Tuesday after the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.
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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.—Love of Jesus Christ.
This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him. (Matt. xvii, 5.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that Jesus Christ is Son of the divine Father and loved by Him for His own sake, for He is His Son by nature. But the just are adopted sons and therefore loved of the Father for the sake of Jesus, Who has raised them to be His brethren and partakers even of the divine nature. The Father has given all His power without limitation or reserve to Jesus as a sign of His love. Hence as we have been raised by Christ to sonship through grace, so likewise we receive from Christ every other gift which is proper and proportioned to our high dignity.
APPLICATION. With what affection then should you love this Son Who is so beloved of the Father, Who has been so loving to you as to make Himself your brother, and to raise you to sonship with God! Rejoice with Him in this glorious title of beloved and in the glory that He enjoys at the right hand of the Father. Strive to the utmost to be united by love to Christ, Who has done so much for you, and from Whom alone you can hope for your greatest good of all.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. (Ps. xvii, 2.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that the Father by This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased would signify that He is not only pleased to make to dwell all the plenitude of the Godhead in the sacred humanity, but that He is pleased to do through His Son all the good He desires for all men. He hath purposed to re-establish all things in Christ (Eph. i, 9, 10), rescuing men from the slavery of sin and bestowing on them grace and glory. Now is it not the highest marvel that the Father should have been pleased to give His beloved Son as Saviour for us miserable creatures, without any advantage on His part, and without any merit on ours? Such are the wonders of divine love!
APPLICATION. Have you not yet learnt how to love Him Who has so loved you? The love of God towards you is made known by what He has done for you. You should also show your love for God by what you do for Him.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. What shall I render to the Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me? (Ps. cxv, 12.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY then in consequence of this loving decree of the Father that all your good should come through the hands of His divine Son, with what confidence you should have recourse to Christ in all your needs to obtain all that you desire. But if you desire that Christ should hear you, you must hear Him, and do all that He your Master teaches you. To obtain benefits from earthly princes it is necessary to present your requests, to redouble your solicitations; but in order to obtain favours and graces from Christ, it behoves you rather to listen to Him than to supplicate; Hear ye him.
APPLICATION. Therefore if you will give your mind to all that He teaches you by His doctrine, and by His examples, doing all that He asks of you, you will deserve to be promptly heard. He will pour upon you the fulness of His treasures.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I cried to Thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my hope, my portion in the land of the living. (Ps. cxli, 6.)
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.
Of the Exercises of a good religious Man.
The life of man upon earth is a warfare (Job. vii. I) against the devil, against the world, and against himself. Some retire into the cloister in order to resist more easily, others remain in the midst of the world; but no one can conquer except by the exercise of continual vigilance. The habit of reflection, the love of retirement, constant attention to one’s words, thoughts, and sentiments; fidelity to the most trifling duties, to the most humble practices; preserve from temptations and draw down graces from heaven. The Holy Ghost says, He who neglects small things will fall by little and little.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XIX reflection.
August Devotion: The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Virtues to practice: The sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things
O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Saviour. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, and kindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death, when all hell shall let loose against us its legions to snatch away our souls, at that dread moment, that hour so full of fear, whereon our eternity depends. Ah, then most tender virgin, make us to feel the sweetness of thy motherly heart, and the might of thy intercession with Jesus, and open to us a safe refuge in that very fountain of mercy whence we may come to praise Him with thee in paradise, world without end. Amen.
An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of devotion is repeated daily for entire month (Apostolic Brief Dec. 21, 1901)
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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