THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRAYERS

of Santo Afonso de Ligório

LETTER OF S. E. CARDINAL DECHAMPS

PRAY ... PRAY ... PRAY

INDULGENCIES

Cross sign

Our Father

Holy Mary

I believe

Save the Queen

Confession

Act of contrition

FIRST PART

EVERYDAY EXERCISES

1. WHEN STANDING UP

Offer of the day to Maria

2. PRAYERS FOR MORNING

Short formula of consecration

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Offering to the Sacred Heart

Consecration to the Holy Virgin (S. Luis Gonzaga)

3. MENTAL PRAYER

4. PRAYER TO AVOID SIN

Means to persevere in the grace of God

5. THE HOLY MASS

6. ACTS FOR THE DAY

7. EXERCISE OF THE VIA SACRA

Act of contrition

I STATION Jesus is condemned to death

II STATION Jesus with the cross on his back

III STATION Jesus falls for the first time

IV STATION Jesus meets his distressed Mother

V STATION Jesus receives help from Cyrene

VI STATION Jesus prints his Face on a towel

VII STATION Jesus falls for the second time

VIII STATION Jesus speaks to women who cry

IX STATION Jesus falls for the third time

X STATION Jesus is stripped of his garments

XI STATION Jesus is nailed to the cross

XII STATION Jesus dies on the cross

XIII STATION Jesus is descended from the cross

XIV STATION Jesus is buried

8. SPIRITUAL READING

9. VISITS TO THE HOLY SACRAMENT AND THE HOLY VIRGIN

10. THE ROSARY OR THIRD

I THIRD Joyful mysteries

II THIRD Sorrowful mysteries

III THIRD Glorious mysteries

LITANY OF OUR LADY

In October

Praise in blasphemy repair

Prayer for the Church and the Fatherland

II NIGHT PRAYERS

Let us stand in the presence of God and worship Him

God lights to know our faults

Let us examine our conscience

Act of faith

Act of hope

Act of love and contrition

Prayer to recite every day before the image of the Holy Family

prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

1. By yourself

2. For the needs of the Church

Prayer to achieve a good death

Prayers for the night

Other indulgent prayers

1. The Divine Jesus

2. The Immaculate Mary

Prayer before bedtime

Before going to sleep say:

12. WAY TO TALK CONTINUOUSLY WITH GOD

2. In the sufferings

3. In the joys

4. After a foul

5. When in doubt

6. For the next

7. Heaven's desire

§ 4. God responds to the soul that speaks to him

§ 5. Practical summary

SECOND PART

EXERCISES EVERY WEEK

ARTICLE I

DEVOTION PRACTICES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK

SUNDAY

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

KYRIE ELEISON

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

PRAYER

EPISTLE

GOSPEL

I believe

OFFERTORY

ORATE FRATRES

PREFACE

DURING CANON

THE ELEVATION OF THE HOSTY

THE LIFTING OF THE GOBLET

CONTINUATION OF CANON

OUR FATHER

AGNUS DEI

DOMINE NON SUM DIGNUS

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

LAST PRAYER

BLESSING

DURING THE LAST GOSPEL

TE DEUM or THANKSGIVING HYMN

SONG OF THE HOLY VIRGIN

ANTIPHONES TO THE HOLY VIRGIN

From Advent to Purification

From Purification to Easter

From Easter to Trinity

From Trinity to Advent

PRAYERS AT THE END OF THE MASS

Prayer to Mary

To obtain the forgiveness of sins

Prayer to our Patron Saint

MONDAY

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

From the beginning to the Epistle

From the Epistle to the Offertory

From the Offertory to the Sanctus

From the Sanctus to the Elevation

From Elevation to Pater

From Pater to Communion

From Communion to the end

Prayer to Mary

To obtain the most holy holy perseverance

TUESDAY

EXCELLENT WAY TO HEAR THE MASS

From the beginning to the Gospel

Prayer to Mary For a good death

WEDNESDAY

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

To pray to God for his graces

Before Mass

From the beginning of the Mass to the Offertory

Acts for every day

Prayer to obtain the grace to pray always

During Elevation

From the Elevation to the end

Prayer to Mary

To be preserved from hell

THURSDAY

Consecrated to the SS. sacrament

TO ASK FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF DIVINE LOVE

Kyrie Eleison

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Oremus

During the Epistle

During the Gospel and I Believe

To the Offeror

To the Preface

During the Canon

The Elevation

After Elevation

To the Pater

To Agnus Dei

Spiritual communion

The Last Prayers

Blessing

During the last Gospel

Prayer to Mary

To get to paradise

FRIDAY

Consecrated to the Passion and Sacred Heart of Jesus

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

lntroibo ad altare Dei

Introito

Kyrie Eleison

Gloria in excelsis

Prayers

During the Epistle

During the Gospel and the Creed

During the Offertory

To the Preface

During the Canon

During Elevation

After Elevation

To the Pater

To Agnus Dei

The Communion

The last prayers

Prayer to Mary To obtain love for Jesus and his Mother

SATURDAY

Consecrated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

To get a good death

Introibo ad altare Dei

Kyrie Eleison

Gloria in excelsis Deo

To the Offeror

To the Preface

During the Canon

After Elevation

Agnus Dei

Spiritual communion

The latest prays

Ite Missa est

During the last Gospel

Crown of the Immaculate Conception

Prayer to Mary

To get your protection

jaculatory prayers to Mary

Prayer to ask Mary for her perpetual help in all things

ARTICLE 2

PIEDOUS EXERCISE TO BE WILLING TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION

Before Confession

Act of worship

Examination of conscience

Prayer for the exam

Exam offer

Reasons for contrition

1. God's greatness and holiness

2. God's benefits

3. The presence of God

After Confession

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

ARTICLE 3

EXERCISE FOR HOLY COMMUNION

FIRST EXERCISE

Preparing for Communion

Acts before Communion

1. Act of faith

2. Act of trust

3. Act of love

4. Act of humility

5. Act of contrition

6. Act of desire

Thanksgiving

Acts after Communion

1. Act of faith

2. Wrap act

4. Offering act

5. Act of supplication

Sooner preparation for Communion

Act of faith

Act of Hope

Act of Humility

Act of Charity

Act of Contrition

Act of faith

Brief Thanksgiving for after Communion

Act of faith

Act of Worship

Acknowledgment Act

Act of Charity

Act of Hope

Petition Act

SECOND YEAR

Before Communion

After Communion

THIRD EXERCISE

Before Communion

After Communion and the visit to the Blessed Sacrament

EXERCISE FOUR

Before Communion

Mementos of the living

Mementos of the dead

After Communion

Prayer of Saint Ignatius

FIFTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

Prayer to ask for the grace to fulfill God's Will

SIXTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

Affections and prayers

After Communion

Invocations and Supplications

SEVENTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

After Communion

Prayer of St. Bonaventure

EIGHTH EXERCISE

Preparing for communion

Thanksgiving

ASPIRATIONS OF LOVE TO JESUS

Before Communion

After Communion

SIGHS OF LOVE

For Communion Prayer and Visit to the Blessed Sacrament

THIRD PART

EACH MONTH EXERCISES

ARTICLE I

VISITS TO SS. SACRAMENT TO SS. VIRGIN MARIA AND S. JOSÉ

Preparatory prayer

Act for spiritual communion

Prayer to Mary Most Holy To implore your Most Powerful Sponsorship

I VISIT

Prayer after the visit to St. Joseph

II VISIT

III VISIT

IV VISIT

V VISIT

VI VISIT

VII VISIT

VIII VISIT

IX VISIT

X VISIT

XI VISIT

XII VISIT

XIII VISIT

XIV VISIT

XV VISIT

XVI VISIT

XVII VISIT

XVIII VISIT

XIX VISIT

XX VISIT

XXI VISIT

XXII VISIT

XXIII VISIT

XXIV VISIT

XXV VISIT

XXVI VISIT

XXVII VISIT

XXVIII VISIT

XXIX VISIT

XXX VISIT

XXXI VISIT

ARTICLE 2

PRAYERS TO ACHIEVE THE VIRTUE OF THE MONTH

JANUARY TO FAITH

Act of faith

Shorter act of faith

Act of loving faith

Prayer to thank God for the gift of faith

Prayer to Mary

FEBRUARY HOPE

Prayer for confidence

Prayer to Mary

MARCH THE LOVE OF GOD

Prayer to Jesus Christ to obtain his holy love

Complacency love act

Act of loving-kindness

Preference love act

Perfect charity act

Prayer to Mary

APRIL CHARITY TO THE NEXT

Prayer to obtain the virtue of charity

Prayer for others

Prayer to Mary

MAY THE detachment

Prayer to achieve detachment from earthly affections

Prayer to achieve detachment from the goods of the earth

Prayer to achieve detachment from the world's esteem

Prayer to achieve detachment from pleasures

Prayer to Mary

JUNE THE PURITY

Prayer for purity of heart

Prayer to enter the purity of the body

Prayer to Mary

Fr. Zucchi's Prayer

Aspiration to Mary in temptations

JULY - OBEDIENCE

Promise of fidelity to Jesus our King

To implore the grace to always do God's will

Obedient Jesus

In front of the Crucifix

Before confession

After confession and scruples

Prayer to Mary

AUGUST HUMILITY

Prayer for humility

Prayer to Mary

SEPTEMBER THE MORTIFICATION

Prayer to ask for the spirit of mortification

Prayer to Mary

OCTOBER THE COLLECTION

Prayer to achieve recollection

NOVEMBER THE LOVE OF PRAYER

Prayer for the grace to pray well

Prayer to achieve fidelity to prayer

Prayer to Mary Most Holy

DECEMBER THE PATIENCE

Prayer for patience

Act of resignation

Prayer to Mary

ARTICLE 3

THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CONSECRATED TO THE HEART OF JESUS

Prayer to Christ the Universal King

Consecration of mankind to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Act of reparation for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Promises made by Our Lord Jesus Christ to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on behalf of devotees of the Sacred Heart

ARTICLE 4

FOR THE 25TH DAY OF EACH MONTH CONSECRATED TO THE BOY JESUS

Steps of the Divine Childhood of N. S. Jesus Cristo

January 25 JESUS ​​OBJECT OF OUR FAITH

February 25 JESUS ​​OUR HOPE

March 25 THE JESUS ​​KING OF LOVE

April 25 JESUS MUI CHARITABLE

May 25 THE POOR JESUS

June 25 JESUS ​INFINITELY PURE

July 25 THE OBEDIENT JESUS

August 25 THE HUMILEST JESUS

September 25 THE JESUS ​​MORTIFICATION MODEL

October 25 THE SOLITARY JESUS

November 25 THE SUPPLIER JESUS

ARTICLE 5

EXERCISE FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH devoted to preparing for death

1. He who loves God must not fear death

2. Protest for good death

3. Colloquia with the Crucifix

4. Litany for the good death

5. Acts to be done many times in life and at the moment of death

6. Jaculatory prayers to prepare for a good death

1. Trust in God

2. Contrition

3. Love to God

4. Compliance with God's will

5. Paradise desire

6. When kissing the Crucifix

7. Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the dying

8. Prayer to Saint Joseph on behalf of the dying

9. Ordering the soul

ARTICLE 6

EXERCISE FOR THE MONTH RETREAT

1. Life regulation

2. Practices and resolutions of a soul that wants to love Jesus Christ perfectly

3. Jaculatory prayers

FOURTH PART

EXERCISES FOR SEVERAL TIMES OF THE YEAR

ARTICLE I

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY TRINITY

The sign of the cross

Praises in honor of the Holy Trinity

Angelic Trisagio

Praise and reparation act called the golden arrow

Small crown of the Holy Trinity in honor of Mary

Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Litany of God's love

Third of acts of love

Prayer of St. John Vianney Cura d'Ars

ARTICLE 2

DEVOTION TO OUR LORD JESUS ​​CHRIST

§1. DEVOTION TO THE BOY JESUS

Christmas Novena

PRAYERS TO THE BOY JESUS

Jesus on the eve of being born

Jesus at birth

To Jesus made boy for our love

Offering the merits of the Child Jesus

Jesus wrapped in cloths

Jesus feeding on milk

Jesus asleep

Jesus Adored by the Magi

Jesus fleeing to Egypt

Jesus in exile

Jesus back to Palestine

Jesus growing in age

Jesus earning his living through work

Jesus lost in the temple

Prayer to the Holy Child Jesus of Prague

The Holy Christmas Time

§two. DEVOTION TO THE NAME OF JESUS

§ 3. DEVOTION TO PASSION

Prayer to Jesus for the particular merit of each of the penalties he suffered in his Passion

To Jesus our Good Shepherd

Jesus in the Garden of Olives

The scourged Jesus

Jesus crowned with thorns

Jesus nailed to the cross

The dead Jesus on the cross

Supplications to Jesus crucified

Honorary reparation before the Santa Face

Prayer of Pius IX to the Holy Face

M. Dupont's prayer to the Holy Face

Litany of the Precious Blood

Prayer in honor of the precious Blood

Aspirations to the precious Blood

Prayer in honor of the five Wounds

Prayer to be done before the Crucifix

Small crown in honor of the five Wounds of Jesus crucified

Indulgent offer

Litany of Passion

§ 4. DEVOTION TO THE SS. SACRAMENT

Prayer for the hour of worship

For the day of perpetual worship

Act of faith and worship

Act of hope

Act of love

Act of contrition and good purpose

Act of thanks

Offering act

Supplication for others and for yourself

Considerations for the hour of worship

FIRST DAY

Jesus makes himself accessible to everyone

SECOND DAY

Jesus gives an audience to everyone and at all times

THIRD DAY

Jesus only seeks to pour out his graces

Repair to the SS. sacrament

Feelings of love towards Jesus Christ in the Eucharist

I am alone and abandoned!

II Here is my love!

III Come Lord!

IV I want to join you many times!

V the beloved of my soul!

VI United always stay and never part!

VII Far be it from me, earthly affections!

VIII You will become strong!

IX Oh! what treasures of grace are lost by those who do little to pray to God after holy communion!

Feelings of a religious soul towards the Blessed Sacrament

So where does this happiness come from!

Prayer to the SS. sacrament

Litany of the Blessed Sacrament

Saint Thomas Aquinas Prayer for Visits to the Blessed Sacrament

§ 5. DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

To the Heart of Jesus Christ

To the Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist

To the Merciful Heart of Jesus

To the lovely Heart of Jesus

Consecration to the Heart of Jesus

Litany repair

Prayer to be done in feathers

Litany of the Heart of Jesus

ARTICLE 3 DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Veni Creator

Meditations on the Holy Spirit

1. Love is a Burning Fire

2. Love is a Light that Enlightens

Affections and prayers

3. Love is water that quenches thirst

4. Mor is a Dew that Fertilizes

5. Love is a Rest that Restores Strength

6. Love is a Strengthening Virtue

7. Through Love the Soul Becomes God's Home

8. Love is a Link

9. Mor is a treasure that closes all assets

10. Ways to Love God and Sanctify Yourself

Affections and prayers

Novena of the Holy Spirit to prepare for the feast of Pentecost

ARTICLE 4

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY VIRGIN

§ I. PRAYERS TO MARY

The most tender Mary of Mothers

The overwhelming Mary of hearts

Mary Mother of Mercy

Mary's refuge for sinners

Mary our only hope after God

Mary ourfriendly benefactors and limit my desires

Maria distributor of graces

To Mary our omnipotent Lawyer for all eternity

Mary help those who invoke her

The mediatrix of sinners Mary

Maria our safe defense

The reconciling Mary of sinners

Mary the loveliest of creatures

Mary Queen of Paradise

Prayer to Mary for the virtues

Prayer to the sweetest Heart of Mary

Memorare

Another prayer to the Heart of Mary

Praises to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

Remember N. S. do S. Coração

Offering to N. S. Aparecida

Act of consecration to N. S. Aparecida solemnly crowned

Prayer to N. S. Aparecida to ask for his protection

Invocation to Nossa Senhora Aparecida Senhora Aparecida Brazil is yours!

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

Ave Maris Stella

§ 2. FESTIVALS OF MARY

Novena of the Immaculate Conception

two . Purification Novena

3. Novena of the Annunciation

4. Novena of Visitation

5. Novena of the Assumption

6. Novena of the Nativity

Presentation Novena

Virtue: The sacrifice of an object for which one has particular affection and attachment

prayers to Mary for each day of May and other months of the year

§4. DEVOTION TO N. S. DAS DORES

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

The Mater Stabat

Crown in honor of the seven pains

Crown of N. S. das Sete Dores

Mary's seven pains are:

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

§5. DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

Prayer to the Holy Name of Mary

Consecration of himself to Mary Most Holy

Consecration of a family to Mary

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Sancta Maria succúrre miseris

Indulgent Sub Tuum

Pious invocations to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Act of consecration

Another act of consecration

ARTICLE 5

DEVOTION TO S. JOSÉ

VISITS TO S. JOSÉ FOR EVERY DAY OF THE MONTH

Saint Joseph's seven pains and seven joys

The seven Sundays dedicated to St. Joseph

Litany of St. Joseph

Prayer to Saint Joseph

Another prayer to Saint Joseph

Prayer to Saint Joseph for the workers

Prayer to Saint Joseph

Prayer of Saint Clement Hofbauer

ARTICLE 6

DEVOTION TO SAINTS ANGELS

Prayer to St. Michael

Piety practices in honor of St. Michael

Prayer to Saint Raphael Archangel Glorious

Prayer to our Guardian Angel

Indulgent prayer

ARTICLE 7

DEVOTION TO SAINTS

Litany of the Saints

SALM 69

Prayer to Saint Joaquim

Prayer to Sant'Ana

Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene

Prayer to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Prayer to Saint John the Evangelist

Prayer to Saint Judas Thaddeus

Prayer to the Good Thief

Prayer to Santa Barbara to be preserved from sudden or unforeseen death

Prayer to Saint Francis of Assisi

Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua

Prayer to Saint Roque

Prayer to Saint Vincent de Paul

Prayer to Saint Francis de Sales

Prayer to Saint Luis Gonzaga

Prayer to Saint Stanislaus Kostka

Prayer to St. John Berchmans

Prayer to Santo Afonso de Ligório Doctor of the Catholic Church and Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

Nine invocations to Santo Afonso

Prayer to Saint Clement Mary

Another prayer to Saint Clement

Prayer to Saint Geraldo

Another prayer to São Geraldo

Novena to São Geraldo

Prayer to Saint Benedict

DEVOTION TO SANTA TERESA

Prayer to Saint Teresa

ARTICLE 8

DEVOTION THE SOULS OF THE PURGATORY

Millstones of Purgatory (November)

prayers to Jesus Christ In order to achieve the pain of his Passion, deign to have pity on the souls of Purgatory

Novena of souls

Act of resignation

Prayer for the dying

Dying heart of Jesus, have mercy on the dying!

Prayer for the souls of Purgatory

Prayer for deceased parents

Heroic act in favor of the souls of Purgatory

Jaculatory and pious practices enriched with indulgences

Indulgences granted to those who teach or learn the Catechism

May

June

October

November

January July and Eucharistic Month

August September and December

First Friday

First Saturday

Souls Day

First Communion

PART FIVE MISCELLANEOUS PRAYERS

Prayer of a boy who wants to have a good first communion

Prayer for student use<

Prayer before study or lesson<

Prayer to know the vocation<

Prayer to Mary to know her vocation<

Prayer when the vocation is decided<

Prayer of a soul called to religious life<

Prayer proper for priests and those aspiring to the priesthood<

Prayer of a soul in a state of sin<

Feelings of trust in God (From Beato Cláudio de lá Colombiére)

Feelings of a repentant soul<

Prayer of a soul that returns to his God<

Feelings of a heart recognized in remembrance of the Lord's mercies<

Feelings of a soul resolved not to leave his God anymore<

Prayer to avoid hell<

Prayer to obtain paradise<

Sighs through the sky<

Prayer to get out of lukewarmness<

Prayer for victory over temptations<

Prayer for the grace to rule the language well

Prayer of a soul that wants to sanctify itself

Prayer for saints science

Prayer to obtain the grace to act with good intention

Prayer to obtain the holy virtues

Prayer for purity S. Luiz Gonzaga

The Blessed Virgin

Prayer for Obedience

Consecration of yourself to the Lord

Shorter consecration

Prayer to love God perfectly

Prayer to fulfill God's will

Feelings of conformity to God's will

Prayer to be done in feathers

Prayer to obtain the grace to endure humiliations resignedly

Prayer of a virgin who lives in the world or in the cloister

Prayer for final perseverance

Prayer with the same intention to be repeated frequently

Prayer to be preserved from unforeseen death

Renewal of baptism vows

Prayer for our Most Holy Father the Pope

Prayer for the Holy Church

Shorter prayer for the Church

Prayer to Mary for the Holy Church

Prayer for the homeland

Prayer for peace

Prayer for Religious Orders

Prayer for priests

Prayer for the conversion of unbelievers

Prayer for the conversion of heretics and schismatics

Prayer for the conversion of infidels (By St. Francis Xavier)

Prayer for the preservation of faith (By St. Clement Maria Hofbauer)

Prayer to Mary for extirpation of bad readings

Prayer for parents

Prayer of spouses and parents

Prayer for use by the people in charge of the education of young people

Prayer for our benefactors

prayers in the setbacks calamities and misfortunes

Prayer for a sick person

Prayer to obtain various graces

Universal prayer for all that concerns salvation

Prayer of Saint Clement Maria Hofbauer

Offer

Praises

Prayer to the wounds of Jesus

Prayer for a good death

Prayer for purity

Prayer for perseverance in the faith

For the wishes of São Geraldo Majella

 

LETTER FROM IF CARDINAL DECHAMPS

Archbishop of Malines

TO THE AUTHOR

My dear and Reverend Father, many books of piety have been extracted from the Works of S. Afonso: however, there was not yet, except in desire, a manual that gathered the most beautiful prayers of the Holy Doctor, sparse in his numerous writings. You have just filled this gap, my Reverend Father. This manual of piety is suitable for people of all conditions; he has the priceless advantage of being formed out of the prayers of a saint quite rightly called an apostle of prayer. Thanks to your intelligent care, Santo Afonso will henceforth be a guide and model made available to all souls to teach them the great art of salvation, prayer. In the school of such a perfect teacher, the faithful will learn without difficulty how their conversation should be in heaven. They will become familiar with the excellent way, proper to Santo Afonso,to always offer prayers to God, who ask, first of all, what is necessary for sanctification. If, therefore, Saint Alphonsus expanded his heart in his prayers, your book will put souls in contact with this saintly heart so ardent in love for Jesus Christ, so full of confidence in the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, and will attract them to love our divine Salvador with more confidence and generosity. I give you my blessing, recommending me to your prayers. Your affectionate in Jesus Christ.and it will attract them to love our divine Savior with more confidence and generosity. I give you my blessing, recommending me to your prayers. Your affectionate in Jesus Christ.and it will attract them to love our divine Savior with more confidence and generosity. I give you my blessing, recommending me to your prayers. Your affectionate in Jesus Christ.

VA CARDEAL DECHAMPS,

Archbishop of Malines, C.SS.R.

 

INDEX

I

 

PRAY ... PRAY ... PRAY

 

 

 

He who prays is surely saved; he who does not pray is certainly condemned. This sentence, already famous, is worthy of being inscribed, as in its proper place, in front of a book destined to contain the most beautiful prayers of the Doctor of modern times, of what can be called the Doctor par excellence of the prayer.

 

 

Praise God to continually bring these salutary words to the spirit all those who are called to eternal life, that is, all men who still live on earth! May they be indelibly imprinted on their hearts. May prayer be the most expensive of the occupations of your life! Because it will never be too much to repeat: He who prays is surely saved; he who does not pray is certainly condemned. It is not in a hurry or by chance that Santo Afonso wrote these serious and solemn words: his long experience as a missionary had made him know the truth that they contain, in addition to being supported by tests without replica, drinks in Scripture and tradition. Allow readers to quote.

 

II

 

Prayer is an indispensable and sure way to obtain salvation and all the means that lead to it. Convinced, as I am, of the need for prayer, I say that all the books dealing with sanctification, all the preachers in their sermons, all the confessors in all the confessions they hear, should apply mainly to impress on the spirit of those who read them or listen to the need to always pray, never failing to warn and repeat them: pray ... pray ... pray ... and never cease to pray; if you pray, it is true, you will be saved; otherwise, it is certain, you will be lost. It is true that souls are recommended many and very good ways to keep themselves in the grace of God, such as fleeing from the occasions, attending the sacraments, resisting temptations, listening to the divine word, meditating on eternal truths, etc., these very healthy practices,as in proclaiming them all agree; but, I ask, what use are sermons, meditations and all the other means that the teachers of the spiritual life give, if they are not accompanied by prayer, since the Lord has declared that he does not want to give his thanks except to those who pray? Ask and you will receive (Jn 15,24).

 

 

Without prayer, according to the ordinary norm of Providence, all our meditations, resolutions, promises will be useless, if we do not pray, we will always be unfaithful to the lights we receive from God and to all the commitments we make. The reason is that, in order to do today well, to overcome temptations, to practice virtues, in a word, to fully observe the divine law, the received lights, our own considerations, our good purposes are not enough: it is indispensable, in addition, God's current help; now, the Lord grants this present aid only to those who pray with perseverance. The rays of light, the considerations, our good purposes, make that in the temptations and dangers of transgressing the Law of God, if we currently resort to prayer, through it we obtain the divine help that preserves us from sin; if, in this case,if we stopped praying, we would succumb.

 

 

The texts of Scripture that prove our need to pray, if we are to be saved, are exceedingly clear. It is necessary to pray always. Watch and pray that you do not fall into temptation (Mt26,41). Ask and it will be given to you (Mt 7,7). These terms, say theologians, impose an obligation. That is why, according to the wise Lesbian, it cannot be denied, without sinning against faith, that prayer is necessary for adults to be saved, since it is evident, according to the Holy Scriptures, that prayer is the only way to obtain aid needed for salvation (De Iust. I. 2.c.37.d). The reason is that, without the help of grace, we cannot do any good: Without me, says Jesus Christ, you can do nothing (Jn 15,5). Saint Augustine notes, in this regard, that the Savior did not say: You can do nothing, but: You can do nothing (Contra ep.pel.1.2.c, 8). Hence the following sentence by Gennadio: "No one attains salvation without God's help; no one gets this help except through prayer ". It is not, says Saint Thomas (2.2.q.83.a.2), that it is necessary to pray for God to know our needs; but God forces us to pray that we understand the need that we must always resort to it, in order to receive the necessary help for salvation, and so we confess it as the sole author of all the good we have (III.1oP.c.§1).and so we confess it as the sole author of all the good we have (III.1oP.c.§1).and so we confess it as the sole author of all the good we have (III.1oP.c.§1).

 

III

 

More: God, who is the same truth, promises to grant everything that is asked of him. To convince ourselves of this, let us weigh the terms that our divine Savior uses: Ask, he says, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will open to you ... Your heavenly Father will give his goods to those who ask him (Mt 7,7).

 

 

Everyone who asks, achieves (Lk 10,11), and achieves everything he wants: Anything you want, ask him and it will be granted to you (Jn 15,22). But it is necessary to ask in the name of Jesus: Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask for anything in my name, He will give it to you (Jn 16:23), as long as you ask with faith and confidence: Whatever the whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will get it and it will be given to you (Mk 11,24). For these promises, God obliged himself to grant us the graces we asked for. There is also no man more powerful than the one who prays; because? because prayer makes you a participant in Divine Power (III. P.24). Prayer is omnipotent, says Teodoreto; it alone is enough to obtain everything. According to S. Bonaventura, it reaches us all goods and frees us from all evils.

 

 

Prayer, says S. Bernardo, is stronger than all demons. Indeed, through prayer, our soul acquires a divine force, which elevates it over all created powers (III. P.44).

 

IV

 

pray ... pray ... pray ... The grace of prayer is given to all men. It is in our power to pray when we want to (III. P.55). God wants the salvation of all men (Tim 2,4). Luther and Calvin blasphemed when they said that keeping the law of God is impossible for mortals after Adam's sin; likewise Jansenius, when he said that we are deprived of the grace that would make it possible for us to fulfill divine precepts. The Church condemned these errors; the Holy Council of Trent declared that God does not command the impossible, but admonishes us to do what we can with the help of ordinary grace and to ask him to increase the grace necessary to accomplish what we cannot do without this help; and then he makes us possible, supplying our weakness (Sess.6.c.11). Hence it follows that God gives or at least offers to all men,he wants the close grace necessary to keep his commandments, or at least the remote grace, that is, the grace of prayer, by which each one obtains the close grace he needs to fulfill the duties that the Law of God imposes on him.

 

 

The Lord, therefore, is ready to grant us salvation and all the graces necessary to attain it, but he demands that we ask for it without ceasing and we may even tease him in this endeavor. Men cannot suffer troublesome men, but that is not the case with God; he wants us to do violence to him by force of prayer. This violence is very pleasant to him, observes Tertullian (III.d.29).

 

V

 

Therefore, evildoers do little to excuse themselves with the claim that they do not have the strength to resist temptation. But, the apostle St. James answers them, if you lack strength it is because you do not ask for it (c.4, a.2). Because God is faithful, says St. Paul, and does not allow us to be tempted beyond our strength (Cor 10,18), that is, God by his grace makes us capable of resisting all temptations. When we invoke him, he communicates to us his divine strength, and then we can do everything, as the Apostle said of himself: I can do everything in him who strengthens me (Fp13).

 

 

Let us conclude from all that we have said that the one who prays is certainly saved, and the one who is not praying is certainly condemned. All the elect, apart from the boys, were saved by prayer. All convicts were lost because they had not prayed; if they had prayed they would not have been lost; their greatest despair in hell is and will have been able to save themselves with such ease, asking God for the graces they had needed, and not being able to ask for them anymore.

 

 

pray ... pray ... pray ...

 

 

Saint Teresa had wanted, she said, to climb a mountain, from where it was possible for her to be heard by all men, just to cry out to them:

 

 

pray ... pray ... pray ...

 

SAW

 

Here, in a nutshell, is the magnificent and consoling doctrine of Saint Alfonso when it comes to prayer. Not content to have spread these healthy teachings in a thousand places in his writings, he still wanted, as a practical man, to compose a great number of formulas as admirable in the background as in the form, and evidently marked with the seal of the spirit of God. A heavenly anointing will always be their attraction; the Saint wrote them with his heart; we would better say, with the feather wet in the blood of the burning Heart of Jesus. It is indeed true that many of them were written when he left an ecstatic prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the crucifix or the image of Mary. They are exactly the language of the heart, but of a wounded heart of divine love, of a heart that knows how much the object of your love is worthy of being loved. Who,in his hours of solitude and expansion at the feet of his God, did his soul not feel moved, revived, burned up, repeating, after the gentle writer, these acts of love? The truth of this word by the famous Lacordaire is then understood: "Love has only one word, and saying it always, it never repeats it". Ah! if a seraph who came down from heaven wanted to express his ardor for God in the language of men, could he choose more holy terms in love? The usual use of these pious formulas cannot fail to be of the greatest use to the faithful. By rereading these short, incisive, ardent aspirations, they will practically learn to speak to God; they will assimilate in themselves the holy affections that never cease to address him; for the continuation they will have a particular aptitude for the jaculatory prayers,and with the help of a good will sustained by easy grace, it will be, even in the midst of multiple occupations, to be continually entertained with God.

 

VII

 

In addition to their intrinsic value, Santo Afonso's prayers have the merit of offering us the highest security. Indeed:

 

 

1. They were composed by an author placed in the number of saints by the Church and served as a means to rise to such sublime perfection.

 

 

2. They are such an eminent Saint of science, that the Holy See deigned to honor him with the title, as glorious as rare, of Doctor of the Universal Church.

 

 

3. They underwent the most severe examination, when it came to the causes of their author's beatification, canonization and doctorate.

 

 

4. They are the work of an apostolic man, whose special mission was evidently inculcated by his sermons, writings and the Institute he founded, the importance, necessity and effectiveness of prayer for eternal salvation. Also those who went through his works, especially the one entitled: From the Great Environment of Prayer, unanimously proclaimed him an apostle and doctor of prayer.

 

 

5. Added to all these recommendations is that of experience. For more than a century, the faithful have not ceased to look avidly for these pious formulas, and to savor the delicious and life-giving manna they contain.

 

VIII

 

Our personal work in the composition of this manual consisted of gathering and putting in order methodical and popular the most beautiful prayers of Santo Afonso, scattered over the eighteen volumes of his ascetic Works and in the nine of his dogmatic Works. Many people had expressed their desire to see a manual of these prayers printed on the print: now we offer them in a convenient and portable format; God help him to live up to the expectations of those godly souls! Taking a simple look at the index of the articles, one can be convinced that we did not intend to make a complete manual. May the souls derive great spiritual benefit from this book, a prolonged echo of the following word of salvation so repeated by Santo Alfonso:

 

 

pray ... pray ... pray ...

 

INDULGENCIES

 

The prayers and indulgences of this manual are taken from the official book "Enchiridion Indulgentiarum". The numbers at the end of the sentences correspond to the numbers in the same book. The letters IP mean that you can gain Plenary Indulgence by saying that prayer throughout the month and making Confession and Communion and praying for the Holy Father's intention.

