The Lord’s Prayer: third request.

Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis.

The Lord’s Prayer: Third 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: Third Request.

Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.—St. Matt. VI.

I. Prelude.

Let us imagine to ourselves that we hear Jesus saying the words, which form the third of those requests in the Lord’s Prayer that directly relate to Himself.

II. Prelude.

Deign to teach us, O Jesus, how to love and accomplish the holy Will of God, so that it may be all our joy, and the rule of our actions.

I. Point.

We should confidingly submit to the Will of God.

Faith teaches us that nothing happens in the world which is not ordered, or permitted by God: that His Divine Will presides over every event; and that for the fulfilment of His designs He makes even the wickedness of men to be instrumental. All then that occurs with regard to His own children contributes to their sanctification: this holy Will encircles them like a wall of defence which no dart from the enemy, no temptation, no affliction can pass through. Nothing can happen to them without the express permission of God. This thought—this fact is a powerful motive of confidence in the midst of seemingly the most adverse circumstances: God loves us, He knows perfectly what is most advantageous for us; and we may be assured that even out of that which may appear harmful or dangerous, He can procure for us real profit; if only we are staunch in our allegiance to Him. Is it not most just that we should bow down submissively before the Heavenly Father’s Will, since Jesus did so?—setting us a perfect example of conformity in all things to it. I seek not My own Will, was the maxim impressed on every action of His Life. If God puts our fidelity to the test, it is to prove the reality of our prayer: Thy Will be done on earth by all Thy children, as it is in Heaven by the holy Angels. Do we indeed mean what we say?

II. Point.

We should submit lovingly to the Will of God.

Confidence is due to God, our Father; and this alone should constrain us to abandon ourselves unreservedly to His Providence under every circumstance of life; not one of which can be beyond the limits of His control. And yet further, if we have real confidence in Him, we shall second His designs by a prompt and perfect obedience. We shall desire above all things that in us, and by us they may be accomplished: in us—through great fidelity in corresponding to the interior light and grace God gives us, to enable us to attain perfection: by us—through the exterior accomplishment of His precepts, His counsels, and the duties of our calling. All this presupposes genuine love for God: but it is an illusion, and a dangerous one too, to allow ourselves to be persuaded that we love Him truly, if we are not ready to prove it by our obedience to His commands. It may appear difficult to be obliged to renew the sacrifice of natural inclination, self-love, human reasoning, so often: but at such moments one look at Jesus Christ will reanimate our courage and virtue. He rendered not merely an obedience to the Will of His Father, directly made known; but also when indirectly expressed, through His parents or even His enemies. He was obedient, even unto death—humbly, meekly, lovingly. The virtue of self-abnegation—so much recommended by Him—is often difficult to practise when it consists in renouncing one’s own will and judgment, to follow the will and judgment of those who hold the place of God in our regard: if, on such occasions we find it so, let us renew with joy and alacrity our act of submission: Father, Thy Will be done.

Colloquy.

O my God, I belong to Thee entirely! Do Thou guide and govern me. I desire to have no will of my own, but that it be wholly lost in Thine. Where Thou willest I should be, surely that must be the best place for me. The occupation Thou choosest for Thy servant, must needs be fraught with eternal advantages. What can I desire in any way beyond that which Thy good pleasure ordains? Make me so to love Thy Holy Will, that the fulfilling of it may be my spiritual nourishment, as it was that of Thy Dear Son. Let me, like Him, accomplish the work Thou givest me to do.

Resolution.

To be more intent on doing the holy Will of God.

Thought for the Day.

Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.

Prayer.

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.

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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.


Prayer of Pope St. Pius X

O most sweet Jesus! Who didst come into the world to give to all souls the life of Thy grace, and Who, to preserve and foster it in them, hast willed to become the daily remedy of their infirmity and their food for each day, we humbly beseech Thee through Thy Sacred Heart, burning with love for us, to pour out Thy Divine Spirit upon all souls, in order that those who, unhappily, are in mortal sin may be converted to Thee and recover the life of grace which they have lost, and  that those who by Thy help are already living in this Divine life, may, when it is possible for them, approach Thy Holy Table every day; so that daily receiving in Holy Communion the antidote of their daily venial sins, and daily nourishing in themselves the life of Thy grace, thus ever purifying their souls more and more, they may at last arrive at the possession of the life of eternal happiness. Amen.

Written by Pope St. Pius X and indulgenced on the 30th of May, 1905.


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