Wednesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Wednesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost—The Idols of Our Heart.


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.

Wednesday after the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost—The Idols of Our Heart.

Jesus seeing their thoughts said: Why do you think evil in your hearts? (Matt. ix, 4.)

CONSIDER FIRSTLY what we read in Isaias (xix, I), Behold the Lord will… enter Egypt and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the in­terpretation of some that when Jesus Christ, hidden under the cloud of His humanity, entered as a little child into Egypt, all the idols of that country were thrown down and fell to the earth.

APPLICATION. You may look upon your own heart also as a land of Egypt, where as many idols reign as there are ill-regulated affections which you worship. In this Egypt, too, God does not disdain to enter under the cloud of the sacramental acci­dents, not indeed in order to save His own life from the sword of Herod, but to save your life, and that every time you communicate. And are you not amazed at this His entrance? Are you not moved to do Him honour?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. In God is my salva­tion and my glory: He is the God of my help, and my hope is in God. (Ps. lxi, 8.)

CONSIDER SECONDLY that all the idols of Egypt were moved at the presence of the Lord: Before the face of God. How much more just then is it that the sinful affections of your heart should likewise be moved, and should fall to the ground in the presence of the Lord, and before the divine example that is given you in this Blessed Sacrament of love. An idol in your heart is the vice of pride; an idol is your anger and your impatience; another one is your excessive love of your reputation and of doing your own will. Now how can it be that all these idols stand erect and firm, and that they do not fall down at seeing your God so greatly humiliated for you in the Host, in seeing Him bearing for you with invincible meek­ness the insults He receives under the sacred species. For you He submits Himself in all obedience to His ministers, even though they be unworthy, descending from the bosom of the divine Father at the mere call of their voice.

APPLICATION. Is it not therefore just and reason­able that these your idols should fall down, and that Jesus should receive in your heart the recognition and the triumph He received in Egypt?

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble; and He hath not despised their petition. (Ps. ci, 18.)

CONSIDER THIRDLY that the prophet does not say that the images of Egypt were struck and cast down by force by the Lord, but that they themselves were moved and fell down at the sight of the true God. So in a similar manner must the sins and evil inclina­tions of your heart fall. You must not expect that the Lord will cast them down by force, but you your­self must strive that they should be moved by your own good will, and thus fall to the earth, offering to our Lord out of love this spontaneous homage.

APPLICATION. Make therefore all your evil affections fall to the earth of your own free will. Otherwise your idols will become more hardened, and even less docile than those idols of stone which rendered Him such glory in Egypt.

AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will freely sacrifice to Thee, and will give praise, O God, to Thy name: because it is good. (Ps. liii, 8.)


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.


It suffices not to perform good works; we must
do them well, in imitation of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, of whom it is written, “He doeth all things


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.


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.


Prayers in Time of Calamity

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