 

Cross sign

By the sign of the Holy Cross,

deliver us, our Lord, from our enemies. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy

Spirit. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name; your kingdom come to us; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, just as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil! Amen.

Holy Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

I believe

I believe in God, almighty Father, Creator of Heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary suffered under Pontius Pilate; he was crucified, killed and buried; went down to the mansion of the dead; rose on the third day; ascended to Heaven; he is seated at the right hand of Almighty Father God, from where he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the flesh and eternal life. Amen.

Save the queen

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy, life, sweetness and our hope, Hail! We cry out to you the exiled children of Eve; we sigh to you moaning and weeping in this valley of tears. Therefore, our lawyer. your merciful eyes returned to us, and after this banishment, show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb; O merciful, O pious, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, Holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of Christ's promises. Amen.

Confession

I, a sinner, confess myself to Almighty God, to the always blessed Virgin Mary, to the blessed Saint Michael the Archangel, to the blessed Saint John the Baptist, to the Holy Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, who have sinned many times for thoughts, words and deeds, for my fault, my fault, my great fault. Therefore, I ask and pray for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Blessed Saint Michael the Archangel, the Blessed Saint John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, all the saints and you, Father, that you pray God, our Lord, for me. Amen.

Act of contrition

Lord my Jesus Christ, God and true man, Creator and Redeemer of mine, because you are who you are, supremely good and worthy to be loved above all things, Lord, weigh me, with all my heart, that I have offended you; it weighs me too, for having lost heaven and deserved hell; and I firmly propose, helped with your divine grace, to amend myself and never again to offend you and I hope to reach forgiveness for your infinite mercy. Amen.

FIRST PART

EVERYDAY EXERCISES

1. WHEN STANDING UP

 

In the morning, just wake up, imitate the children who, waking up, immediately try to feed themselves; lift up your heart to God by an act of love, offer him the actions of the day, and ask him to help you. While you dress, do not waste time; recite some prayers or repeat chants. For example:

 

My God, I offer you everything I do and suffer on this day. My Jesus, mercy! Lord, help me always; give me the grace to do your holy will.

Offer of the day to Maria

I offer you, O my tender mother, my work and my feathers, my spirit and my heart; deign to accept this weak homage of my respect and love for you, and to offer it to Jesus Christ, your divine Son and my Savior (St. Stanislau Kostka).

You have just finished dressing, prostrate yourself before the crucifix, and do, as follows, the ordinary acts of thanksgiving, love, offering of all your actions and sufferings; above all, I fervently asked Jesus and Mary for the help needed to serve God well during the day that begins.

2. PRAYERS FOR MORNING

My God, I firmly believe that you are here. I love your supreme majesty. I love your infinite goodness over all things. I thank you for the graces that you have accumulated to this day, and in particular for having preserved my life during this night.

I offer you all my thoughts, words, actions, affections and sufferings of this day, in union with those of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and I propose to act solely to please You and honor you ... 1

 

1) Sunday: SS, Trindade and patron saints; Monday: the Holy Spirit; Tuesday: dos Santos Anjos; Wednesday: from San José; Thursday: From SS. Sacrament; Friday: of the Passion and the Heart of Jesus; Saturday: of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

 

 

I intend to win all the indulgences I can, in favor of the souls in purgatory. I also propose, especially in the face of setbacks, to conform to your holy will, always saying: Lord, your will be done!

O my God, for the love of Jesus Christ, preserve me today from all sin, especially (such) and grant me the grace to practice the virtue of ...

It is good that the person makes a particular purpose here regarding the fault he falls into most often, and the virtue he wants to practice.

O my Jesus, through your merits, grant me the grace to live together with you. O Mary, my Mother, bless me and receive me under your protection. My good custodial angel, my holy protector, intercede for me. Santos and Santas of paradise, pray for me.

Our Father, Hail Mary, I believe in God the Father.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, make me love you more and more.

3 Hail Mary in honor of Mary's purity.

Through your Immaculate Conception, O Mary, purify my body and sanctify my soul!

Repeat after each Ave Maria.

 

For the Associates of the Confraternity of Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro, just add to these three Ave-Marias, a Glory to the Father, in honor of Santo Afonso, with the following two prayers: 

 

 

O Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me.

My protector Santo Afonso, make sure that in all my needs I turn to Mary.

Short formula of consecration Ave Maria ...

Holy Mary...

O my Lady, O my Mother! I offer myself all to you and in proof of my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart and entirely my whole being and because I am yours, O good Mother , guard me and defend me, as your own thing and property. Amen. (Ind. 500 days. IP (340).

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus, listen to us.

Jesus, listen to us.

Heavenly Father, who are God, have mercy on us.

Son, Redeemer of the world, that you are God,

Holy Spirit, that you are God,

Most Holy Trinity, that you are one God,

Jesus, Son of the living God,

Jesus, Splendor of the Father,

Jesus, Source of eternal light,

Jesus, King of glory,

Jesus, Sun of justice,

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,

Jesus, lovable,

Jesus, admirable,

Jesus, strong God,

Jesus, Father of the future century,

Jesus, Angel of the great council,

Jesus, most powerful,

Jesus, very patient,

Jesus, most obedient,

Jesus, meek and humble of heart.

Jesus, lover of chastity,

Jesus, who honors us with your love,

Jesus, God of peace,

Jesus, author of life,

Jesus, model of virtues,

Jesus, caretaker of souls,

Jesus, our God,

Jesus, our refuge,

Jesus, father of the poor,

Jesus, treasure of the faithful,

Jesus, good Shepherd,

Jesus, true light,

Jesus, eternal wisdom,

Jesus, infinite goodness,

Jesus, our way and our life,

Jesus, joy of angels,

Jesus, King of the patriarchs,

Jesus, Master of the apostles,

Jesus, Doctor of the Evangelists,

Jesus, stronghold of the martyrs,

Jesus, light of confessors,

Jesus, crown of all saints,

Be favorable to us,

Forgive us, Jesus,

Be favorable to us,

Amen

(Ind. 7 years; IP).

listen to us, Jesus.

From all evil, deliver us, Jesus.

Of all sin,

of your anger,

of the devil's snares,

of the spirit of impurity,

of eternal death,

contempt for Your divine inspirations,

for the mystery of your holy Incarnation,

for your birth, for your childhood,

for your all divine life,

for your work,

for Your Agony and Passion,

by your cross and helplessness,

for your sufferings,

for your death and grave,

for your resurrection, for your ascension,

for your institution of the most holy Eucharist,

for your joys,

for your glory,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, forgive us, Jesus.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, hear us, Jesus.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have compassion on us, Jesus.

Jesus, listen to us.

Jesus, listen to us.

Let us pray

Lord my Jesus Christ, who said: "Ask and you will receive, seek and find, knock and it will open to you", grant us, we ask, the fire of Your divine love, so that we love You with our hearts , words and deeds and never cease to praise You. Make us, Lord, to perpetually love and fear Your holy name; for never deprive those who establish in the solidity of Your love, from Your direction. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(Ind. 7 years; IP).

The Angel of the Lord announced to Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Mary.

Here is the slave of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.

Holy Mary.

The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

Holy Mary.

V. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.

S. That we may be worthy of Christ's promises.

Let us pray

We ask you, Lord, to pour out your grace on us, so that, having known by the Angel's word the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, your Son, we may reach the glory of his Resurrection through the merits of his Passion and Cross. We ask you for the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(10 years, 3 times a day).

Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Prostrate at your feet, in the presence of the Blessed Virgin and of all the heavenly court, I solemnly acknowledge that by justice and gratitude I belong entirely to You, Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, the only source of all good for my soul and mine. body. And uniting myself to the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff, I consecrate myself and all that belongs to Your Most Sacred Heart, which I only want to love and serve with all my soul, with all my heart, with all my strength, making the Your will mine, and uniting all my desires to Yours.

Offering to the Sacred Heart

My Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the divine intention with which you, on earth, praise God for your Most Holy Heart, and continue to give Him now without interruption until the consummation of the centuries, throughout the universe, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist , I also, throughout this whole day, without excluding the least part of it, in imitation of the Blessed Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate, I offer you with joy all my intentions and thoughts, all my affections and desires, all my works and words.

Consecration to the Holy Virgin (S. Luis Gonzaga)

O my Sovereign, Holy Virgin Mary, I come to entrust myself to your most secure protection, to place myself under your special protection, to launch myself into your mercy. Today, every day and at the time of my death, I recommend my soul and my body to you. I entrust to you all my hopes and consolations, all my anxieties and miseries, as well as the course and the end of my life, so that, through your holy intercession and your merits, all my works may be directed and arranged according to your holy will and that of your divine Son. So be it.

(Ind. 3 years; IP (343).

3. MENTAL PRAYER

 

Try as early as possible each day to do a half-hour of mental prayer.

 

 

Mental prayer is not of absolute necessity, but it is certainly of moral necessity, to obtain perseverance. Those who do not do so hardly persevere in the grace of God, and this for two reasons: first, because eternal truths are not seen through the eyes of the body, but through consideration of the spirit; therefore, those who do not meditate on them do not see them; and if he does not see them, he can hardly conceive of the importance of salvation, the means he must employ, and the obstacles he must remove; hence the difficulty of saving oneself. The second reason is that the soul that does not meditate does not exercise itself in prayer; however, prayer is necessary, not only because of the need for a precept, but also because of the need for means to observe the commandments, because ordinarily God does not give his help except to those who ask him. Now,those who do not practice mental prayer know little about their spiritual needs, as well as the precision they have to pray to resist temptations and save themselves. Hence it proceeds that he prays nothing, or almost nothing: and not praying, he loses himself. A great bishop, D. Palafox, said: "How will the Lord give us perseverance if we do not ask Him? And how will we ask Him without prayer?" Saint Teresa stated that the one who prays cannot remain in sin for a long time: he will soon leave one of the two things, sin or prayer; prayer and sin do not go together. Mental prayer contains three parts:if we don't ask Him? and how will we ask it without prayer? "Saint Teresa said that the one who prays cannot spend much time in sin: he will soon leave one of the two things, sin or prayer; prayer and sin do not go together. Mental prayer contains three parts:if we don't ask Him? and how will we ask it without prayer? "Saint Teresa said that the one who prays cannot spend much time in sin: he will soon leave one of the two things, sin or prayer; prayer and sin do not go together. Mental prayer contains three parts:preparation , meditation and conclusion . In preparation, three acts are performed:

 

1 . Act of faith in the presence of God My God, I believe you are here and I adore you.

2. Act of humility I should see myself in hell at this hour; Lord, I regret having offended you.

3. Act of requesting lights Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus and Mary, clarify me in this meditation, so that I may benefit from it.

A Hail Mary to the Mother of God, and a Glory to the Father to St. Joseph, the guardian angel and our Holy protector.

 

Then read the point of Meditation. Be sure to meditate, at least from time to time, on the passion of Jesus Christ. While reading, linger on the passages that most impress you. Finally, note that the fruit of prayer is not so much to meditate as to produce:

 

1st affections, for example, of humility, trust, love, pain, offering, resignation, etc .;

2nd prayers, asking especially for perseverance and divine love; ,

3 "resolutions, to correct a particular vice or to practice some virtue.

 

The conclusion is as follows:

 

1 ° My God, I thank you for the lights you have given me.

2 ° I propose to observe the resolutions I have taken.

3 ° I ask you for the grace to put them into practice.

 

Do not forget to recommend to God the holy souls in Purgatory and the poor sinners.

 

 

Do not neglect your usual meditation, whatever the coldness or disgust you experience. Without this, says Santa Teresa, the soul will throw itself into hell.

 

 

Since a soul perseveres in prayer, she adds, I am sure that the Lord will lead her to the end of salvation.

 

4. PRAYER TO AVOID SIN

O my God, the enemies of my soul will not cease to fight until death; if you do not come to my aid, I will succumb. Ah! for the merits of Jesus Christ, I entreat you, grant me holy perseverance, and do not allow me to separate from you for sin. The same favor I ask you for all those who are currently in your grace. Based on your promise, I am certain that I will obtain the gift of perseverance if I continue to ask you; but I fear, yes, I fear that, in temptations, I will fail to resort to you, and so I will fall into sin. Then I ask you for the grace of never ceasing to pray. Make sure that, on dangerous occasions, I always take care to recommend myself to you and to invoke the most holy names of Jesus and Mary. Behold, O my God, how I am determined to proceed always, by your holy grace; answer me for the love of Jesus Christ.O Mary, my Mother, make sure that whenever I find myself in danger of losing the friendship of God, I always have to turn to you and your Divine Son.

Means to persevere in the grace of God

 

To achieve eternal salvation, it is not enough to want to be saved; it is necessary to employ the means that Jesus Christ has given us. On the contrary, if we fall into sin, in vain we will claim, in the day of judgment, that temptations were strong and we were weak: because God has prepared for us the means of overcoming by all grace the assaults of our enemies; ours is all the fault, if we succumbed because we didn't want to take advantage of it.

 

 

Everyone wants to be saved: but, because they do not use the means to this end, many sin and condemn themselves.

 

 

The first means is the flight of occasions. Those who are not careful to run away from them, especially in matters of impurity, inevitably fall into sin; because the occasion is like a blindfold covering our eyes and making it impossible for us to see anything else, neither God, nor hell, nor resolutions taken. In terms of occasions, we need to be violent and resolve to win all human respect. Without becoming violent, let us not hope for salvation.

 

 

The second means is mental prayer, without which it is difficult to stay long in the grace of God. Whoever meditates frequently on the youngest, will not fall into sin; if they are not frequently meditated, they are erased from memory, and when the pleasures of the senses are presented, we are easily dragged away. This is how so many bastards give themselves up to addiction and condemn themselves. Then do half an hour of prayer each day or at least read some spiritual book, taking care to excite from space to space some good feeling, or to make some supplication. If you do not despise prayer, be sure that you will be saved.

 

 

The third means is the frequency of the sacraments. Through frequent confession, the purity of the soul is preserved, and not only are forgiveness for faults, but there is also an increase in aid to resist temptations. Communion is called heavenly bread, because, like earthly bread, it preserves the life of the soul. Without this heavenly Food, you will not have life in you, says the Lord (Jn 6,54). But to those who attend, he promises eternal life (Jn 6,59). That is why the Council of Trent calls this Sacrament "an antidote that frees us from venial sins, and preserves us from mortals". Then make a firm determination to commune at least every eight days, and to never leave this devotion for any business in the world, there is no business more important than eternal salvation. Also note that the more you are involved in the world,the more graces are needed for you, since you are exposed to greater temptations.

 

 

The fourth half is hearing the mass every day.

 

 

The fifth medium is the daily visit to the SS. Sacrament in a church and the Mother of God before a devout image.

 

 

The sixth way, the most necessary to practice is prayer. It is true that without God's help we cannot do anything worthwhile for eternal life; it is also true that God protests not to grant his help but to those who ask him. He who prays is certainly saved; he who does not pray is certainly condemned.

 

5. THE HOLY MASS

Be sure to hear Holy Mass every day. Those who hear it receive a particular application of the merits of the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is necessary to listen to it in order to realize the purposes for which it was instituted, namely:

1 ° honor God;

2 ° thank you for your benefits;

3 ° atone for our sins;

4 ° obtain the graces of salvation.

6. ACTS FOR THE DAY

When starting work or study:

Lord, I offer you this job.

Before eating:

My God, bless me, as well as this food; make sure that I do not miss anything by taking it, and that all may serve your glory.

After you have fed:

I thank you, Lord, for doing good to those who have offended you so often. When the clock tells the time: My Jesus, I love you; make sure that I no longer offend you, and never part with you.

In the setbacks:

Lord, so you want it, so do I want it.

In temptations and dangers:

Frequent invocation of the Blessed names of Jesus and Mary.

After a foul:

My God, I regret having offended you, for you are infinite goodness; I don't want to do it from now on.

 

If it is a serious sin, do not delay confession.

 

Godly greetings

V. Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ.

A. Forever be praised, or so be it!

V. Praise be to Jesus and Mary.

A. Today and always

(300 days of IP induction) 697. 7.

7. VIA SACRA EXERCISE

 

Before you start visiting the stations, get down on your knees before the high altar, do an act of contrition, and form the intention of gaining indulgences both for yourselves and for the souls in purgatory.

 

Act of contrition

Lord my Jesus Christ, oh! with what love did you walk this path of pain when you went to die for me; and me, alas! that I sometimes despised you! but now I love you with all my soul, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; deign to forgive me and allow me to follow you on this painful path. You are going to die for my sake; I want, O my most beloved Redeemer, to accompany you in order to die for your love. My Jesus, I want to live and die always united to you.

I STATION Jesus is condemned to death

Jesus is condemned to death

To you, Jesus Christ, we worship and bless. Because with your death on the cross you have redeemed the world. Consider how Jesus Christ, after being flogged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to death on the cross ... O my adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate, but my sins that condemned you to death. Ah! for the merit of this painful path, I ask you to assist my soul in the journey it takes for eternity.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

II STATION Jesus with the cross on his back

Jesus with the cross on his back

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider Jesus Christ walking to Calvary, with the cross on his shoulders: he thinks of you and offers to God for your salvation the death that he will suffer ... My dearest Jesus, I embrace all the feathers you send me and until death; I ask you, for deserving the pain you suffered when you carried your cross on your shoulders, help me to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

III STATION Jesus falls for the first time

Jesus falls for the first time

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider this first fall of Jesus under his cross. The flesh of his body is torn by the scourges, his head crowned with thorns; his blood flows with abundance. His weakness is so great that it is difficult for him to take a step. And although he is bent under the weight of the cross, he is pushed roughly by inhuman soldiers forward; that is why he fell many times along the way to Calvary ... O my most beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of your cross, but the weight of my sins, that makes you suffer so much pain. Ah! for the merit of this first fall, save me from falling into mortal sin.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

IV STATION Jesus meets his distressed Mother

Jesus meets his distressed Mother

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider the encounter of Jesus and Mary on this path of pain. The Son looks at his Mother, and the Mother looks at her Son. These looks, which both exchange with each other, pierce, with so many arrows, their hearts that they so tenderly love each other. O my tender Jesus, for the pain you suffered at this meeting, grant me the grace to be a true servant of your Most Holy Mother. And you, my Queen of sorrows, reach out to me through your intercession a continuous and tender remembrance of the Passion of your divine Son.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

V STATION Jesus receives help from Cyrene

Jesus receives help from Cyrene

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider that Jesus is so faint, that his enemies fear every moment. And so that he does not die in the way and escape this fate to the infamous death to which they are destined, they compel Simon Cyrene to carry the cross after Jesus ... O my sweetest Jesus, far from me refusing, like the Cyrene, the cross; I accept and embrace it: I accept in particular the death that is reserved for me, with all the penalties that will accompany it: I unite it with your death, and I offer it to you in sacrifice: you died for my love, I also want to die for your sake and in order to please you; help me with your grace.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

VI STATION Jesus prints his Face on a towel

Jesus prints his face on a towel

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider how a pious woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus very drained, with a face bathed in sweat and blood, presents him with a towel. Our Lord wipes his face with it, and leaves his lovely face on it ... O Jesus, my love, you were before the most beautiful of the sons of men, but in this painful path your beauty has disappeared, the wounds and the blood disfigured you all. There! my soul was also beautiful when it received your grace in baptism, but I was not slow to tie it up for my sins; only you, my Redeemer, can restore its original beauty to it; grant me this favor: I ask you for your Passion.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

VII STATION Jesus falls for the second time

Jesus falls the second time

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider Jesus' second fall under the cross. Our Lord was already suffering a lot; but this fall makes his pain even more acute, renewing all the wounds on his lovely head and sacred body ... O meekness of my Jesus, how many times have you forgiven me, and I who have sometimes fallen into sin! how many times have I renewed offenses against you! Ah! for the merit of this new fall, help me to persevere in your grace until death; do that, in all temptations that assail me, never fail to recommend me to you.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

VIII STATION Jesus speaks to women who cry

Jesus speaks to women who cry

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider Jesus watering the way of Calvary with his blood. Their condition is so pitiful, that the same Jewish women are moved by compassion and cannot contain their tears; But Jesus says to them, "Do not weep over me; weep over your children." O Jesus, so overcome with pain, I bitterly weep over the offenses that I have done to you, not only because of the punishments that I have deserved, but above all because of the displeasure that I have caused you, who love me so much; what makes me cry for my sins is your love rather than the fear of hell.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

IX STATION Jesus falls for the third time

Jesus falls the third time

You, Jesus Christ, worship the, etc. Consider Jesus' third downfall. Excessive is his weakness, and no less excessive the cruelty of the executioners, who force him to speed up his pace, when he may have struggled to his feet ... Ah! my Jesus stepped on the feet, for the merit of the weakness to which you wanted to remain reduced on Calvary, give me the strength to overcome human respect and all the bad inclinations that led me to disdain your friendship in the past.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

X STATION Jesus is stripped of his garments

Jesus is stripped of his garments

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider with what violence the executioners strip Jesus: as the garments were attached to his body torn by the scourging, they pluck them, and by the same act they pluck his flesh. Have pity on the sufferings of Jesus and say to him: O my Jesus, that you are the same innocence, for the merit of the pains that you suffered then, help me to put all my affection on the things of the earth, in order to use all my love in you, who are so worthy of being loved.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

XI STATION Jesus is nailed to the cross

Jesus is nailed to the cross

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider how Jesus, thrown violently on the cross, stretches out his hands and offers the eternal Father the sacrifice of his life for our salvation. The executioners nailed him with nails; then, lifting the cross, they let him die of pain in this infamous gallows. O my Jesus, victim of the most vilifying contempt, hold my heart at your feet, so that I may perpetually remain there to love you always, and never leave you from now on.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

XII STATION Jesus dies on the cross

Jesus dies on the cross

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider Jesus dying for three hours on the cross. Finally, exhausted from pain, he abandoned himself to the weight of his body, bowed his head and died ...! O my Jesus, victim of love, I tenderly kiss this cross on which I see you dead for me. For my sins I deserved to die in your misfortune, but your death is my hope. Ah! for the sake of your merits give me the grace to die embracing your feet and burning with love for you. I place my soul in your hands.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

XIII STATION Jesus is descended from the cross

Jesus is descended from the cross

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider how, after the Lord's death, two of his disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, descend from the cross and place him in the arms of his sorrowful Mother, who receives him with love, and holds him tenderly over his heart. O Mother of sorrows, for the love of your divine Son, receive me as your servant and pray for me. And you, my Redeemer, since you died for me, make me love you, because I desire you and nothing else.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

XIV STATION Jesus is buried

Jesus is buried

We worship you, Jesus Christ, etc. Consider the disciples walking to the grave to give Jesus a grave. Mary accompanies them; she is the one who arranges with her own hands in the tomb the inanimate body of her Son. After that, the sepulcher is closed and everyone leaves. O my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone of your tomb. But you came out of it glorious on the third day. Ah! for the merits of your resurrection, make it possible for me on the last day to be resurrected with you in glory, to possess, praise and love you forever in heaven.

I love you, O Jesus, my love, I love you more than myself, and for that reason I love you, it weighs me with all my heart to have offended you; do not allow me to separate more from You. Make me love you always, and then do with me whatever is your holy will.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory to the Father.

Plenary ind., Each time. Another plenary, if the same day is confessed and communed (194). 8.

8. SPIRITUAL READING

 

To get much fruit from spiritual reading, it is necessary, before beginning it, to recommend yourself to God, in order to be enlightened by his divine light in the things to be read. During spiritual reading, the Lord deigns to speak to us; We must therefore, taking the book, say this prayer: Speak, Lord, because your servant listens (IRs 3,9). Yes, speak to me, let me know your holy will. I want to obey you in everything. It is necessary, at the end of the reading, to choose one of the thoughts that touched you the most, to bring it with you, as we usually take a flower from the garden where we went to have fun. Then thank the Lord, saying:

 

Lord, I thank you for so many help and lights that you give me, to sanctify me and to arrest me more and more to you.

9. VISITS TO THE HOLY SACRAMENT AND THE HOLY VIRGIN

 

How pleasing to the Heart of Jesus are those who visit him frequently, and are happy to keep him company in the sanctuaries where he resides in his Sacrament! Godly soul, do not let any day pass without going to a church to entertain you, if not more, at least for a quarter of an hour, before the Blessed Sacrament. Oh! how delicious it is to speak familiarly with Jesus Christ! Do not miss any day with a visit to Mary; from this you will receive signed thanks. As for the way to make the visit, I consulted the third part (p.225). 10.

 

10. THE ROSARY OR THIRD

 

He who has true devotion to Mary Most Holy can be called blessed in this life, and be sure of the possession of paradise, according to the following word that the Holy Church puts in the mouth of the Queen of Heaven: He who has found me will find life , and you will obtain salvation (Pv8,35).

 

 

But who do you think Maria is? He is the one who loves and honors her for her special devotions. Now, of all the devotions, I do not know that there is any more pleasing to the Mother of God than the Rosary. Oh! what a beautiful hope of salvation those who recite it every day with piety and perseverance! The books are full of examples of souls saved by this means.

 

 

Listen to what the same demons, obliged by an order from St. Dominic, said in praise of the Rosary: ​​"We are forced to confess that whoever perseveres in devotion to Mary and the Rosary will not be condemned, because Mary will achieve his salvation." Therefore, be sure to pray at least part of the Rosary each day with affection and confidence.

 

I THIRD Joyful mysteries

Joyful mysteries

First joyful Mystery:

Annunciation

Mary conceives the Word Incarnate, Who came into the world to redeem sin.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, responding humbly to the Angel Gabriel, who announces that she is to be Mother of God, and let us ask her for the grace of humility.

Second joyful Mystery:

Visitation

Feeling alight in charity, Isabel visits, full of humility.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, freeing her from original sin, for her charitable visit to John the Baptist, and giving thanks to her mother, Saint Isabel, and let us ask her for the grace of charity towards others.

Joyful Third Mystery:

Birth of the Savior

In a poor lapa the Savior is born. From the pure Virgin Mother, a divine flower springs.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, reclining in a poor crib Jesus, her Son, the Redeemer of the world, and ask her for the grace of letting go of the goods of the earth.

Joyful Mystery Room:

Presentation of Jesus and purification of Mary

In the temple he presents Jesus Boy; In the arms of dawn comes the divine sun.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, submitting with her Son to a law to which she was not subject, since she always remained a Virgin, and let us ask her for the grace of obedience to the laws of God and the Church.

Fifth joyful Mystery:

Encounter of Jesus in the temple the Son who seeks full of agony, In the temple finds with supreme joy.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, finding her divine Son in the temple, who left her for three days to instruct the doctors and let us ask her for the grace to listen with respect to the doctrine of the Gospel.

II THIRD Sorrowful mysteries

Painful mysteries

First painful Mystery:

Agony of Our Lord

In the sad retreat the Son is praying, With blood sweat the earth is bathing.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, taking part in the agony that causes her Son to see our sins and the pains that she will suffer to atone for them, and ask her for the grace of contrition.

Second painful Mystery:

flagellation of Our Lord

You already see him tied to the hard column, A living wound on your sacred body.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, patiently contemplating the cruelty of the executioners who flog her Son and ask her for the grace of patience in tribulations.

Third painful Mystery:

Coronation of thorns of Our Lord

Through hard thorns she sees him pierced, The sacred head, all bloody.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, suffering in silence the irreversible scorns to her Son crowned with thorns, and ask her for the grace to be silent when they revile us.

Painful Fourth Mystery:

Lifting the Cross

The cross weighing on the injured shoulder, Cair, sees the beloved Son on the ground.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, accompanying her Son cheerfully carrying the cross, and ask her for the courage to always follow Jesus on the path of suffering.

Fifth painful Mystery:

Crucifixion of Our Lord

On the cross raised between two thieves, the King of Glory dies full of afflictions.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, forgiving with Jesus the executioners who crucified her beloved Son, and ask her for the grace to forgive for His sake to our Enemies.

III THIRD Glorious mysteries

Glorious mysteries

First Glorious Mystery:

Resurrection of Our Lord

It is full of joy that Jesus, winner of death by the holy cross, resurfaces.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, admiring the triumph of the risen Jesus, despite all the power of her enemies, and ask her for the grace to never doubt the triumph of God and our faith.

Second Glorious Mystery:

Ascension of Our Lord

Joyful and longing to go up, he sees in heaven, Jesus triumphant, his sweet charm.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, accompanying her divine Son who ascends to heaven with her eyes and wishes, and ask her for the grace to live with the desire for our salvation.

Glorious Third Mystery:

Coming of the Holy Spirit

From the Father's right hand, God the Son sends, The divine Spirit that burns Mary.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, receiving with the Apostles, in the gathering of the Upper Room, the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and ask her for the grace of knowledge and the love of God.

Glorious Mystery Room:

Assumption of Our Lady

Already leaving the earth, Mary exalted To the heavens rises, surrounded by the Angels.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, breathing out in the love of God, whom she has always served, and soon rewarded in paradise, and let us ask her for the grace of final perseverance.

Fifth Glorious Mystery:

Coronation of Our Lady in Heaven

The Son's right hand on a throne of glory, With crowned light, already sings victory.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria (bis)

Let us salute the Virgin Mary, crowned in heaven Queen of Saints, and ask her for the grace to love her. and serve you faithfully in this world, stop. be forever happy with it. in the sky.

Indulg. 5 years every time the rosary is said, 10 years once a day praying it together with others, plenary praying it before the Most Holy (395).

LITANY OF OUR LADY

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, listen to us.

Jesus Christ, listen to us.

God, Father in heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit,

Most Holy Trinity, that you are one God,

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgin of Virgins,

Mother of Jesus Christ,

Mother of divine grace,

Mother pure,

Most chaste mother,

Immaculate Mother,

Mother intact,

Loving mother,

Admirable mother,

Mother of the Good Council,

Mother of the Creator,

Mother of the Savior,

Most prudent virgin,

Venerable Virgin,

Commendable virgin,

Mighty Virgin,

Merciful Virgin,

Faithful Virgin,

Mirror of Justice,

Thirst for wisdom,

Cause of our joy,

Spirituality,

Honorific Vase,

Vignette of devotion,

Mystic Rose,

Tower of David,

Ivory Tower,

Gold House,

Ark of the Covenant,

Heaven's Door,

Morning Star,

Health of the sick,

Refuge of sinners,

Consoling of the afflicted,

Aid of Christians,

Queen of Angels,

Queen of Patriarchs,

Queen of the prophets,

Queen of Apostles,

Queen of Martyrs,

Queen of Confessors,

Queen of Virgins,

Queen of all saints,

Queen conceived without sin,

Queen assumes to the sky,

Queen of the Holy Rosary,

Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, forgive us, Sir.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, hear us, Sir.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.

Q. That we may be worthy of Christ's promises.

Let us pray.

Grant to your servants, we ask you, Lord, our God, that we always enjoy the health of the soul and the body and through the glorious intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us be free from the present sadness and attain eternal glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In October

Let us pray.

Let us worship such a great sacrament;

And the old document gives way to the new rite.

Give faith the supply to the defect of the senses.

Praise and joy to the Father and the Son,

Greetings and honor to you and also virtue and blessing:

Praise him from both. Amen.

O God, whose Only Begotten Son for his life, death and resurrection has won us the prizes of eternal life, grant us, we implore you, that in honoring these mysteries, by the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, imitate what they contain and obtain the that promise. By the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Praise in blasphemy repair

Blessed be God.

Blessed be his holy name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.

Blessed be the name of Jesus.

Blessed be his Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be your Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.

Blessed be his Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be his glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, your most chaste husband.

Blessed be God in your Angels and in your Saints.

Ind. 3 years, in public 5 years. IP (696).

Prayer for the Church and the Fatherland

God and our Lord, protect your Church, give it holy pastors and worthy ministers; pour out your blessings on our Holy Father the Pope, on our Bishop (Archbishop), on our Parish Priest and all the Clergy; on the head of the nation, the state and on all persons constituted in dignity, so that they may govern with justice; give the Brazilian people constant peace and complete prosperity. Favor, with continuous effects of your kindness, Brazil, this Bishopric (Archbishopric), the Parish in which we live, each one of us in particular and all the people for whom we are obliged to pray or who are recommended to our prayers. Have mercy on the souls of the faithful, who suffer in purgatory; give them, Lord, rest and eternal light.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory to the Father.

II NIGHT PRAYERS

Let us stand in the presence of God and worship Him

O eternal God, I adore you and give thanks for all your benefits: because you created and redeemed me for Jesus Christ and you made me a Christian and you waited for me, being in sin, and you have so often forgiven my guilt.

We ask God for lights to know our faults

O God, Father of lights, who enlighten every man who comes to this world, I have smitten my heart with a ray of light, of love and pain, so that I may know well the sins that I have committed against you, and have true repentance their.

Let us examine our conscience

It is useful to take two exams each day: private and general. As for practice, the private examination is short, since one only takes a look at the dominant defect, briefly making an act of contrition.

