St. Simon and St. Jude Teach us to be Martyrs.
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.
St. Simon and St. Jude Teach us to be Martyrs.
Our two apostles, by dint of moderation and gentleness, gained the good graces of the King of Babylon to the extent of inspiring him with the thought of condemning to death all the pagan priests. He consulted our two apostles with respect to this design, and received from them the truly apostolic reply, that they had not come there to kill the living, but to give life to the dead; and, consequently, they asked that pardon should be granted to the culprits. But they, instead of being grateful for such generosity, only became more furious against the preachers of the gospel: and the king having died, they prejudiced against them his successor, who put them to death. Thus they were martyrs after having been apostles. It is for us to imitate them also in this respect—not by the martyrdom of blood: God does not ask it of us; what He does ask is the martyrdom of self-love, by the renunciation of all susceptibilities which make us feel wounded and hurt about a mere trifle; it is the martyrdom of our temper, through a perfect serenity which suffers everything from others without allowing any one to suffer, and endeavors to contribute to the happiness of every one; it is the martyrdom of self-will, by condescending to the will of others when charity requires that we should do so; it is the martyrdom of attachments and desires, in order to devote ourselves wholly to duty and to the good pleasure of God, the only desirable thing in this world. Let us heartily embrace this law of sacrifice and of martyrdom. Through it we are at peace with God, at peace with our neighbor, at peace with ourselves; without it, neither God nor our neighbor is satisfied, nor are we satisfied ourselves, for the heart which satisfies itself feels that it is doing wrong.
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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PRAYER TO ST. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL. Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day. .
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