Saint Stephen King, ora pro nobis.
The Lord’s Prayer: Second Request.
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 Lord’s Prayer: Second Request.
Thy Kingdom come.—ST. MATT. VI.
Let us imagine that we hear Jesus Himself thus praying for the advancement of the Kingdom of the Lord of Heaven and earth.
Fill us, O Jesus, with true zeal to promote the coming of the Kingdom of God, by bringing ourselves into subjection to His rule in our hearts, more entirely.
In what the spiritual Kingdom of God consists.
Thy Kingdom come! By these words Jesus wishes that we should ask for the reign of His grace and of His love. The reign of His grace—that is to say, that God would as a sovereign take possession of our souls—His own dominion—and subjugating them completely, cause to reign within them justice, and peace, and joy, which according to Saint Paul, constitute in this world the Kingdom of God. And is not this worthy of our highest ambition—that God may be our Ruler? As such He secures to us immense advantages. We have, it is true, to combat constantly for the honour of our Sovereign, fight His battles, and subdue foes from within and from without. Peace is maintained in the midst of continual warfare against the devil; and the condition of perpetual strife with our passions, is one of tranquillity and repose. For by these means it is that the reign of Divine love is established in our hearts here, while we are preparing to share eventually in the reign of Divine glory hereafter. Thanks be to our King, Who giveth us the victory! Govern us absolutely, O Lord God! help us to quell every rebellious thought, to exterminate every treacherous intent of our hearts. Do Thou captivate our affections—occupy our thoughts—attract to Thyself our desires, and enthrone in us Thy love; so that none other may have dominion over us but Thyself Most Mighty King.
We should desire to see the Kingdom of God in Heaven.
We should look beyond the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, to the blessed time when we shall witness all the plenitude of its glory in Heaven. All that we do now to extend His reign, all that is accomplished by His servants, will be transferred like precious spoils won from the enemy’s hand, to add to the glory of the Great Conqueror in the world to come. When we pray: Thy Kingdom come, let us picture to our minds that hour of triumph when His Saints shall lay their trophies at His Feet—spiritual kingdoms won for their God—empires rescued from the grasp of hell—to be henceforth and for ever added to the conquests of their King. Soon the number of the elect will be complete; all that opposes or exalts itself against God will be put down; His power will soon be acknowledged by all His enemies, the enemy death shall be destroyed last. For this day we long and pray; to hasten its appearing we would fain toil and suffer; while from beneath the Altar in Heaven the souls of the Martyrs cry out: How long, O Lord! Are not all faithful members of the Church militant desiring most earnestly the coming of the glory of the Great God, encouraging their hearts with the words of the Apostle: We look for new heavens and a new earth, according to His promise? O God, we beseech Thee, hasten the coming of Thy Kingdom. Take to Thyself Thy great power and reign.
O Lord God Almighty! how consoling is the thought that ere long Thou wilt reign undisputedly over all things. All shall own Thy power, from the least to the greatest. During my waiting time on earth, while I look and long for the second Coming of the Desire of all nations, do Thou, I beseech Thee, reign in my heart, subdue me wholly to Thyself—never permit any one of Thine enemies to have dominion over me. May I, under Thy governance, advance Thy Kingdom in the hearts of others—to the utmost of my power—and thus hasten the coming of Thy Kingdom.
To do what I can to-day to advance the Kingdom of the Heavenly Father.
Thought for the Day.
O God! Thy Kingdom come.
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.
September Devotion: The Holy Cross
Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer
O Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.
An indulgence of 500 days (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957).
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.).
A Mother’s Prayer to St. Augustine for her Children.
O God, Who enlightened St. Augustine by Thy grace, and inflamed him with Thy love in the midst of the darkness and miseries of a life of sin, have mercy likewise on my poor soul and upon those of my children and relatives! Pardon our ingratitude, our disobedience, our want of reverence, our indifference, finally, all the offenses of which we have ever been guilty against Thy Holy Name. We acknowledge that there is in this world no pain or punishment so severe as that which we deserve; therefore, full of dread of what is in store for us, we invoke the intercession of Thy holy servant Augustine, so inflamed with love of Thee!
O holy penitent Augustine, seraph of divine love, unspeakable miracle of Divine Mercy, obtain for us from God a true, perfect, and heartfelt sorrow for our sins, a devout and constant love of God, a love that triumphs over all difficulties, temptations, and tribulations, a wise and unremitting fervor in the observances of the divine Commandments and the fulfillment of our duties! Assist us especially in the training of our children. Behold to how many dangers their virtue and innocence are exposed in the world! See how numerous are the snares and deceits prepared for the ruin of their souls by the flesh, and through the words and example of evil and worldly-minded men! If they do not receive extraordinary help, how can they withstand such allurements? O great St. Augustine, take them under your protection! To our efforts in their behalf, join your intercession for them with God.
Exert all your influence and, with the compassion of your loving heart, intercede with the Most Holy Trinity for them. Permit not that our children, sanctified in the waters of Baptism, should through mortal sin be banished from the presence of God and suffer eternal punishment. Preserve them from the greatest of all evils here below, namely, that of denying the love of Jesus Christ, through affection to some creature or the fear of some misfortune. No, O great St. Augustine! Rather let them and us, their parents, die in the grace of God, than live to offend Him mortally! This favor we implore through your intercession, O holy son of a sainted mother, you who gladly receive and graciously hear the prayers of a mother! I confidently hope that you have already heard my petitions, and that you will obtain for me a favorable answer from God! Amen.
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