The Lord’s Prayer: Seventh 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: Seventh Request.
Deliver us from evil.—St. Matt. VI.
Remaining at the Feet of Jesus with His Disciples, we listen to the concluding petition of the prayer He directs us constantly to use.
Deign, O Good Master, to enlighten our souls with Thy grace, that we may comprehend the evil we have most to fear.
Sin and its consequences are the only real evils to be dreaded.
Already we have seen that sin (to which we are liable to be led on, through temptation) is so great an evil that in order to avoid it, we must incessantly fight—do violence to ourselves, and suffer anything rather than commit an offence against God. For sin is the evil that He hates—it is the cause of disease, and death of the body,—and the eternal death of the soul is its ultimate consequence. In this last petition, Deliver us from evil, we beseech our Heavenly Father to save us from sin and the punishments it deserves. And Holy Church teaches her children the importance of asking God for deliverance from the temporal and eternal effects of sin, by the words in which the Priest, during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass extends the final supplication of the Lord’s Prayer: Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come . . . . . by the assistance of Thy mercy may we be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance. Visit us not, O God, with afflictions and calamities, which might be to us an occasion of falling—or might produce in us a spirit of forgetfulness and neglect touching our duties towards Thee. Let us not sink into such extreme indigence as might provoke us to murmur—give rise to despair—enfeeble our faith. Preserve us from pestilence, and those scourges of war and famine which we acknowledge that we merit through our abuse of Thy benefits. Deliver us from the greatest evil—an unprepared-for death. If it be Thy holy will, O God, may we be fortified by the Sacraments of Holy Church in our dying hour.
What we must do to be preserved from evils which are not merely temporal in their effects, but eternal.
Deliver us, O God, from the many forms of spiritual evil by which we are surrounded, and which may prove fatal to the soul. How infectious are the maladies to which it is subject! how universal the contagion of sin! Firstly, we ought to fear not only grievous sin, but seek to be rescued from the subtle power of less evident evil: for instance, tepidity and negligence in the service of God—slight resistance to His grace—those habitual faults which, although they do not cause us to leave the path of piety, yet greatly impede our progress therein. In order to be removed from the danger of falling, the next means at our disposal are not merely negative, but positive. By a practical use of God’s grace, we must seriously apply ourselves to heavenly things,—gain more religious fervour—and above all, seek to maintain ourselves continually in the Presence of God. We must frequently meditate on all that tends to elevate our hearts and minds—and to disengage them from becoming earthbound. May we not say with Saint John: The whole world is seated in wickedness, from which do Thou, O God, to Whom we belong, deliver us! And the third means presupposes the use of the foregoing. The sovereign preservative against the mighty power of evil, is the yet mightier power of divine love. If we keep its sacred flame ever burning brightly in our hearts, no harm can approach us—evil is put to flight—interior darkness is dispelled—tepidity is changed into fervour—suffering is transmuted into purest joy. We ask our Heavenly Father to deliver us from all harm, confidently appealing to His promise: The Lord will keep thee from all evil: He keepeth all them that love Him.
I beseech Thee, O my God, ever more to watch over me and protect me from all dangers both of body and souL I am surrounded by them continually; if left to myself I must inevitably perish, but may my enemies seek my soul in vain, while I rejoice under the covert of Thy wings. Fill my soul with such love for Thyself, O Heavenly Father, that like a true child I may trust entirely in Thy paternal goodness; being sure that Thou wilt deliver me from evil. Amen.
I will confide myself more entirely to the loving care of God.
Thought for the Day.
Deliver us from evil.
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.
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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