Tuesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Tuesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.—Our Future Lot.

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.

Tuesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.—Our Future Lot.

Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven. (Matt. vi, 20.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY those words of Ecclesiastes (xi, 3), If the tree fall to the south, or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be, and that you are the tree here spoken of. If you be cut down by the sickle of death and fall to the south there will you remain; but if you fall to the north, there too must you in like manner remain. Never more will there be any hope of your changing place. Either forever a prince on his throne, or ever a slave in chains; either forever rejoicing, or always tormented; either forever glorified, or forever disgraced.

APPLICATION. Are you not moved at the thought of these different destinies? You bestow much thought and reflection so as to secure, or at least not to lose, some position, or some comfort, which will be all over in a few days. Do you then think so little about which of these two eternal destinies is to be yours, and that in so short a time?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. The death of the wicked is very evil. (Ps. xxxiii, 22.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that if you are at all anxious to know to which side you will then fall, you must watch and see to which side you now lean. When a tree is cut down it falls to that side to which before it inclined. If it inclines to the south, it will fall to the south; if it inclines to the north, it will fall to the north.

APPLICATION. That which causes you like the tree to bend towards one side rather than another, is the weight of your inclinations and of your affections. If these make you bend towards the chilly north of worldliness, O how justly you may fear for your future lot. For there are not a few who, turning their affections to the things of earth, have at death met the most terrible fate.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have not forgotten. (Ps. cxviii, 30.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that you are, if you wish, still in a position to choose the right direction by doing violence to your evil inclinations and to all your irregular affections. Do not however delay, because habits are like a tree, inasmuch as the older they grow the harder to change they become.

APPLICATION. Begin by turning your heart to God, your thoughts to eternal things, and care not too much for transitory things. Thus you may hope at death to enjoy a happy lot. You sincerely wish to secure your eternal happiness? Why then pay so much attention to that which is unworthy of you, and which places you in danger of losing it? You can never understand enough what a difference the force of habits, whether good or bad, which you have formed in life, will make at the approach of death.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Set before me for a law the way of thy justifications, O Lord: and I will always seek after it. (Ps. cxviii, 33.)

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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They who voluntarily commit sin show a contempt for life eternal, since they willingly risk the loss of their soul. – ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.
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July Devotion: The Precious Blood of Jesus

Virtue to practice: Simplicity, Faith, Liberty of Spirit, Cheerfulness


Prayers in honor of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.

Most merciful Jesus, lover of souls! I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, wash in Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony, and who are to die this day. Amen.

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, pity the dying.

100 days indul.—Pius IX., Feb. 1850.

“May Thy Blood, shed for us, O Lord Jesus Christ, obtain for me the remission of all my sins, my negligences, my ignorance; may It strengthen, increase and preserve within me, Faith, Hope, Charity, Grace, and every virtue, may It bring me to everlasting life; may It deliver the souls of my parents and of all those for whom I am bound to pray.” —St. Catharine of Sienna.


Almighty, and everlasting God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and hast been pleased to be reconciled unto us by His Blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our salvation, that the power thereof may here on earth keep us from all things hurtful, and the fruit of the same may gladden us forever hereafter in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Roman Missal)


Prayers to St. Philomena


Novena to St. Philomena (from July 1st through August 10th)

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, behold me kneeling in spirit before the throne on which it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I beseech thee to intercede for me with God. From the height of thy heavenly country, deign to cast a look upon thy humble servant. Spouse of Jesus Christ, console me in my troubles, strengthen me in temptations, protect me in the dangers which surround me on every side; obtain all the graces necessary for me, especially (here mention your particular intention), and, above all, assist me at my death. Amen.


For Victory over Temptations.

O God, who dost sustain us by the merits and example of the blessed Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, mercifully grant that, strengthened in faith and charity, we may never be separated from Thee by any temptation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For Growth in Virtues.

O glorious Virgin! whose glory God has been pleased to make known by singular miracles, we address ourselves to thee with entire confidence. Obtain for us that, following thy example, we may fight courageously against whatever is opposed to the reign of Jesus Christ in our heart; that we may adorn our souls with virtues like thine, particularly with that angelic purity of which thou art the perfect model; and that inflamed with the love of Jesus, we may continually walk in the way which He has marked out, to the end that we may one day partake of thy everlasting happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns one God in perfect Trinity, for ever and ever. Amen.


Prayer for Purity.

O glorious Saint Philomena, who, animated by a burning love for Jesus our Savior, didst shine in Holy Church by the splendor of perfect virginity and the practice of the most heroic virtues, obtain for us of thy Divine Spouse the grace to keep ever unsullied the precious treasure of chastity and to practice with generosity the virtues of our state, that having, after thy example, walked in His footsteps during our life on earth, we may, with thee, rejoice in His glory eternally.

Saint Philomena, happy virgin, adorned with all the charm of innocence, and beautified, besides, with the purple of martyrdom, obtain for us the grace to know how to suffer all, and to sacrifice all in order to be faithful to God till death, and possess Him eternally in paradise.


For Detachment from Earthly Goods.

O Saint Philomena, faithful virgin and glorious martyr, who so courageously preferred to the visible goods of this world the invisible goods of a holy eternity, obtain for us a lively faith, an ardent charity, and a piety always increasing, in order that, faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ during our life, we may merit after our death the happiness of contemplating Him face to face in life eternal. Amen.

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Act of Perfect Contrition
Oh my God! I am heartily sorry
for having offended Thee and
I detest all my sins because
I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell;
But most of all because I have offended Thee, My God,

Who art all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
To confess my sins, to do penance,
And to amend my life. Amen.

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Prayers in Time of Calamity
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