Thirteenth day for the Preparation of Total Consecration.
On the Duties of Children to their Parents.
by Rev. William Gahan.—EX. PROV., O.S.A.
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.
On the Duties of Children to their Parents.
by Rev. William Gahan.—EX. PROV., O.S.A.
The child Jesus came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.—Luke, c. ii. v. 51.
The Gospel of this day furnishes us with several instructive lessons of piety, zeal, charity, humility and obedience. In the first place, the piety and devotion of the people of God, in observing all the festivals ordained by the Mosaic Law is worthy of our imitation, and ought to confound the sloth and indolence of many Christians, who but profane the Sundays and holidays, which in the New Law are particularly consecrated to the divine worship. The Jews had but one Temple, or common place of public worship in Jerusalem, to denote the unity of God; and they were accustomed to repair every year to that Temple from all parts of the holy land, in order to eat their paschal lamb, and to solemnize the great festival of the Passover, which was instituted in memory of, and in thanksgiving for their deliverance from the bondage of Egypt. The Blessed Virgin Mary, and her most chaste spouse St. Joseph, were too religious and exemplary to neglect submitting themselves to this pious institution. They went every year to Jerusalem at the solemn day of the Passover, and brought with them the divine infant Jesus, in order to present Him to the Lord. The first oblation they made of Him in the Temple happened on the thirty-third day after the day of His circumcision, inclusively, when the days of the Immaculate Virgin’s purification were expired; for though she stood in no need of being purified, as she was full of grace and blessed among women, yet through a surprising effect of her profound humility, she submitted herself to the Mosaic Law, and offered for her dearly beloved Son a pair of turtles, or two young pigeons, in the Temple, this being the sacrifice that was then required from the poorer sort. The Scripture gives no farther account of the infancy of our Blessed Saviour from this time until He was twelve years old, except that He grew up and was strengthened full of wisdom, and the grace of God was in Him. When he was twelve years old, having gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and having tarried there for the space of seven days, until the ceremony was over; He absconded Himself, for the glory of His Heavenly Father, from Joseph and Mary, who imagined Him to be in the company of their relations and friends, that were returning from the solemnity to their respective abodes.
But after one day’s journey, having perceived their mistake, and having made a close inquiry among their acquaintances, they could get no intelligence of Him, wherefore they returned to Jerusalem without delay, full of grief and anxiety, searching for the child Jesus, whom they found the third day, to their inexpressible joy, sitting among the Doctors in the Temple, proposing and answering questions concerning the law of God, to the great astonishment of all that were present, particularly of His Blessed Mother, who said unto Him, Son, why didst Thou so unto us? Behold, Thy father and I with grief were seeking Thee. The love and regard He had for them made Him desist from the sacred employment wherein He was engaged, and return at their request to Nazareth, where He led a retired and humble life in a poor cottage, until He was thirty years old, unknown to all in the meanwhile, but obedient and submissive to Joseph and Mary, under whose care He advanced in wisdom, and age, and in grace, both before God and man. These are the contents of this day’s Gospel, in which we are to observe that the grief which the Blessed Virgin conceived when, without any fault of hers, she lost her beloved Son, and the solicitude with which she immediately sought Him until she found Him in the Temple, teaches us, that if we have the misfortune to lose Jesus, and forfeit His grace by mortal sin, we are not to put off our conversion from day to day, but are bound to have recourse to His mercy by a speedy repentance, and to seek Him in the Temple among the ministers of the Lord, by approaching the Sacrament of Penance with a sorrowful heart, and not suffering, if possible, a moment to intervene betwixt our rise and our fall, as delays are always dangerous, and every moment may be our last. Joseph and Mary are also a noble pattern for all parents to copy after; as, on the other hand, the conduct of the child Jesus is a model for all children, and points out to them the love, respect, obedience, and submission which they owe to their parents. It is on the duties of children to their parents that I propose to expatiate in the following discourse, after we shall have invoked the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, saying with the Angel, Ave Maria.
