Saint Joseph Calasanctius, ora pro nobis.
The Spirit of Peaceableness: Seventh 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.
The Spirit of Peaceableness: Seventh Beatitude.
Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.—ST. MATT. V.
Let us, with much recollection, remain on the mountain, listening to the words of our Divine Teacher: He now pronounces these: Blessed are the peace-makers.
O Jesus, God of peace! deign to give to us that spirit of peace with which Thou desirest Thy disciples should be filled, and thus become the children of the Heavenly Father.
The advantages of the spirit of peace.
This pacific spirit is a boon so precious, that by Him, Who is the Eternal Wisdom, it was placed amongst the Beatitudes. Let us see in what it consists, and what are its fruits. Peaceableness is a tendency of the soul, which renders it calm and self-possessed; disposes it for increasing union with God, because all elements of disunion, impatience, and trouble, are repressed by its gentle influence. Seeing what our duties are, it causes us quietly to comply with their demands, however difficult they may appear; for the spirit of calmness holds its sway, and reigns undisturbedly within us. However unreasonable and exacting our neighbour may happen to be, there is no reason to be disquieted: it is wiser far to remain at peace with him. Have we no experience here to fall back upon, either as a warning or encouragement? All this supposes a true self-abnegation, a great love for God, and much charity towards others. And then, what inestimable advantages are procured to us, if we are the happy possessors of this spirit of peace. Already peace-makers may be reckoned amongst the number of the blessed. Nothing really troubles nor depresses them; trying circumstances cannot disturb their equanimity: not because they are stoical, but simply on account of the truth of the prophet’s words, which they realise: The work of justice shall be peace, and the service of justice quietness, and security for ever. Thus saith the Lord: My people shall sit in the beauty of peace, and in the tabernacle of confidence, and in wealthy rest. Do we recognise in ourselves the fruits of holy peace? Deeply considering its import let us often use the prayer: May the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
According to the example of Jesus Christ, we should be peace-makers.
At the Birth of our Lord, the Angels proclaimed that He came on earth in the character of Peace-Maker between God and man. It was for this one end that He embraced labour and suffering; that He laid aside His royal robe of glory, and clothed Himself with the garment of ignominy. His whole work on earth was to effect a reconciliation, and at what a cost to Him was it effected! Peace is endeared to us a thousand-fold by these considerations. In the midst of His immediate followers Jesus was the Peace-Maker; putting an end to their disputes, appeasing their minds when differences or vexations arose. How imperfect is our conduct with regard to the maintaining of peace! How often we may accuse ourselves of fomenting, instead of allaying strife! Our anger is all too easily aroused; our selfishness asserts itself so readily; our habit of complaining creates annoyance; a disagreement exists, and we half admit to ourselves that we have helped to promote it, but we are too proud to retract. And the consequence is, that discord grows—and we are responsible. Can we be called the children of God, while this state of things continues? And further still, if we are truly peace-makers, we shall be perpetuating the mission of Jesus constantly, by making peace between enemies; by pointing out some way of ending contentions; in clearing up misunderstandings; and above all, by pleading with God, for the reconciliation of sinners with Himself, through the merits of the Cross of His Dear Son.
O Jesus, Who art so justly styled the Prince of Peace, grant me, I beseech Thee, that peace which surpasseth all understanding, and which Thou didst come into the world to secure to men of goodwill. Keep me from ever again sowing seeds of discord, by any unguarded word; or by my conduct arousing any element of strife. Some there are who are angels of peace on earth; who carry on Thy work of reconciliation. Would that I might prove myself worthy to be called a child of God, because of my endeavours to be a peace-maker.
To promote peace in myself, and amongst others, as far as I possibly can.
Thought for the Day.
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Our Father, and Hail Mary.
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.
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).
Prayer to Saint Joseph Calasanctius, Confessor.
Saint Joseph Calasanctius, protector of youth, great servant of Our Lord, who didst work such marvels in their behalf; thou who, having made thyself a mirror for them of burning charity, of unwearied patience, of deep humility, of angelic purity and of every other heroic virtue, by a holy example, by words full of the Spirit of God, didst inspire them to flee dangerous occasions, to hate sin, to detest vicious courses, and to love piety and devotion, and thus didst guide countless souls to Heaven; thou who didst obtain for them the visible benediction of the Child Jesus and His holy Mother, obtain the like for us, thy humble and devoted servants; obtain for us a lasting hatred for sin, victory in the midst of temptation, and help in time of danger, so that, by living in the perfect observance of the law of God, we may attain to eternal salvation. Amen.
An indulgence of 300 days.
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this prayer is said with devotion every day for a month (Leo XIII, Audience, October 19, 1897; S. P. Ap., April 12, 1932 and June 12, 1949.).
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