Friday after the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Living for God.
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.
Friday after the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.—Living for God.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. vi, 33.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY that great kings used to have in their armies certain squadrons, which had the distinctive name of the doomed infantry. They were dedicated to the service of their king in such a special way that they no longer looked upon their lives as their own, but were pledged to throw themselves for his sake wherever the fight was the thickest. Such a one assuredly was the Apostle St. Paul, who had no other end in his life but the service of his Lord, no other gain in his death than the glory of Christ.
APPLICATION. This too is what you should do in your life the more wholly it is dedicated to the service of Christ. You must be ready to live or die for Him. But in reality how do you act? You have not perhaps even the courage to live for God, by detaching yourself from those comforts that make you live for yourself.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. To Him my soul shall live: and my seed shall serve Him. (Ps. xxi, 31.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that those live for themselves and likewise die for themselves alone, who live according to their own humour and caprices, and even come to die from the very disorders and the excessive labours, to which they have submitted themselves from their ambition and self will. On the contrary those live to God, who are always completely submissive to His divine will and give themselves up entirely to promote His divine glory. They use their tongues, their hands, all their senses and all their powers in the service of Christ, ready even to lose for Him that life which one day they must lose whether they will or not.
APPLICATION. Blessed then are you if you live and die for God. Do not be of the number of those miserable people who live and die for themselves alone.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS, Seek ye God, and your soul shall live.(Ps. lxviii, 33.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that what most of all encouraged this heroic body of infantry not to regard their own lives, was to call to mind that they were not their own. They belonged to that monarch for whom they fought. And this should also encourage us. Remember to whom we belong, and how many titles of right of dominion God has over us. For you are bought with a great price. (I Cor. vi, 20.) What great marvel is it then, that we, vile slaves that we are, should live and die for Christ, when we know that Christ willed to spend His life and to die for us? 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. Employ your life then most willingly in His divine honour. Do not fear to lose it for Him. For the more you employ and spend this passing and mortal life for God, so much the more will you enjoy an incomparably better life hereafter.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O my God, I put my trust. (Ps. xxiv, 1-2.)
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.
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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