Category Archives: 01. January Devotions

Monday after the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. On Progress in Virtue after the Example of Our Lord.

Thirty-second day for the Preparation of Total Consecration.
Eighth day of novena in honor of Our Lady of Good Success.

On Progress in Virtue after the Example of Our Lord.

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.

On Progress in Virtue after the Example of Our Lord.

“What a pleasing picture is this upon which you look, my soul, when you fix your eyes upon the Saviour, and observe how after His return from Jerusalem, dwelling in His parents’ house, He grew and developed, exhibiting from day to day greater loveliness, greater sweetness, so that it was truly said of Him: “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and man.” (St. Luke ii. 52.) Let these words form the subject of your meditation to-day.

1st. Consider that the assertion that our Lord advanced in wisdom and grace is not to be taken literally, since we know that from the very moment of His birth He possessed continually all the plenitude of divine grace and wisdom. What we are to understand is that the light and glory concealed within shone out more and more from day to day, and the dormant Godhead, unfolding its splendor, became day by day more apparent beneath the veil of His sacred humanity. In you too, my soul, a divine germ is hidden; you also bear within you the sanctifying grace of the Most High, since on the day of your regeneration in the laver of baptism the Holy Ghost infused into you the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. These virtues ought to expand and exhibit themselves externally from day to day in a greater degree; you ought to grow in them daily, and daily those around you ought to see more clearly from your words, your actions, that your heart is the dwelling-place of our Lord and of His grace. Is it so with you?

2d. Or do you perhaps belong to the number of those who decrease instead of increasing? How many begin well! Supernatural grace daily grows and expands within their soul like a flower in the sunshine. Hence the daily increasing fervor of their devotion, hence their spirit of penance becoming week by week more manifest, hence their good works, more numerous as each month goes by. All at once however, a change comes over them, and they exemplify the sorrowful dictum of our Lord: “No man putting his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (St. Luke ix. 22.) To pass suddenly from the way of virtue to the paths of sin is far more dangerous, is far more likely to involve the soul in eternal perdition, than to walk from the very outset in the way of iniquity, for one who thus falls away has a weighty responsibility; he has to answer for having misused the graces given him, whereas the ordinary sinner has not to do so. Wherefore be on your guard, and implore your Redeemer, who Himself advanced in grace and wisdom, rather to drive you forward with the whip of His chastisements, to lay upon you crosses and sufferings, than to permit you to recede, to decrease in grace, or even to lose it altogether.

3d. Consider that it is quite possible to decline in grace without completely deviating from the way of justice, and a great many Christians are found to do this. They do not entirely desist from their former striving after perfection, but they become careless about it; they do not lead a sinful life, but they are lukewarm, and that is a very perilous state; one step more and they fall, and then their destruction is imminent. There is a deep truth in what the Son of God says to the bishop in the Apocalypse (ch. ii. 4, 5): “I have something against thee, because thou hast left thy first charity—that is to say, thy early fervor has grown cold—Do penance, and do thy first works, or else I will come to thee and will move thy candlestick out of its place.”

Cannot you imagine, my soul, that Jesus is addressing those words to you? Alas, where is your first charity! Think of the fervent devotion wherewith you celebrated the holy sacrifice of the Mass for the first time, and contrast it with your present coldness. Think of the zeal you displayed when you first entered your Order, and contrast it with your present indifference. Is this trading with the talent committed to you? Up then, do penance, perform once more your first works, that the Lord may not take your candlestick out of its place, that is, cast you away! Ask yourself seriously this question: Wherein, and to what extent have I advanced since the day of my betrothal to Christ until the present time? a period of perhaps ten, twenty, thirty years or even more, each year replete with graces innumerable with which you ought to have co-operated. Have I advanced in wisdom and in grace as I have advanced in age? Then do not conclude this meditation without having carefully considered what you must do from henceforth, what means you will employ from this very day, in order at last to make solid progress in virtue.

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.

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Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most divine life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Cross and dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy death and burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
Let Us Pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who has said, Ask and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name, for Thou never failest to help and to govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast love: who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.

Raccolta 113

An indulgence of 7 years.

A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, for the daily and devout recitation of this litany (S. C. Ind., Jan. 16, 1886; S. P. Ap., Jan. 2, 1933).

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Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name

O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. Thou art the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.

O Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that Thy Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis

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Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:

“The Golden Arrow”

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.

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Prayer in honor of the Holy Name

O my Jesus, Thou art the Savior who hast given Thy blood and Thy life for me, I pray Thee to write Thy adorable name on my poor heart; so that having it always imprinted in my heart by love, I may also have it ever on my lips, by invoking it in all my necessities. If the devil tempts me, Thy name will give me strength to resist him; if I lose confidence, Thy name will animate me to hope; if I am in affliction, Thy name will comfort me, by reminding me of all Thou hast endured for me. If I find myself cold in Thy love, Thy name will inflame me by reminding me of the love Thou hast shown me. Hitherto I have fallen into so many sins, because I did not call on Thee; from henceforth Thy name shall be my defense, my refuge, my hope, my only consolation, my only love. Thus do I hope to live, and so do I hope to die, having Thy name always on my lips.

Most holy Virgin, obtain for me the grace of invoking the name of Thy Son Jesus in all my necessities, together with thine own, my Mother Mary; but let me invoke them always with confidence and love, so that I may be able also to say to thee as did the devout Alphonsus Rodriguez: “Jesus and Mary, may I suffer for thee; may I die for thee; may I be wholly thine, and in nothing my own!” O my beloved Jesus! O Mary, my beloved Lady! give me the grace to suffer and to die for thy love. I will be no longer my own, but altogether thine; thine in life, and thine in death, when I hope by thy help to expire saying, Jesus and Mary, help me! Jesus and Mary, I recommend myself to thee; Jesus and Mary, I love thee, and I give and deliver up to thee my whole soul.

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