Thursday after the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—True Spiritual Science.
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.
True Spiritual Science.
If thou didst know the gift of God! (John iv, 10.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY how many weary themselves in acquiring all the other gifts except those that are necessary. How many schools are everywhere opened and how many run to learn in them literature, science and art! But how few there are who hasten to the school of salvation, and set themselves to learn the holy fear of God! And yet in reality this is true wisdom, to know how to direct all our actions to the attainment of our last end which is everlasting happiness. For he who has not this may be perfected in the arts and sciences as much as he will, but it will avail nothing: he shall be nothing regarded. (Wisdom ix, 6.)
APPLICATION. And you who have been called to be a perfect follower of Christ, have you yet learned to value the holy fear of God above all other gifts?
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. He hath commanded His covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is His name: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. cx, 9, 10.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that it is not said absolutely that he who possesses the gifts of literature, of the sciences, and of the arts, is nothing regarded, but he who possesses them unaccompanied by the holy fear of God. For these gifts may be acquired with merit, and directed to the acquirement of the fear of God, and to His holy service. This then is the rule you must observe.
APPLICATION. Those arts and sciences, those employments and charges which help you to attain to the holy fear of God, to these you should apply all your efforts. You should leave aside those others which help you less thereunto, and which make it more difficult for you to obtain it. Examine yourself and make your resolve.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS, Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge.(Ps. cxviii, 66.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that it is clearly said that he, who is without this divine wisdom of the fear of God, is regarded as nothing, so that you may understand what is of value for heaven. All the valour of an Alexander, all the learning of an Aristotle, all the eloquence of a Cicero, and all the works of the greatest geniuses of the world—at what rate are these reckoned in heaven? It shall be regarded as nothing. On the contrary the poor ignorant beggar, he who lives in the holy fear of God, is reckoned of greater worth in heaven than all these great ones put together.
APPLICATION. Do you believe this truth? Why then not put it in practice? Any small mortification or little rebuke that you bear for the love of God, an act of humility however small, or one of obedience or charity renders you in heaven of far more worth than if you were the wisest man on earth.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. Establish Thy word to Thy servant in Thy fear.(Ps. cxviii, 38.)
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 Consideration of the Misery of Man.
IV. O senseless people, and infidels in heart, who lie buried so deep in earthly things, as to relish nothing but the things of the flesh!
Miserable wretches! they will in the end find to their cost, how vile a nothing that was which they so much loved.
But the saints of God, and all the devout friends of Christ, made no account of what pleased the flesh, or flourished in this life; but their whole hope and intentions aspired to eternal goods.
Their whole desire tended upwards, to things everlasting and invisible; fearing that the love of visible things might draw them down to things below.
Lose not, brother, thy confidence of going forward to spiritual things; there is yet time, the hour is not yet past.–Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch XXII pt IV.
September Devotion: The Holy Cross.
Virtues to practice: Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer
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
Crux mihi certa salus.
Crux est quam semper adoro.
Crux Domini mecum.
Crux mihi refugium.
The cross is my sure salvation.
The cross I ever adore.
The cross of my Lord is with me.
The cross is my refuge.
His Holiness, Pope Pius IX., by an autograph rescript, June 21, 1874, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers, drawn up in the form of a cross by the Angelic Doctor, S. Thomas Aquinas: AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Jesu Christe, benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
We adore Thee, O most blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we bless Thee; because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of indulgences, March 4, 1882, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall recite this ejaculation: AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
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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