On Our Lord’s Transfiguration.

On Our Lord’s Transfiguration.

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.

On Our Lord’s Transfiguration.

To-day, my soul, you are invited to . . . seek rest and refreshment in the contemplation of the sublime and glorious picture unfolded before your eyes in to-day’s Gospel. Gaze in imagination on your Lord upon Thabor; see how His countenance shines as the sun, and His raiment has become white and glittering as snow. Behold Him in such glory, such majesty that the enraptured apostles would fain remain forever on Thabor that they might continually enjoy this beatific vision. If you, my soul, witnessing only in spirit the majesty of our Lord experience something of that same felicity, consider what follows:

1st. Jesus has good reasons for selecting Peter, James and John to be the witnesses of His glorification. These three were most deserving of all the apostles to be thus privileged, for none other was as firmly rooted in faith as Peter, who before any one else declared his unquestioning belief: “Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.” (St. Matt. xvi. 16.) And that which Peter was the first to proclaim with such certitude, James was the first to seal with his blood, for he was the first of the apostles who suffered martyrdom. John testified to the truth by his life; he was the virgin apostle, the apostle of charity. Wherefore, my soul, if you desire to be admitted to enjoyment of the divine favors and taste somewhat of celestial bliss on Thabor, ask yourself previously if you have Peter’s faith; if you can drink with James the chalice of suffering; if, remembering our Lord’s words: “The clean of heart shall see God” (St. Matt. v. 8) you can say that, like John, you possess the most beautiful, the indispensable ornament of a Priest and a Religious, holy chastity?

2d. Consider why our Lord was transfigured before entering upon His Passion. Only a short time previously, before He went up on the heights of Thabor, our Saviour taught His disciples the all-important doctrine of the cross; saying: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily.” (St. Luke ix. 23.) That same cross which our Lord Himself took upon His shoulders shortly after His transfiguration, and the fact that the transfiguration took place within the period wherein our Lord by precept and example calls upon His followers to bear the cross, shows us that He intends thereby to set before us the grand, the glorious goal whither the way of the cross leads, to reveal to us the sublime reward of those who bear the cross with cheerful patience. Never forget that, my soul! It is indeed true that you must suffer here below—pre-eminently if you are striving to be a good Priest, an exemplary Religious, a devout Christian, and a zealous servant of Christ—you must suffer much affliction, many tribulations; you must take on yourself the practice of self-denial and mortification; but be of good heart, by means of all this you will attain to be glorified with Christ; your countenance, now so sorrowful, shall shine as the sun, and your body, chaste and mortified, shall glitter as the snow in the bright radiance of celestial light.

3d. Consider that, in spite of Peter’s entreaty: “Lord, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles” (St. Luke ix. 33) our Lord comes down from Mount Thabor, in order to take the same three apostles with Him onto another mountain, the Mount of Olives. Hence we may learn an important lesson. It happens sometimes that our Lord grants you even on earth an earnest and foretaste of future glory; that He imparts to your soul such joy and sweetness, He gives you such sensible devotion and supernatural happiness, that you are ready to exclaim with St. Peter: It is good to be here, let us make tabernacles here. But remember, this is not possible here on earth. Only occasionally does our Lord allow these precious drops of heavenly dew to distil into your soul; only once does He take you up onto Mount Thabor to renew your strength and revive your courage. Afterwards you must be prepared for fresh sufferings, you must nerve yourself to encounter fresh trials, and ever bear in mind that it was not from Mount Thabor, but from Olivet, that our Lord’s ascension took place. Let the remembrance of this preserve you from pride in the hour of consolation, from despondency in the season of tribulation.

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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August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary

Virtue to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things

O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901).


Prayers to St. Philomena


Novena to St. Philomena (from July 1st through August 10th)

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, behold me kneeling in spirit before the throne on which it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I beseech thee to intercede for me with God. From the height of thy heavenly country, deign to cast a look upon thy humble servant. Spouse of Jesus Christ, console me in my troubles, strengthen me in temptations, protect me in the dangers which surround me on every side; obtain all the graces necessary for me, especially (here mention your particular intention), and, above all, assist me at my death. Amen.


For Victory over Temptations.

O God, who dost sustain us by the merits and example of the blessed Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, mercifully grant that, strengthened in faith and charity, we may never be separated from Thee by any temptation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For Growth in Virtues.

O glorious Virgin! whose glory God has been pleased to make known by singular miracles, we address ourselves to thee with entire confidence. Obtain for us that, following thy example, we may fight courageously against whatever is opposed to the reign of Jesus Christ in our heart; that we may adorn our souls with virtues like thine, particularly with that angelic purity of which thou art the perfect model; and that inflamed with the love of Jesus, we may continually walk in the way which He has marked out, to the end that we may one day partake of thy everlasting happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns one God in perfect Trinity, for ever and ever. Amen.


Prayer for Purity.

O glorious Saint Philomena, who, animated by a burning love for Jesus our Savior, didst shine in Holy Church by the splendor of perfect virginity and the practice of the most heroic virtues, obtain for us of thy Divine Spouse the grace to keep ever unsullied the precious treasure of chastity and to practice with generosity the virtues of our state, that having, after thy example, walked in His footsteps during our life on earth, we may, with thee, rejoice in His glory eternally.

Saint Philomena, happy virgin, adorned with all the charm of innocence, and beautified, besides, with the purple of martyrdom, obtain for us the grace to know how to suffer all, and to sacrifice all in order to be faithful to God till death, and possess Him eternally in paradise. Amen.


For Detachment from Earthly Goods.

O Saint Philomena, faithful virgin and glorious martyr, who so courageously preferred to the visible goods of this world the invisible goods of a holy eternity, obtain for us a lively faith, an ardent charity, and a piety always increasing, in order that, faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ during our life, we may merit after our death the happiness of contemplating Him face to face in life eternal. Amen.

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