The general examination requires more time. To do this well, start by asking God for the necessary lights; then review in your memory what you did during the day, and see if you did anything wrong, for example: laziness to get up in the morning, impatience, vanity or desire to appear, contemptuous purposes, idle or unkind words, lies to excuse you , intemperance in eating, voluntary distractions in prayer or mass, curious looks, wasted time, omission of good works, small slander, slight disobedience, lack of respect for your superiors, neglect to repel bad thoughts, and other similar things. However, when you fall short, do not wait for the night to correct you; as soon as conscience accuses you, do an act of contrition, and then be at peace.These inner rebukes should comfort you, because they are a good sign. They mean that you have a horror of sins. After the exam, do the following:

Act of faith

My God, unfailing truth, I believe everything the Church proposes to me to believe, because you have revealed it to me. I believe that you are my God, the Creator of the universe, who, for all eternity, reward the righteous in paradise and punish sinners in hell. I believe that you are one in essence, and triune in people, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in the Incarnation, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Finally, I believe everything that the Holy Church believes. I thank you for making me a Christian, and I protest that I want to live and die in this holy faith.

Act of hope

My God, trusting in your promises, because you are powerful, faithful and merciful, I hope, for the merits of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of my sins, the final perseverance and the eternal glory of paradise.

Act of love and contrition

My God, I love you with all my heart and above all things, because you are infinitely good and worthy of being loved; I also love my neighbor as myself for your sake. My God, I repent of all my sins, because I have offended you with them, O infinite goodness: I deplore them from the bottom of my heart, and I have more horror than all evils. Helped with your grace, which I ask you to grant me now and always, resolved that I would rather die than give you regret again. Furthermore, I propose to receive the holy sacraments during life and in death.

Our Father, Hail Mary, I believe in God the Father.

Members of the Propagation of the Faith can gather here:

"Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us".

Prayer to recite every day before the image of the Holy Family

Most loving Jesus, that for your ineffable virtues and examples of domestic life, you consecrated the family that you chose for yourself on earth, cast a merciful look on our family, which, prostrate at your feet, asks you to be favorable. Remember that this house belongs to you, as it was dedicated and consecrated to you to honor you with special worship. Protect her in your goodness, free her from dangers, come to her aid in her needs, grant her the strength to persevere always in the imitation of your Holy Family, so that, faithfully bound by your service and love for all course of his mortal life, may he then sing your eternal praises in the heavens. O Mary, most sweet Mother, here we are, begging for your protection, very sure that your divine and only Son will answer your pleas. And you too,Most glorious Patriarch of St. Joseph, grant us the support of your powerful sponsorship, and place our vows in the hands of Mary, so that she may present them to Jesus Christ. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, enlighten us, help us, save us. So be it.

Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

1. By yourself

Most Holy Virgin Mary, who, in order to inspire us with unlimited confidence, wanted to take the sweet name of Mother of Perpetual Help, I beg you to help me at all times and places, in my temptations, after my falls, my difficulties, in all the miseries of life, and especially at the moment of death. Give me, O dear Mother, the thought and the habit of always appealing to you, for I am certain that if I am faithful in appealing to you, then be it, also in helping me. Grant me, then, this grace of grace, the grace to ask you without ceasing and with the trust of a little boy, so that, by virtue of this faithful prayer, he may obtain your perpetual help and final perseverance. Bless me, O tender and helping Mother, and pray for me now and at the time of my death. Amen.

2. For the needs of the Church

Most Holy Virgin Mary, whom we are delighted to call our Mother of Perpetual Help, show us that you deserve this beautiful title, covering with your continuous protection the Church and her august Head. By the infinite merits of the Heart of Jesus, which we offer through your Intermediary to the Eternal Father, obtain for the sinners the grace of a sincere conversion; for the dying, a holy death; for the souls of our dead relatives, liberation from the flames of purgatory; and for all of us, a general forgiveness and abundant mercy. Amen.

Prayer to achieve a good death

Lord my Jesus Christ, for the torments you suffered on the cross, when your blessed soul separated from your sacred body, have mercy on my sinful soul, when it has to leave my miserable body and enter eternity.

Prayers for the night

O Mary, because of the pain you suffered on Calvary seeing Jesus breathe out on the cross, reach a good death for me; make it so that in loving you in this world, O tender Mother, and that Jesus, your divine Son, deserve to go to love you forever in heaven.

Other indulgent prayers

1. To Jesus

Divine Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, who for your salvation you have deigned to be born in a stable, to spend your life in poverty, in anguish and misery, and to die by the torment of the cross, tell your Eternal Father, I conjure you, at the time of my death: My Father, forgive him; say your dear Mother: Behold your Son; say my soul: Today you will be with me in paradise. My God, my God, don't abandon me at that time. I am thirsty: yes, my God, my soul is thirsty for you, who are the source of living waters. My life passes like the shadow; still a little time and everything will be over! That is why, my lovely Savior, it is that I place my spirit in Your hands for all eternity. Jesus, my Lord, deign to receive my soul. Amen.

2. The Immaculate Mary

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who turn to you; O refuge of sinners, mother of the dying; do not abandon us at the time of our death; but reach us with perfect pain, sincere contrition, forgiveness of our sins, worthy reception from the Viatic Saint, strength of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, so that we can safely present ourselves before the throne of a judge who is just, but also merciful, our God and Redeemer. Amen.

Prayer before bedtime

O my God, I thank you for having preserved my life on this day; I beg you to conserve this night and preserve me from all sin. I offer you this sleep, and I intend to love, praise and thank you, as the angels and saints do in heaven, each time I breathe. O Mary, my Mother, bless me and cover me with the cloak of your protection. My good custodial angel, my patron saints, intercede for me; Santos and Santas of paradise, pray for me.

3 Ave-Marias, as in the morning. Then go to rest. As you undress, do so with the utmost modesty. I sprinkled your bed with holy water.

Before going to sleep say:

Lord, I place my soul in your hands.

Say this prayer with the intention of offering to God all your breaths of the night, like so many other acts of love.

12. WAY TO TALK CONTINUOUSLY WITH GOD

§1. God wants us to speak with confidence and familiarity

 

Blessed Job could not cease admiring himself, seeing God so intent on spreading his benefits over man. Doesn't it seem that the Lord has nothing more at heart than loving us and winning our love? This is why the Holy One exclaimed, addressing God: What is man so that you can elevate him so much in your esteem? and why are you the object of your affection? (Job7,17).

 

 

It is, therefore, an evident mistake to think that one cannot deal with God in a familiar and trusting manner without lacking in respect due to his infinite majesty. Undoubtedly, devout soul, you owe God reverence full of humility; you are obliged to be slaughtered in his presence, remembering mainly the ingratitude and outrages that, in the past, you have been guilty towards him; but none of this should prevent you, in your relations with him, from the most tender love, the most complete confidence of which you are capable. He is infinite majesty, but at the same time he is infinite goodness and infinite love.

 

 

In God you have the most sublime Lord that can exist, but also the most loving Spouse that you can possess. Far from exposing yourself to his contempt, you rejoice in him with the simple and tender trust of little children towards their mothers. Listen with what terms He encourages us to come to His presence, and what caresses He promises us: You will be like children that the mother brings tight to her breast and caresses having them on her knees, as the mother caresses her little son, so I I will console (Is66,12).

 

 

The mother rejoices in having her child on her lap, giving her food, surrounding him with caresses; it is with the same tenderness that our good God is pleased to treat the souls that are dear to him for having given himself without reservation, and placed all his hopes on His goodness.

 

 

Be sure, there is no person who can equal God in the love that He has for us, neither friend, nor brother, nor father, nor mother, nor husband, nor lover. Divine Grace is, according to the word of the Sage, the rich treasure through which, vis creatures and unworthy slaves as we are, we become dear friends of our own Creator (Sb 7,14). To inspire us with more confidence, He arrived, so to speak, until he was annihilated, as São Paulo says (Fp2,7); he was slaughtered until he became a man to live among us and talk to us with family (Br3,38). He even became a boy, made himself poor, let himself be condemned and crucified publicly; he went even further to hide himself under the kinds of bread, to be a perpetual companion of our exile, and to join closely with us: He, says He, who eats my body and drinks my blood, remains in Me, and I I remain in it (] the 6,57). Finally, it could be said that He loves you so much that you are the only object of His love. Also, on your side, you must not love anything outside of God; as you have the right to say: My beloved is mine, you must also say: And I am his (Cân2,16); yea, since my God has given himself to me, I give myself to Him; because he chose me for his beloved, I chose him out of all for my only love (Ct5,10). Then tell him many times:Then tell him many times:Then tell him many times:

 

Lord, why do you love me so much? what do you think of me? Did you forget the injuries I did to you? Ah! since you have treated me with so much love and, instead of rushing into hell, you showered me with so many graces, whom I would love to love in the future, if not to you, my highest good, my everything! O my most gracious God, what afflicts me most in past offenses, is not so much the pain I deserved, but rather the disgust I have caused you, who are worthy of unlimited love. But, the prophet assures me, You do not know how to despise a heart that repents and humiliates (Ps 50,19). Now, I protest, I want nothing more in this life or the next, but only you. Why is there for me in heaven? and outside of you that I could desire on earth? ... O God of my heart, you are my inheritance forever! (Sl72,25). You are and will always be the owner of my heart,of my will, my only good, my paradise, my hope, my love, my everything; I repeat it: you are the God of my heart and my sharing for all eternity.

 

To strengthen your trust in God more and more, remember often of His doing so full of goodness towards you, and of the means by which His mercy took you out of your unruly life, pulled you out of earthly affections, and drew you to His holy love. Your only fear is that you will not be confident in your relationships with your God, now that you are resolved to love him and please him with all your power. The mercy He has used with you is a sure pledge of the love He has for you. God does not see without displeasure the lack of trust in the souls that He loves and is sincerely loved. If, then, you want to rejoice your heart, tenderly, testify to her now of all the confidence and affection of which you are capable. Behold, I wrote to you in my hands; your walls are always before my eyes (Is49,16).

 

 

Dear soul, says the Lord, why are these fears, these suspicions? I have your name engraved on my hand, in order to never lose sight of your happiness. Perhaps it is your enemies that make you tremble? but you know that the care of your defense is continually present in my thinking, and I cannot forget it. Safe in this divine protection, David exclaimed with joy: Lord, your benevolence is like a shield with which you cover us (Ps 5,13); who can harm us as long as your goodness and love form around us as an impenetrable wall to our enemies? Above all, reassure your confidence by thinking of the gift that God has given us of Jesus Christ: Because, Jesus himself said, God loved the world to the point of giving his only Son (Jn 3:16). And after that, exclaims the Apostle, after He gave us his own Son,how can we fear that something will be refused? (Rm 8,32).

 

 

God's paradise is, it can be said, the heart of man. God loves you, love him; his delights, he declares, are to be with you (Pv 8,31); let yours be with Him, spend all your mortal life with Him whose kind company you hope to enjoy in eternal bliss. Then make it a habit to speak to Him just by yourself, familiarly, with love and confidence, as to the dearest friend you have, and the one who loves you most.

 

§two. It is easy and pleasant to be entertained with God

 

It is a great mistake, as we have already said, to show distrust in our relations with God, and to always appear in his presence as a shy and shameful slave, who trembles in fear before his king; but an even worse mistake would be to imagine that it is annoying and tedious to talk to the Lord: No, not in the slightest: because your conversation is nothing unpleasant, and your company is nothing boring (Sb 8,16). Question the souls who love you sincerely, and they will tell you that, in the sorrows of life, their sweetest and most solid consolation is to be entertained with God. You are not required to continually apply your spirit, nor to forget your occupations or even your recreations; what is required is that, without neglecting your work, do with God as you do with the people who love you and are loved by you. Your God is always close to you,and even within you: Because it is in him that you have life, movement and being (Acts 17,28). Whoever wishes to speak to him always finds the door wide open: the Lord estimates that you will treat them with all confidence. Talk to him about your affairs, designs, penalties, fears, and everything that interests you. Above all, I do it again, with confidence and an open heart. God is not in the habit of speaking to a soul who does not speak to him, because he is not in a state of understanding his language, since he is not in the habit of dealing with Him.with confidence and an open heart. God is not in the habit of speaking to a soul who does not speak to him, because he is not in a state of understanding his language, since he is not in the habit of dealing with Him.with confidence and an open heart. God is not in the habit of speaking to a soul who does not speak to him, because he is not in a state of understanding his language, since he is not in the habit of dealing with Him.

 

 

This is why the Lord complains in Canticles: Our sister, he says, is still a child in my love; how do we go about talking to her, if she doesn't understand? (Ct8.8). God wants to be seen as the most powerful and fearful Lord by those who despise his grace; but he also wants those who love him to treat him as the most affectionate friend; he wants them to speak to him often, with familiarity and without fear.

 

 

God must always be sovereignly respected, it is true; but when he himself wants to make you feel his presence and wants to speak to him as the friend who loves you more than everyone else, open your heart with complete freedom and confidence. He prevents those who desire his presence, says the Sage, and spontaneously shows himself to them (Sb 6,14). Once you aspire to his love, he does not expect you to come to him, but he comes and presents himself to you first, with the graces and remedies that you need. Only one word awaits you to speak, to show that he is with you, listens to you and is ready to comfort you. Their ears are open to hear the prayers of the just (Ps33,16). Because of his immensity, God is everywhere; however, there are two that are your own and preferred home: one is the empirical sky,where it is present for the glory it communicates to the blessed; another, on earth, is the humble heart that loves him: He dwells in the holy place, says Isaiah, and with a humble and penitent soul (Is57,15).

 

 

Thus, our God, who resides in the highest of the heavens, does not deign to spend days and nights with his faithful servants, in his caves or cells; and there, he gives them his divine consolations, of which only one surpasses all the delights that the world can give, consolations that only those who do not experience will not desire. Taste and see how sweet the Lord is (Pv33,9). In the world, friends have hours to talk, and hours when they separate, but between God and you, if you want, there will never be a moment of separation: As long as you sleep, the Lord will be at your side (Prov 3,24), and will watch without cease with you. I will rest in his company, says the Sage, and will talk to him for my thoughts (Sab8,9-16). When you rest, God does not separate from your bed, but keeps thinking about you constantly, so that if you wake up at night,may speak to you for your inspirations, and receive from you, some act of love, offering and thanks. So he wants, even in the time of rest, to continue his sweet and lovely entertainments with you. He will speak to you even during your sleep, and will instruct you about his will, so that when you wake up, you will put it to work (Nm 12,6). In the morning, to find him, you are still with you, to hear some words of affection or trust, and to collect your first thoughts and the promise that you make of acting in everything in order to please him during the day, with the offering all the penalties that you intend to suffer willingly for his glory and love. As he never fails to present himself to you at the moment of waking up, be sure to also look at him full of love;rejoice to hear from your God the happy news that he is not far from you, according to the sweet precept that He reminds you at this very hour: You will love the Lord your God with all your heart (Dt6,5).

 

§3. That when and how we should speak to God

I. In general.

 

Never forget, then, the sweet presence of the Lord, as most men do. Speak to him as many times as you can: He is not like the great ones on earth, he will not be bored with your frequency or despise you; and if you love Him, you will always have something to entertain Him. Tell Him everything that presents itself in terms of your person and interests, as you will say it to a close friend. Do not consider Him as a proud prince, who wants to deal only with tall things and only with great characters: our God is pleased to be down to deal with each one of us and wants us to communicate our business even the least important ones and more ordinary. He loves you and cares for you, as if you were the only object of his thoughts. It is so applied to what interests you;who seems to keep His providence only to help you, His omnipotence to help you, His mercy and kindness to have compassion on you, to do you good, and to win your trust and love by signs of tenderness. Then discover all of your inner self freely, and ask Him to guide you to the perfect fulfillment of His holy will, and all your desires and designs have the sole purpose of giving Him pleasure and contenting your heart: Discover your way to the Lord (Sl36,5). Ask Him to make your paths straight and that all your designs rest on Him (Tb4,20).and ask Him to guide you to the perfect fulfillment of His holy will, and all your desires and designs have the sole purpose of pleasing Him and contenting His heart: discover your way to the Lord (Ps 36,5). Ask Him to make your paths straight and that all your designs rest on Him (Tb4,20).and ask Him to guide you to the perfect fulfillment of His holy will, and all your desires and designs have the sole purpose of pleasing Him and contenting His heart: discover your way to the Lord (Ps 36,5). Ask Him to make your paths straight and that all your designs rest on Him (Tb4,20).

 

 

Do not say: What is the use of exposing all my needs to God? He sees and knows them better than I do. God knows them, there is no doubt, but he proceeds as if he ignores the needs that you do not speak to Him and for which you do not turn to Him. Our Divine Savior knew of the death of Lazarus; however, before the deceased's sisters communicated it, he seemed to ignore her; only after receiving their message does he console them, resurrecting their brother (Jo11,1).

 

2. In the sufferings.

 

So, when you are in the trials of sickness, temptation, persecution or other tribulation, whatever it may be, go to the Lord without delay, and pray to Him to extend your helping hand. It will be enough to put under your eyes what afflicts you, saying, Lord, see my distress. He will not fail to comfort you, or at least he will give you the strength to bear your cross with patience, which will be worth more to you than if He took it from you at all. Communicate all the thoughts that torment you, your feelings of fear or sadness, and say to Him: My God, I place all my hopes in you; I offer you this trial and resign myself to Your holy will; but, have compassion on me; or deliver me from this affliction or help me to endure it. Then the Lord will certainly fulfill his promise to comfort or strengthen all those who, in pain,they turn to Him: Come all to me, He says in the Gospel, you who suffer and are overwhelmed, and I will relieve you (Mt 11:28).

 

 

If you ever go to seek some comfort from your friends with your friends, God does not take offense at this, but wants you to preferably appeal to Him. So, at least after asking the creatures for consolations that they were unable to give you. , turn to the Creator, and say to Him: Lord, men have nothing but words (Job 16:21), powerless to comfort me; I don't listen to them anymore. You are all my hope and all my love; I expect only my consolation from you, and what I ask for is the grace of doing on this occasion what is most pleasant to you. I am ready to suffer this penalty throughout my life and all eternity, if this is Your will; but, O my God, help me.

 

 

Do not be afraid to give him disgust if you ever dare to complain sweetly to him in these terms: Lord, you know it, I love You and I desire nothing but Your love. Why are you separated from me? (Ps 9,10-11) For mercy, come to my aid, do not abandon me. If your desolation is prolonged and overwhelmed, unite your cross with that of Jesus afflicted and dying in yours, and say imploring the Lord's mercy: My God! My God! why have you abandoned me? (Mt 27.46). But take this opportunity to humble yourself more deeply, reminding yourself that you do not deserve consolation after having offended God and at the same time refresh your confidence, thinking that your heavenly Father does not, does not allow anything, that does not be it for your good: all things, St. Paul assures us, cooperate for the good of those who love God (Rm 8,28).With even greater courage, the more confusion and desolation fill your soul, say to God: Lord, it is Yours to clarify, Yours to save me; who has I will go? (Ps26,1). I trust in you, Lord, I will not be confused forever (Ps30,2).

 

 

So be reassured, convinced that no one, after having put their trust in God, has ever been lost (Ecl2,11). Think that God loves you more than you can love yourself, and stop fearing. Comfort yourself by repeating with David: The Lord takes my interests to heart (Ps 39,18). Yes, my God, I know, and that is why I abandon myself in Your arms; I don't want to think but to love and please you; behold, I am ready to do whatever you require of me. Not only do you wish my good, but it is the object of your paternal concerns; I leave you then to take care of my salvation. I rest and I will always rest in you, seeing as you want me to put all my hopes in you (Ps4,6):

 

 

Have feelings worthy of God's goodness (Wis 1,1). In these words, the Sage exhorts us to have more confidence in the mercy of God than fear of his justice, because He is incomparably more likely to do good than to punish: Mercy, says St. James, wins justice (Tg2, 13). Hence this warning by the Apostle St. Peter that in the midst of our fears, with regard to our interests, whether temporal or eternal, we must give ourselves entirely to the goodness of our God, who, he adds, takes extreme care of our salvation: Cast all your cares into his bosom, because he takes your salvation very much to heart (IPd7,5). And in this regard, oh! what a beautiful title David gives the Lord when he calls him the God who saves! (Ps67,21). According to Belarmino's explanation,in this way he teaches us that the very thing of our God is not to condemn, but to save all men; for if he threatens his wrath with his wrath, he promises and assures his mercy to those who fear him, just as the Mother of God proclaims him in her Song: And her mercy rests on those who fear him ...

 

 

I quote you all these texts of Scripture, devout soul, so that if you are ever tempted with concerns about your own salvation, your predestination, you can be reassured, seeing in the Lord's promises how much he wants to save you, as long as you are determined to love him and serve him as he wants.

 

3. In the joys.

 

When you receive some satisfactory news, do not do as certain infidel and ungrateful souls do, who turn to God at the time of the tribulation, but in prosperity they forget and abandon him. Proceed to God with the same fidelity that you use with a sincere friend who would regard your happiness as his own; go and communicate your joy to him: praise him and give thanks, recognizing that you owe everything to his goodness; judge yourself happy because you owe him this grace; finally, put all your joy and comfort in the Lord: I will rejoice in God my Savior (Heb 3,18). I will sing the Praises of the Lord from whom these goods come to me (Ps12,10). Say to him: My Jesus, I bless you and I will always bless you for all the graces that you lavish on me, a sinner, that I would deserve, not favors, but punishments. - Say to him with the holy wife: All fruits,young and old, I keep for you, O my beloved (Ct 7,13). Lord, I give you thanks; I keep the memory of all your benefits, past and present, to give you honor and glory for them for all eternity.

 

 

But if you truly love your God, you rejoice more with Him than with your happiness. It is not uncommon for people to be more satisfied with the good of the person they love very much than with their own. So be happy, because you know that your God is infinitely happy, say to him many times: My beloved Lord, I rejoice more in your immense happiness than in mine, because I love You more than myself.

 

4. After a foul.

 

If, after each fault you fall into, you are not ashamed of going to throw yourself at the feet of your most loving God and ask for his forgiveness, to give Him a sign of confidence that is singularly pleasing to Him. Know it, God is so inclined to forgive, that he groans at the perdition of souls who separate themselves from Him and live deprived of the life of grace; He tenderly invites them: Why, he exclaims, why run to death, children of Israel? turn to me and you will live (Ez 18,31). The soul that abandoned him promises to welcome him as soon as he returns to his arms. Turn to me and I will turn to you (Zc1,3). Oh! if sinners knew with what kindness the Lord awaits them, to forgive them! Does the Lord, says Isaiah, hope that He can show you mercy? (Is30,18). Oh! if they could understand to what extent, far from wanting to punish them, he wishes that,for a sincere conversion, allow him to embrace you and hold you close to your heart! Isn't that what he says? I swear on my own, says the Lord God, I do not want the wicked to die, but to leave his bad way and live (Ez33,11). Go on to say: Sinners, repent of having offended me, then come to me; if I do not forgive you, accuse me of lying and infidelity; but no, far from breaking my promise, if you come, even if your consciences are like scarlet ink or blackened by your sins, I will make them white by snow by my grace (Is 1:18). Anyway, it is the Lord's formal declaration; who will cast into oblivion all the sins of the soul that regrets having offended him (Ez 18,22).says the Lord God, I do not want the death of the wicked, but I want him to leave his bad way and live (Ez33,11). Go on to say: Sinners, repent of having offended me, then come to me; if I do not forgive you, accuse me of lying and infidelity; but no, far from breaking my promise, if you come, even if your consciences are like scarlet ink or blackened by your sins, I will make them white by snow by my grace (Is 1:18). Anyway, it is the Lord's formal declaration; who will cast into oblivion all the sins of the soul that regrets having offended him (Ez 18,22).says the Lord God, I do not want the death of the wicked, but I want him to leave his bad way and live (Ez33,11). Go on to say: Sinners, repent of having offended me, then come to me; if I do not forgive you, accuse me of lying and infidelity; but no, far from breaking my promise, if you come, even if your consciences are like scarlet ink or blackened by your sins, I will make them white by snow by my grace (Is 1:18). Anyway, it is the Lord's formal declaration; who will cast into oblivion all the sins of the soul that regrets having offended him (Ez 18,22).far from missing my promise, if you come, even if your consciences are like scarlet ink or blackened by your sins, I will make them white by snow by my grace (Is 1:18). Anyway, it is the Lord's formal declaration; who will cast into oblivion all the sins of the soul that regrets having offended him (Ez 18,22).far from missing my promise, if you come, even if your consciences are like scarlet ink or blackened by your sins, I will make them white by snow by my grace (Is 1:18). Anyway, it is the Lord's formal declaration; who will cast into oblivion all the sins of the soul that regrets having offended him (Ez 18,22).

 

 

So, after a fall, I immediately looked up at the Lord with an act of love, humbly acknowledged your lack, and, waiting safely for forgiveness, said to him: Lord! this heart that you love is sick (Jn 11,3), covered with wounds: heal me because I have sinned against you (SI40, 5). You go after repentant sinners; behold, one who comes to you, behold it at your feet: the evil is done, which side will I take? You do not want me to lose confidence; even after this sin, you love me well, and I also love you still; yes, my God, I love you with all my heart; I am sorry that I have displeased you, I am resolved that I am not doing it anymore; you are the God full of sweetness and mercy (Ps85,5), forgive me, therefore, say as to Magdalene: your sins are forgiven you (Lk 7:48), and grant me the strength to be faithful to you for the future . In order not to be discouraged,then, mainly, take a look at Jesus crucified; offer your merits to the Eternal Father, and hope to obtain your forgiveness in this way, because, in order to forgive you, God did not spare his own Son (Rm 8,32). Say to him with confidence: My God, look at the face of your Christ (Ps 83,10), see your Son, dead for me, and for this Son's sake forgive me.

 

 

Pay the most serious attention, O devout soul, to this advice that the masters of the spiritual life commonly give, of turning to God right after each infidelity; even if the misfortune of falling a hundred times a day happens to you, put yourself in peace each time and without delay, turning to the Lord, as He says; because if you become discouraged and disturbed by the wrong done, you will run away from dealing with God, your confidence will diminish, your desire to love Him will become cold, and you will no longer be able to progress in the way of the Lord. On the contrary, if you immediately turn to God to ask for forgiveness and promise to correct you, the same falls will contribute to advancing you in Divine love. When, among people who really love each other, one dislikes the other, but it does not take long to relieve it with humble satisfaction, friendship, instead of ending,often it narrows more than before. Be the same between God and you; proceed so that your own faults serve to tighten the bonds of love that unite you to Him more and more.

 

5. When in doubt.

 

When in doubt, whether personal or unrelated, do as faithful friends, who consult all your business among themselves; never fail to give God this proof of confidence: consult him, ask him to explain to you, in order to make the resolution that is most pleasant to him: Put the word on my lips and increase the wisdom in my soul (jdt9,18 ), tell me yourselves, Lord, what do you want me to do or answer; I will obey you: Speak, Lord, because your servant listens (Rs3,10).

 

6. To the next.

 

Recommend to God with confidence, not only your own needs, but also His glory, from the miseries of others and recommend in particular to the unfortunate ones who groan under the weight of tribulations, the souls in purgatory, their beloved wives, who sigh for the happiness of seeing him, and the poor sinners who live in deprivation of his grace. In favor of the latter, you can ask him like this:

 

Lord, you are all lovable, infinite love you deserve; how then do you suffer that there are so many souls in the world who, combined with your benefits, do not want to know or love you, and even offend and despise you? O my infinitely lovable God, make them known to you, make them love you: Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come to us; yes, may your name be adored and loved by all men; may your love reign in all hearts. Ah! do not bid me farewell without having granted me some grace for those poor souls on whose behalf I intercede for you.

7. Heavenly desire.

 

In purgatory, it is thought, a particular penalty, called languor, to which the souls who, in this life, have little desire for paradise are condemned. This opinion is founded on reason, because not desiring such a great good, an eternal kingdom that our Redeemer has acquired for us at the price of his blood, is to pay little attention to him. Remember, then, devout soul, to long for this heavenly abode; tell your God that, because of the desire in which you burn to go and love him, contemplating him without a veil, your exile seems like a thousand years. Yearn to leave this land of sins where you continually run the risk of losing divine grace, in order to enter the homeland of love where you will love the Lord with all your might. I repeated it many times: Lord, as long as I live here, I will always be in danger of abandoning you and renouncing your love;when then it will be given to me to leave this land where I offend you every day, to love you with all my heart and unite with you, without fear of ever losing you! Such were Santa Teresa's continuing sighs; she rejoiced when she heard the clock ticking, thinking it was just another hour, an hour of danger of losing God; her desires to die to see God were so ardent that they killed her in some way, and such is the subject of her loving elegy: I am dying of regret that I cannot die.her desires to die to see God were so ardent that they killed her in some way, and such is the subject of her loving elegy: I am dying of regret that I cannot die.her desires to die to see God were so ardent that they killed her in some way, and such is the subject of her loving elegy: I am dying of regret that I cannot die.

 

§ 4. God responds to the soul that speaks to him

 

In short, if you want to please the loving heart of your God, endeavor to entertain yourself with him as many times as you can, to speak to him even continuously and with all possible confidence; on his side, the Lord will not disdain to answer you and be entertained with you. He will not make you hear his voice in an outward and sensitive manner, but he will speak to you inwardly a language that your heart will understand well, if you know how to let go of the commerce of creatures to deal alone with your God: I will lead you to loneliness, he says, and then I will speak to your heart (Os2,14). Then he will speak to you through inspirations, interior lights, testimonies of his kindness, gentle touches that penetrate the heart, assurances of forgiveness, pledges of peace, hope of heavenly happiness, intimate joys, caresses of his grace,affectionate hugs and squeezes. In a word, the Lord will make you understand this language of love, perfectly intelligible to the souls he loves and who are content with him.

 

§ 5. Practical summary

 

In closing, I will briefly remind you of the sparse things in the preceding paragraphs, indicating a practical way of making all the actions of the day pleasing to God.

 

 

In the morning when you wake up, it will be your first thought to raise your heart to God and offer him everything you do and suffer during the day; ask him, behold, he helps you with his grace. Then do the other acts that every Christian should do in the morning, acts of thanks and love, supplication, good purpose, resolve to spend that day as if it were the last of your life. Following Father Saint-jure's advice, you will be able to make the following convention with God each morning, that at every repetition of a certain sign, such as reaching up to your heart, looking up at the sky, looking at the crucifix, express your love, your desire to see him loved by all men, the gift of yourself, and of others. After the aforementioned acts, having placed you in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and under the mantle of Mary,ask the eternal Father to keep you on this day for the love of Jesus and Mary, try, immediately and before all other actions, to do your prayer or meditation for at least half an hour. Preferably, it is your taste to meditate on the pain and contempt that Jesus Christ suffered in his Passion; it is the matter most dear to fervent souls and which better than any other, burns them with divine love. Three devotions must, among all, be more of your chest, if you want to progress on the spiritual path: devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ, to the SS. Sacramento, and the SS. Virgin Mary. In prayer, I repeated many times the acts of contrition, love of God, and self-offering. The venerable Father Caraffa, founder of Pios Obreiros, said that a fervent act of God's love, done in the morning in prayer, is enough to keep the soul in fervor throughout the day.

 

 

Carefully practice your other exercises in piety, such as confession, communion, divine office, etc. When you have to surrender to outside occupations, to study, work, or other duties specific to your state, do not forget, at the beginning of each action, to offer it to God, asking for assistance to carry it out as it should. ; be sure to withdraw many times, following the example of Saint Catherine of Sena, to the depths of your heart to unite you with God. In a word, whatever you do, do it with God and for God. - When leaving your room or house, and entering those places, always recommend yourself to the Mother of God for a Hail Mary. Putting you at the table, offer to God whatever you experience with disgust and pleasure in drinking and eating; and at the end of the meal, give thanks, saying, Lord,how many benefits you give to those who have so often offended you! During the day, do not forget your spiritual reading or visit to the SS. Sacramento and Maria SS. In the afternoon, pray the Rosary and do the examination of conscience, followed by acts of faith, hope, charity, contrition, good purpose, with the intention of receiving the sacraments of the Church during your life and at the time of your death. the indulgences granted. In lying down, think that you should be in the fires of hell; fall asleep with the crucifix in your arms, and saying: With the protection of the Lord, I will sleep and rest in peace (SI 4, 9).charity, contrition, good purpose, with the intention of receiving during the course of your life and at the time of your death the sacraments of the Church, and gaining the indulgences granted. In lying down, think that you should be in the fires of hell; fall asleep with the crucifix in your arms, and saying: With the protection of the Lord, I will sleep and rest in peace (SI 4, 9).charity, contrition, good purpose, with the intention of receiving during the course of your life and at the time of your death the sacraments of the Church, and gaining the indulgences granted. In lying down, think that you should be in the fires of hell; fall asleep with the crucifix in your arms, and saying: With the protection of the Lord, I will sleep and rest in peace (SI 4, 9).

 

 

In order for your whole life to be spent in recollection and union with God, make an effort to take advantage of everything you see or hear, to lift your heart to God or to remind you of the things of eternity. you see, for example, a liquid running, imagine that your life flows likewise, and you approach death. you see a lamp that goes out for lack of oil, imagine that your life will have to end one day in the same way. When you see a tomb, a corpse, remember what your inanimate body will one day lie in. When you see the great people of the earth swimming in joy because of their dignities or riches, have compassion on their folly, and say, God is enough for me. They trust their cars and those on their horses; but us in the name of the Lord our God (Ps19,8). They boast of nothing but vanity;as for me, to enjoy the grace of God and to love him, that is the glory to which I aspire. When you attend pompous funerals, and consider the magnificent tombs of the princes, say to yourself: If they have condemned themselves, what use is this pomp to them? - The view of the calm or agitated sea will make you think of a soul in a state of grace or sin. A dry tree will offer you an image of a soul that is separate from God, and that only serves to be thrown into the fire. If you happen to find a person guilty of some serious fault, shaking with shame or fear before your judge, your father or another superior, represent yourself what the terror of the sinner will be in the court of Jesus Christ. If thunder inspires you to be terrified, think of the damned wretch who hear continually, in hell, the thunder of divine vengeance. If you see a condemned man grieve and say:There is then no way to escape death! Consider what the despair of a soul condemned to hell must be, and then exclaim: There is then no remedy for my eternal loss!