Although the pastors of our souls, and all lawful superiors, both spiritual and temporal, are comprehended under the name of parents, according to the Scripture style, yet our natural parents are principally understood by the words father and mother; it is to them we are indebted, next under God, for our lives and being, our support and education; for which reason the duties of children to their parents are ranked in the Scripture next after our duty to God, and placed at the head of the commandments of the second table of the Divine Law which relate to our neighbor. Honor thy father and thy mother, says the Lord, that thou mayest be long lived upon the land which the Lord thy God will give thee.—Exod. c. xx. v. 12. Nature, as well as religion inculcates this obligation, and teaches us that nothing is more reasonable or more just, than that children should honor those who brought them into the world with much labor and pain, and reared them with great trouble, anxiety, and solicitude. This honor includes several particular duties, the chief of which are love and respect, submission and obedience, help and assistance.
The first duty is to love their parents, for a child that does not love his parents, as St. Peter Chrysologus says, is rather a monster of nature than a child, since nature inspires the very irrational animals themselves with the like instinct of love. The love children are to have for their parents must not be a mere natural affection, but a rational and Christian love, according to God; that is, they are to love them in God, and for God: we arc commanded to love our neighbor in this manner, much more so our parents; we are to pray for their spiritual good, and beg of God to grant them a long, happy, and peaceable life, that His grace may support them in their difficulties, direct their ways, and crown their labors with eternal bliss. How unnatural then, and how inhuman must those children be who bear a hatred in their hearts to their parents, who curse them and wish them evil, who shorten their days by grief and vexation, and bring their gray hairs to the grave before their time? How ungrateful, how perverse and barbarous are they who long to get rid of their parents, and wish for their death, in order to become their own masters and inherit what they possess? Is it not the height of impiety to rejoice at the death of those whom God was pleased to make the authors and instruments of the very life we enjoy? If the Scripture says (1 John iii. 15), that whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer in his heart, with how much reason may such unnatural children be called parricides? He that curseth his father or mother dying, let him die, says the Lord (Levit. c. xx. v. 9); and again, in c. xx. v. 20, of the book of Proverbs: He that curses his father and mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness, and the inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing; for such evil wishes and monstrous behavior draw down the anger of God upon wicked children, and often provoke the Almighty, not only to prevent the temporal enjoyment they thirst after, but also to extinguish their lamp in the midst of darkness; that is, to cut them off the face of the earth in the midst of their sins.
The second duty of children to their parents is to bear a great respect to them, not only inwardly in their hearts, but also outwardly in their words and carriage; they are to respect them as God’s vicegerents, and their superiors in wisdom, age, and authority: they are to respect not only their persons, but likewise their instructions, admonitions, and reprehensions. My son (says the wise man, Prov. i.), hear the instructions of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother, that grace may be added to thy head, and a chain of gold to thy neck. This respect must be testified by a cheerful and ready compliance with their directions; it must be both interior and exterior; it must be rendered not out of habit or custom, or a mere servile fear, but upon a principle of conscience, with an intent of honoring and respecting God in the person of our parents, who govern us in God’s place. Children are to pay a great deference to their judgments, submit to their corrections, and acquiesce to their orders without contradiction; they are to receive their instructions with humility, hearken to their advice with attention, and never betray the least contempt of them by their words, looks, gestures, or actions. When