Tuesday after the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.— Confessing 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.— Confessing Christ.
Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the Angels of God. (Luke xii, 8.)
CONSIDER FIRSTLY what a supreme honour our Lord here promises you. He promises to confess you before all the angels who will be around His throne at the day of judgment, because you have faithfully confessed Him before men. He declares that He will glory in you before so many sublime spirits, and acknowledge you worthy to have a place among their magnificent thrones as a true subject of His, a true follower and a true soldier.
APPLICATION. Can you imagine any honour in this world equal to this? You think it much if a sovereign or a prince esteems and praises you before the members of his court. How then ought you to esteem it that God Himself should honour and praise you in the presence of the choirs of angels? Think often of this immense glory and honour. Thus you will not make any account of the honour of men in this life.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable. (Ps. cxxxviii, 17.)
CONSIDER SECONDLY that in order to merit this honour it is necessary for you to confess Jesus Christ now. This confession must be made not only with the heart but in word and in act: In thy mouth and in thy heart that thou mayest do it. (Deut. xxx, 14.) For if you confess Him only with your heart, and do not confess Him otherwise, you do Him little honour. Therefore He says to you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men. Thus you may understand that putting away all human respect you have to glorify, confess, and honour Jesus Christ, not only within the walls of your own room, but in whatever public place you may happen to be. Jesus will then confess you in the presence of all His angels, before His angels. This you should do not only from the pulpit if you are a preacher but by taking occasion in familiar talk to exalt His holy doctrine, His maxims and His virtues. Thus will you move others also to honour Him.
APPLICATION. Is it not a deplorable thing, we may ask ourselves, that from the mouth of a follower of Jesus Christ no other conversation should be heard but the language of the world in praise of its pomp, its grandeur and its goods? So little care is shown for the things of heaven and the glory of God!
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart: and I will glorify Thy name for ever. (Ps. lxxxv, 12.)
CONSIDER THIRDLY that for this true, genuine, confession of Him which Jesus expects of you, your heart and tongue are not enough. He moreover requires your actions also. Thus openly and publicly you may show by your life that you live as a true follower of Jesus Christ.
APPLICATION. But what honour do you give Him if you are ashamed to profess, before the face of men, that humility and patience, that meekness and modesty, that He has taught you by His example? You rather bring dishonour upon Him, and are a cause of confusion to Him. Therefore your own dishonour and confusion will be the greater at the day of the last judgment.
AFFECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS. In God shall we glory all the day long: and in Thy name we will give praise for ever. (Ps. xliii, 9.)
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
PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS
O GOD, Who by the preaching and the blood of Thy Blessed Martyrs, John and Isaac and their Companions, didst consecrate the first fruits of the faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession the flourishing harvest of Christians may be everywhere and always increased. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth in union with the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
PRAYER OF PETITION
O GOD, Who didst inflame the hearts of Thy Blessed Martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant me, I beseech Thee (here make your request), so that the favors obtained through their intercession may make manifest before men the power and the glory of Thy Name. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
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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