 

 

When you contemplate the fields, the beaches, the flowers, the fruits, the sight or odor of which you enjoy, say: What beautiful creatures the Lord has put for me on earth, that I may love him! and what delights he has for me in heaven! Seeing beautiful hills or plains, Santa Teresa said that they expressed her ingratitude towards God: Abbot Rancé, founder of Trapa, said that these admirable creatures reminded him of the obligation to love God. In the same way Saint Augustine: "Lord, he exclaimed, heaven, earth, and everything they contain, they tell me to love you" (Conf I, 10, c.6). It is told of a pious servant of God who, passing through the fields, smote flowers and plants with his staff, and said to them: "Shut up, do not express my ingratitude towards God; I understand you, shut up. you, is quite a lot ".When Santa Maria Madalena de Pazzi had a beautiful fruit, or flower, in her hands, she felt her heart penetrated by arrows of love towards God, to this reflection: "My God thought from all eternity to create this fruit, this flower, to give me a sign of your love ".

 

 

A river or stream should bring to your mind that, as its waters flow into the sea without ever stopping, you must also run to God, who is your only good. When it happens to you to travel in a carriage, notice how innocent animals struggle to serve you, and ask yourself what work you do to serve God and give him pleasure. Do your eyes fall on this other animal that pays the piece of bread it receives from its owner with such fidelity? Think that you must show yourselves much more faithful to God, who gave you existence, preserves it for you, provides for all your needs, and fills you with benefits. Hear the song of birds? Say to yourself: Listen, my heart, how these beings without reason praise the Creator: and you, what are you doing? and then praise him for an act of love. But, if it's the rooster crowing,remember that there was a time when; like St. Peter, you have denied your God; then renew your grief and your tears. By the same token, as soon as you perceive such a house, such a place, where you once sinned, turn to the Lord, saying to him: Reign, my God, that I no longer remember the sins of my youth, of my misdeeds ( Sl24,7).

 

 

In view of the valleys, fertilized by the waters that descend from the mountains, think that in this way the graces of heaven descend on the humble and separate themselves from the proud. The view of the sea, remember the greatness and immensity of God. A well-built and ornate church makes you think of the beauty of the true temple of the Lord, that is, the soul in a state of grace. If you see fire or candles burning on the altar, say: How many years ago should I burn in hell? Ah! since you have spared me this torment, Lord, make my heart ignite in your love, and be consumed like these candles, like this wood: - When you contemplate the starry sky, say with Santo André Avelino: "These stars will be one day under my feet! "

 

 

Remember also often the mysteries of love that concern our divine Savior, and when you see straw, manger, grotto, remember the Baby Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem. If it is a saw, a hammer, beams, ax, think in Jesus working as a simple worker in the Nazaré workshop. If they are cords, thorns, nails, a piece of wood, think of the pains and death of our Redeemer. Saint Francis of Assisi could not find a lamb without becoming tender to tears. "Alas! He sighed, my divine Master allowed himself to be led to death like a lamb for the love of me!" Finally, seeing an altar, a chalice, a chasuble, remember the great love that Jesus Christ witnessed to us, giving himself to us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

 

 

Following the example of Saint Teresa, offer yourself to God many times in the course of the day, saying to him: Lord, here I am, do with me as you please; should I do for your service? Tell me, I'm ready to obey you.

 

 

Multiply, as much as you can, God's acts of love. These acts, said Santa Teresa, are the wood that entertains in our hearts the fire of holy love. The venerable Sister Serafina of Capri, looking at the ass of her monastery one day, began to consider that he did not have the faculty to love God, and touched with compassion by this thought, exclaimed: "Poor animal, you do not know, you cannot love your God ". And soon, oh! prodigy, the animal began to shed tears to the point of seeing that they flowed in streams of his eyes. I followed the example of this religious saint; the sight of beings unable to know and love God excites you to take advantage of your intelligent nature to produce numerous acts of love.

 

 

When you fall short, do not delay in humiliating yourself, and try to lift yourself up by a more fervent act of love.

 

 

When something of disgust happens to you, immediately offer your pity to the Lord, and conform to his holy will; get used to repeating in all setbacks: God wants it that way, so I want it. Acts of resignation are acts of love that are most dear and pleasing to the heart of God.

 

 

Do you have to make a resolution, give advice of some importance? recommend yourselves to God first, and then act or respond. The imitation of Santa Rosa de Lima, I repeated, as many times as possible, during the day, the prayer: Lord, come to my aid (Ps 60,2), do not abandon me to my weakness.

 

 

To obtain God's help, often cast your eyes on the crucifix or the image of the Blessed Virgin, which you must have in your room; do not forget to invoke the names of Jesus and Mary frequently, especially in temptations. God, whose goodness is infinite, desires in extreme to accumulate us of his favors.

 

 

The venerable Father Baltasar Alvares once saw Jesus Christ with his hands full of graces, looking for whom to distribute them; but the Lord wants us to ask them: ask, he says, and you will receive (Jn 10, 16-24); lacking the petition, he withdraws his hand; on the contrary, he willingly opens it to those who invoke him. Did God ever despise the prayer of the one who invoked him? (Ecl2,12) asks the Ecclesiastical; have you ever refused to hear it? And according to David, God is not only merciful but very merciful to those who call on him: Lord, he says to you, you are full of sweetness, kindness and great mercy to all who call you to his aid (Ps 85,5).

 

 

Oh! how good the Lord is and liberal to the soul that seeks him (Lm 3,25) with love! If, as he declares through Isaiah's mouth, he gets to be found even for those who do not seek him (Rm 10,12), how much more diligent he will meet those who seek him in the attempt to serve and love him !

 

 

Finally, according to Santa Teresa, righteous souls must, in the practice of love, conform to this earth with the blessed souls who are already in heaven. In heaven, the saints deal only with God; all your thoughts refer to his glory, all your pleasure is to love him; so you must be. May God in this world be your only happiness, the only object of your fetuses, the only end of all your actions and desires, until you reach the eternal kingdom, where your love will be perfect and consummated in all, where your desires will be fully complete and satisfied.

 

SECOND PART

EXERCISES EVERY WEEK

ARTICLE I

DEVOTION PRACTICES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK

SUNDAY

Consecrated to the Holy Trinity and to our Holy Protector.

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

As you enter the holy place, take holy water piously; then after having deeply adored Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, I followed the priest, saying the following prayers:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I will go before the altar of God. To God who will give me the joy of my youth.

(Sl42). Judge me, O my God, and have decided my case against the enemies that persecute me; deliver me from these evil and deceitful enemies.

For you are my strength, O God, why have you repelled me? and why am I submerged in sadness, never ceasing to afflict the enemy of my soul?

Send me your light and your truth, direct them to me and lead me to your holy mountain and your tabernacle.

Yes, I will go before the altar of God, before God, who will give me the joy of my youth.

There, I will sing your praises on the harp, O God, my God! - Why then are you sad, O my soul, and why are you troubling me?

Wait on God, because I still want to praise him: he is my salvation and my God.

Glory to the Father, etc.

I will go before the altar of God. Before God, who will give me the joy of my youth.

Here the priest says the Confiteor, then the assistants answer:

Almighty God make you mercy; and after forgiving your sins, lead you into eternal life. - Amen.

I, a sinner, confess myself to Almighty God, to the always blessed Virgin Mary, to the blessed St. Michael the Archangel, to the blessed St. John the Baptist, to the Holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, to all Saints, and you, Father, because I have sinned many times, for thoughts, words and deeds: for my fault, for my fault, for my very great fault. Therefore, I ask and pray for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Blessed St. Michael the Archangel, Blessed St. John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, all the Saints and you, Father, that you pray to God our Lord for me. Amen.

After the sinful self of the assistants, the priest says:

Almighty God make you mercy; and, after forgiving your sins, lead you to eternal life. - Amen.

The omnipotent and merciful Lord grant us forgiveness, absolution and remission of our sins. Amen.

My God, come back to us and give us life. And your people will rejoice in you.

Show us, Lord, your mercy. And give us your wholesome assistance.

Lord, answer my prayer. And my cry reaches you.

V. The Lord be with you.

 R. with your spirit.

The priest goes up to the altar, saying:

We beseech you, Lord, forgive us for our iniquities, so that we may enter the Holy of Holies with a pure spirit. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We ask you, Lord, for the merits of your saints whose relics are here, and of all the other saints, deign to forgive me for all my sins. - Amen.

KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have compassion on us (3 times).

Jesus Christ, have compassion on us (3 times).

Lord, have compassion on us (3 times).

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, and we thank you for your great glory, Lord God, King of Heaven, God the Almighty Father. Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Eternal Father. You who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. You who take away the sins of the world, receive our plea. You who are sitting at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us; because only you, O Jesus Christ, are Holy, only you are the Lord, only you are the Most High, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. So be it.

PRAYER

O eternal Father, supported by the promise that your divine Son made to us, when he said: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of my Father in my name, He will grant you" (Jn 16:23); I ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of all my sins, the gift of your holy love; perseverance in your grace, the perfect fulfillment of your will, and the happiness of going to bless you forever in paradise. So be it.

EPISTLE

If I speak all the languages ​​of men and angels, but I have no charity, I am nothing more than a sounding bronze and a resounding cymbal. If I have enough faith to transport mountains, but I have no charity, I am nothing. And if I distribute all my goods to the poor and hand my body over to the flames, but I have no charity, all this is of no use to me for eternity. Charity is suffering, gentle: it is not envious; does not proceed reckless or hasty; is not proud. It is not ambitious; does not seek convenience itself; it does not stick; don't judge badly; he is not happy with iniquity, but is pleased with the truth; everything supports; everything believes; everything waits; everything suffers. Charity never faints (Cor 13).

GOSPEL

Jesus taught his disciples saying to them: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the king in heaven. Blessed are the meek because they will possess the land. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, because they will be satisfied with it. Blessed are those who use mercy, for they will achieve mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God; blessed are the peaceful, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the love of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cover you with injury, persecute you, and because of me they speak false testimonies against you; rejoice then and rejoice, because a great reward is reserved for you in heaven (Mt5).

I believe

I believe in one God, omnipotent Father, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Jesus Christ our Lord, the only begotten Son of God, who was born of the Father before all ages: God of God, light of light, true God of true God. That it was not made, but generated, of the same substance with the Father, by which all things were made. Who for us other men and for our salvation came down from Heaven. And he incarnated; by the work of the Holy Spirit, in the bosom of Mary Virgin, and he was made Man. He was also crucified for the sake of us under Pontius Pilate: he suffered, and was buried. And he rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. And he went up to Heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the Father, from where he will come a second time to judge the living and the dead; and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, who is also Lord,and gives life, and proceeds from the Father and the Son; with whom he is worshiped and glorified together, and is what he spoke for the Prophets. I believe in the Church, which is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. I confess a Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look forward to the Resurrection of the dead, and the life of the future century. So be it.

prayers

While the priest offers the host.

Receive, O holy Father, omnipotent and eternal God, this spotless host, which to you, my living and true God, I, your unworthy servant; I offer, for my sins, offenses and negligence, which are without number, by all the assistants, all the faithful living and dead Christians, so that they may benefit from them and me for the salvation of eternal life. Amen.

The priest puts the wine and water in the chalice.

O God, who by an admirable effect of your power, created man in a high degree of excellence, and by an even more admirable prodigy of goodness you deigned to repair that work of your hands, after his sin, give us, at mystery that this mixture of water and wine represents to us, the grace to participate in the divinity of Jesus Christ your Son, who wanted to put on our humanity, who, being God, lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, through all the centuries. Amen.

While the priest offers the cup.

United with your minister, we offer you, Lord, the cup of salvation, asking you to bring it up, like a perfume with a mild odor, to the throne of your divine majesty, for our salvation and that of the whole world. So be it. We stand before you, Lord, with a humiliated spirit and a contrite heart; receive us, we ask of you, and make the sacrifice we make of ourselves, in union with that of Jesus Christ, be fulfilled today in a way that makes it pleasant for you, O Lord our God!

When the priest washes his fingers:

I will wash my hands among the innocent, and I will surround your altar, Lord, in order to hear your praises and publish your wonders. Lord, I loved the beauty of your home and the home of your glory. Do not lose my soul with the wicked, nor my life with the wicked. They have their hands full of iniquities and their right is full of gifts. As for me, I walked in innocence: get rid of me and have compassion for me. My feet were steady on the straight path; I will bless you, Lord, in the assemblies. Glory to the Father, etc.

When the priest bows down:

Receive, O Holy Trinity, this offering that we offer you in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all Saints, so that it may serve for your honor and our salvation, and those whose memory we do on earth may intercede for us in heaven. By the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. So be it.

ORATE FRATRES

The priest says:

Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice, which is also yours, may be pleasing to God.

Answer:

May the Lord take this sacrifice into your hands for the glory of his name, our personal usefulness and the good of all his Holy Church.

PREFACE

It is truly worthy and just, convenient and salutary, that we give you thanks always and everywhere, O Holy Lord, Almighty Father, eternal God, through Jesus Christ Our Lord: for whom angels praise your majesty, dominations adore it, the powers fear it. The heavens, the virtues of the heavens, and the blessed seraphim, celebrate it together in the transports of holy joy. Do it, we ask you, that we may sing with them, prostrate before you: Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord God of hosts. The heavens and the earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest heaven! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest of the heavens.

DURING CANON

We ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ your Son and Our Lord, O infinitely merciful Father, to gladly receive and bless the offering that we present to you, so that it may please you to preserve, defend and govern your Holy Catholic Church, with all its members, our Holy Father the Pope, our Bishop, our superiors, and generally all those who profess your holy faith. In particular, we recommend you, Lord, those for whom justice, charity and recognition compel us to pray; all who are watching this lovely sacrifice, and particularly N. and N. And so that, O great God, our homage may be more pleasant to you, we join the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God Our Lord Jesus Christ, the all your Apostles, all the blessed martyrs, and all the Saints,that make up the same Church with us. I wish I had at this moment, O my God, the burning desires with which the holy patriarchs desired the coming of the Messiah! I hope I have your faith and your love! Come, Lord Jesus, come, loving Redeemer of the world, come to realize a mystery that is the summary of all your wonders. Behold, the lamb of God is coming; behold the lovely victim who blots out all the sins of the world.

THE ELEVATION OF THE HOSTY

O eternal Father, I offer you all the virtues, all the acts, all the affections of the Heart of your most beloved Jesus. Accept them for me; and because of his merits, which belong to me, because he gave them to me, grant me the graces that Jesus asks of you in my name. I offer you these merits to thank you for the many mercies you have done for me. I offer them to you also to satisfy all that I owe you for my sins. Finally, for these merits, I expect from you all your graces, forgiveness, perseverance, paradise, and above all the supreme gift of your pure love.

THE LIFTING OF THE GOBLET

Precious blood of Jesus, wash my soul from its stains. Pure heart of Jesus, purify me. Most humble heart, teach me your humility. Sweetest heart, communicate your sweetness to me. Most merciful heart, have compassion on me. Loving heart, open me.

CONTINUATION OF CANON

What then would my malice and ingratitude be, if, after having seen what I saw, I consented to your offense! No, my God, I will never forget what you represent to me for this august ceremony, the sufferings of your Passion, the glory of your resurrection, your body all lacerated, your blood shed for us, really present on this altar. It is now, eternal Majesty, that we offer you, out of your kindness, the true and properly pure, holy and spotless victim, of whom all others were but a figure. Yes, great God, we dare to tell you, there is more here than all the sacrifices of Abel, Abraham and Melchisedec: here is the only victim worthy of your altar, Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, the only object of your eternal complacencies . Grant that everyone who participates, mouth or heart,this holy victim, be filled with his blessing! Expand this blessing, O my God, on the souls of the faithful who died in the peace of the Church, and particularly on the souls of N. and N. Grant them, Lord, in view of this sacrifice; the entire deliverance from their feathers. Deign to grant us this grace one day too. Infinitely good father; and make us enter into partnership with the holy apostles, martyrs and all the saints, so that we can love and glorify you eternally with them.and make us enter into partnership with the holy apostles, martyrs and all the saints, so that we can love and glorify you eternally with them.and make us enter into partnership with the holy apostles, martyrs and all the saints, so that we can love and glorify you eternally with them.

OUR FATHER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, just as we forgive our debts, and do not let us fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Deliver us, Lord, if you like, from all past, present and future evils, and give us peace in your day through your goodness, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of the adventured apostles, Peter, Paul and Andrew, and of all the saints, so that assisted by the help of your mercy, we may always be free from the bondage of sin and safe from all disturbance. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, your Son, who, being God, lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for all the centuries. Amen.

This mixture and consecration of the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which we are going to receive, reach us for eternal life.

AGNUS DEI

Lamb the sins of God, who take away the sins of the world: have compassion on us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: have compassion on us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world: give us peace. Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles: "I leave you my peace, I give you my peace", do not consider my sins, but the faith of your Church, and give him the peace and unity that you desire that she, you who, being God, live and reign forever with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. So be it. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, who, by the will of the Father and the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, gave you by your death life to the world, deliver me, by your most holy body and the most precious blood present here, from all my sins and all the other evils. Do that,docile to your commandments, always practice them, and never separate me from you who, being God, live and reign forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

DOMINE NON SUM DIGNUS

Lord, I am not worthy to enter my soul, but say one word and I will be saved (three times).

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Sweetest Jesus of mine, since I cannot receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually to my heart. I embrace you as if I really possessed you, I join you entirely; do not allow me to ever separate from you. How sweet it would be, O my lovely Savior, to be among the number of happy Christians, to whom purity of conscience and tender piety allow you to approach your holy table every day! What an advantage for me if I could now possess you in my heart, render you my homage to you, expose my needs to you, and share in the graces you give to those who really receive you! But since I am very unworthy, I have suppressed, my God, the indisposition of my soul. Forgive me all my sins: I hate them with all my heart, because they displease you.Receive the sincere desire that I have to join you. Purify me with a single glance of yours and put me in a state of being able to receive you as soon as possible, with the necessary provisions. Expecting this happy day, I call you, Lord, make me a participant in the fruits that the priest's communion must produce in all the faithful people, present to this sacrifice. Increase my faith by virtue of this divine Sacrament; strengthen my hope; perfect charity in me; fill my heart with your love, so that only you can love and breathe only for you. So be it.Increase my faith by virtue of this divine Sacrament; strengthen my hope; perfect charity in me; fill my heart with your love, so that only you can love and breathe only for you. So be it.Increase my faith by virtue of this divine Sacrament; strengthen my hope; perfect charity in me; fill my heart with your love, so that only you can love and breathe only for you. So be it.

LAST PRAYER

You have finished, O my God, to sacrifice yourself for my salvation; I want to sacrifice myself for your glory. I am your victim, do not spare me. I willingly accept any crosses that you choose to send me; I bless them, I take them from your hand, and I join them with yours. I retire purified by the virtue of your holy mysteries: I will flee in horror from the smallest stains of sin, especially from the one to which my inclination drags me with more violence. I will be faithful to your law, and resolved I am losing everything, and suffering everything rather than violating it.

BLESSING

Bless, O my God, these holy resolutions; bless us all by the hand of your minister, and the effects of your blessing remain on us forever. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

DURING THE LAST GOSPEL

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

TE DEUM OR THANKSGIVING HYMN

We praise you, Almighty God! We confess to you as Lord of the universe. The whole earth reveres you as the Father and eternal Source of all beings. Before you, all the Angels and celestial powers, The Cherubim and Seraphim sing without ceasing to pay homage to you: Holy, Holy, Holy, O Lord God of hosts! The heavens and the earth are filled with the majesty of your glory: And the illustrious chorus of the apostles, And the glorious phalanx of the prophets, And the brilliant army of the martyrs, celebrate your praises; And the holy Church glorifies you, throughout the whole earth, To you, eternal Father, whose majesty is infinite, So to your true and only Son, worthy of the same homage. And to the consoling Holy Spirit. You are the king of glory, O Christ! You are the Father's eternal Son, Who, in order to redeem the lost man, had no horror at the bosom of a Virgin!You have broken the sting of death, and you have opened the kingdom of heaven to the faithful. Sitting at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father, And we believe that you will one day come as our Judge. We beseech you, then help your servants, whom you have redeemed for the price of your blood. Make them admitted, with your saints, to eternal glory. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance. Lead your servants yourself and lift them up to happy eternity. Every day we bless you; And we want to praise your name forever, forever and ever. Deign yourselves, Lord, to preserve us today from all sin. Have pity on us, Lord, have pity on us. Lord, let your mercy descend upon us, as we have hoped. In you, Lord, I put my hope; do not allow me to be confused forever.

(Ind. 5a .; on the last day of the year, 10 a.) 684.

SONG OF THE HOLY VIRGIN

Magnify my soul to the Lord; And my spirit rejoiced in God my Savior. He tilted his eyes to the nullity of his servant; and it follows that all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty did great things in me, and his name is holy. And his mercy extends from generation to generation to those who fear him. He used the strength of his arm; he dissipated the proud with the designs of his heart. He overthrew the mighty from their thrones, and raised the little ones. He filled the hungry with goods, and those who were rich he sent with empty hands. He took Israel, his servant, under his protection, remembering his holy covenant. As our fathers, Abraham and his posterity promised for all centuries.

(Ind. 3 a., On Saturdays, 5 a.) 320.

ANTIPHONES TO THE HOLY VIRGIN

From Advent to Purification.

Augusta Mother of our Redeemer, happy Heaven's door, brilliant starfish! Extend your hand to those who lie down and want to get up. You who, by an amazing miracle in nature, gave birth to your divine Creator, becoming Virgin before and after childbirth! you who, through the mystery of the Angel Gabriel, received that glorious greeting for you and salutary for mankind! Have compassion for poor sinners.

Ind. Of 5 a .; IP (323).

From Purification to Easter.

We salute you, O Queen of heaven! We salute you, O Sovereign of the Angels! Hail, blessed rod; Hail, Holy Door, through which light entered the world! Glorious Virgin, raised above all creatures by the brilliance of your prerogatives and the excellence of your virtues! enjoy your happiness, receive our homage and ask Jesus Christ for us.

Ind. Of 5 a .; IP (324).

From Easter to the Trinity.

Queen of heaven, rejoice. Hallelujah. Because the one you brought in the breast. Hallelujah. He is risen as I said. Hallelujah. I asked God for us. Hallelujah.

From Trinity to Advent.

From the Trinity Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy, life, sweetness, our hope, Hail: we cry out to you the exiled children of Eve: to you we sigh moaning and weeping in this valley of tears. Therefore, our lawyer, your merciful eyes returned to us, and after this exile, show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. O merciful, pious, sweet, always Virgin Mary.

 

Ind. Of 5 a .; 7th. In may; IP (332).

PRAYERS AT THE END OF THE MASS

Three Hail Marys and a Hail Queen.

V. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.

A. That we may be worthy of Christ's promises.

Let us pray.

God, refuge and strength to ours, take care of the cries of your people and, through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of your Son, and of her husband, the blessed Saint Joseph, of your blessed apostles Peter and Paul and all the saints, I listened benignly and mercifully to the pleas that we send from the depths of the soul, for the conversion of sinners, and for the freedom and exaltation of the Holy Mother Church. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

S. Miguel Arcanjo, protect us in combat; cover us with your shield against the devil's hoaxes and snares. Subdue it; God, we immediately ask you: and you, prince of the heavenly militia, by divine power, precipitate Satan and the other evil spirits into hell, who walk the world to lose souls. Amen.

V. Sacred Heart of Jesus.

A. Have mercy on us (Three times).

Ind. 7 a. (675).

Prayer to Mary To obtain the forgiveness of sins. 1

1) 3-year indulgence for each prayer. Ind. Plenary, in the month, under the usual conditions. 334.

You are prostrate at your feet, O Mother of God, a miserable sinner, who turns to you and puts his trust in you. I do not even deserve a glance from you, but I do know that, out of consideration for your dead Son to save sinners, you fervently desire to help them. O Mother of mercy, see my misery and have compassion on me. I hear the whole world proclaiming you a refuge for sinners, hope for those who do not have it, help for the helpless: you are then my refuge, my hope, my help; it is up to you to save me through your intercession. Help me for the love of Jesus Christ; extend your hand to a wretch who, after his fall, is recommended to you. I know that you are happy to help a sinner when you can: help me now that you can. For my sins I have lost divine grace and my soul;I put myself between your hands now; tell me what I must do to enter the grace of my God, and I will do it without delay. He is the one who sends me to you to assist me; he wants me to resort to your mercy in order to be helped in the search for my salvation, not only for the merits of your Son, but also for your prayers. Well then! I turn to you; pray to Jesus for me. Make the world know the good you know how to do to everyone who trusts in you. I hope so, so be it. *pray to Jesus for me. Make the world know the good you know how to do to everyone who trusts in you. I hope so, so be it. *pray to Jesus for me. Make the world know the good you know how to do to everyone who trusts in you. I hope so, so be it. *

*) These Prayers (one for each day of the week) are from S. Afonso. To profit from the indulgences, it is necessary to pray at the end of each one, 3 Ave-Marias in reparation for the blasphemies against Our Lady.

Prayer to our Patron Saint

O great saint, my glorious patron, I give thanks to the Lord for crowning you with so much glory and happiness in the middle of his court. But in your greatness, do not forget me, I am so miserable; have compassion on me, who, still traveling in this world, go through this valley of tears moaning where I run a thousand dangers of losing my God. Out of pity, help me and ask Jesus to forgive me for the numberless faults I have committed to this day. I asked him to free me from all attachment to the things of this world, so that nothing would stop me from going to love him one day with you in paradise.

MONDAY

Consecrated to the Holy Spirit and to the memory of the dead

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

For the souls in purgatory

From the beginning to the Epistol

Heavenly Father, prostrate at the feet of the throne of your infinite majesty, I offer you, for the refreshment of the souls who suffer in purgatory, this sacrifice of the true body and blood of your only son; I also offer you all the pains and pains he suffered in his passion for our salvation. And you, loving Savior of our souls, remember all that you suffered for us in the garden of olive trees. There, in view of all the punishment and ignominious death that awaited you on the cross, in view of the sins and monstrous ingratitude of all men, especially in view of the condemnation of so many souls that rush into hell for their malice, and refuse to take advantage if you have the fruit of your passion, you have deigned, by an excess of love, to suffer humiliations, fears, sorrows that have reduced you to a deadly agony,and they brought you a bloody sweat that bathed the earth. all these penalties, therefore, and this sacrifice of your divine body and precious blood, I humbly beg you to present to the justice of your eternal Father, in favor of the souls who groan in the flames of purgatory and sigh for the happiness of seeing and possessing you in heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit. So be it.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From the Epistle to the Offeror

Father of mercies, receive today, and deign to apply to the captive souls in purgatory, the sacrifice of the true body and blood of your divine Son, with all the pains and pains he suffered for our salvation during his passion. Behold it before your eyes like a King of sorrows, and it offers you the extreme penalty that caused Judas' betrayal to his heart, and the inexpressible confusion he experienced seeing himself bound with ropes and chains, dragged before a court, then before another, in which his sacred face was indignantly covered with sputum and cruelly slapped; there he was wounded, despised, trampled underfoot, like an earthworm, and he heard him proclaimed worthy of death as a heretic and blasphemous. Here he is, as our mediator, he presents you with all these penalties; and I, the most miserable sinner that I am, join with him,and I beg you to grant rest and peace to the souls in purgatory.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From the Offeror to the Sanctus

Omnipotent Father, you earnestly desire the salvation of men, you sincerely want everyone to be saved and no one to perish; ah! then look at your Son. Victim of his charity, on this altar he renews the sacrifice of the cross, and sacrifices himself for the living and dead, so that all may share in the treasures of your mercies. Heavenly Father, today I received the sacrifice of your body and blood for the souls of purgatory, and, through the merits of your Passion, deliver them from their sufferings. He, who is your eternal strength and wisdom, did not refuse, to atone for our true follies, that is, our sins, to be treated like a fool in Herod's court, and as such, dressed in a white robe, mocked , mocked and despised by this wicked king and all his vassals. This profound humility of your Son,in whom all the treasures of divinity are enclosed, I offer it to you, with the present sacrifice of his body and blood, for the liberation of souls from purgatory, and I ask you to grant them rest and peace.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From the Sanctus to the Elevation

Omnipotent God, Father of mercies and source of all consolations, today relieve the souls of the dead, through the merits of the sacrifice of your Son's true body and blood; I offer it to you in union with the triumphant and militant Church; deliver these poor captives from their sentences and imprisonment. Jesus, your Son, offers you, in satisfaction for them, his body and blood. This body is the same one that, in excess of his love, he left tied to a column, where he received scourges, not by hundreds, but by thousands, in order to satisfy your righteousness for our sins committed in the flesh; this blood is the same that, shed like rain in this atrocious scourging, washed the Church, his wife, of all the stains that Satan had printed on him. Ah! take a look at this innocent body and divine blood,and break the chains that hold your children's souls in purgatory. O merciful Father, for the merit of this great sacrifice, and of all the wounds that your only Son received in his cruel scourging, deign to grant me, my miserable sinner, your grace, and to the faithful dead rest and peace.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From Elevation to Pater

Humbly prostrate before the throne of your infinite majesty, O God, Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven, I offer you today, for the satisfaction of the prisoner souls in purgatory, the sacrifice of your Son's body and blood; and with this sacrifice, I present to you the pains, pains, irritations, outrages and bad treatments, which Jesus deigned to suffer for the salvation of all men, when, after being cruelly lacerated by the scourges, he was still crowned with thorns. This horrible crown he wanted to receive it to satisfy your righteousness for all, our sins of thought; for the same purpose he refused neither the blindfold with which his eyes were covered, nor the piece of purple that was thrown at his shoulders, nor the cane that he put in his hand as a scepter, as if he were a theater king;finally he did not turn his face to those who slapped and smeared him with hideous sputum. For these sufferings, he overpaid all our debts, and obtained our forgiveness. Look at your humiliated Son, O Father of mercy, and deliver these souls, who are your dear wives, out of their ardent prison; deign to grant them rest and peace.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From Pater to Communion

Omnipotent, eternal, immutable, invisible and infinite Father in all perfections, all the choirs of angels sing without ceasing in your presence: "Holy, Holy, Holy!" We who are on earth offer you the sublime sacrifice of our altars, and through Jesus Christ, with Jesus Christ, and in Jesus Christ, we give you all the glory and honor that are due to your infinite majesty, and we intercede for you for the liberation of souls from purgatory. Therefore, today, O heavenly Father, I received the sacrifice of your Son's body and blood, with the penalty that he suffered seeing himself being insulted so wickedly by the Jews. From his court, Pilate presented him crowned with thorns, with a piece of purple on his back, and a reed in his hand; then showing them the blood that flowed from the innocent Victim's innumerable wounds, he said: "Here is the Man! "And then the Jews proclaimed Jesus worthy of death, preferred Barabbas to him, an evil and homicidal man, and uttered these inhuman cries against him:" Not this one, but Barabbas. Crucify him, crucify him! "And Jesus, condemned to death, and like a meek lamb, embraced his cross and took it to Calvary, place of sacrifice. It was an act of charity on the part of your divine Son to want so to be put down for our salvation, but it is an act of justice on your part to accept such a profound dejection to lift us up, and to free the souls that groan in purgatory. your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.evil and homicidal man, and these inhuman cries screamed at him: "Not this one, but Barabbas. Crucify him, crucify him!" And Jesus, condemned to death, and like a meek lamb, embraced his cross and carried it to Calvary, the place of sacrifice. It was an act of charity on the part of your divine Son to want to be so cast down for our salvation; but it is an act of justice on your part to accept such a profound depression to lift us up, and to free the souls who groan in purgatory. I ask you, then, for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.evil and homicidal man, and these inhuman cries screamed at him: "Not this one, but Barabbas. Crucify him, crucify him!" And Jesus, condemned to death, and like a meek lamb, embraced his cross and carried it to Calvary, the place of sacrifice. It was an act of charity on the part of your divine Son to want to be so cast down for our salvation; but it is an act of justice on your part to accept such a profound depression to lift us up, and to free the souls who groan in purgatory. I ask you, then, for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.and like a meek lamb, he embraced his cross and carried it to Calvary, the place of sacrifice. It was an act of charity on the part of your divine Son to want to be so cast down for our salvation; but it is an act of justice on your part to accept such a profound depression to lift us up, and to free the souls who groan in purgatory. I ask you, then, for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.and like a meek lamb, he embraced his cross and carried it to Calvary, the place of sacrifice. It was an act of charity on the part of your divine Son to want to be so cast down for our salvation; but it is an act of justice on your part to accept such a profound depression to lift us up, and to free the souls who groan in purgatory. I ask you, then, for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.for the merits of this sacrifice and the profound humility that your Son practiced in his Passion, to grant rest and peace to these poor souls.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

From Communion to the end

O God of love, Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, look upon this altar today on the sacrifice of your Son's body and blood, renewal and memorial of his most holy Passion and death. This painful sacrifice he offered to you at Calvary in his capacity as high priest, spilling all the blood from his veins. Stripped of his garments, he stretched out on the cross, was nailed to it, and, after an agony of three hours, in the midst of irritations and contempt, after drinking gall and vinegar, and being obedient to death, he handed over his soul between your hands. In consideration of this pleasant-smelling holocaust, open the bowels of your mercies in favor of the souls in purgatory, free them from the chains that hold them back and prevent them from taking off to praise and love you in heaven with perfect and eternal love.With the pains of your divine Son, I also offer you those of his blessed Mother, who was crucified in her maternal heart at the foot of the cross. The spear that opened the side and heart of Jesus, your Son and hers, pierced Mary's soul, according to Simeon's prophecy, and made her Queen of all martyrs. Look, then, O heavenly Father, at the disfigured face of your Son on the cross and the crucified heart of your Mother at the foot of the same cross; and for the merits of all the pains of this Son and this Mother, grant rest and peace to the souls of the dead.to your Son's disfigured face on the cross and his Mother's crucified heart at the foot of the same cross; and for the merits of all the pains of this Son and this Mother, grant rest and peace to the souls of the dead.to your Son's disfigured face on the cross and his Mother's crucified heart at the foot of the same cross; and for the merits of all the pains of this Son and this Mother, grant rest and peace to the souls of the dead.