their parents are advanced in years, or grown infirm, feeble, and peevish, children are to take particular care not to spurn, mock, or deride them, not to reproach them with their failings in a contemptuous manner, not to expose their ill-humors and weaknesses, nor to abandon nor disown them, because they are in poverty or subject to some imperfections; on the contrary, it is then that children ought to treat their parents with an extraordinary tenderness, bear their infirmities with Christian patience, and most carefully avoid what may give them any occasion of trouble or affliction. Tobias’s wife had not the reputation of sanctity, nor Solomon’s mother an untainted character, yet Tobias commanded his son to honor his mother all the days of her life, and Solomon never failed in his respect to Bethsheba. We read in the third book of Kings, ch., ii., that when his mother came to him, he rose from his throne, went to meet her, and placed her on a royal throne at his right hand. In like manner we read (Gen. ch. xlvi.) that Joseph, though raised to the dignity of Viceroy of all Egypt, was so far from being ashamed to own his poor old father, Jacob, before the King and the whole court, that he had no sooner understood that he was coming to Egypt, but he mounted his chariot and went to meet him, and having seen him he cast himself upon his knees, and mixed his embraces with tears. His high dignity did not raise him above his duty, nor did the meanness of his father’s condition lessen his respect in the least as long as he lived. At and after his decease, Joseph paid him the last tribute of filial piety in the most respectful manner; for, as the Scripture informs us, he rushed toward his bed to embrace him when he was dying, he fell on his face with sorrow, he kissed him with the most tender affection, he wept in the bitterness of his soul, and took particular care to have his body embalmed according to the custom of the country, and to see it carried with pomp and magnificence into the land of Canaan, and interred with honor in the tomb of his ancestors. Behold here a noble lesson for children never to abandon their parents in the hour of distress, or neglect them when they stand in need of comfort and relief. Whenever they happen to do anything, even inadvertently, that displeases or offends their parents, it is their duty to be troubled hereat, to ask pardon without delay, and to be afterward more circumspect in avoiding whatever they know will contristrate them. It is a mark of a child’s respect to beg the blessing of his father and mother upon his bended knees. The blessing of a parent was thought so much of in the Old Testament, that it was sought for with tears, and the most fervent entreaties. Esau, though a married man, was not ashamed to be seen begging his father Isaac’s blessing with streams of tears. Jacob begged and obtained his father’s blessing, by which means the blessings of Heaven and earth was bestowed on him and his posterity in great abundance. Hence the Holy Ghost, says Ecclesiasticus, ch. iii., The father’s blessing establisheth the houses (or family) of the children; and the mother’s curse rooted up the foundation. It is another mark of children’s respect to ask their parents advice, and consult with them in all difficulties and matters of importance, particularly when they deliberate about choosing a state of life. After consulting God, and imploring the light of Heaven to direct their ways, they are, according to divines, strictly bound in conscience to consult their parents, and to ask their consent and blessing, before they engage in the married state; and their parents are bound, on their parts, not to be unreasonable in refusing their concurrence and approbation; they are not to force the inclinations of their children, nor to compel them to marry against their will, or become ecclesiastics, without a vocation from God, or hinder them if they have a true vocation. The Council of Trent (Sess. xxv. ch. 18.) excommunicates those who, directly or indirectly, force others to enter a religious order, or hinder them from it when they are willing and well disposed . We read in ch. xxiv. and xxxviii. of Genesis, that the great patriarchs, Isaac and Jacob, took wives of their parents’ choosing; and again in the same book we find, that Esau sinned in marrying one of the daughters of Canaan, because without any just cause he had done a thing which he knew would give much grief and affliction to his father Isaac.
