends even to the smallest leaf upon the tree, the finest hair upon our head. Wherever thou mayst be, whatever thy circumstances, His eye looks down upon thee in loving kindness. Hence there is nothing that happens by chance, or from mere accident. The omniscient God knows all that happens even before it happens; nothing takes place without His permission, and again He it is who ultimately guides all things, both good and evil, to the goal which He has appointed.” Only look, my soul, at your own past life. How often you have at first thought something that occurred to be the result of chance, and later on you have perceived it to have been ordained by God, and intended by His bounty and wisdom to promote your advantage.
2d. Consider how belief in divine Providence invites us to place our entire confidence in God. Trust in God is the very best means of obtaining from Him assistance and grace. St. Bernard says: “If you have firm hope, great confidence in God, He will do great things for you and by means of you; but if your hope is feeble, your confidence wavering, He will do but little.” The Lord Himself, speaking by the lips of the prophet, says: “Because he hoped in Me I will deliver him; I will protect him because he hath known My name.” (Ps. xc. 14.) Members of Religious Orders have, as Rodriguez asserts, special grounds for promising themselves the support of God in performing the obligations of their office. For since they have undertaken those duties out of obedience, they have done so in compliance with God’s command, and He will therefore give them the necessary assistance. Moreover it is pre-eminently the teaching of the seraphic St. Francis, which he confirms by his example, that we should abandon ourselves with entire confidence to divine Providence. How frequently instances of a striking nature are met with in the annals of our Order, or even in the course of your own life, of dearth and distress being the lot of those who relied on their own foresight and prudence, like the worldly-wise children of men, whilst abundance prevailed in those Communities whose members regarded themselves as God’s pensioners, dependent solely on divine Providence.
3d. Consider how greatly such want of confidence displeases God. This want of confidence is in reality a lack of faith in divine Providence; it is a practical denial of one of the divine attributes. It is an insult offered to God’s honor. Consider that it was precisely such mistrust which provoked Him so often to anger against the Israelites, nay, that He punished a man so great, of such eminent sanctity as Moses for a slight want of confidence with the stern prohibition to enter the promised land: Thou hast seen it with thy eyes, and shalt not pass over to it.” (Deut. xxxiv. 4.) How frequently, my soul, in the course of your life a plan you had most carefully arranged, a project formed with the best intentions, a work undertaken with the holiest aim has proved a failure. Do you ask the reason of this? It was because you relied on your own powers, on human aid, on earthly means more than upon God. Hear what Jehova said to King Asa by the mouth of His prophet: “Because thou hast had confidence in the king of Syria and not in the Lord thy God, therefore hath the army of the king of Syria escaped out of thy hand.” (II. Paral. xvi. 7.) Learn from this meditation to trust for the future more completely in divine Providence; and if you are a Son or Daughter of St. Francis, let your contemplation of this subject render you more alive to the truth that in these days of worldly wisdom and self-confidence unconditional abandonment to the good providence of God is the vital principle, the chief feature of the Franciscan Order, and the source whence it derives its greatest blessings.
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.
June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Virtue to practice: Obedience, piety, dutifulness
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
I place all my trust in Thee!
Jesus meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto Thine!
O Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.
That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!
For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957)
1st Tuesday: O glorious St. Anthony, born under the protection of Mary Immaculate, on the Feast of her Assumption into Heaven and consecrated to her at a tender age; thou didst vanquish the demon by the Sign of the Cross, which thy finger impressed on the marble of the church where thou wert praying. Oh, we beseech thee, obtain for us a tender devotion to our Blessed Mother, and the strength to triumph over all the attacks of our infernal enemy. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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