Give, Lord, eternal rest to these poor souls; and for them perpetual light may shine.

Prayer to Mary to obtain holy perseverance

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, I, who was once a slave of Lucifer, dedicate myself now and forever to your service, offering myself to you to honor and serve you for the rest of my life. Receive me, then, as your servant; deign not to reject me as you have deserved. O my Mother, I have placed all my hopes in you. I bless and thank God who, through his mercy, gave me this confidence in you. It is true that, in the past, I have fallen miserably into sin; but I am confident that I have obtained my forgiveness for the merits of Jesus and for your prayers. However, this is not enough, O my tender Mother, a thought afflicts me: I can again lose the grace of God. The dangers are continuous, the enemies do not sleep, new temptations will come to assail me. Ah! My sovereign, protect me, help me in the assaults of hell;and do not allow me to happen yet in the future to commit sin and to offend your divine Son Jesus. No, no, do not lose my soul, paradise and God again. I ask you for this grace, O Mary, do not refuse me, but rather reach out to me through your intercession. I hope so.

Three Hail Marys. See the note on p. 89.

TUESDAY

Consecrated to the Holy Angels

see Dev. to S. Anjos, Part IV,

EXCELLENT WAY TO HEAR THE MASS

In order to listen to the Mass with devotion, it is important to remember that the sacrifice of the altar is the same as that offered on Calvary in the past; the only difference is that the divine blood that was actually shed on the cross, is only mystically shed on the altar. If you had been on Calvary at that time, with what devotion and warmth you would have seen this great sacrifice! So revive your faith, and think that what was done then on Calvary is now done on the altar; also think that this divine sacrifice is offered not only by the priest, but also by all the assistants. In this way, everyone in a certain way does the office of a priest attending Mass, for which the merits of the Savior's passion are applied to each of us in particular.

It is also necessary to remember that the sacrifice of the Mass was instituted for four purposes:

1. the to honor God;

2. the to expiate our sins;

3. the to thank God for their benefits;

4. the to achieve thanks.

Hence the following considerations are born, which will help us to hear Mass with great fruit:

1. the For the Mass, in which it offers to the Eternal Father the person of Jesus Christ, Man and God, give to God an infinitely greater honor than if you were offered the lives of all men and angels.

2. o Through this offering of Jesus Christ, which is made at Mass, God is given complete satisfaction for all the sins of men, and especially of assistants, to whom the same divine blood that was shed on Calvary is applied for. redemption of mankind. Thus, by a mass, we satisfy divine justice for our faults more effectively than any other atoning work. However, even though the Mass is of infinite value, God receives it only in a finite way, according to the dispositions of those who hear it; this is why it is useful to hear many.

3. The Mass is for us the means of giving worthy thanksgiving for all the benefits we receive from Him.

4. o During Mass we can obtain all the favors we wish for ourselves and for others. We are unworthy of receiving benefits; but our Savior has given us the means to deserve and attain all graces: it is to ask for them in his name, offering our Eucharistic sacrifice to the eternal Father, where Jesus joins his prayer with ours. If you knew that when you pray, the Mother of God and all paradise join you in supporting your prayer, with what confidence you would not do it! Well, when he attended Mass, to ask God for some grace, Our Lord Jesus Christ, whose prayers are worth infinitely more than those of the whole paradise, he himself prays for you, and offers in your favor the merits of his Passion.

It is therefore an excellent method to divide the mass into four parts, as follows:

From the beginning to the Gospel

Offer the holy sacrifice to God to honor him, saying:

I love, my God, your infinite majesty. Honoring you willed as you deserve; but what honor can you receive from a miserable sinner like me? I offer you the infinite honor that Jesus Christ gives you on this altar.

From the Gospel to the Elevation

Offer the holy sacrifice to atone for your sins, saying:

I hate it, Lord, and I very much regret all the grief I have given you. In reparation for my offenses, I offer you your divine Son, who again sacrifices himself for me on this altar, and for his merits I ask you to grant me forgiveness and perseverance in your holy grace.

From Elevation to Communion

Offer Jesus Christ to the eternal Father, to give him thanks for all the benefits he has done for you, saying:

Lord, I myself am unable to thank you with dignity for all the benefits you have done to me; but in thanksgiving I offer you the blood of Jesus Christ in this Mass and in all that are celebrated on earth today.

From Communion to the end

I asked with great confidence the graces you need, and especially the pain of your sins, perseverance and divine love. Recommend to God in particular the people you live with, your relatives, sinners, the souls in purgatory, etc.

I don't think it's bad that you recite vocal prayers during Mass; but I wish that at the same time you will not fail to release yourselves to God from the four duties that I have pointed out to you: honor, atonement, thanksgiving and prayer. I advise you to hear as many Masses as possible; each time you attend Mass in the way I have indicated, you will achieve a treasure of merit.

Prayer to Mary For a good death

see the note on p. 89.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of kindness and mercy, when I consider my sins and think about the moment of my death, I shudder in amazement. O most tender mother, all my hopes are founded on the merits of Jesus Christ and on your intercession. O Consoler of the afflicted, do not abandon me then, be sure to console me in this extreme affliction. If I am now so tormented by the remorse for my sins, the uncertainty of forgiveness, the danger of falling and the rigor of divine justice, what will become of me at that moment? Ah! My sovereignty, before death arrives, obtains me a living pain of my sins, a true amendment, and fidelity to God for the rest of my life. And when my last hour sounds, O Mary, my hope, assist me in the cruel agonies in which I find myself;support me so that I do not despair at the sight of the sins that the devil will put before my eyes. obtain me the grace to invoke you more often then, so that it expires with your sweetest name and that of your divine Son on your lips. You have done this grace to so many souls who were dedicated to you; I want it and I hope for myself too.

Three Hail Marys.

WEDNESDAY

Consecrated to Saint Joseph

see Dev. to S. José, IV Part, art. V.

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

To pray to God for his graces

 

To pray to God for his graces After having gathered you in the presence of God, recite the following prayers slowly and piously:

 

Before Mass

Eternal Father, in this sacrifice I offer you Jesus Christ with all the merits of his passion:

1. the in honor of Thy majesty;

2. the to thank you for the benefits that you have me aggregate;

3. the to expiate my sins and those of all the living and the dead;

4. to obtain the necessary graces for my salvation.

From the beginning of the Mass to the Offeror

Acts for every day

Acts for every day

I adore you, O my God, Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons and one God!

I humble myself in the abyss of my nothingness, under the eyes of your infinite majesty.

I firmly believe everything you deigned to teach through Sacred Scripture and your holy Church; I believe because you have revealed it, and I am ready to give, a thousand times my life for this belief.

I place all my hope in you: whatever good there is in me, whether spiritual or temporal, in this as in the other life, it is only from you that I hope, for the merits of Jesus Christ, my God, my life, my only hope!

I love you, infinite goodness, with all the tenderness of my heart, because you deserve all my love. I wish I could love you as angels, saints and all the righteous love you; I unite my love, albeit very weak, with the love that all the saints consecrate to you, and Mary and Jesus.

O my God, sovereign well, infinitely worthy of being loved and served, I am extremely sorry to have offended you; I repent of all my sins; I hate them with all my strength and more than all evils. I am resolved hereafter to die rather than consent to the least thing that displeases you.

In your hands, today and forever, I surrender my body and my soul, all my senses and faculties, my memory, understanding and will: Lord, dispose of me and all that is mine as you please. Give me your love and the final perseverance; and do that, in all my temptations, never fail to turn to you.

I form the good purpose of employing myself without reserve in what is pleasing to you; ready to suffer all the pains and hardships to satisfy you, I will always say: Lord, your will be done!

I wish that everyone loves you and serves you; I would like to consecrate myself to make all the inhabitants of the earth love and serve you.

Your majesty I offer forever my works watered with the blood of Jesus, my Redeemer.

I intend to win today, all the indulgences I can, and I want to apply them as a suffrage for the souls of purgatory; I recommend them to your mercy.

I also commend you all sinners; enlighten and fortify these wretches, so that all may reach to know and love you.

I experience, O my God, extreme joy, knowing that your happiness is infinite and will never end. I thank you for all the gifts and benefits that you have lavished on all men, and especially on me, the most ungrateful of them all.

O my most beloved Jesus, in your sacred wounds I welcome you: let them be my asylum in the hour of temptation, now and forever, until you grant me the fortune to see and love you forever in paradise. So be it.

From the Offertory to the Elevation

Eternal Father, I offer you this sacrifice in thanksgiving for all the gifts you have made to Jesus Christ as a man to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all my holy protectors. I commend you the Sovereign Pontiff, the magistrate who governs us, my relatives, benefactors, friends and enemies. I also recommend the infidels, heretics and all sinners who live outside of your grace: give them the light and help needed to get out of such a miserable state.

Prayer to obtain the grace to pray always

I already understand, O God of my soul, the cause of my falls: it is my neglect to implore your help in temptations, and to ask you for holy perseverance. For the future, I take the firm resolve to invoke you without ceasing, particularly when I find myself in danger of falling into sin; I propose to always resort to your mercy, invoking the holy names of Jesus and Mary. For once I turn to you, I am sure that you will not fail to grant me the strength necessary to resist my enemies. This is my resolution, and I promise you to be faithful. But, my God, what good are all these promises if you don't help me keep them? Help me, therefore, for the love of Jesus Christ, and let me never neglect to turn to you when I am tempted. I am sure of your help every time I beg you;but I still have a fear: it is possible that I will be neglected for the future to recommend me to you when there is a need; this neglect would be my misfortune, it would bring me the loss of your grace, the greatest of the misfortunes that can happen to me. Ah! Lord, I beg you, on the merits of Jesus Christ, give me the grace of prayer, but an abundant grace, a grace that will make me pray always, and pray as it should.

O Mary, my Mother, whenever I have appealed to you, you have always obtained the assistance I need not to succumb; I address you even now, in order to obtain the greatest grace, that of recommending me in my needs to your divine Son and to you. O my Queen, whatever you ask of God, you obtain; then reach out to me, I conjure you for your incomparable love for Jesus Christ, obtain the grace to pray and never stop doing it until death. So be it.

During Elevation

Petitions to the Heart of Jesus

Merciful heart of Jesus, have compassion on me. Heart deeply penetrated by pain on the cross because of the sins of the world, give me real pain from my sins. Pure heart, purify my heart from all attachment to creatures. Open heart to be the refuge of souls, I received myself. Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Most humble heart, teach me your humility. Loving heart, scorching fire, I have consumed myself entirely, and give me a new life of love and grace. Most holy heart, engrave in my heart the bitter feathers you suffered for my love, so that, having them continually before your eyes, bear with patience for your love all the feathers of this life. Lovely heart, clarify those who do not know you. Most compassionate heart, deliver or at least relieve the souls of purgatory,who are your wives forever.

From the Elevation to the end

Prayer to obtain the necessary graces for salvation

Eternal Father, your Son has promised us that you will answer the prayers made in his name; therefore, in the name and on the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask you, for me and for all men, the following graces:

First, the grace to believe with living faith everything that the Holy Roman Church teaches. Enlighten me at the same time with your holy light, so that you may know the vanity of earthly goods and the greatness of the infinite good that is possessed in you; the ugliness of my sins, to humble myself and detest them as I should; the excellence of your goodness, to love you with all my heart; finally the love you have for me; so that I never cease to testify to you of my profound recognition.

Secondly, give me the firm confidence to reach out from your infinite mercy, for the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary, the forgiveness of my sins, the holy perseverance and the glory of paradise.

Thirdly, give me great love for you, love that detaches me from all worldly affections and myself, in order to love you, only you, and to seek and desire nothing but your glory.

Fourthly, I ask you to grant me perfect resignation to your holy will, resignation that will henceforth withstand with pleasure all sufferings, infirmities, contempt, persecution, spiritual dryness, loss of my assets, my reputation, my relatives, and all the other crosses that come from your hand. I offer myself entirely to you, so that you can dispose of me and everything that belongs to me as your will; deign, on your part, to grant me the light and strength I need so that each week will fulfill all the provisions of your will; and when the hour of my death comes, help me to make with all my heart the sacrifice of my life, in union with the great sacrifice that your divine son, Jesus Christ, made at Calvary when he suffered the torment of the cross.

Fifth, I ask you for a living pain of my sins, a pain that has me ceaselessly and even death in repentance and tears, for the remembrance of the grievances with which I have embittered you, very sovereign and worthy of love without limits, because you have loved me so much.

Sixth, I ask you to give me a true spirit of humility and sweetness, so that I can calmly and even happily embrace all the contempt, ingratitude and bad treatment that come to me from men; I also ask of you the perfect charity, which I need to wish well to those who have done me wrong and to strive to be useful to the extent of my strength, by my prayers at least, to those who have done me any offense.

Seventhly, I ask you to make me attractive to the life of mortification, and strength to punish my rebellious senses and to contradict my self-love; grant me with this gift the holy purity of the body, helping me to suppress all dishonest temptations, and never fail to invoke the dangers on you and your divine Mother. Give me the grace to obey orders on time my spiritual father and all my superiors. Give me a right intention, so that all my actions and all my desires have your glory and will as their sole object. Give me complete confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary immaculate. Give me great love for the Blessed Virgin. Above all, give me, I beg you, holy perseverance and the grace to ask for it without ceasing, especially in temptations and in approaching death.

I commend you my relatives, my benefactors as well as the souls in purgatory. I personally entrust you to those who hate me or have offended me; I beg you to return to them the good that they have done or wish me for. Finally, I commend you to the infidels, heretics and all the poor sinners; give them the light and strength they need to get out of sin. O sovereignly kind God, make all men know and love you, but particularly me, who have shown you more ingratitude than all the others, so that, by your goodness, one day you will sing your mercies in paradise forever. This grace awaits the merits of the blood of Jesus and the protection of Mary.

O Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me. You will do it, it is my hope. So be it.

Prayer to Mary

To be preserved from hell

See the note on p. 89.

O Mother of God, Most Holy Virgin Mary, how many times have I deserved hell for my sins! Perhaps if I had carried out the sentence since my first sin, if, in your mercy towards me, you had not suspended the action of divine justice; triumphing after the hardness of my heart, you have reduced me to putting my trust in you. There! how many other faults I would not have fallen after, if, in the midst of the dangers that surrounded me, you had not, O Holy Mother, preserved by the graces that you have reached me! O my Queen, what good will your mercy and the favors with which you have warned me, if you come to condemn me! Ah! if there was a time when I did not love you, I love you as a present, right after God, above all things. Do not allow, I conjure you, to separate me from you and from God, who, through you,filled me with so many mercies. Kindest Sovereign of mine, do not suffer that I will hate and curse you forever in hell. Can you suffer if one of your servants who loves you is condemned? O Mary, what do you say to me? Will I condemn myself? If I leave you, I will certainly be condemned; but who would have the heart to abandon you! How could I forget the love you have consecrated to me? No, no, the one who faithfully commends you will not be lost, and your goodness appeals. O my Mother, do not abandon me, on the contrary, I will lose myself; make it always turn to you. Save me, my hope, preserve me from hell and, in order not to be hasty, deliver me from sin.Can you suffer if one of your servants who loves you is condemned? O Mary, what do you say to me? Will I condemn myself? If I leave you, I will certainly be condemned; but who would have the heart to abandon you! How could I forget the love you have consecrated to me? No, no, the one who faithfully commends you will not be lost, and your goodness appeals. O my Mother, do not abandon me, on the contrary, I will lose myself; make it always turn to you. Save me, my hope, preserve me from hell and, in order not to be hasty, deliver me from sin.Can you suffer if one of your servants who loves you is condemned? O Mary, what do you say to me? Will I condemn myself? If I leave you, I will certainly be condemned; but who would have the heart to abandon you! How could I forget the love you have consecrated to me? No, no, the one who faithfully commends you will not be lost, and your goodness appeals. O my Mother, do not abandon me, on the contrary, I will lose myself; make it always turn to you. Save me, my hope, preserve me from hell and, in order not to be hasty, deliver me from sin.do not abandon me, on the contrary, I will lose myself; make it always turn to you. Save me, my hope, preserve me from hell and, in order not to be hasty, deliver me from sin.do not abandon me, on the contrary, I will lose myself; make it always turn to you. Save me, my hope, preserve me from hell and, in order not to be hasty, deliver me from sin.

THURSDAY

Consecrated to the SS. sacrament

See Dev. To the SS. Sacramento, Part IV, art.II. § 4.

TO ASK FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF DIVINE LOVE

lntroibo ad altare Dei

How many graces, O my God, have I lost by being negligent in asking you during the holy sacrifice of the Mass! But, since you deigned to clarify me, I no longer want to be negligent on this point. O eternal Father, I unite my prayers with those of Jesus, and for the love of that adorable Son, who will offer himself in sacrifice, I ask you to make me know the infinite rights you have to my love and the immense obligation that I have to love you, because of your kindness and love for me. At the same time give me the strength to let go of all earthly affections, and to use all my heart. in loving you, you only, O Supreme Good, tender friend of my soul. I also ask you to clarify those who do not know you and live deprived of your friendship: grant to everyone the gift of your grace; the gift of your holy fear to all.O infinite love of my God, make yourself known, make yourself love. O Mary, my hope, Mother of beautiful love, help me to love my God, who is infinitely kind, always and always.

Kyrie Eleison

Forgive me, O my Jesus, forgive me the great fault that I committed for not loving you, for you who are so kind, have loved me so much and done so much to make me love you.

Gloria in excelsis Deo

O my Jesus, I praise your immense mercy, your infinite charity, which you honor in heaven and on earth and I unite my voice with that of angels to exalt your glory: Gloria in altissimis Deo! (Lk 2,14). I thank you for all men and especially for myself, the wretched sinner that I am. What would become of me, what hope of forgiveness and salvation would I have, O my Redeemer, if you had not come from heaven to save me? I praise you because I give thanks and love. Lover Heart of Jesus, ignite me with your love, making me know the immense good that I possess in you.

Oremus

Dearest Jesus, who, foreseeing my ingratitude, did not fail to grant me so many graces, especially the vocation to true faith; you who have not endeavored to give yourself to me so often and with such tender love, in your divine Sacrament: ah! deign to burn my heart in such a way that all my actions are now in conformity with my faith. O lovely, O true, the only lover of my soul, when will the day finally come when I will begin to love you with all my heart? Ah! be this happy day today.

During the Epistle

God is the fullness of all graces, all goods, all perfections. God is infinite, eternal, immense, immutable. God is powerful, wise, prudent, just. God is merciful, holy, beautiful, resplendent, rich, God is everything. It is worthy of love, and what love! Ah! God is so worthy of love, that all the angels and saints of heaven do not and will not do anything else in heaven, for all eternity, that they love him; and for this same love for their God, they are and will always be happy.

During the Gospel and I Believe

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (Jn 3,16). Let us meditate well on these words of our Savior: God so loved the world. The word so expresses the greatness of God's love. What! a God is worthy to love men, miserable worms of the earth who revolted against him with such ingratitude, and loves them to the point of giving his only Son! It is not one of his servants that God wanted to give for them; he is not an angel, nor an archangel, but his own Son, his only Son, whom he loves as much as himself. This Son, he gave it! It is like? handing him over, humiliated, poor, abandoned, to the hands of the executioners, in charge of treating him as an evildoer and making him die in an infamous scaffold. O grace, O strength of God's love!

To the Offeror

Eternal Father, even though I am a miserable sinner, worthy of a thousand hells, I present myself today before you, who are God of infinite majesty, to offer you my poor heart. Ah! Lord, what heart is this that I dare to offer you? It is a heart that has not known how to love you, but has offended and betrayed you countless times. Now, however, I offer you penetrated with repentance, resolved to love you at all costs and obey you in everything. Forgive me, O my God, and draw me completely to your love. I do not deserve to be attended to, however, my divine Son who offers himself to you in sacrifice for my salvation deserves it; I present you, therefore, this Son you love and the sacrifice he makes to you; in him I place all my hopes, and I thank you, my Father, for having sent into this world to sacrifice for me. Thanks also I give you,O Incarnate Word, Lamb of God, for having offered You for my soul. I love you, my dear Redeemer, and I only want to love you; because you only sacrificed your life to save me. It worries me that, always full of recognition for others, I only dared to show myself ungrateful. But you do not want me to lose, but to repent and live; yes, my Jesus, I turn to you; it weighs me wholeheartedly to have offended a God who sacrificed himself for me. Give me my life, and it is all about loving you, sovereign well; make him love you, I ask nothing more.only with you I dared to show myself ungrateful. But you do not want me to lose, but to repent and live; yes, my Jesus, I turn to you; it weighs me wholeheartedly to have offended a God who sacrificed himself for me. Give me my life, and it is all about loving you, sovereign well; make him love you, I ask nothing more.only with you I dared to show myself ungrateful. But you do not want me to lose, but to repent and live; yes, my Jesus, I turn to you; it weighs me wholeheartedly to have offended a God who sacrificed himself for me. Give me my life, and it is all about loving you, sovereign well; make him love you, I ask nothing more.

To the Preface

What! my sweet Redeemer, you wanted our love so hard! and there will be men who believe in you and do not love you! What consoles me is that you are the love of all the saints, the love of Mary, the love of God your Father. But, alas! how many there are who refuse to know you! and among those who know you, how many refuse to love you! O infinite love, make yourself known and loved. Ah! I wish I could, at the cost of my blood and life, love the world in full.

During the Canon

Eternal Father, do not look at my sins, but at the wounds of Jesus Christ, that beloved Son who begs grace for me. I repent, O my Creator, that I have offended you; I am greatly distressed by this. You created me to love you, and I have lived as if I were created to offend you. For the love of Jesus Christ forgive me, and give me the grace to love you. So far I have resisted your holy will, from now on I want to do everything you tell me to do. You order me to detest all the outrages that I have done to you: well! I hate them with all my soul. Order me to resolve not to displease you any more: resolved, I am losing my life a thousand times rather than losing your holy grace. Ordinarily love you with all my heart: oh! yes, I love you with all my heart and I only want to love you; from now on you will be my only beloved, my only love.I ask you for holy perseverance and I hope you will grant it to me. For the love of Jesus Christ make me faithful so that I can say to you with Saint Bonaventure: You are my beloved, the only object of my affections.

The Elevation

I beg you, eternal Father, for the merits of Jesus Christ, to grant me final perseverance in your grace and love. I know well that you will not refuse me at any time, if I am faithful to ask you; but who assures me that I will never leave this important petition? That is why, O my God, I ask you for perseverance and the grace of always asking you. Infinite goodness, I adore you for all those who do not love you, and I love you for those who do not love you.

After Elevation

Most lovable Redeemer of mine, I wish I had the hearts of all men, and with them I love you as you deserve it! Why, O God of love, in this land where you shed your blood and gave your life for the love of men, are so few that are burning with love for you? You have come to the world to cast the fire of that love in our hearts, and you only wish to see it light up; I say to you, therefore, with the Holy Church, for me and all the men who are in the world: Burn, burn, consume our hearts with the fire of your love. O God, that you are all kindness, all love, O supreme kindness, O infinite love, make yourself known and loved by all men. I am not ashamed to speak to you like this, despite having disdained your love more than others in the past.Now that I am enlightened by your light and pierced by the numerous arrows of love launched by your heart burning with tenderness, I no longer want to pay you with ingratitude as before; on the contrary, I want to love you with all my strength, to be ablaze with love towards you, and you cannot refuse this grace. What I look for in your love, are neither consolations nor sweetness, I am not worthy or require them; it is enough for me only to love you. Oh! I love you, my sovereign Good; I love you, my God, my everything.it is enough for me only to love you. Oh! I love you, my sovereign Good; I love you, my God, my everything.it is enough for me only to love you. Oh! I love you, my sovereign Good; I love you, my God, my everything.

To the Pater

Adveniat regnum tuum: Reign, O my Jesus, reign as sovereign in my soul. Make it only for you to obey and only for you to sigh. I left my heart, earthly appetites. Come, O flames of divine love, come, live in me, possess me without sharing, and have consumed me with love for a God who deigned to die consumed with love for me.

To Agnus Dei

My Savior and my God, always remember how much you suffered for me, so that I never forget to love you. Sacred ropes that you tied to Jesus, connect me with him. Thorns that formed the crown of Jesus, I wounded myself with love for him. Nails that pierced Jesus' limbs, nail me to his cross, that I may live and die together with him. O blood of Jesus, intoxicate me with holy love. O death of Jesus, make me die to all earthly affection. O wounded feet of my divine Master. I embrace you; deliver me from the hell I have deserved. O burning heart of Jesus, ignite my poor heart.

Spiritual communion

Come, O my Jesus, come; I fervently desire to receive you in myself so that you may be the God of my heart and my will. Eternal Father, for the love of your divine Son, grant me the grace to love you always and very much. I love you, my Father, who gave me your only Son. I love you, O Son of God, who died for me. I love you, O Mother of Jesus, who, through your intercession, has given me the time to do penance. Still reach me, O my Sovereign, the pain of my sins, love for God and holy perseverance.

The last prayers

O my God, you have given me the most precious thing, your own Son; Can I, after this, fear that you will refuse the forgiveness of my sins, perseverance, your love, your paradise and all other graces? Further. I know a sure way of obtaining from you all kinds of goods: it is asking you in the name and for the love of Jesus Christ. I therefore ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ, give me holy perseverance until death; give me perfect and pure love to you; give me complete conformity to your holy will; give me paradise at last. I ask all of these favors and hope to obtain them for the merits of Jesus Christ.

Blessing

Pour out your blessings on me, that is, your favors, O God of love, and the favor that I implore is that you draw me entirely to your love. Make love, which you have given me so much evidence, burn me with love for your goodness. Infinite love you deserve: I love you with all the love that I am capable of, I love you above all things, I love you more than myself. I give you all my will, Lord, and I ask you for the grace and strength to live from now on and act in everything according to your divine will, always inclined to want my good and my eternal salvation.

During the last Gospel

I feel a great desire to love you, O my Love! you inspire me, I thank you. Continue, continue to help me as you deigned to begin; I hope to be your dora onward, and all yours. I renounce all the pleasures in the world. Ah! what greater pleasure can I enjoy than to please you, O my Lord, so kind and so loving! Love, love, and still love, that is all I beg of you, my God; love, love, this is what I hope to ask of you always until, dying in your holy love, I reach the king of love, where, without having to ask him, I will be full of love and I will love you with all my strength, without any interruption for all eternity. O Mary, my tender Mother, who are all love for your God, and who desire so much to see you loved, make me love you very much in this life, in order to love you very much and without end in the future life.

Prayer to Mary

To get to paradise

O Queen of Paradise, who, seated above all the angelic choirs, occupies the first place next to the throne of God, from the bottom of this valley of tears, I, miserable sinner, greet you, and I ask you to deign to turn your eyes towards me full of mercy. see, O Mary, what dangers I find myself and I will find while I live in this land, of losing my soul, paradise and my God. In you, my Queen, I have placed all my hopes. I love you and sigh for the moment to come and see you and praise you in paradise. Ah! Mary, when will the day come when I will come at your feet, in possession of my salvation? When will I kiss those hands that have given me so many graces? It is true, my mother, that I have been very ungrateful to you during my life; but if I get to paradise, I will love you there every moment for all eternity,and I will repair my ingratitude passed by endless blessings and thanksgiving. I thank God for giving me this confidence in the blood of Jesus Christ and in your powerful intercession. So did your true servants wait and not one was frustrated in their hope. I won't be either. O Mary, supplicate Jesus, your divine Son, just as I also do for the merits of your Passion, to confirm and increase these hopes ever more in me. Amen.confirm and raise these hopes ever more in me. Amen.confirm and raise these hopes ever more in me. Amen.

FRIDAY

Consecrated to the Passion and Sacred Heart of Jesus

See these devotions in P. IV, art. II, § 3 and 5.

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

To obtain the remission of our sins

lntroibo ad altare Dei

It is not in this blessed place that I should be, Lord, but in the hell that I so often deserved. However, St. Peter consoles me, assuring me that you use patience with the sinner, so that he may be converted: The Lord, he says, waits patiently, not wanting any to perish, but all to turn to Him for penance (2Ped3,9). With such long-suffering you have waited for me, O my God, because you want, not that I lose myself, but come to amend me; well! here I am, I come to you and at your feet I launch myself asking your forgiveness: Have mercy on me, my God, according to your great mercy (Ps 50). Great mercy is needed to forgive me, Lord, even extraordinary, because I have offended you with full knowledge of the evil I was doing. Other sinners offended you, but did not have the lights you gave me. Despite all this,O ineffable goodness, you still command me to repent of my sins and to expect forgiveness from you.

Introito

O eternal Father, cast your eyes upon the face of your Christ (Ps 83,10). Keep your eyes on the face of your divine crucified Son, whose wounds all ask you for mercy for me, and deign to forgive me for all the offenses that I have done to you.

Kyrie Eleison

O God infinitely kind, O true friend of my soul, for the love of this Son who is so dear to you, use me with mercy. What I implore you is the gift of your holy love. Ah! take me out of the mire of my iniquities, and make it all yours. O scorching fire, I have consumed everything that is impure in my soul, everything that prevents it from being entirely yours.

Gloria in excelsis

O my God, I unite my poor heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, and I offer you this great sacrifice in his name to confess your sovereign dominion. I would like to see your infinite majesty adored and loved by all men; the honor that I pay you today for offering the sacrifice of your divine Son makes amends for all the dishonor that men have caused you and will cause in the future for your sins.

prayers

Come to my rescue, my dear Savior, do not abandon me. I see my soul covered with all the wounds of your sins; passions make me violent, bad habits overwhelm me. I throw myself at your feet, have compassion on me, and deliver me from so many evils! Do not let a soul that trusts in you perish.

During the Epistle

Does the sight of our sins make us tremble about our salvation? let us follow the Apostle's counsel: Let us come confidently to the throne of grace, in order to obtain mercy (Heb 4,16). Yes, we will throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus Christ and there we will find our forgiveness. Let us not expect, to invoke his clemency, that he be seated as a judge on his throne of justice, but let us be quick to turn to him while he is on his throne of grace. And let us remember the encouraging words of St. John Chrysostom: Our divine Savior, he says, wishes more fervently to grant forgiveness than to receive it.

During the Gospel and the Creed

My Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing (Lk 23,24). O tenderness of Jesus Christ's love for men! According to St. Augustine's note, the Savior asked his enemies for forgiveness even when he was mistreated by them; Jesus considered the injuries and death he received from them less than the love that led him to die for them. But, it will be said, why did Jesus ask his Father to forgive his enemies the outrages that he himself could remit to them? It was, replies Saint Bernard, to teach us to pray for those who persecute us. Then contemplate a God nailed to the cross, exclaims Saint Augustine; listen to how he prays for his executioners, and then dare to refuse your brother's forgiveness for the offenses he has done to you!

During the Offer

O my Father in heaven, Father of mercy and God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, accept, I beg you, this sacrifice of the body and blood of your only Son, who today I offer you with the militant Church and triumphant, in memory of the passion, resurrection and ascension of my Savior, and in honor of the Blessed Virgin and Mary. the entire heavenly court, in order to satisfy for my sins and for all men. see, O my God, on this altar your most beloved Son, the sole object of your complacencies; listen to the voice of his wounds, consider the precious tears that he shed from the top of his cross, praying so humbly for me, that I was then his perfidious executioner, but today I sincerely regret it; see his fiery Heart of love so pure and burning for us, and, in consideration of its merits,deliver us from all the evils we have deserved for our sins. Yes, merciful Father, forgive us for the love of Jesus Christ, who is our advocate and mediator, who satisfies us, and gives you and your Holy Spirit all the glory and honor for ever and ever. So be it.

For this Mass, O my God, I also intend to give you thanks for all the benefits that you have given to the world and above all for those that you have deigned to grant me, my miserable sinner, who, for my ingratitude, deserved to be abandoned, multiplying you thanks to the step that I multiplied sins. I thank you, O infinite goodness, or rather, thank you for me my Lord Jesus Christ.