As love and respect are the two first duties, so the third duty of children to their parents is obedience, of which St. Paul says. (Eph. vi.): Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just; and again, (Coloss. iii.): Obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Obedience is a just and natural consequence of the power which God and nature have given to parents with regard to their children; their power is a power to command, which is acknowledged by obedience. The Scripture says (1 Kings, ch. xv.) that obedience is better than sacrifice, on which text St. Gregory writes thus: With reason obedience is preferred to sacrifice, because by sacrifice the flesh of some animal, or some other exterior thing, is immolated, but by obedience our own will is offered and sacrificed to God. Children are bound to obey in all things that their parents command in the Lord, or according to the Lord, that is, in all things that are not sinful, or that are consistent with the law of God; for as He is our chief or principal Father, all commands that contradict His are void and of no force: Then alone, says St. Augustine, Serm, lxx. in Ps. 70, n. 2, must children not obey their father when he commands anything against the Lord their God; in this case they are obliged to obey God rather than man, as St. Paul speaks—Acts, ch. xxviii. v. 25. They ought, indeed, with all possible respect, to make a submissive remonstrance to their parents, and beg to be excused, declaring their readiness to obey, if they could do it without offending the Lord, or saying with the Apostles (Acts iv.) when they were forbid to do what God ordered: Judge yourselves if it be just, to obey your orders rather than the orders of God. Hence it follows that it was not lawful for Jonathan to obey his father Saul, when he commanded him to deliver up David to be put to death (1 Kings, xx. ), nor was it lawful for Herod’s daughter to obey her wicked mother Herodias, when she commanded her to petition for the head of St. John the Baptist—Mark, ch. vi. v. 24. By the same rule children are not obliged, in obedience to their parents, to sacrifice their eternal happiness to a worldly interest, or to hazard their salvation by marrying persons of a different religious persuasion, and exposing their posterity to the danger of being brought up in errors contrary to divine faith. In like manner, the obedience children owe their parents does not oblige them to keep from embracing a religious state when God calls them to it, and their parents unjustly oppose their vocation, as St. Augustine observes in his writings against Adimantus, who was so impious as to censure the Gospel for that reason, and to say that it was contrary to the law of God in that point; wherefore the holy doctor replied, that the Gospel does not forbid children to render to parents the honor and obedience that are due to them, but only forbids them to be honored or obeyed more than God; for he that says, Honor thy father and thy mother, says also (Matt. x. 37), He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. It is in this sense that the following words of our Saviour (Luke, ch. xiv. v. 26) are to be understood: He that hateth not his father and mother, cannot be My disciple; for to hate them is to be deaf to them, inasmuch as they go between us and God, and are for withdrawing us from the divine service, though at the same time we are to love and honor them always as our parents; hence we read (Luke, ch. ii. v. 48, 49,) of Christ Himself, that though He was submissive and obedient to Joseph and Mary, yet when His Blessed Mother found Him in the Temple among the Doctors, and had said, Son, why hast Thou done so to us? He replied, Did ye not know that I must be about my Father’s business? teaching us hereby, that those who are called to labor in the Lord’s vineyard are not to be over-ruled by flesh and blood in the discharge of their spiritual duties, and the sacred functions of their state.
Children are therefore to regard in their parents the authority of their Heavenly Father, and to put no other bonds to their obedience than what the law of God does. They ought to obey cheerfully, without grumbling or muttering. To render their obedience an act of virtue, they ought to obey, not merely through a natural inclination, or out of a servile fear of punishment, or hope of some temporal reward, but upon a Christian motive, and with a view of pleasing God, because it is just and agreeable to Him, because it is God that commands them to obey, and because in obeying their parents they obey God’s orders, and in disobeying them they disobey God, who commands and speaks to them through the mouths of their parents. The example of Jesus Christ should induce them the more readily to comply with this important duty, not only in their childhood, but even when they are advanced in years. All that the Gospel tells us of His life, from the age of twelve years, when he was found in the Temple, till the age of thirty years, when he appeared in public is, that He went down to Nazareth, and was subject and obedient to Joseph and Mary. In obedience to His Mother’s desire, He wrought His first miracle at the marriage of Cana, though otherwise His hour was not come (John ii. 4.), and with His dying words He recommended her to the care of His beloved disciple. O, how will His example confound undutiful children at the last day! How will it condemn them who are refractory to their parents’ orders—who, by their stubbornness and disobedience, make their parents’ hearts ache, and are the means of cutting their days short! St. Paul (Rom. ii. and Tim. ii. 3) ranks such children in the list of the greatest sinners, and classes their disobedience amongst the abominations of the Gentiles, which exclude from the kingdom of heaven.
