Monday, February 15, 2016

OFFERING TO THE SACRED HEART


"Child of the Morning" by C.B. Luce


Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all Its love, all Its sufferings, and all Its merits.

First.~To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life.  Gloria Patri.
  Second.~To purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life.  Gloria Patri.
  Third.~To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life.  Gloria Patri. 


Prayers of an Irish Mother
Brian O'Higgins
38 Up. O'Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland, 1934


Saturday, February 13, 2016

PRAYER FOR SLEEP - 1929



Barbara Scott (sleeping ice skater), Switzerland, 1948


O Loving Jesus, I offer Thee Thy most peaceful repose in the adorable Sacrament of the Altar, and in the hearts of all the just, and I beseech Thee most earnestly that I may rest this night in Thee so that in the morning I may awake with renewed fervour to love and serve Thee.  Amen.  
     My Queen and my Mother, bless me with thy pure and holy hand
     ~That I may have a good nights rest,
     ~That I may be shielded from all vain, evil and distracting thoughts,
     ~That I may wake betimes in the morning and have the grace and energy to rise promptly and continue the work that your divine and beloved Son has entrusted to my feeble hands.  


Prayers of an Irish Mother
38 Up.  O'Conned Street, Dublin , 1934


Friday, February 12, 2016

VIETNAM - 1962



Mrs. Dinh Nhu Ngo, Vietnam's First Lady, 
Saigon, Vietnam, 1962

Infinite Goodness!  My Lord and my God!  I can discover nothing in my soul but depravity, blindness in my understanding, and irregularity in my will.  I look upon afflictions, contempt, desolation, and temptation, as the greatest of evils, while Thou considers them as the most efficacious means for my sanctification and future glory in heaven.  To such an extent have my judgment and understanding been blinded!  But my misery does not stop here.  My will is as vitiated as my understanding is clouded. My own ease, honour the esteem of creatures, a false peace and tranquility of heart, submission when my natural inclinations are not opposed, are the sole objects of my choice;  everything else terrifies me.  I eagerly grasp the envonomed cup, and reject the medicine intended to effect my cure.  What is the remedy?  I have this day, O my God, learned that I must love and serve Thee, as Thou willest, and not as I will;  and this I cannot do, without adopting the means Thou hast appointed for me, in order to secure my eternal salvation.  From this moment I give Thee my heart, and I will make every sacrifice Thou shalt demand of me. Honour and contempt, health and sickness, consolation and desolation, all shall henceforth become to me matters of indifference.  I will also submit to every injunction of obedience.  Nature may repine, but with Thy assistance, grace shall in future triumph. I will employ the remainder of my life in endeavouring to love and serve Thee according to Thy will.  How blessed is the soul who is thus disposed! Charity, which is the foundation of sanctity, is now perfected in her, and will ultimately lead to the closest union with God. Would that I had attained this degree of sanctity! but of myself I can do nothing, so great is my weakness and inconstancy.  Thy omnipotence alone can strengthen and support me.  Accept, O my Jesus, all the desires of my heart, purify it from all inordinate love of creatures, take from me all dread and faintheartedness with regard to those things most repugnant to my self-love.  Grant me the virtue of disengagement of heart, that I may desire nothing but to please Thee, and fear nothing but to offend Thee, O Jesus, my most merciful Father.  Amen.

Meditations on Truths of Eternity, Dublin, 
William Powell, 10 Essex Bridge, 1858.
Page 38


Thursday, February 11, 2016

CHILD OF THE MORNING


"Child of the Morning" by C.B. Luce

I am ignorant what will be my lot for eternity, but I am forced to confess that my tepidity has merited a similar punishment.  I have already passed too many years in tepidity;  I have too long abused Thy graces, my God, and neglected the means of advancing in Thy love.  It is now time for me to arise from this lethargy, and begin with renewed fervour the all-important work of my perfection.  Let it then be so, beloved Jesus, immediately, from this very moment.  Though late, it is still in my power to love Thee, my God, with my whole heart.  Yes!  it is possible for me to love Thee from this moment with the most perfect love;  to love Thee till death, and for all eternity.  Most consoling truth!  I can, then, love God perfectly, even from this very moment.  I desire, O supreme and infinite Being, to give myself to Thee, with all that I am and have.  I desire only Thy love, and to concentrate in my heart the charity of all the angelic choirs, in order, by one act of love, to make atonement for my past transgressions.  To testify my love to Thee, I also desire, with the assistance of Thy grace, to accomplish in these days of retreat, that which shall be pointed out to me as most pleasing and acceptable to Thee.  Enkindle, divine Jesus, in my heart and in my whole being the fire of Thy divine love.  Amen.



Meditations on Truths of Eternity, Dublin, 
William Powell, 10 Essex Bridge, 1858.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ON THE END OF MAN


Leading the Children to the Chapel, San Antonio, Texas, 1945

The great duty of man is to love and serve God with his whole heart.  Now, reflect on your origin and existence.  A thousand years ago you had no being.  In the course of time, God, in His merciful designs, drew you forth from nothing, and formed you a body, animated with an immortal soul. You are thus a masterpiece of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness.  God, who is infinitely wise, has created all things for an end worthy of His greatness;  therefore, in creating you, He had solely in view that you should know, love, and serve Him on earth, and enjoy Him eternally in heaven. Therefore, to God belongs every power of your soul, every faculty of your mind, every sense of your body, all of which should be employed in His service and for His glory.  

Prayer:

My past life, O my God, is a tissue of sins and infidelities! Instead of having directed to Thee all the affections of my heart, my every word and action, I have lavished them on creatures and forgotten Thee.  This, however, is the least part of my guilt, for, alas! the greater portion of my life has been spent at enmity with Thee.  Deign, in Thy infinite mercy, to pardon me all my past sins, especially my base ingratitude to Thee, my want of love for Thee, and my indifference in Thy service.  Grant, that henceforth, every moment of my life may be consecrated to Thy greater honour and glory.  Would it were in my power to recall those precious but misspent hours which might have been made so available for my sanctification!
Amen.

Meditations on Truths of Eternity, Dublin, 
William Powell, 10 Essex Bridge, 1858.