To the Preface

Ah! my divine Shepherd, from heaven I saw these to look for me, stray sheep, and every day I descend on the altar for my good; you gave your life to save me, do not abandon me; I put my soul in your hands: by mercy receive it and make sure it does not separate from you. Now that you are my lawyer and judge, obtain the light and strength I need to love you with all my soul; obtain the grace for me to spend so holy the rest of my days, that I will be placated when you come to judge me.

During the Canon

O my God, you are irritated against sinners and you have more than enough reasons for this, because it is with ingratitude that you pay your immense love towards them. But, however great the sins of the world may be, they disappear in the presence of the offering and gift that I have just presented to you. Today I offer you your own Son in sacrifice; this victim, who is so dear to you, appease and reduce you to use mercy towards all the poor sinners, towards those who do not know you, and towards those who know you, but refuse to love you and are deprived of your saint grace; give them the necessary help to get out of the miserable state in which they blindly live.

I implore you for all men, but particularly for me, the most ungrateful of all, as I have responded to your privileged favors with added affront and contempt. Ah! for the love of Jesus Christ, O my God, forgive me all my sins, mortal and venial, my impatience, lies, intemperance, distraction and above all my negligence in Mass and prayer; I repent of all these faults, because they have offended you, O infinite goodness, which you deserve from all men infinite love.

During Elevation

I hate and hate, O eternal Father, the injuries that I have done to you. Have compassion on me, for the love of Jesus Christ. Tender and affectionate Heart of my Jesus, have compassion on me; I utterly detest the offenses of which I have made myself guilty against you, and I resolve not to love but you.

After Elevation

Yes, my dear Redeemer, I wish I would have died of grief when I remembered that your heart was so sad that you love me so much! Deign to forget all the sorrows with which I have satisfied you, and to cast upon my soul the look of love with which you favored Saint Peter after having denied you, and made him continually weep over his sin for the rest of his life. Eternal Father, forgive me for the love of Jesus Christ; answer your prayers; behold, he intercedes for me, and my advocate is with you. But forgiveness is not enough for me, O God worthy of infinite love, I still want the grace to love you. I love you, O my sovereign Well, and I offer you my body, my soul, my will, my freedom forever. I now wish to avoid not only serious offenses, but also minor faults. I want to escape all bad times;preserve me for the sake of Jesus Christ, from the dangers to which I would be exposed to offend you. Deliver me from sin, and then punish me as you please. I accept all infirmities, pains, setbacks that you want to send me; I do not lose your grace and love, and I am satisfied.

To the Pater

At your feet, Lord, is an ungrateful man who asks you for mercy: Pater, dimitte! I dare to give you the sweet name of Father, because you command me to call you thus: My Father, forgive me. I, who took advantage of your kindness to encourage me more in ingratitude, do not deserve any compassion. Ah! welcome me now, that I become to you, that same kindness that prevented you from abandoning me when I fled from you!

To Agnus Dei

Ah! God of my soul, give me peace, I conjure you, not for my own merits, since I am only worthy of hell, but for the merits of your divine Son, my Redeemer, in whom I place all my hope. For the love of Jesus Christ, receive me in your grace, and give me perseverance in your love. Detach me from unclean affections, and draw me all to you. I love you, O God, great and tender lover of souls, who are worthy of infinite love. There! why didn't I love you always?

The Communion

When the priest communes, make spiritual communion, saying:

O my Jesus, I love you and desire in my soul; I embrace you and I do not want to be separated from you anymore. For your love I presently renounce all the enjoyments that the world could offer me; I resolve to lose my life rather than your grace. What should I do to make you pleasant? Tell me, because I'm ready for everything. Pleasures, honors, riches, what are all these things? I aspire no more than to possess you, O God, my joy, my treasure, my life, my love, my everything! Help me, Lord, help me to be faithful to you. Make me love you, and then have me to please you.

The last prayers

O my Savior, I hope you will receive me among your children. I am not even worthy of this name, because I have so often insulted you on the face; but from you I learned, it is a sweet occupation for you to run after the trampled sheep, and pleasure to embrace a prodigal son who returns to your bosom. Beloved Father, I am sorry to have offended you; I throw myself at your feet, behold, I embrace them and I will not leave them before you grant me forgiveness and blessing.

The blessing

Bless me, O my Father, and the blessing that begged you is a deep pain of my sins and great love for you. I love you with all my heart, O my Father. Do not consent to separate me more from you. Deprive me of everything, but not of your love.

O Mary, if God is my Father, you are my Mother, bless me also. I do not deserve to be your son, I have been received by your servant; but make me a servant who will always love you dearly, and always trust in your protection.

O my most afflicted Mother, for the merit of the pains that you suffered at the foot of the cross, reach for me true pain of my sins and ardent love for Jesus, my Redeemer. Ah! by the sword that pierced your heart, when you saw him bow his head and surrender his spirit, I beg you to assist me at the moment of my death and to reach out to me to love you forever in heaven, with your adorable Son Jesus.

Passion Steps

Most sweet Jesus, who, delivered in the Garden of Olives to a mortal sadness, prayed to your Father in the very painful agony that made you sweat blood, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who, betrayed by the kiss of Judas, was given into the hands of your enemies, arrested and bound by them, and abandoned by your disciples, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was declared worthy of death by the assembly of the Jews, and then in the house of Caiaphas, blindfolded, slapped, covered in sputum and mocked, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was led as a malefactor into the presence of Pilate, and then despised and treated like a fool by Herod, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was stripped of your clothes, tied to a column and savagely flogged, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was crowned with thorns, covered with a piece of purple, wounded and hailed with mockery as King of the Jews, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was rejected by the Jews, postponed to Barabbas, and then unjustly condemned by Pilate to the torment of the cross, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was carried with the wood of the cross, and led to death like an innocent lamb, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was nailed to the cross, placed between two thieves, mocked and outraged, and agonized for three hours in the midst of the most horrible torments, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who, after your death on the cross, had the side opened by a spear in the presence of your Blessed Mother, and you shed blood and water through the sore, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who was deposed from the cross and placed in the arms of your afflicted Mother, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

Most sweet Jesus, who, covered with wounds and with the signs of your five wounds, were deposited in the tomb, has compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, Lord, have compassion on us.

V. He truly took our weaknesses upon himself.

A. And we were burdened with our pains.

Let us pray.

O my God, to rescue the world, you wanted to be born, to receive circumcision, to be condemned by the Jews, betrayed by a kiss of the perfidious Judas, chained, taken to sacrifice like an innocent lamb, dragged with such ignominy before Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate , Herod, accused by false witnesses, scourged, slapped, laden with reproach, covered with sputum, crowned with thorns, wounded with a cane with his eyes blindfolded, stripped of your garments, nailed to a gallows, raised between thieves, watered with gall and vinegar, and pierced with a spear. O Lord, in the name of those holy pains that I venerate, albeit unworthy, I beg you for your holy cross and death, deliver me from hell and deign to take me to where you took the good crucified thief with you. You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,through the centuries. Amen.

By adding 5 of our fathers, ave-marias, glory to the father in this last prayer, you can gain an indulgence of 300 days once a day. (August 25, 1820).

Prayer to Mary To obtain love for Jesus and his Mother

To obtain love for Jesus and his Mother

You are, O Mary, of all creatures the most noble, sublime, pure, beautiful and holy. Oh! if all men knew you, my Queen, and loved you as you deserve! But I console myself with the thought that so many blessed souls in heaven and just on earth are all consumed with love for your goodness and beauty. I am especially delighted that God alone loves you immensely more than all men and angels combined. Most lovable Sovereign of mine, even though a miserable sinner, I love you too, but very little is the love I have for you; I wish to love you more and with greater tenderness; and it is yours to obtain this love for me; because loving you is a great sign of predestination, and grace with which God favors those who will be saved. On the other hand, I see, O my Mother, how immense obligations I owe to your divine Son;I see that he is worthy of infinite love. You, whose only desire is to see him loved, you must reach me mainly by the grace of an ardent love for Jesus Christ. Therefore, I beg you for this grace, make it granted to me, you who obtain from God everything you desire. I do not ask for the least part of the goods of the land, neither honors nor wealth; I only ask you for the grace to do what your heart desires most: to love my God without sharing. Would it be possible not to want to favor my desire, a desire that is so pleasant to you? No, I am sure, you are already supporting him, you are already praying for me. I asked, O Mary, I asked, and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God with you forever, O dear Mother. Amen.above all you must reach me with the grace of an ardent love for Jesus Christ. Therefore, I beg you for this grace, make it granted to me, you who obtain from God everything you desire. I do not ask for the least part of the goods of the land, neither honors nor wealth; I only ask you for the grace to do what your heart desires most: to love my God without sharing. Would it be possible not to want to favor my desire, a desire that is so pleasant to you? No, I am sure, you are already supporting him, you are already praying for me. I asked, O Mary, I asked, and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God with you forever, O dear Mother. Amen.above all you must reach me with the grace of an ardent love for Jesus Christ. Therefore, I beg you for this grace, make it granted to me, you who obtain from God everything you desire. I do not ask for the least part of the goods of the land, neither honors nor wealth; I only ask you for the grace to do what your heart desires most: to love my God without sharing. Would it be possible not to want to favor my desire, a desire that is so pleasant to you? No, I am sure, you are already supporting him, you are already praying for me. I asked, O Mary, I asked, and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God with you forever, O dear Mother. Amen.I do not ask for the least part of the goods of the land, neither honors nor wealth; I only ask you for the grace to do what your heart desires most: to love my God without sharing. Would it be possible not to want to favor my desire, a desire that is so pleasant to you? No, I am sure, you are already supporting him, you are already praying for me. I asked, O Mary, I asked, and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God with you forever, O dear Mother. Amen.I do not ask for the least part of the goods of the land, neither honors nor wealth; I only ask you for the grace to do what your heart desires most: to love my God without sharing. Would it be possible not to want to favor my desire, a desire that is so pleasant to you? No, I am sure, you are already supporting him, you are already praying for me. I asked, O Mary, I asked, and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God with you forever, O dear Mother. Amen.and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God eternally with you, dear Mother. Amen.and never cease to ask until you see me in paradise, where I will have the security of possessing and loving my God eternally with you, dear Mother. Amen.

SATURDAY

Consecrated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

See devotion to the SS. Virgo, Part IV, art. IV, § 5.

 

In 1866, Pius IX, of holy memory, wanted to replace the ancient image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, hidden since the French Revolution, on the altars, and went to the Redemptorist Church in Rome, dedicated to Saint Afonso de Ligório, which he I wanted to entrust this precious treasure. Since then, thousands of conversions and wonderful healings have been performed, not only in this privileged sanctuary, but also in all places where copies of the original panel are venerated. Faithful soul, I got one for You; it will be a pledge to you of heavenly favors. In all your needs, invoke the sweet Virgin represented in her, who is happy to confirm, her so consoling title of Mother of Perpetual Help.

 

PRAYERS DURING THE MASS

To get a good death

Introibo ad altare Dei

O infinite goodness, O infinite mercy, O infinite love, O God of my soul, since you wanted to deliver to death for my sake the most dear object to your heart, your divine Son Jesus, I offer you this great sacrifice that he he made himself on the cross, and he is going to renew this moment on this holy altar; for your merits I ask you to grant me the forgiveness of my sins, your holy love, a good death and the glory of paradise. Great are these graces that I dare to ask of you; how much higher, however, is the price I present to you! O my God, for the love of Jesus Christ, forgive me and save me.

Kyrie Eleison

Eternal Father, do not look at my sins, I turned your gaze to your most beloved Son who asks you for mercy on my behalf; heed his pleas and forgive me. At this hour I should have been in hell for many years, with no hope of still being able to love you or recover your lost grace. The injury I have done to you, by renouncing your friendship and exchanging your love for the unworthy pleasures of the earth, I detest it more than all evils, O my God. Yes, he had died a thousand times before!

Gloria in excelsis Deo

This body for which I have offended you so much, O my God. it will one day be a pasture of worms and turn to rot! This does not distress me, Lord; I rather rejoice in the knowledge that it is destined to corrupt and thus consume this miserable flesh that has made me lose my sovereign Good; what afflicts me is that I have caused you so much sorrow, to obtain miserable pleasures.

Oremus

For your merits and those of Mary's pains, have compassion on me, O my Jesus, and grant me the grace to die for you as you died for me. With Saint Francis of Assisi, I say to you, Lord: "I die for the love of your love, O you who have deigned to die for the love of my love".

During the Epistle

My brother, if you want to live Christianly, try to continually bring the thought of death to your mind. O death, says the Holy Spirit, how healthy is your remembrance! (Ecle41,3). Oh! how he appreciates things and directs his actions well, who appreciates and directs them with his eyes on death! The memory of death detaches the heart from all earthly objects. All the goods in the world are reduced to sensual pleasures, riches and honors; Ah! very despicable is all this in the eyes of those who reflect that it will soon be nothing more than dust, after having served as a pasture for worms in the tomb.

During the Gospel and the Creed

It is about eternity: On the side on which the tree falls, whether north or south, it will remain there forever (Ecle11,3). If death finds us in grace with God, oh! what a joy, then, for our soul to be able to say to itself: Everything is safe, I can no longer lose God, here I am happy forever! But if death takes the soul in a state of sin, with what desperation will it exclaim: Ergo erravimus: I have deceived myself, and my mistake is and will be forever without remedy! Taken by terror in the face of such great disgrace, the blessed Father Avila, apostle of Spain, exclaimed when his end was announced: "Oh! Who had given me a little time to prepare myself for death ! "

To the Offeror

I unite in intention with the ministers of your altars, O my God, to offer you the spotless Lamb, in atonement for my sins and those of all men. Here is the divine Lamb, which you once immolated, for your glory and our salvation, on the altar of the cross. For the love of this victim who is so dear to you, apply his merits to my soul, and forgive me for all my past offenses, both serious and minor; I weigh them with my heart, because they have outraged your infinite goodness.

O my God, behold, I am about to receive the death that you assign to me. I already accept it; I sacrifice my life in honor of your majesty and atonement for my sins; I voluntarily consent that this flesh, for which I have offended you so much, should be devoured by the worms and reduced to dust.

One, my Jesus, unite my last sufferings and my agony to the sufferings and agony that you suffered for me on the cross. I accept death with all the circumstances you want; I accept the season, be it near or remote; in short, I want to die in whatever way you please, either in my bed or out of it, whether from an unforeseen death or after a painful or little painful illness. In everything I submit to your holy will. Give me the strength to endure everything with patience.

To the Preface

What will I give the Lord in return for the good he has done to me? I will take the cup of salvation (Ps 115,12). What benefits I am not indebted to you, my God! I especially thank you for the precious gift of faith and I protest that I want to die a child of the Holy Catholic Church. I thank you for not having taken my life when I was in sin, and for having forgiven me so many times and with so much mercy. I thank you for the lights and thanks that you have showered me, to attract me to your love.

During the Canon

Ah! My Jesus! if you wanted to pay me right now according to my works, my salary would be hell! There! that sometimes I even wrote my condemnation to that place of torments! I thank you for having endured me with such patience. O my God, if I had to appear before your court today, what account could I give you of my life? Deign to wait a little longer for me and extend this tremendous hour for me; why, what would become of me if you came to judge me now? Grant me some more time, O my God; add this mercy to the many others that you have already lavished on me, and give me a living pain of my sins. O Supreme Good, I regret having despised you so much; I love you about all things. Eternal Father, forgive me for the love of Jesus Christ, and, in consideration of his merits,grant me holy perseverance. From your blood, O my Jesus, I expect everything.

The Elevation

Eternal Father, for the merits of obedience of Jesus Christ, who died to obey you, cause me to obey your commandments until death. I love you, sovereign Well, and I want to obey you in everything for love. Give me holy perseverance, give me your love; I ask nothing more of you.

After Elevation

Ah! Jesus my and my Redeemer, who will one day be my judge, forgive me before that day arrives. Today you are still my Father, show that you are receiving him at your grace a son who, penetrated with repentance, becomes for you and prostrates at your feet. Sorry, my Father, I did wrong to offend you; I was wrong to separate myself from you; you did not deserve to be treated as I treated you; I repent of this and afflict my whole heart; forgive me. Ah! do not turn my face away from me, nor repel me as I would deserve: remember the blood you have shed for me, and have compassion on me. I do not want, O my Jesus, another judge but you, I say with confidence, because you only died for me. I willingly submit myself to the judgment of the One who, in order not to condemn me to hell, let himself be condemned to the torment of the cross.

To the Father

I ask you, Lord, to grant me the favor of receiving you in viaticum before I die, to be united with you when I come before your court. I do not deserve to hear from your mouth the compliments you will give to your faithful servants: Very well! good and faithful servant, because you were faithful in small things, I will establish you in great things; enter into the joy of your Lord (Mt 25,21). No, I don't deserve it because I was never perfectly faithful to you; but your death gives me hope of being admitted to heaven to love you eternally with all my strength.

Agnus Dei

Do not separate me from you on the day of judgment, O my Jesus. For you, O agony of Jesus, I hope to endure my last agony with resignation. Give me, O wounds of Jesus, the hope of loving you forever. For you, O blood of Jesus, I hope that my sins will be forgiven. Preserve me from eternal despair, O whips of Jesus. For you, O death of Jesus, I hope for a good death. O tears of Mary, obtain me the grace to weep for my sins. O Saint Joseph, by your blessed death, make mine mine to be good. What can I desire in this or the other life, if not only you, my God!

Spiritual communion

Come, Lord, come, place yourselves in my heart: close the door to him forever, so that no more creature will enter him to share in the love I owe you. In your heart I received you, too, O my Jesus, and there burn me in your holy love. Ah! when the day will come when I will be free from the danger of losing you, and will be consumed with love for your infinite beauty, which I will see without a veil and will put me in need of loving you! O sweet need, O lovely, and desirable need, who will deliver me from all fear of displeasing my Beloved, and will compel me to love him with all my strength! The conscience scares me and says: "How dare you intend paradise?" But your merits, O my divine. Redeemer, they are my hope.

The last prayers

Beloved Jesus, give me the strength to do something in your service before I die. Strengthen me against temptations and bad inclinations, especially against what in the past was the cause of most of my offenses against you. Give me patience in the illnesses and injuries that men receive. From this moment on, I forgive your love for all who have offended me in any way, and I ask you to grant them the graces they desire. Give me strength to be more vigilant is to avoid venial faults about which I confess my carelessness. Help me, my Savior; I hope everything for your merits.

Ite Missa est

Sweet Jesus of mine, oh! if, like you, I could say when I died: Lord, everything is finished; everything you sent me, I did; I took my cross with patience, I made efforts to be pleasant in everything!

During the last Gospel

O Mary, for the merits of your precious death, obtain for me the detachment from earthly things, the forgiveness of my sins, the love of God and holy perseverance; and when the moment of my death comes, assist me from heaven with your prayers, and make me happy to go and kiss your feet in paradise. O blessed Virgin, I attended my last hour. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, poor sinner, now and at the time of my death.

My powerful protector, Saint Joseph, has achieved a good death for me. My holy guardian angel, Saint Michael the Archangel, defended me against hell in my last fight. My patron saints, all saints of Paradise, come to my rescue at the supreme moment.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, give me your assistance at the time of my death. So be it.

Crown of the Immaculate Conception

This crown consists of three parts, and is recited as follows:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. First part. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

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An Our Father, four Hail Marys, and a Glory to the Father are said. The same thing is done about the second and third parts.

Prayer to Mary

To get your protection

I see, O my Blessed Mother, the graces you have obtained for me, and the ingratitude with which I have answered you. The ungrateful is unworthy of new benefits; yet I do not therefore lose hope in your mercy. Mighty lawyer of mine, have compassion on me: you are the dispenser of all graces that the Lord grants us so miserable; and if he has made you so powerful, rich and good, it is for you to help us. I want to save myself. I surrender in your hands my eternal salvation, I entrust to you the care of my soul. I want to be enrolled in the number of your most dedicated servants; do not cast me away from you. You go looking for the bastards to help them; then do not abandon a poor sinner who turns to you. Speak for me: your Son does everything you ask. Become under your protection: this is enough for me; because if you protect me, I fear nothing:I do not fear my sins, for you will obtain their forgiveness, I hope so; I do not fear demons, because you are more powerful than all hell; in the end, I am not even afraid of Jesus, my sovereign Judge, because one prayer of yours is enough to appease him. Protect me, then, O my Mother, and obtain the forgiveness of my sins, the love of Jesus, holy perseverance, a good death and finally paradise. It is true that I do not deserve these graces; but if you ask them for me from the Lord, they will be granted to me. Pray therefore to Jesus for me. O Mary, my Queen, I trust in you, in this living hope, in her rest, with her I wish to die. Amen.because one prayer of yours is enough to appease him. Protect me, then, O my Mother, and obtain the forgiveness of my sins, the love of Jesus, holy perseverance, a good death and finally paradise. It is true that I do not deserve these graces; but if you ask them for me from the Lord, they will be granted to me. Pray therefore to Jesus for me. O Mary, my Queen, I trust in you, in this living hope, in her rest, with her I wish to die. Amen.because one prayer of yours is enough to appease him. Protect me, then, O my Mother, and obtain the forgiveness of my sins, the love of Jesus, holy perseverance, a good death and finally paradise. It is true that I do not deserve these graces; but if you ask them for me from the Lord, they will be granted to me. Pray therefore to Jesus for me. O Mary, my Queen, I trust in you, in this living hope, in her rest, with her I wish to die. Amen.

jaculatory prayers to Mary

O Mary, I give myself entirely to you; accept me as your servant and keep me.

Never, O Mary, cease my heart to love you, nor my tongue to praise you!

In the name of your love for Jesus, O my Sovereign, help me to love you.

O Mother of Jesus, grant me the grace of dying rather than losing the grace of God.

O Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, I venerate you and would like to see you venerated with all hearts in a way worthy of your greatness.

O my Queen and Mother, I hope that at the expense of all my blood, all nations on earth will honor and love you as you deserve.

O Mary, very beautiful and lovable are you, who knew how to win the heart of God! ah! also take my poor heart and make it holy.

O Mary, comfort me always, but especially at the time of my death. Then receive my soul, and deign to present it to your divine Son, who will judge me.

Prayer to ask Mary for her perpetual help in all things

O Mother of Perpetual Help, thanks to your name, my heart overflows with confidence in you. Here I am at your feet, I come to expose to you all the needs of my life and death; I come to call on all these miseries your maternal help; deign to listen to me from heaven, and give me a favorable dispatch, O my Mother!

In all my difficulties and pains, come to my aid, O dear Mother!

In the dangerous moment of temptation,

When I have the misfortune of falling into sin, so that you may rise,

If a disastrous bond ties me to the devil's service, so that I can break it,

If I live in lukewarmness, lest Jesus Christ spit me out of his mouth,

When he is negligent in calling upon you to immediately call upon you,

To receive the sacraments worthily,

In all the exercises of a fervent Christian, and above all in prayer and meditation,

For me to preserve or recover chastity,

In order to acquire humility,

So that I can love God with all my heart,

So that, out of love for God, I may conform myself to everything with his holy will,

In order to faithfully fulfill the duties of my state,

When illness afflicts my body and overwhelms my soul,

When anguish and sadness come over me,

If God subjects me to the torment of inner pains,

If Providence proves me by poverty or setbacks in fortune,

If I find pain in my own family,

When I am humiliated, contradicted, mistreated, So that I may obtain the conservation and comfort of those who are dear to me,

In order to achieve the liberation of souls from purgatory,

In order to cooperate in the salvation of sinners,

In order to obtain the grace of final perseverance,

When the last illness comes,

On my last breath,

When it appears before your Son that I will be my Judge,

When in purgatory,

In all time and place,

So that it may serve you, love and always invoke,

To make you love and serve for many Christians,

Praised, loved, invoked, blessed forever be, O Our Lady of Perpetual Help, my hope, my love, my Mother, my happiness and my life. So be it.

ARTICLE 2

PIEDOUS EXERCISE TO BE WILLING TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION

 

It is very important, Christian soul, to choose a good confessor, who will guide you in all your spiritual exercises, and do not leave him without serious cause. "Those who wish to make progress in the path of God, said S. Filipe Néri, must submit to their confessor, and obey him as to God himself; whoever does so can be sure that he will not give an account to God of what he does ". This is in line with the teaching of Jesus Christ, who says: whoever listens to my ministers listens to me (Lk 10,6). Make a general confession, if you have not already done so, because it is a very effective way to compose your conscience; and it is good to do it to your own director, so that he can better address you.

 

Before Confession

 

In order to prepare well for confession, it is necessary to withdraw separately, either in the church or in your oratory, put yourself seriously in the presence of God, and do the following act:

 

Act of worship

Supreme and lovely Majesty, I believe you are here, you see and hear me. I adore you from the depths of my heart, I recognize you by my God, Creator and sovereign Lord, who, being the only and true life, you are the only one who cannot cease to exist; that is why I give you the worship service that is due only to you, and I bow with all humility before the throne of your infinite greatness.

Examination of conscience

 

It is very appropriate, for the confession to be good, that the penitent consider it as the last of his life, and, taking care of this, prepare himself as if to die. Ask God for graces, to make a good examination of conscience and the necessary lights to know sins well.

 

Prayer for the exam

O God, Father of lights, whom you enlighten to every man who comes into this world, I have smitten my heart with a ray of light, love and pain, so that I may know well the sins that I have committed against you, have true repentance of them, and confess them as I must to obtain forgiveness. Augusta Mother of God, that you are all mercy towards sinners who wish to be converted, you, my dearest hope, have assisted me. My guardian angel, give me your help: help me to know the sins with which I have offended my God. Saints from heaven, pray for me to make worthy fruits of penance. So be it.

Exam offer

O sweet Jesus, my God and Savior, I offer you my examination to glorify your divine justice: I hope you will give me the grace to do it well, in order not to offend you any longer for the future: I undertake it, therefore, in a spirit of charity, to please you and to fulfill your holy will, and with all the intentions that can promote you more honor and glory.

 

Here is the examination of conscience. For the timorous people who attend the sacraments, this examination must be short and done without anxiety or scruple: it will be enough for them to take a look at the faults in which they ordinarily fall, in order to be able to apply themselves more, in receiving the sacrament of penance , to produce acts useful to their spiritual progress, acts that often distract them from fears and vain concerns. Those who confess from afar to afar should take the exam long enough to remind them, as much as possible, of the species and number of their sins; for this they will go through the commandments of God and the Church, the seven deadly sins, the duties of the state itself, and they will see those in which they sinned by thoughts, words and deeds. Otherwise, it is possible to determine the number of sins, just consider their frequency per day,week, etc., because divine Mercy does not demand what is morally impossible.

 

 

The penitent will take care to examine especially the defect to which he is most prone, and the means which must be employed for correction. When only venial faults are confessed, it will be useful to accuse yourself of some more serious sin in the past life.

 

Main examination points for people who rarely confess

Refuse to believe everything the Church teaches;

doubt, be ashamed to show that you believe it;

exposing oneself to the danger of losing faith by attending to the wicked or taking dangerous readings;

speak out against religion, the Church and its ministers.

Surrender to despair, discouragement, lack of confidence in God's providence or mercy.

To surrender to presumption, hoping to be saved without praying, or to reach mercy without leaving sin, using the mercy of God to do evil, defer conversion, or expose oneself recklessly at times of sin.

Be superstitious.

To sin by sacrilege, whether it be about a person consecrated to God, or about a holy place or thing;

confess to conceal mortal sin, without contrition or good purpose.

To neglect prayer, etc.

Swearing false, blaspheming, uttering curses, curses;

violate vows, oaths, etc.

Missing Mass or working on Sundays or feast days;

commit irreverence in the Church, etc.

Lacking the respect, love, obedience, assistance you owe to your parents.

Be careless in the education, correction and surveillance of your children;

don't make them pray;

put them in schools, workshops or homes where their faith and customs are in danger;

do not separate them from occasions of sin, such as: reading, companionship, evening parties, entertainment, dangerous friendships.

Sin, if he is married, for disunity, jealousy, infidelity, criminal actions against sanctity and the end of marriage.

Lacking the respect, obedience, fidelity, probity that is due to the masters.

Let subordinates do wrong, turn them on;

not paying due wages.

Failure to fulfill the duties of the state itself, etc.

Do or wish harm to others, yourself;

indulging in gluttony, drunkenness;

hurt someone;

beat him;

sin out of hatred, anger, resentment, revenge, desire to take revenge, envy, jealousy, scandal, etc.

Sin against purity by thoughts, desires, words, songs, readings, writings, pleasures, toys, familiarities, bad deeds.

The penitent must declare, when necessary, the circumstances that change the kind of sin.

Offend God by theft, fraud, usury;

not giving back what belongs to others;

do not repair the damage caused;

not paying debts when you can; spend what belongs to others;

cooperate in the injustices committed by others, etc.

To sin for false testimonies, lies, backbiting, slander, insulting words, malicious references;

evil interpretations of the actions and intentions of others;

reckless judgments;

unfair suspicions;

disclosure of entrusted secrets;

unrepaired damage done to the reputation or honor of others, etc.

Do not fulfill the paschal duty.

Violating fasting or abstinence for no legitimate reason, etc.

Reasons for contrition

1. God's greatness and holiness

 

We must consider that sins, however small they may be, are very displeasing to God, because they offend all his infinite perfections, whereas, because he is infinitely perfect, God deserves infinite love. And this God whom you offend loves you so dearly! Isn't this evil, nameless riot? Ah! only in the next life will we come to understand it; in this we will never know well how great evil is sin, nor will we evaluate the punishment that deserves those who commit it.

 

O infinitely kind God, I confess that my sins outnumber the hair on my head and grains of sea sand; and even if it was one, alas! it would still have offended your infinite perfections. Oh! as I am not penetrated by pain, infinite grief, since I have infinite reason to be! I have sinned against your kindness, which was my duty to love; I preferred a vile creature, a false honor, a miserable pleasure, a trifle to your majesty, and whom I should adore, serve and honor. Ah! Lord, for your sake, forgive me my sins. O infinite goodness and beauty, how could I hate and despise you? But I sincerely regret having outraged you in such a brutal and foolish way; I am firmly resolved not to offend you anymore; before a thousand times to lose property, honor and life,than to offend for the future a God so full of goodness.

2. God's benefits

 

Let us consider that God is our sovereign benefactor. He made us a multitude of general goods, and a greater number of private ones; he brought us out of nowhere and formed us in his image and likeness, without any need for us; it preserves our existence; rescued us at the price of the blood of his only Son; in preference to so many he left in infidelity he made us Christians; he has endured us until now, despite our sins; it has given us so many and easy ways to save ourselves; and it is with ingratitude that we pay you! he made all creatures for our good, and we use them to offend him!

 

Ah! how great is my ingratitude! no, there was not and will never be similar. Dearest Savior of mine, here, then, is all the recognition that I have shown you for taking me out of nowhere, where, without you, I would still be: this is the esteem I made of your precious blood, shed for me with so much love and pain! What an ingratitude for me! who will give my heart sighs and tears in my eyes, to mourn the death of my soul and the infidelities of which I have become a defendant to my God! O Lord full of goodness, use me with mercy; I have an extreme desire and I firmly resolve not to displease you anymore. There! come to the world and receive so many benefits from God, and in return to offend him so many times and so seriously ?! to receive hands, feet, ears, eyes, tongue, heart from him, to employ them against and outrage him ?! O wretched eyes,O criminal hands, O ungrateful heart, you were the cause of your sins, torments and cruel death of the Son of God on your cross for your sins.

3. The presence of God

 

It is important to consider that the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one omnipotent God, is everywhere, sees everything, listens and knows even the smallest of our thoughts. In the face of this supreme majesty, the sublime seraphim are filled with salutary fear; and we had the audacity to sin in his presence, to think, to say, to do such things that would make us blush before the last of men! It is also necessary to remember that God is our sovereign judge, who must undoubtedly give his sentence, at the time of our death, on all our actions, words and thoughts.

 

O supreme and just judge of the living and the dead, who see and know everything, even the deepest of my heart, I can dare to appear in your presence, after having been so unfaithful to you! But I cannot escape you, you are everywhere; impossible to hide, you see everything. Ah! what insolence, therefore, to have dared, in the presence of such high majesty, before which the seraphim cover themselves with wings of respect, to do what I would not be encouraged to perform before the last of men! Mercy, my God! with all my heart I detest my sins for your love. Lord, what a mess for me to have proceeded in your presence as I did, and to have so often failed to promise you not to offend you! That if I made all these promises to one of my fellow men, and I was missing, what would be my shame,and how upset he would be for this! But as for what touches them, O my God! I don't seem to make the slightest case, because every day I outrage you on the face. Oh! how good you are for suffering me so long! O God of my heart, that when I committed the most usable sins of mercy with me, do not reject me now that I regret having offended you.

After Confession

My sweet Jesus, what recognition I owe you! Thanks to the merits of your blood, I am confident that I have received forgiveness today. I give you many thanks for this. I hope to go to heaven to praise your mercies forever. If so many times until today I have lost you, my God, I no longer want to lose you for the future: I am sincerely resolved to change my life. You deserve all my love; I want to love you truly; I no longer want to live apart from you. I promised you already; and I promise you now again: I want to die rather than offend you again. I commit myself to flee from the occasions of sin, and to employ this means ... (I determine it) so as not to fall into sin. But, my Jesus, you know my weakness, give me the grace to be faithful to you until death, and to appeal to you in temptation.