The fourth duty of children is, to assist their parents in their necessities, both spiritual and temporal, as far as they are able: this is so strict an obligation, that it would be a grievous sin to apply even to pious uses, or give to the Church what is wanting for the support of parents. For this reason our Blessed Saviour blames the Jews (Matt. ch. xv.) for leaving their parents in want, under the pretext of making offerings for them, and giving gifts to the Temple. The angelical doctor, St. Thomas of Aquin, speaking of this obligation, says, that in case of extreme necessity, a son is bound to help his parents even before his own children; he also teaches, that though the obedience he owes them does not oblige him to omit embracing a religions state, in condescension to their orders, yet their wants may oblige him thereto; so that it is unlawful for a son who has poor parents, that cannot be supported without his assistance, to retire from the world into a monastery, and leave them to the care of Providence, because this would be tempting God, as it would be wilfully neglecting the human means whereby they might be relieved, and endangering the life of his parents upon the hopes of divine assistance. Charity and mercy are more acceptable to God in this case than sacrifice, for which reason the Lord declares (Eccl iii. 15), that the mercy which is shown to a poor parent shall never be forgotten. We have a remarkable example of this filial piety in young Tobias, who by the labor of his hands, and the sweat of his brow, maintained his father, and served him with care and indefatigable love in his old age, after he had lost his sight by an accident, which God’s providence permitted, in order to exercise the patience of the father, and the piety of the son. We have a far more noble example in the person of our Blessed Saviour, Who, ready to expire on the cross, forgot not this filial duty, but recommended His Virginal Mother to His beloved disciple St. John, interrupting, as I may say, for a moment, that great sacrifice, in order to provide for her; for in saying to St. John, Behold thy mother, He charged him to take as much care of her as if she was his real mother; He considered her then, not as His creature to whom He had given life, but as His parent who had given Him birth; and therefore, as He was then leaving the world, He put her, as it were, under the care of another son, recommending by His example, to all pious children, the continual care of their parents, as St. Augustine observes—Tract. cxv. in Job. Hence St. Paul (1 Tim. v. 8) says: That if anyone has not care of his own, and especially those of his house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel; nay, he is worse than the beasts, who, as St. Ambrose remarks, are taught by nature to perform this duty, and to feed and cherish the old ones when they are unable to provide for themselves (Hex. I. v. ch. 16), and really if it be a grievous sin to neglect assisting and relieving strangers in their distress, how much more grievous a sin must it be to neglect succoring our parents under the pressures of want and poverty? At our birth we are helpless, and even more miserable than any other living creature; we cannot do the smallest thing in our infancy to serve and assist ourselves. As our parents provide, then, all necessaries for our relief and preservation when we are unable to help ourselves, Divine Providence has ordered that in return we should assist, relieve, and comfort our parents in their old age, when they are visited with infirmity, and labor under the various inconveniences, wants, and grievances which usually attend old age. Their spiritual necessities are no less to be attended to, and every proper means is to be made use of for procuring the eternal salvation of their souls; their last will is to be faithfully fulfilled after their death, and their just and lawful debts are to be paid, as far as the effects they have left will allow; and if they unjustly detained the property of others, restitution is to be made of it by the children who inherit their worldly substance.
O children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is just. Honor thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest be long-lived upon earth. And you, fathers, provoke not your children to anger: but bring them up in the discipline and correction of the Lord.
The blessing of Jesus, the Father of children, be with you. Amen.
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.
One must wage war against his predominant passion and not retreat until, with God’s help, he has been victorious. – St. Ignatius of Loyola, Maffœi, Book iii, ch. 1.
Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
Let Us Pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.
Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and to govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
– Raccolta 113
An indulgence of 7 years.
A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S. C. Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S. P. Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).
Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name
O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. You are the the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.
O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that your Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis
Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:
“The Golden Arrow”
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
Prayer in honor of the Holy Name
O my Jesus, Thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. Hitherto I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.
Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the name of Thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love, so that I may be able also to say to thee as did the devout Alphonsus Rodriguez: “Jesus and Mary, may I suffer for you; may I die for you; may I be wholly yours, and in nothing my own!” O my beloved Jesus! O Mary, my beloved Lady! give me the grace to suffer and to die for your love. I will be no longer my own, but altogether yours; yours in life, and yours in death, when I hope by your help to expire saying, Jesus and Mary, help me! Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to you; Jesus and Mary, I love you, and I give and deliver up to you my whole soul.
The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. p. 163 (Imprimatur 1927)
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