Purity of Heart: Sixth Beatitude.

Purity of Heart: Sixth Beatitude.

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.

Purity of Heart: Sixth Beatitude.

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.—ST. MATT. V.

I. Prelude.

Happy to be further instructed in the school of Jesus Christ, let us still remain on the mountain and be taught by Him to know that: Blessed are the clean of heart.

II. Prelude.

Heart of Jesus, infinite Source of all purity, deign to make us comprehend how great a degree of purity is necessary, if we would please Thee here, and see Thee hereafter.

I. Point.

The happiness of pure hearts.

A pure heart is one that, out of love for purity, rejects with extreme carefulness all that might tarnish the beauty of this virtue: a heart watchful over its every movement, so that it may suffer nothing to gain entrance therein which could in any way be displeasing to God: it hates all sin, and admits no other affection but that which it has for its Divine Possessor. Such hearts are truly happy: exempt from the servitude of the world, unshackled by mere human attachments, they are free to serve God, without impediment. And the All-holy God takes delight in such as have consecrated themselves to His love, and He communicates Himself to them. The promise that they shall see Him is fulfilled, in part, even in this life; for God shews Himself, by imparting a clearer and more intimate knowledge to them of His Divine perfections. And, that eternal happiness is reserved for them, there is not a shadow of doubt; is it not this assurance which has led so many to forsake the allurements of the world, and relinquish all claims to earthly and imperfect affection; thereby to ensure the pure delights of God’s Friendship here, and the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision in Heaven. What vigilance can be too great, what fidelity too extreme, where the eternal consequences are so momentous! Purity of heart gives us a right to see God, Face to face. Shall we forego it?

II. Point.

From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves, says the Apostle.

Weak in purpose and naturally feeble in the practice of virtue, it would be impossible for us, without the Divine assistance, to attain to that degree of cleanness of heart which our Lord God demands of us: but the infinite grace of perfect pureness which flows from the Heart of Jesus is, so to speak, at our disposal; and thence we may draw the supply we need. In the Sacrifice of the Altar, from the Sacred Heart flows the Wine which maketh Virgins, inebriating them with spiritual delight, and purifying their affections. To gain or preserve the angelic virtue nothing is more effectual than the participation in the Communion of the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, either actually or spiritually; by which means the whole spirit, and soul, and body, is preserved blameless, in such as avail themselves aright of this Divine privilege.

Colloquy.

O Jesus, Divine Spouse of all pure souls, I will not be so indifferent to Thy promise, that I shall see God if only I keep my heart free from all evil affections. Give me a yet more lively horror of all sin; may I banish each idle thought, each vain imagination as it presents itself; and seek to be free from every motion of pride and envy. Fortify me against the attacks of Satan, who desires to tarnish my soul, and deprive me of those virtues which Thou lovest best. Most pure Virgin-Mother of Jesus, pray for me; that I may never fall into any fault, which might endanger my hope of one day seeing God as He is.

Resolution.

Often to ask God to keep my soul from all evil.

Thought for the Day.

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

Prayer.

Soul of Christ.

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).


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