Most Holy Virgin Mary, assist me, since you are the Mother of holy perseverance, I place all my hope in you.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I, N., to testify to you of my recognition and to repair my infidelities, I give you my heart, and I consecrate myself whole to you, O my lovely Jesus, and with your help I propose not to sin anymore.

Ind. 300 days; IP (260).

ARTICLE 3

EXERCISE FOR HOLY COMMUNION

FIRST EXERCISE

Preparing for Communion

 

My Savior, said St. Francis de Sales, cannot be considered an action neither more loving nor more tender than this, in which it is annihilated, so to speak, and reduced to food, in order to penetrate our souls, and to unite it is intimately connected with the heart and body of its faithful ". That is why, according to the wise Gérson, there is no more effective way than communion to ignite in the souls the devotion and the holy love of God.

 

 

And indeed, if we want to do something that pleases the Lord, is there anything that is more pleasing to him than communion? Love, according to Saint Dionysus, tends mainly to perfect union; and what closer union can there be between a soul and Jesus Christ than that formed through this divine Sacrament: He who with and with my flesh, says the Savior, remains in me and I in him (Jn 6,57). Thus, concludes Saint Augustine, if you receive him every day, Jesus will always be in you, and then you will always progress in divine love.

 

 

And if we want to cure our spiritual illnesses, what better remedy than Holy Communion! The Council of Trent calls it a heavenly antidote, which purifies us from ordinary stains and preserves us from mortal sins.

 

 

But, Cardinal Bona asks, "where does it come from that so many souls derive so little fruit from frequent communion, and always show the same defects?" - "It is not a lack of virtue in Food, he replies, it is a lack of disposition in the recipient".

 

 

Is it possible, says Solomon, that fire be hidden in the breast without burning the garments? (Pv6,27). Now, God is consuming fire (Dt 4,24) ", He is the one who comes by holy communion to burn souls with this divine fire." As then, exclaims Guilherme de Paris, how can this diabolic miracle be accomplished, that in the middle from this fire do souls stay cold, without any feeling of love for God? "

 

 

All evil comes from a lack of willingness, and particularly a lack of preparation. The fire catches quickly on dry wood, and hardly on green, because it is not ready to burn. If the saints took great fruits from their communions, it is because they took great care in preparing themselves. São Luís Gonzaga used three days to equip himself to receive communion, and another three days to give thanks to the Lord.

 

 

The preparation for holy communion requires mainly two things: profound detachment from creatures, and a strong desire to progress in divine love.

 

 

1. Therefore, one must first detach from creatures and banish from the heart all that is not God. He who has been washed, says Jesus Christ, has no need but to have his feet washed (Jn 12,10); which means, as Saint Bernard explains, that in order to receive this divine Sacrament with great fruit, it is necessary not only to be cleansed from grave sins, but also to be exempt from all earthly appetites; because attachment to earthly things displeases God, stains the soul, and prevents holy communion from producing all its effects. Saint Gertrudes asked the Lord one day what preparation she needed to do to receive communion: "Only this one, Jesus replied, that you come to receive me very empty of yourself".

 

 

2. The second thing needed to commune with fruit is a great desire to receive Jesus Christ and his holy love. In this sacred banquet, says Gérson, no one is satisfied, except those who are very hungry, as the divine Mother proclaims in her Song. Just as Jesus did not come into the world before he was fervently desired, so, according to Blessed John d'Avila, he is repulsed to enter a soul that no desire has to receive; because such Food should not be used with little taste. The Lord used to say to Saint Matilde one day: "Bees do not throw themselves on flowers, to suck their honey, with the activity with which I hurry for your soul, when it longs to receive me". If, therefore, Jesus Christ desires so much to come to our souls, it is just that we also have a longing to receive him, and his holy love, because according to Saint Francis de Sales,the main intention of a soul that communes, must be to progress in the love of God, and it is important to receive for love the one to whom only love compels us to give ourselves.

 

Acts before Communion

 

Most of the prayers in this book can serve as preparation and thanksgiving for communion.

 

1. Act of faith

Here it is; jumping over the mountains, passing over the hills (Ct2.8). Ah! kindest Savior of mine, that you have had to pass through steep and rough mountains, to come and join me by your divine Sacrament ?! You are God, and you became man; you are immense, and became a boy; you are sovereign Lord, and you have become a slave; you have passed from the bosom of your eternal Father to the bosom of a Virgin, from heaven to a stable, from the throne of glory to an infamous gallows; today you are still going to descend from your heavenly abode to dwell in my poor heart!

Here you have it behind the wall, looking out the windows and through the bars (Cân2,9). O my soul, behold your beloved Jesus, the heart burned by the same love that consumed him on the cross when he died for you, is now hidden under the sacramental species; so, what does he do? Look through the bars. Like a friend full of tenderness, who wants to be returned, he stays in the Host as behind a fence, where he can see without being seen; then he considers you in that happy moment when his divine flesh will become your food; observe your thoughts, your affections, your desires and the offerings you are going to present to him. Come, my soul, prepare to receive Jesus; and first, revive your faith by saying,

So, my most beloved Redeemer, within a few moments you will come to me! O hidden and unknown God of most men, I believe that you are present in this Sacrament; I recognize and adore you in this mystery of love as my Lord and Savior, and, to confess this truth, I am ready to give my life. You have come to enrich me with your graces, to join me entirely: what confidence should not a visit so filled with love on your part inspire me?

2. Act of trust

O my soul, expand your heart. Here is your Jesus, who can fill you with all kinds of goods and loves you fervently. Expect, therefore, great favors from this good Lord; to you he comes, driven by his tenderness, and all burning with love.

Yes, beloved Jesus, my hope, of your infinite goodness I hope that, giving you to me today, you will light in my poor heart the beautiful flame of your holy love and a burning desire to please you, so that from now on I only want that that you want.

3. Act of love

Oh! my God, my God, true and only friend of my soul, what more could you do to deserve my love? It was not enough for you, my Lord, to die of love for me; you have also instituted this august sacrament to give yourselves all to me, and in this way to intimately unite your heart with mine, with a creature as despicable and ungrateful as I am. Even more: you fervently wish that I would receive you! O immense love! O incomprehensible love! O infinite love! a God wants to give himself to me! This miracle of love, O my soul, you believe; and what do you do? what do you say O God, O God, O Infinite loveliness, the only object worthy of all love, I love you with all my heart, I love you above all things, I love you more than myself, more than my own life. Oh! I hope to see you loved from all over the world!I wish they would love all your hearts as you deserve it! I love you, O heavenly Father, O God infinitely lovable, and I unite the love of my poor heart with the love of the seraphim, of the heart of Mary, of the Heart of Jesus, your most beloved and loving Son; yes, I love you, O infinite goodness, with the love in which the saints, Mary and Jesus, burn for you; I love you only to please you and because you deserve it. Away from my heart, earthly affections, which you are not to God. O Mother of beautiful love, Most Holy Virgin Mary, help me to love this God whom you so fervently desire to see loved.with the love in which the saints, Mary and Jesus, burn for you; I love you only to please you and because you deserve it. Away from my heart, earthly affections, which you are not to God. O Mother of beautiful love, Most Holy Virgin Mary, help me to love this God whom you so fervently desire to see loved.with the love in which the saints, Mary and Jesus, burn for you; I love you only to please you and because you deserve it. Away from my heart, earthly affections, which you are not to God. O Mother of beautiful love, Most Holy Virgin Mary, help me to love this God whom you so fervently desire to see loved.

4. Act of humility

You will then, O my soul, nourish yourself with the sacred flesh of Jesus Christ! are you worthy? O my God, who am I? and who are you? I know and recognize who you are, who are worthy to give to me; but do you know well who I will receive you? It is possible, O my Jesus, that you, infinite purity, wish to enter my soul, which was so often occupied by your enemy, and tainted with so many sins! I recognize, my Lord, your sovereign majesty, but I also recognize my deep misery; I am ashamed to appear in your presence; respect should move me away from your table; but if I separate from you, my life, where will I go? whom will I turn to? will I become? No, no, I don't want to be separated from you; on the contrary, I want to get closer and closer. You consent to give yourself to me as a support, you do not deign to call me to receive you;here I am, O my lovely Savior, today I come to welcome you completely humiliated and confused with the remembrance of my sins, but full of confidence in your mercy and love.

5. Act of contrition

O God of my soul, how much it weighs me that I have not loved you in the past! What do I say? instead of loving you, and to satisfy my passions, I have not ceased to offend and grieve your infinite goodness, I have turned my back on you, I have despised your grace. and friendship; in a word, my God, I wanted to lose you, and this was deliberate. I repent, Lord, and I grieve to the very heart; I hate the offenses, serious or minor, that I committed; I have extreme horror of them, because I have displeased you, O infinite goodness! I trust that you have forgiven me; but if you still haven't done me this grace, Ah! forgive me before I receive you; purify in your blood this soul that will soon become the home of your glory.

6. Act of desire

Rejoice, O my soul, the happy moment of Jesus has come to fix his dwelling on you; behold the King of heaven, behold your Redeemer and your God about to enter you; equip yourself to receive him with love, invite him with your wishes.

Come, O my Jesus, come to my soul, which sighs for you; but before you give yourself to me, allow me to offer you my miserable heart: hey, accept it and give yourself haste to take possession of it. Come, then, O my God, come quickly, come without delay. O infinite good, O my only good, my treasure, my life, my paradise, my love, my everything, I would like to receive you in a heart burning with love, as the most holy and fervent souls have received you, as your tender received you. Mother Mary; to your communions the one I am going to make.

Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother, here I am on the point of receiving your divine Son: I would like to have your heart and love on fire with which you can share. Now give me your sweet Jesus, with the one you once gave to shepherds and magicians: from your very pure hands, I desire to receive you. Tell him that I am your dedicated servant and son; this title will make him put on me a more tender look, and unite me more closely with me at this moment when he is worthy to visit me.

Thanksgiving

There is no prayer more pleasing to God, nor more useful to souls, than thanksgiving after communion. While sacramental species last, holy communion produces ever more abundant graces, and proportionate to the dispositions that the soul makes in itself through continually renewed acts of virtue. So Suárez and many other serious theologians think. In fact, according to the Council of Florence, the Blessed Sacrament has the same effects on the soul as material food on the body, where it continues to operate at a rate that is more or less well disposed.

Fervent souls also seek to remain in prayer as long as possible after communion. Blessed Father Avila spent at least two hours on this, still on his missions. Father Baltasar Alvares used to say; "It is necessary to have a great appreciation for the time following communion, and to proceed as if people heard from the very mouth of Jesus Christ the word that he once said to his disciples:" You shall not always have me like this with you "(Mt 26, 11).

After having received communion, it is not advisable to start reading immediately, as some do; more it takes advantage then to spend some time in producing holy affections and to deal with an open heart with Jesus who is in him, and to repeat different times some pious feeling or affectionate prayer, although always the same. Jesus, in the garden of olive trees, did nothing more than repeat the same prayer (Mt 26,44).

It is, therefore, through affections and prayers that the soul, which has just received communion, must deal with Jesus; let it be well persuaded: at that moment the acts have more value and merit before God than if they were done in another time, whatever, because the presence of the divine Savior in the soul, which is so closely united, exalts the dignity of the acts .

Finally, let us note that, after Holy Communion, Jesus Christ is more willing to communicate his favors to us. He, observes Santa Teresa, then resides in our soul as on a throne of grace, and addresses these sweet words to him: "What favor do you wish?" (Mc10,51). As it was said: Dear soul, I came to you on purpose to do you good; ask me for what you want, and you will achieve.

Oh! what treasures of grace will you not receive, devout soul, if you get in the habit of occupying yourself with Jesus, after communion, for at least an hour or a half? For this purpose you will be able to read the following acts; and after your thanksgiving, you will be careful to preserve, throughout the day, through loving affection and frequent prayers, this happy union with the Lord to whom you have received.

Acts after Communion

1. Act of faith

Here I am then in the presence of my God who honors me with his visit, of my Savior who deigns to be a guest of my soul! ... Yes, my Jesus lives in me; He came to be mine and I was His. Therefore, Jesus belongs to me, and I belong to Jesus! Jesus is all mine, and I am all Jesus. O infinite goodness! O infinite mercy! O infinite love! a God deigns to join me! a God deigns to give himself all to me! O my soul,

 

Now that you have the happiness of being so united with Jesus, of being one with Jesus, what do you do? you have nothing to say to him? don't you speak to your God who lives in you? Hey, revive your faith; consider that angels surround you, worshiping your God who rests in your chest; worship your Lord within them with them. Collect yourself and expel all other thoughts; gather all your affections in your God, and say to him:

 

2. Wrap act

O my Jesus, my love, my supreme good, my everything, be welcome to the poor home of my soul. Ah! where do I see you, my Lord? where did you go down? Here you are in my heart, in a heart worse than the stable in which you were born, full of earthly affections, self-love, disordered appetites. How could you choose such an address? He had wanted to say to you with Saint Peter: Depart from me, Lord, because I am a sinner, unworthy to receive God, infinite goodness; go to rest in the pure souls that serve you with so much love. But what do I say, my Redeemer? do not separate from me; because if you separate, I'm lost. I embrace you, my life, I cling to you. Oh! how foolish I was when I left you for the sake of vile creatures! How ungrateful I was when I threw you away from me. Now I no longer want to abandon you, O my Treasure!I want to live and die in continuous union with you.

Blessed Virgin Mary, ardent Seraphim, blessed souls, all of you who are inflamed with love for God, communicate your loving affections to me, so that I may give my beloved Lord a good coat.

3. Acknowledgment

I thank you, Lord and my God, for the benefit that you have made me today to come and reside in my soul; I would like to thank you in a manner worthy of you and for the great finesse you have given me. But then! what worthy thanks a miserable like me can offer you!

The most natural feeling for the soul that communes is the astonishment at the following thought: A God gives himself to me! ... A God is mine! David exclaimed: What will I repay the Lord for all the good he has done to me? (Ps115,19). And I, who will give you, my Jesus, to you who, not content with lavishing your graces on me, wished to add the gift of your own person to them? Bless, therefore, my soul, to your God, give him all the thanksgiving that you are capable of. And you, O Mary, my tender Mother, my holy protectors, my guardian angel, all of you, O burning souls of divine love, come and bless and thank my God for me; come to admire and exalt the remarkable favors he has showered me with.

4. Offering act

My beloved is mine, and I am his (Cân2,16). If a king were to visit a poor little shepherd in his hut, what could the shepherd offer him, except his entire hut as he possessed it? Thus, O Jesus, my divine King, since you have deigned to visit the poor house of my soul, I offer you and consecrate my soul and all my being, my freedom and every week will. My Beloved gave himself all to me, I also give myself to him. O my Jesus, I no longer want to belong to me, I want to be yours, and all yours. Be my senses, and serve only to give you pleasure. "Ah! What pleasure, said São Pedro de Alcântara, is comparable to the happiness of giving it to you, who are such a kind, loving and benevolent God?" I also give you all the powers of my soul, I want them to belong to you without reservation:my memory will only serve me to remember your benefits and your love; my understanding, to think of you, who constantly think of my happiness; my will, to love you, my God, my everything, and to want what you want and nothing else.

Therefore, I consecrate to you today, O my sweet Savior, and I sacrifice all that I have and am, my senses, thoughts, affections, desires, satisfactions, inclinations, freedom; in short, in your hands I put all my body and all my soul.

Deign to accept, O infinite majesty, the sacrifice that the most ungrateful sinner that the earth has endured to this day makes of himself: he offers himself and gives himself all at this moment. Hereafter, Lord, make use of me as you please.

Come, O blazing fire, O divine Love, have consumed in me everything that belongs to me, everything that hurts the gaze of your infinite purity, so that in the future, employed entirely in your service, it will only live to fulfill not only your precepts and advice, but also all of your holy desires and everything that is to your greatest pleasure. So be it.

O Mary, of all creatures the holiest, present, with your own hands, to the Most Holy Trinity, the humble offering that I make to you, and I asked you to accept it and grant me the grace to be faithful to you until death. Amen.

5. Act of supplication

O my soul, what are you doing? If there is a precious moment, a moment in which you should not miss ceitil, it is this, in which you can obtain as many graces as you ask. Don't you know that the eternal Father looks at you with love, seeing in you his beloved Son, the most dear object to his tenderness? So drive out other thoughts, revive your faith, expand your heart by trust, and ask for everything you desire. Do you not hear that Jesus himself says to you: Dear soul, speak: what do you want from me? (Mc10,51). I came on purpose to enrich you with my gifts and make you happy; ask with confidence, you will achieve everything.

Ah! my sweetest Savior, for you have come to me to enrich me with favors, and you wish to ask them; I do not ask for any earthly goods, nor riches, nor honors, nor pleasures: grant me, I beg you, the real pain of the sorrows I have caused you; let me know clearly the vanity of this world and the rights you have to our love. Give me a new heart, exempt from all earthly affection, according entirely to your holy will, a heart that seeks nothing beyond what gives you pleasure and aspires only to your holy love: Create in me a pure heart, O my God (Ps 50,12).

In no way do I deserve these favors, but you, my Jesus, deserve them in my place, for you have come to reside in my soul; I ask you for your merits and those of your Most Holy Mother and in the name of your love for your eternal Father.

Pray to Jesus for some particular grace for you and your neighbor; do not forget to recommend sinners and souls in purgatory to him, and also the one who composed this little book for your good.

Eternal Father, Jesus Christ, your divine Son, made this beautiful promise to us: Truly, truly, I say to you: if you ask my Father anything in my name, he will give it to you (] o16,23). In the name and for the love of this Jesus, your only Son, who currently rests in my chest, listen to me and give me the graces I ask of you.

O Jesus and Mary, sweet objects of my tenderness, suffer me and die for you; let me be all yours and not of myself.

Sooner preparation for Communion

Act of faith

Lord my Jesus Christ, I firmly believe that you are truly and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament with your Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Act of Worship

Lord, I adore you in this august Sacrament and I recognize you for my Creator, Redeemer and sovereign Lord, my only and highest good.

Act of Hope

Lord, I hope that, giving you to me in this divine Sacrament, you will use me with mercy and will grant me all the graces that are necessary for my eternal salvation.

Act of Humility

Lord, I am not worthy for you to come into my house, but say one word and my soul will be saved.

Act of Charity

Lord, you are infinitely lovable, you are my Father, my Redeemer and my God; and for this reason I love you with all my heart over all things, and, for your sake, I love my neighbor as myself, and I willingly forgive those who have offended me.

Act of Contrition

Lord, I detest all my sins, because they make me unworthy to receive you in my heart, and I propose with your grace never to commit them again, to avoid the occasions of sin, and to do penance.

Act of faith

Lord, I fervently wish you to visit my soul and remain there so that I will never be separated from you again, but always be enjoying your divine grace. Amen.

Brief Thanksgiving for after Communion

Act of faith

Lord my Jesus Christ, I believe that you are truly within my heart with your Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity; I believe it more firmly than if I saw it with my own eyes.

Act of Worship

O my Jesus, I adore you present within my heart, and I join Mary Most Holy, Angels and Saints to adore you as you deserve.

Acknowledgment Act

O Jesus, my Lord, I thank you with all my heart for wanting to come and live in my soul. Blessed Virgin, Guardian Angel, and you all Angels and Saints in Heaven, thank Jesus for me.

Act of Charity

O Jesus, my God and my Lord, I love you with all my heart and I want to love you as you deserve; make me love you above all things, now and for all eternity.

Act of Hope

O my Jesus, now that you are present within my soul, I hope that you will never part with me again, but you will always remain with me, communicating your divine grace to me.

Petition Act

O my Jesus, give me, I ask you, all the spiritual and temporal graces, which you know are necessary for my soul; I also entrust to you the needs of my superiors, relatives, friends, benefactors and those of the holy souls in Purgatory.

Prayer: Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me,

Body of Christ, save me,

Blood of Christ, Intoxicate me,

Water on the side of Christ, wash me,

Passion of Christ, comfort me,

O good Jesus, hear me,

I hid within your wounds,

Do not allow me to depart from you,

Defend me from the evil enemy,

At the time of my death call me,

And send me to go to you,

So that with your saints I may praise you

For all the centuries of the centuries. Amen.

300 days, after Communion 7 years (131).

Prayer: O my Good and Sweet Jesus

Here I am, prostrate in your presence, O good and sweetest Jesus, and I beseech you with the most lively ardor of my soul, impress on my heart deep feelings of faith, hope and charity, of the pain of my sins with the firm purpose of correcting myself; while I, with great love and living pain, go on considering with myself and contemplating your most sacred wounds, bearing in mind what I have already said, my good Jesus, said the Holy Prophet David: "They pierced my hands and feet, they counted all my bones ".

10 years; ind. plenary, reciting this prayer after Communion before the Crucifix and praying for the Holy Father's intention (201).

SECOND YEAR

Before Communion

Beloved Jesus of mine, true Son of God, who died for me on the cross, in an ocean of pain and reproach, I firmly believe that you reside in the Blessed Sacrament, and I am ready to give my life for this article of faith.

My dear Redeemer, I hope for your goodness, and for the merits of your blood, that coming to me this morning, you will burn me in your holy love, and you will give me all the necessary graces to be obedient and faithful to you until death.

Ah! My God, true and only lover of my soul, what more could you do to compel me to love you? It was not enough for you to die for me, O my love: you also wanted to institute the Blessed Sacrament and make you my food, to give yourselves all to me, and hereby unite yourselves entirely with a creature as unworthy and ungrateful as I am. I. More: your charity rises to the point of inviting me to your holy table! oh! how earnestly you desire that I receive you! O immense love! A God give himself all to me! O my God, O infinite kindness, worthy of infinite love, I love you above all things, with all my heart, more than myself, more than my life; I love you because you deserve it, I love you to please you, since you love my love so much. I left my soul, earthly affections. For you alone, O my Jesus,that you are my treasure and my everything, to you only my whole heart. Today you give yourself the whole mini without reservation; it is also without reservation that I give myself to you all. Allow me to love you, because only you want to love, only what you want to do. Yes, I love you, my Savior, and I unite my poor love to which all the Angels and Saints consecrate to you, as well as Mary, your august Mother, and your eternal Father. Oh! I wish I could see you loved from all over the world! I wish I could get all men to love you, and how much you deserve it.your august Mother, and your eternal Father. Oh! I wish I could see you loved from all over the world! I wish I could get all men to love you, and how much you deserve it.your august Mother, and your eternal Father. Oh! I wish I could see you loved from all over the world! I wish I could get all men to love you, and how much you deserve it.

Behold, O my Jesus, I am already ready to feed myself with your sacred flesh. Ah! My God, who am I? and who are you? You are a Lord of infinite goodness, and I am an unclean worm, stained with all sins; so many times I threw you out of my soul! Lord, I know that I am not worthy to be in your presence; the place to which I am entitled is hell, where it should be left entirely by your hand and forever deprived of your presence; but your kindness is such that you invite me to receive you! I come to you, therefore; I come humbled and ashamed of the sorrows I have caused you, but full of confidence in your goodness and tenderness. O my dear Redeemer, how I deplore the misfortune of having outraged you in the past! To save me, you did not retreat at the sacrifice of your life;and I have so often despised your grace and love for a trifle! Oh! I repent from the bottom of my heart: I hate more than any other evil, all my sins, serious or light, because they have offended your infinite goodness; I am confident that you have forgiven me, but if you have not yet done me this favor, O my Jesus, forgive me before I dare to approach you. Ah! do not delay in receiving me in your grace, since it is your will to descend soon to the breasts of my soul.for it is your will to descend soon into the breasts of my soul.for it is your will to descend soon into the breasts of my soul.

Come, then, my Jesus, come to my soul: it sighs for you. I wish, O my only Good, my life, my love, my everything, to receive you today with as much love as the most ardent souls have with the same fervor that burns your Most Holy Mother. Your holy communions, the one that I will make, O Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother! Give me your divine Son, I want to receive you from your own hands. Tell him that I am your servant, so that, coming to my soul, I will more tenderly close against his heart.

After Communion

Behold, O my Jesus, I already possess you; yes, it is you! ... Yes, you reside within me! Yes, you are all mine! Welcome, dearest Redeemer of mine; prostrate at your feet, I adore you; I tenderly embrace and hold you against my heart; thanks I give you for having deigned to descend into my chest. O Mary, my holy protectors, my custodial angel, thank Jesus for me.

Since you have come to visit me with such love, O my divine King, I give myself to you all, giving you my will and freedom. You gave yourselves all to me, I give myself all to you; I don't want to belong anymore; I will be yours without reservation from today on: for you all that belongs to me: my soul, my body, my faculties, my senses, I will use everything to serve and please you. I dedicate to you all my thoughts, desires, affections, my whole life. I have offended you very much, O my Jesus! I am determined to consecrate to the love of a God who has loved me so much the days that I still have life left.

Accept, O God of my soul, the humble sacrifice that a poor sinner makes of you, whose only desire is to love and please you. Make use of me and everything I have as your will. Destroy in my heart the fire of your love the feelings that do not please you. Be I entirely yours, and live only to satisfy you in all things! I do not ask you for goods, pleasures, honors of the earth: give me, O my Jesus, continuous pain of my sins, that only this I ask of you for the merits of your Passion. Enlighten me with your holy light; make me understand the vanity and vileness of the joys of this world, and your infinite kindnesses. Detach me from all earthly affections, unite myself entirely with your holy love, so that from now on your will will be the only object, the only rule of my will and desires.Give me patience and resignation to suffer from illness, poverty, and everything that is contrary to my self-love. Give me sweetness to those who despise me. Give me a holy death. Give me your holy love. Mainly give me, I beg you, perseverance in your holy grace until death; do not allow me to separate from you again. Grant me also, O my Jesus, the grace to never cease to appeal to you, and to invoke in all my temptations; I also implore the grace of always asking you for holy perseverance.O my Jesus, the grace to never cease to appeal to you, and to invoke in all my temptations; I also implore the grace of always asking you for holy perseverance.O my Jesus, the grace to never cease to appeal to you, and to invoke in all my temptations; I also implore the grace of always asking you for holy perseverance.

Eternal Father, Jesus, your divine Son, promised me that you would give a favorable order to everything that is asked of you in his name (Jn 16,23). In the name of this, and for the merits of Jesus, your beloved Son, I ask you for your love and holy perseverance, so that one day you will have the happiness of going to heaven. In that beautiful country I will love you with all my strength; there I will sing your mercies forever; there, I will no longer fear being separated from you forever.

O Mary, my Blessed Mother and my hope, obtain the graces I so fervently desire for your intercession; obtain me also to love you very much, O my Queen, and to always entrust myself to you in my needs.

O Jesus, who live in Mary, come and live in your servants with your spirit of holiness, the fullness of your power, the reality of your virtues, and the perfection of your ways, in the communion of your mysteries, and for the glory of your Father dominate, by your spirit, all enemy power. Amen.

THIRD EXERCISE

Before Communion

A true and perfect friend of mine, what tenderness is this that drives you: to come to a wretch like me? Come, yes, come, O Desire of My Heart; my soul sighs for you. I offer you this communion to satisfy your desire to come to me and unite with you, my God and my everything. Oh! how wonderful! a God come down from heaven to me, and hide his majesty under the vile cloak of the species of bread and wine! Oh! how true, my Savior, that you, having loved yours, loved you to the end, instituting this divine Sacrament!

You are my goodness, O my God; how then do I love anything but you! Ah! draw me more and more into your heart. I put your love and your goodness before everything in the world. You are the only object of my affections. I only want to love you: I want to give everything to love you. Give me the grace to execute this resolution, because I can do nothing without your help.

O my Beloved, if you want me to be faithful to you, keep me first and draw me to you by your spirit; without him, I am nothing, I can do nothing, I am worthless. Do not allow me to fail with the recognition that is due to you for so many graces with which you have favored me. For your love, I accept all the penalties that you choose to impose on me in this and other lives and the deprivation of all sensitive consolation. I am yours and I will always be without reservation, and I dare to ask you, not only for your gifts, but also for yourselves, I wish to receive you to unite me more closely with you.

Eternal Father, I offer you the Passion of your divine Son for my salvation and for all men. Do not look at my sins; look at the love of your most beloved Son towards you, such a love that has reduced him to giving himself to us in this Sacrament. For this love, O my God, have compassion on me.

I acknowledge, O my Redeemer, that I am infinitely unworthy to approach you and receive you: my sins are many, and my purity is very little; that is why I say to you, Lord, I am not worthy. Although I had all the love of the seraphim, this preparation was not enough; I say to you again, Lord, I am not worthy.

Come, O my lovely Lord, and work in me that which makes you so unworthy a creature. I am most miserable, but your kindness overcomes my misery. Come to my soul and sanctify it; take possession of my heart, and purify it; enter my body and keep it, so that I never depart from your love. O scorching fire, consume in me everything that you find unworthy of your presence, everything that can hinder your grace and your love.

O Mother of my Redeemer, have compassion on me, poor sinner: pray for me, that, through your assistance, I may receive your divine son with perfect love and become my soul after his Heart.

After Communion and the visit to the Blessed Sacrament

O excess of love! ... Holy Host, I adore you within me. Little is a heart to love you, my Jesus, little is a tongue to praise your goodness. How much I owe you, O my Savior, for having deigned to visit such a poor creature! and in recognition of such a great benefit, I offer myself all to you.

No, I don't want to live in myself anymore; I want only Jesus to live in me. He's mine and I'm his, forever and ever. O my love, no longer sin! I will never forget the goodness and mercy of Jesus, my Savior and my Guest. I believe, O my God, yes, I believe that you are in body and soul in my chest, your divinity is now within me and united with me.

I adore you and revere you, like a miserable see me who crawls in the dust of your nothingness to testify to you in his own way the desire that he has to give you glory. But is it possible to have your infinite majesty if you deign to visit the last of your creatures? O my sweet Savior, I thank you with a tender heart; be blessed a thousand times; make my God raise my recognition as high as possible to the level of this immense benefit. I ask you to give thanks, your Most Holy Mother, to all angels and saints; in the same way I offer you all the praises and thanksgiving that have earned you and will always surrender all creatures.

O my God, deign to join me, to apply abundantly the merits of your Passion and to sanctify me; then carry out in me all of your charitable purposes. Lord infinitely wise and omnipotent, out of pity, do not let the fruit of your visit be lost; I unite with you through the indissoluble bonds of perfect love; unite the abyss of your mercies with the abyss of my miseries, and make me live a totally divine life.

You see, O my Jesus, the faults I suffer; you know that without you I can do nothing; you know my weakness, therefore, have pity on me: give me humility, purity of heart, perfect love and conformity with your holy will; strengthen me against bad habits; grant me the remission of my sins and the grace of not committing them anymore; I was filled with the utter dismay of all creatures, so that I had loved nothing else; give me the grace to suffer with patience, for your love, all the troubles that come to me. I expect everything from your kindness. - O Holy Virgin, my dear Mother, I asked your divine Son, in the name of the love he has for you, to grant me, in consideration of your merits, all that I ask of you.

O my God and my only good, I delight in your infinite perfections, I delight more than if they were my own, and I rejoice that nothing in the world can rob or diminish them. Be welcome, O you who are forever perfect and infinite in your greatness, my Jesus, my love and my God: make me all yours.

My sweet Savior, for this infinite goodness that compelled you to descend on earth, I conjure you, make my soul feel the effects of your love; light the flame in which you burn, and then, full of contempt for what belongs to the earth, it will not aspire or think except of you. Ah! may this love, which reduced you to die crucified for my salvation, make me die to the world and live forever for you.

O God of my soul, who deserve to be loved over all creatures, to you alone, and to nothing else, I want for my affections; I prefer you to all the goods in the world and to myself. I wish to be faithful to you, and I promise not to leave you anymore.

I give myself to you entirely, Lord, and I embrace with love and respect all your wills and just designs that you have concerning me; I ask you to fulfill all your dispositions towards me in time and in eternity; but one day I hope to see your divine face and infinite goodness. O my God, draw me all to you, that I may inflame myself in the sacred fire of your love. I wish I was completely consumed by this divine fire! I beg you, I hid in you so perfectly, that the creatures may never find me.

O eternal Father, for the love of your divine Son, fill my memory with holy thoughts and the continuous remembrance of you and your Son. Deign to do me the grace to know what you want from me and to do it without restriction. And you, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with holy affections, which produce in me all the fruits of your love. Enlighten me with your light, so that I always address you, and my will does not use its freedom except to give itself to you without reservation.

My God and my everything, I do not want to seek anything else outside of you, because in you I can find all things. O most kind Father, inspire me, for your service, as much concern as you have for my good. I would like to see all my thoughts applied in devising ways to please you and to avoid any offense against you in the future.

O Incarnate Word, make him love you only. Depart from me all occasions that may separate me from your love. Clean my heart from all care, except to consider and serve you as the supreme object of all love. You have come into the world to dwell in the hearts, which you have redeemed by your blood: therefore be my heart entirely; take possession of it, and provide for all my needs: enlighten me, ignite me, and become ready to carry out all your holy wills.

Omnipotent Jesus, take from me everything that prevents the effects of your power and kindness towards me. I dispose of my freedom and sacrifice it entirely to the dispositions of your will. Have compassion on me, heal me from all my iniquities and infidelities; be filled with your grace and wisdom. I surrender myself entirely to you, my Jesus, I want to be all yours; I want to employ myself fervently in promoting your glory; I want, for the sake of your sufferings, to take all tribulations with patience. Give me the grace to use only what you like.

Grant me, O my God, at the mercy of considering you with the eyes of a living faith, to know and love you; to know your will, to fulfill it; discover my defects, to bore and humiliate me; finally, to see you face to face in happy eternity.

Following the example of the prodigal son, I have dissipated all my goods, but I could not, Lord, exhaust the treasure of your mercies. Make your will alone, and not my senses, or human respect, the guide of my life. Engrave the law of your love in my heart and with indelible features.

Even if there was no torture for the guilty, I would not want to stop loving you, O my God, and suffering for you. Help me to fulfill your desires. From now on you will be everything to me. I submit with confidence, in time and in eternity, to whatever I choose to order about you. O Incarnate Word, wash my heart with your blood, and print the seal of your love on it, I mean your holy name Jesus.

Lord, do not abandon me to the tyranny of my vices. Remember that I am the work of your hands; do not allow me to become prey to the devil. I am a sinner, it is true; but I was rescued by your blood.

Eternal Father, cast your eyes on the Passion of your most beloved Son, whose merits ask you for mercy on my behalf; by these merits, which I offer you, purify me from the affections of the world, and be filled with your love; grant me the grace to die with resignation, faith, trust and perfect love.

For the love that you have for all eternity, O my Jesus, make me love you for the little time that remains of my life, so that I may later love you eternally in heaven. O God of love, make him alive for you from now on. When I will be all yours, how are you all mine? When will the hour come when I, dead to myself, live forever to love you? I do not know how to give myself to you; become me, O my God, and have mercy make it all yours. Lord, I want to have eyes only to see you, tongue but to speak in you, heart but to love you, body but to offer you, life but to sacrifice to you. O God of love, give me your love. O infinite fortress, help my weakness. O eternal wisdom, dispel my darkness. O immense mercy, forgive my malice. O infinite goodness, how late I was and

EXERCISE FOUR

Before Communion

m to know and love you! ... Do what pleases me; I just want what you do.

 

I congratulate you, Blessed Virgin, for having won the heart of your God. Have the goodness to join me with your divine Son; speak to him for me to grant me the grace to follow his inspirations in everything. Teach me to practice the virtues you have exercised on earth, and let go of everything that does not refer to God, so that I may love him with all my strength.

EXERCISE FOUR

Before Communion

Let us consider the great gift that Jesus Christ makes us, giving us his holy person as food through holy communion. Although God is omnipotent, says Saint Augustine, he cannot give us more. And indeed, adds Saint Bernardino, what greater treasure can a soul receive or desire than the lovely body of Jesus Christ? The Prophet Isaiah rightly exclaimed: Publish, O men, the loving inventions of our God (Is 12,4). Ah! if our Redeemer had not spontaneously made this gift to us, who could never ask for it? Whoever dared to say to him: "Lord, if you want to make your love known to us, give yourselves to us under the kinds of bread, and consent to make you our livelihood by this means". The thought of this alone would be called madness. When Jesus Christ announced to his disciples this great gift of the Eucharist,many refused to give him credit, and murmured away from him (Jn 6:21). But what men could never have imagined, the great love of Jesus Christ conceived and executed him.

The Lord left us this divine Sacrament as a reminder of the love that he witnessed to us in his Passion: Do this, he said, in remembrance of me (Lk 22,19). Our Savior had not exhausted his love by sacrificing his life for us; before he died, this same love forced him to make us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of himself in the form of food, Jesus Christ made in this Sacrament the supreme effort of love; what the Council of Trent expresses by saying that the divine Savior has placed in the Eucharist all the riches of his love for men.

"If a prince sent some delicacies from his table to a poor man, would this not be seen, says Saint Francis de Sales, a very distinct sign of affection? And what if he sent him all his dinner? What would it be like if he gave him to support something of its own substance? " Jesus Christ, in Holy Communion, gives us food, not some delicacies on your table, nor part of its substance, but your whole body! and with his body, he also gives us his soul and his divinity. Giving himself to us, in Holy Communion, he gives us everything he has and reserves nothing for himself. So, Saint Bonaventure exclaims in admiration: this great God that the world cannot contain, is made in the Most Holy Sacrament a prisoner of ours. Ah! if it is true that in the Eucharist the Lord gives himself entirely to us, as Saint Paul says,can we fear refusing the graces we ask of you?

Affections and Prayers

Lord, deign to clarify and increase my faith. Make me known who you are, who you want to give to me today, and who I am who will receive you. For the merits of your blood, give me the grace to purify my soul from its stains. Forgive me, O my Jesus, before you come to my heart. I have offended and displeased you, O sovereign Well, but I repent with all my soul.

I believe, my Redeemer, that you are the Son of God, you died for me and gave yourselves to the world in the Sacrament of the altar, to be offered as a sacrifice by the priests and to thereby make our livelihood. I hope that, on the merits of your Passion and because of your promises, you will grant me the grace to love you for the rest of my life and to possess you forever.

More than I love you, O my sweet Savior; and because I love you, I weigh you with all the offenses that I have done to you, with all my heart I regret having outraged your infinite goodness.

I love you, my God, but how little I love you! I wish that I received you as so many souls that in loving fire burn for you. Ignite me with your holy love and make me all yours. This I ask of you. I love you, O my Jesus, over all goods, and I wish to receive you to love you even more. Give yourselves all to me, and I also give myself all to you; you will forever be my everything, my only good, my only love.

Come, O my Jesus, and wash all my stains in your blood, before I approach you. I am not worthy to receive you, but you, O heavenly Physician, can with one word heal all my wounds; therefore come and heal me. I am a sheep who wanted to lose himself on his own motorbike, seeing how he separated from you, O my Redeemer; but you are the Good Shepherd who gave his life to save me. Seek me, my Jesus, do not abandon me; become me, squeeze me tightly on your shoulders, for resolved, I am serving and loving you with all my strength.

You said: My sheep hear my voice (Jn 10,27). You invite me to your love: here I am, my life, I want to obey you in everything. I renounce all the pleasures of the world, because on this day you deign to give me support for your lovely flesh.

Eternal Father, I offer you this communion in thanksgiving for all the benefits you have given to men, especially to the holy humanity of Jesus Christ, to the Blessed Virgin, to all predestined and to my patron saints; and for the merits of your divine Son, I ask you for holy perseverance, your love, and all the other graces that Jesus, Mary and my holy patrons beg you for.

O Mary, my Mother, obtain for me a part of the humility and fervor with which you received Jesus in your holy communions.

As for the next, it will be good to recommend in the communion those who are indicated in the following Mementos :

Mementos of the living

I. Lord, I recommend you the Sovereign Pontiff and all the prelates, confessors, preachers and priests: give them the zeal and spirit that they must be encouraged to work for the salvation of souls.

II. I commend you to my parents, friends and enemies, the dying, and all the faithful in a state of grace: I ask you to grant them perseverance and fervor in your love.

III. I recommend infidels, heretics and sinners to you; deign to enlighten and strengthen them, so that they all reach to know and love you.

Mementos of the dead

I. I commend you, Lord, the souls of my parents, benefactors, friends and enemies, and of those who are in purgatory because of me.

II. I commend to you the souls of the priests and evangelical workers, and particularly those who cared for my soul.

III. I commend to you the souls who had the most devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Virgin, the most forgotten souls, the ones who suffer the most and those who are closest to entering paradise.

 

It is good to renew these Mementos every time you share or at least try to recommend everyone who is assigned to them.

 

After Communion

Jesus, God and my Redeemer tender, I adore you in my heart where you have descended under the humble kinds of bread, to be the sustenance of my soul. Be welcome, Lord; warm thanks to you for visiting. I would like to thank you with dignity, but in what way could a poor countryman thank you, as befits your king, who personally came to visit you in his hut? There was only one thing he could do: throw himself at the king's feet, and thus lie prostrate in silence, admiring and praising such great kindness. Then I launch myself at your feet, O my Jesus, my divine King, and I adore you in the abyss of my misery; I join my adoration to that which Mary offered you, when she received you; loving you had wanted as she loved you.

O infinite goodness! O infinite love! a God gave himself to me and became all mine! ... O my soul, collect all your affections, and unite closely with your Lord, coming on purpose to unite with you and receive proof of your love .

My beloved Redeemer, I embrace you; O my treasure, O my Life, I cling to you, do not repulse me. I once had the misfortune of expelling you from my soul and separating myself from you: but resolved, I am rather losing a thousand times my life than leaving you from here on, O my sovereign Well. offenses, and forgive me: I repent wholeheartedly; I wish I had died of pain!

You order me to love you, despite so many of my sins: You will love, you say the Lord your God with all your heart (Dt6,5). Ah! my sweetest Lord, who am I that you so desire that I give you my love? However, since you desire it, I want to satisfy you: you died for me and gave me your lovely body as food; in return, I leave everything, renounce everything, and join you, O most beloved Savior. Who can separate me from your love?

And whom I will love, if I do not love you, O my Redeemer, infinite beauty, infinite goodness, friend worthy of infinite love! For where, O my God, can I find, in heaven or on earth, a good that is superior to you, or someone who has loved me more than you! For mercy, O mine, Jesus, make possession of my heart today; I give it to you without reservation: let it be your full, entire, perpetual possession, and all the affection that does not have for you flows out of it. I have chosen you and only you for my wealth and portion, O God of my heart. Let me always say this prayer and supplication of St. Ignatius: Give me your love and your grace; make yourself loved and loved by you; with this I become very rich and I no longer have to ask or desire you.

But you know, Lord, what my weakness is, you know my past infidelities; help me with your grace, and do not suffer more separate me from your holy love. I tell you, now, and I want to tell you always, grant me the grace to repeat it over and over: Do not suffer, separate me more from your holy love.

Give me, O my Jesus, humility, patience in the pains of this life, meekness in the midst of contempt, the mortification of my inclinations for earthly pleasures, and the detachment of creatures; help me with effective help to banish from my heart any foreign affection for your love. Whatever I ask of you I hope to achieve for the merits of your Passion. O my sweet Jesus, O my most beloved Jesus, O good Jesus, listen to me.

infinite love, since you have come to me, speak, say: what do you want from me? I will obey you in everything. I deserved not to hear your voice anymore, because I have so often closed my ears to you, and I have taken ingratitude to turn my back on you when you call me to your love. But I have already regretted having offended you; now I repent again, and I am encouraged by the confidence of your forgiveness; then say to me, What do you want from me, Lord? I'm done with everything.

I give myself to you, most lovely Savior; I sacrifice to you all my satisfactions, all the pleasures of the earth, my body, my soul, my will; I have nothing else to give you; if I had more, I would have given you more. Beloved Jesus, you only make me miserable.

God my omnipotent, make me holy; grant me the grace to love you very much, to omit nothing in which your glory may interest, and to do everything to give you pleasure. Oh! how happy I would be if I lost everything to possess you and your love! It was for this purpose that you gave me life; make me employ it all with you. Your graces do not deserve them, but punishments; I say to you therefore: Punish me as you wish, but nothing to deprive me of your love. You have loved me without reserve; without reservation I also want to love you, O infinite Good, infinite love! ... O will of God, you are my love.

I cannot die for you and thereby render all men to your love, O my Jesus, dead for me! O Infinite, and infinitely lovable, I cherish you, I love you more than all other goods.

O Mary, draw me all to God; give me trust in you and always resort to your kindness. It is yours to become holy through your intercession; know that you are my hope.

Prayer of Saint Ignatius

Lord, receive all my freedom. Accept my memory, my intelligence and all my will. Everything I have and possess, you gave it to me; I have come to restore it to you, and to hand it over entirely to your favor. Only give me your love with your grace, and I am quite rich, I ask nothing more.

Ind. 3 years; IP (52).

FIFTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

Let us consider the love that Jesus Christ gives us in the Holy Eucharist. This sacrament is a pure gift of love. The divine decree stipulated that the Redeemer should die to save us, and offer the sacrifice of his life in atonement for our sins; but having done this, who still compelled him to give us food? So did your love. If Jesus instituted the Eucharist, says S. Lourenço Justiniano, it is for the sole purpose of making us understand the immensity of his love for us.

Note, with the Apostle, that the moment chosen by Jesus Christ, to give us this precious gift, was that of his death: On the same night that He was betrayed, he took the bread, broke it giving thanks, and said: Receive and ate: this is my body (ICor11,23). Thus, when men were preparing azorragues, thorns and a cross, to supplicate the Savior, the divine lover of souls thought of giving us the Eucharist as the last pledge of his tenderness. But, why at the moment of your death, and not before? It is because the testimonies of friendship left to friends in that supreme moment are engraved more deeply in the memory and are preserved more precious. Jesus Christ had already given himself to us in many ways, he had become our friend, our teacher, our father, our light, our model, our victim; he only had one last degree of love,and it is that he could still leave us in support, in order to unite with us as the food with the one who takes it: Jesus executed it by giving himself to us in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Redeemer was not content to join us all and in general, that is, putting on human nature; he looked for a way to unite with each of us in particular, and the way he found was this mystery of love.

St. Francis de Sales said: "No, the Savior cannot be considered in a more loving or tender action than this one, in which he annihilates himself, so to speak, and reduces himself to vianda, in order to penetrate our souls and unite it is intimately connected with the heart and body of its faithful ". So that we are intimately united with this sovereign Lord, on whom the angels themselves do not dare to look into his eyes. "What is it, asks St. John Chrysostom, what is the shepherd who feeds the sheep he has with his own blood? But which one! Mothers are even seen to entrust their children to strange nurses, whereas in their Sacrament, Jesus feeds us with his same blood, and unites us. And why does he want to support us? Ah, because he loves us so fervently, he wants to join perfectly with us and do the same thing. with us".Jesus Christ then wanted to work the greatest of all miracles, to satisfy his desire to stay with us, and unite ours with his lovely heart. "O my Jesus, exclaims S. Lourenço Justinian, what charity is this that urges us? You unite us so closely, that with you we have from then on and forever but a heart and a soul!"

Here is the language of a great servant of God, Father La Colombiere: "If anything could shake my faith in the mystery of the Eucharist, it would not be the infinite power that God manifests in him, but rather the extreme love that he shows us. Does meat make meat without looking like bread? How is a man's body at the same time in many places? How can it be locked up in an almost indivisible space? To all this I answer that God can do everything! But if you ask me how it is It is possible that God loves such a miserable creature as man and loves him to such an extent, I confess that I find no answer, and it is a truth that exceeds my intellectual reach ". But, Lord, it seems that such an excess of tenderness does not suit your divine majesty. Ah! responds S ,. Bernardo: those who love do not think about their own dignity. Love does not take care of conveniences:he goes, not where it suits him, but where his desire takes him. St. Thomas was therefore right to call this mystery Sacrament of love and Pledge of love; S. Bernardo, the Love of loves; Santa Maria Madalena de Pazzi, day of love, Holy Thursday, day on which it was instituted.

Affections and Prayers

Come therefore, O my Jesus, come, my heart desires you. Come, O heavenly Physician, cast your eyes upon my poor soul, look at the many wounds that I have done for my sins, and I will have compassion on me. You can and want to heal me, I know, but in order to heal me, you demand that I repent of my sins; well! Weigh me, Lord, with all my heart; heal me now that you can.

Come, O Jesus, wealth of my soul, come. How unfortunate I am to have turned my back on you so many times, my infinite good, and this to cling to the things of the earth! I acknowledge my madness, for I have sought to earn a name and fortune in this world; I want all my fortune forward to consist of loving you and doing your will in everything. Take away, my Jesus, the desire to appear, and give me love for humiliations and the hidden life. Grant me the strength to renounce all that you dislike. Make me calmly embrace illnesses, persecutions, desolations and all the crosses you send me. Oh! I cannot die for your love, abandoned by the whole world, as you died for me!

Come, most lovable Jesus, come, because I love you. Yes, I love you more than all the honors in the world, more than all riches, more than all my relatives and friends; I love you more than health, more than glory, more than science, more than all consolations; I love you, in a word, more than everything that can belong to me and more than myself.

Come, my God, come; I greatly appreciate your graces and gifts, but I love you more than all your favors, since you are infinite goodness and infinitely kind good, which infinitely surpasses all other goods. Therefore, nothing you give me has the power to be content, unless you are yourself: but if you give yourself to me, I desire nothing more. Ask others what you want; I will not ask anything of you outside of you, my love, my everything. I only find in you all that I can wish for.

Come, then, O my God, my only good, come, be the only object of my affections, and as I love you above all things, make it your preference in all of them to my own satisfaction. I hope, my Jesus, for the merits of your blood, to love only you on earth for the rest of my life, in order to one day go to possess you forever in the kingdom of the blessed.

O eternal Father, I hope that, by the blood of Jesus Christ, your grace will bring to fruition in me the good desire I feel to love you: you favored me so much when I ran away from you! I must therefore expect much from you now that I seek you and your love is the only object of my desires.

O Mary, my Mother, you have so tenderly brought this God in your arms who wants to give himself to me! help my heart to receive you with humility and love.

After Communion

Since you have come to me, O my Jesus, true life, make that, dying to the world, and living only for you, yours be without reserve. By the flames of your love, O my Redeemer, destroy in me everything that does not please you, and give me a real desire to please you and satisfy you in everything.

Grant me true humility, so that I love contempt and my own despondency and strip myself of any desire to appear.

Give me the spirit of mortification, so that I refuse all things that do not concern your love, and embrace with affection what displeases the senses and self-love.

Give me perfect resignation with your will, so that I may receive in peace the pains, illnesses, loss of property or relatives, desolation, persecution and everything that comes to me. I offer my whole person to you, to dispose of her as you please; ah! give me the grace to renew this offering of myself without ceasing above all at the moment of my death: cause me to sacrifice my life to you with all my heart, in union with the sacrifice you made from yours to the eternal Father. me, O my Jesus: make me known your kindness and the obligation that I have to love you, especially in satisfaction of the love that you witnessed to me dying for me and giving yourself to me in the Blessed Sacrament.

I ask you to clarify the infidels who do not know you, the heretics who live outside the Church, the sinners who live deprived of your grace, whose number is astonishing. Make you known and loved, O my Jesus. I also recommend to you all the souls in purgatory, and in particular N. and N .: deign to console them in their feathers, and to shorten the time they have to spend in deprivation of the happiness of seeing you: I beg you for your merits, your Holy Mother and all the saints.

Embrace me entirely in your holy love, O my God, give me the grace to seek only your taste, to love only what you love, and to banish from my heart what you do not like. I want you only, my God, and I aspire to nothing else.

Give me, O my Jesus, a great devotion to your holy Passion, so that, always with your sufferings and your death before my eyes, I may inflame you with ever more ardent love, and do not cease to wish to witness my acknowledgment for all your benefits. Give me also great devotion to the Sacrament of the altar, by which you have manifested the immensity of your tenderness towards us. In addition, I ask you to give me filial devotion to your holy Mother. Grant me the grace to love and serve her always, to resort faithfully to her intercession, to excite others to also pay her homage, and trust your protection. Give us all invariable confidence, first in the merits of your Passion, and then in the intercession of Mary.

I ask you to grant me a holy death and the favor of receiving you in viaticum with ardent love, so that, thus united with you, all burned in holy flames and a great desire to see you, leaving this life may I embrace the your feet, appearing for the first time in your presence.

Above all, O my Jesus, I beg you to give me the grace of prayer, so that always, but especially in temptations, I may turn to you and your Blessed Mother, and never cease to ask you, for your merits, for holy perseverance and your holy love.

Bless me, O my Jesus, and bless me whole, body and soul, senses and powers. Bless my tongue in particular, that it may be used only for your glory. Bless my eyes, so that they never stop on an object capable of causing me to dislike you. Bless my mouth, lest I offend you by intemperance. Bless, in a word, all the members of my body, that they may serve you faithfully, and none of them offend you. Bless my memory, so that I will always remember your love and benefits. Bless my understanding, so that I may know your goodness, the obligation I have to love you, and what I must do and avoid to conform to your holy will. Bless above all my will, that I may love you only, O infinite good, and have only one desire, that of satisfying you, a joy,to see you glorified.

Come, O my King, and reign, you alone, in my soul, possess it all, that it may serve you with all its strength, and only your love obey. Oh! I cannot consume all of my love for you, who have consumed your whole life for me!

O Lamb of God, immolated on the cross, remember that I am one of the souls redeemed by you at the price of so many torments and pains; oh! I never lose you. You have all given yourselves to me; let me be all yours, and my only care is to please you. I love you, O infinite Good, because you want it; I love you, because you deserve it. But my biggest regret is that I lived so long without loving you.

Beloved Redeemer of mine, make me share in the pain you had for my sins in the garden of Gethsemane. O my Jesus, why didn't I die before I offended you? O love of my Jesus, you are my love and my hope! Rather I want to lose my life, and this a thousand times, than to lose your grace.

If I, my God, died when I was in sin, I could never love you again. Now you give me time to love you in the future, and you invite me to this; I thank you, and with all my soul I want to love you. So far you have suffered me to win my heart; that's why I want to love you. Ah! for this divine blood shed for me, do not allow me to betray you again. World, riches, pleasures, honors, what is all this? God! God alone! I want nothing but God. Yes, my God, you make me alone, you alone, because you are the infinite good.

O my Jesus. hold me entirely to your love, draw all my affections to you, so that I cannot love anything else outside of you. I wish I were, by your grace, all yours before I died!

Ah! my God, as long as I live on earth, I will always be in danger of losing you.

When will the day come when I will be able to say to you, Sweet Jesus of mine, can I no longer lose you?

Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus Christ, do not cast me away from you: allow me to love you, and give me your holy love; I want to love you very much in this life, to love you very much in the next.

O infinite Good, I love you; but make me known how great is the good that I love, and give me all the love that you desire from me. Oh! just to please you I work: it depends on you to do so.

O Mary, that you desire to see your beloved Son with all your hearts, here is the grace that I beseech you: make me love him for the rest of my life: I do not want anything else. My sovereign and my Mother, I trust in you: you obtain everything you ask of your God, and intercede for all your devout servants: pray also for me.

Prayer to ask for the grace to fulfill God's Will

Grant me, O sweetest Jesus, your grace, that she may be in me, work with me, and persevere with me to the end. Give me to always want and want what is most pleasant and pleasing to you. May your will be mine, and mine always follow yours, and be in all respects to him. May I have with you only to want and not to want, and I can neither want nor want but what you yourself want or do not want. So be it.

(Imit.III, 15). - Ind. 3a.; IP (98).

SIXTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

Let us consider how fervently Jesus Christ wants us to receive him in holy communion. Jesus, knowing that his hour was at hand, says St. John (13,1). But how could Jesus call his hour the night when his painful Passion should begin? Ah! it is because he was going to institute the divine Eucharist tonight, destined to consummate his intimate union with his dear souls. Then he also exclaimed: I very much wanted to eat this Easter with you (Lk 22,15). Through these ardent expressions, the Redeemer gave us to understand how much he wanted to be incorporated to each one of us through this Sacrament. I wished heartily! This is how he speaks of his immense love for us, says S. Lourenço justinian. In order to communicate, the Lord chose the bread species, in order to be accessible to everyone: if he had chosen some price food,the poor could not reach it for themselves; and although it was another matter of little value, it might perhaps not be easy to find everywhere on earth; the very good Jesus wanted to give himself to us under the kinds of bread, because bread costs little and is found everywhere, and thus, there is no one who cannot, wherever he is, find Jesus and receive him .

In his vivid desire to see us come to holy communion, the divine Redeemer makes us hear the most tender and urgent invitations: Come, he says, eat the bread and drink the wine I have prepared for you (Pv9,6). Eat, my friends; drink, intoxicate yourselves, my beloved ones (Ct5,1). Not satisfied with inviting us, he imposes a formal precept on us: Receive and eat, this is my body (Mt26,26). More: the promise of eternal life attracts us: He who eats my flesh will have eternal life ... He who eats this bread will live forever (Jn 6,55). He threatens us, even if we do not obey him, with the exclusion of us from paradise: If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man, you will not have life in you (Jn 6,54). These invitations, these promises, these threats, are all dictated by your desire to join us in the Holy Eucharist; and this desire is born out of his immense love. Indeed,love wants union with the loved object; now, in this Sacrament, Jesus Christ unites in the most perfect way to the soul that receives him. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him (Jn 6,57). That is why he desires so much that we attend Communion.

Oh! if the faithful understood the good that communion does to the soul! Jesus is the sovereign Lord of all riches: His Father has placed everything in his hands (Jn 13,3). Thus, when he comes to a soul through his Sacrament, he brings with him immense treasures of grace.

According to S. Dionísio, the Blessed Sacrament has a supreme virtue for the sanctification of souls; and according to S. Vicente Ferrer, the soul derives more from a communion than from a week of fasting on bread and water. Communion, as the Council of Trent teaches, is a powerful Antidote, which purifies us from venial faults and preserves us from mortal sins. Santo Inácio Mártir calls it a divine remedy that produces immortality. According to Innocent III, Jesus Christ, by his Passion, delivered us from the penalty of sin; but through the Eucharist, it frees us from sin itself.

What is more, this Sacrament ignites in us the fire of God's love: The king introduced me to his cellar; he ordered charity in me. Comfort me with flowers, surround me with fruit, because I love you (Ct2,4). Communion is the mysterious cellar in which the soul is so inebriated with divine love that the land and everything created are forgotten. God is love (1Jo4,8) and fire of love (Dt 4,24). In the Eucharist there is the divine fire that the eternal Word came to light on earth: I came, he says, to bring fire on earth (Lk 12,49). Oh! what beautiful flames of divine love Jesus ignites in the souls that receive him with living desire! The Blessed Sacrament is a burning fire; we should, therefore, return from the holy table so blazing with love, that the devil would not dare to approach us.

There are those who say: I do not share many times because I am very cold, I do not love God enough. - Yes, Gérson replies to them, as if someone does not want to approach the fire, because it is not very hot. As long as we have the desire to love God, we must go to the holy table the more often, the colder we feel. "If you are asked, says S. Francisco de Sales, why do you commune so often, say that two sorts of people must commune many times, the perfect and the imperfect: the first, to keep themselves perfect, and the second, to achieve -at". S. Boaventura also says in this matter, that one must commune with full confidence in the mercy of God, because the more sick one is, the more he needs a doctor.

Affections and prayers

This Sacrament, O Jesus, O divine friend of souls, is the most brilliant proof possible of your love for us; what expedient can you still resort to to win our hearts? Ah! Infinite kindness, make me love you from now on with all the strength and tenderness of my soul. Whom would I love more tenderly than you, my Redeemer, who, after having given your life for me, still give me your entire holy person in this Sacrament? Ah! my good Lord, remember me without ceasing your love, in order to forget about any other object and to love you only, without interruption and without reservation! I love you, my Jesus, I love you above all things, and I only want to love you. Cast out, I conjure you, cast out of my heart all affections of which you are not the object. I thank you for giving me time to love you.Return all my tenderness to you, O my Jesus. Help me, save me; and may my salvation consist in loving you with all my heart, in this and in another life.

O Mary, my tender Mother, help me to love Jesus; pray to him for me.

One can read here some of the Aspirations of love for Jesus, p. 201.

After Communion

My Beloved, my love, my life, my rest, my only love.

Notice:

1. The grace that we must ask of God, above all graces, says St. Francis de Sales, is the gift of his love; thus, we must strive, for all our prayers, actions, sighs and intentions, to obtain from God this holy love, which is the gift of gifts.

2. There will be many aspirations here that the loving soul can make to God; but it should be noted, first, that the best are those that love itself inspires to the heart, and second, that when the soul feels united to God by any of the following aspirations, or any other, it must not go beyond, but stop, repeating the same thing, while you find in it Food and feeling.

O my God, prostrate at your feet, I ask of you, not pleasures, riches, honors, but only your love; and with every step I take, with every look, with every breath, I intend to ask you for your love.

Beloved Jesus of mine, do you find yourselves even those who do not seek you, as you have already said, and have you, in effect, been seeking me when I fled: fleeing me now that I seek you to the exclusion of every other object?

Deign to link me with the sweet bonds with which you bind those who love you; but call me in such a way that I will never part with you again.

Ignite me with your love. Ah! a single spark of this divine fire would be enough to make me forget everything; but I am not satisfied with a spark: I want a flame, I want a thousand, I want a fire, which destroys in me at a glance all the attachment to the creatures and makes me burn all for you alone, O unique and infinite Good!

I give myself to you all. Do you refuse to accept me? You said that you do not know how to reject a soul that welcomes you (Jn 6,37). Ah! my God, receive me, become me all, unite myself with you in such a way that, forgetting everything else, I seek and desire only you; be the sole object of all my thoughts, feelings of love, and desires.

O true friend of my soul, tell me: what do you claim from me for so many mercies that you do to me, calls and lights that you favor me? Do you want my poor heart? Behold, make it; I give it to you.

Vain creatures, leave me; you will not see me anymore. Do not ask me for my affection, because, on my side, I expect nothing more from you. Give those who ask for your pleasures, your goods, your honors; as for me, I found the One I love (Ct3,4), and I'm happy. The one who deserves my affections, took them all for himself.

O my beloved, detach me from everything that is not God. Comfort me myself when I am in distress; support me when I lose courage; and punish me too, when necessary. I will kiss your loving hand, which hurts me out of kindness. blame me for all your punishments at a good time, but do not deprive me of the happiness of loving you.

Blessed souls, who live in this beautiful country of love, where everything breathes love: What is your beloved, and we will seek you with you (Ct5,17). Ah! tell me something of this infinite beauty, which you already contemplate without a veil; burn us in your love, for us poor exiles in this world, so that through love we may seek you too.

But the best thing to say is with the holy wife: Come, Midday Wind, blow everywhere in my garden, and let your perfumes flow in abundance (Ct 4,16). Yes, come with your divine warmth, O breath of the Holy Spirit, come and make your powerful influence feel in the garden of my soul, and then your perfumes of love will spread in joy from the Heart of my God.

O Jesus, sweet object of my love, I wounded my heart with one of those arrows of fire that make souls die to all that is not you, to live only out of your love.

My beloved, since you invite me to your love again, enlightening me with your light and making me hear your sweet voice, I draw you to you out of pity, and do not cease to do it until you see me all Yours.

I already feel, O my God, a great desire to love you: very weak but I recognize myself to execute it. For you grant me this good wish, give me, Lord, the strength to put it into practice; give me all the love you ask of me. You who, by pure grace, make me know the riches of your goodness, lead me to love you as much as I can and desire.

Loving souls, who on earth do not seek anything outside of God, raise your voice and make understand to the poor fools who love the world how much more contentment Jesus gives, even in this very valley of tears, to his servants by the gift of his love, that world to their followers, pouring all their goods into them.

Lord, grant me your love, and I renounce all other goods that could come to me from your hand. Make me love you, and I consent to be deprived of everything, despised, abandoned from all the world, overwhelmed by all evils, because there is no pain that can afflict the soul that loves you with all its heart.

Invocations and Supplications

O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Most Holy Trinity, O Jesus and Mary, blessed, holy and holy angels of Paradise, grant me the following graces, which I ask for the most precious Blood of Jesus Christ:

1 • To always do God's will.

2 • To live always united with God.

3 • To think only of God.

4 • To love only God.

5 • To do everything for God.

6 • To seek only the glory of God.

7 • To sanctify myself by God alone.

8 • To know my nothingness well.

9 • To know more and more the will of my God.

10 • (A special grace is requested here).

Most Holy Virgin Mary, offer to the Eternal Father the most precious Blood of Jesus Christ, for my soul, for the holy souls in purgatory, for the needs of the holy Church, for the conversion of sinners and for the whole world.

Three times Glory to the Father in the Blood of Jesus, an Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows, and a Requiem aeternam for the souls in purgatory.

SEVENTH EXERCISE

Before Communion

Jesus, knowing that his hour was coming, in which he was to pass from this world to his Father, as he had loved his own, loved them to the end (Jn 13,1). On the last night of his life, our most loving Redeemer, seeing at last the time to die for men, a time for which he had longed so long, could not consent to leave us alone in this valley of tears: not to be separated from us, not even by death, wanted to leave us all in support in the Sacrament of the altar. By making this gift of infinite price to us, he gave us to understand that his will was to exhaust all means of proving his love to us. He loved them to the end! St. John Chrysostom says this expression: Until the end, it means extreme love. Santa Maria Madalena de Pazzi said that the soul who has just received communion can exclaim: Everything is finished! this is:After my God has given himself to me in this sacred mystery, he has nothing left to give me. One day this saint asked one of her novices that she had thought about after communion. "I thought of Jesus' love," replied the novice. "Yes, she became a saint, when people think about love, it is not possible to go further; it is necessary to stop in love".

O Savior of the world, what do you intend of men to take love to the extreme of giving yourselves to them in support? And what other gift do you have left that you can make us to compel us to love you, after the gift of this divine Sacrament? Ah! God of love, enlighten me; let me know why you have reduced your excess of kindness to making me my sustenance in holy communion. If therefore you gave yourself all to me, it is just that I give myself all to you. Yes, O my Jesus, I give myself to you all. I love you more than any other good, and I wish to receive you to love you even more; then come, come often to my soul, and make it all for you. Happy of those who could tell you in truth like Saint Philip Néri when he communed in Viaticum: "Here is my love! Here is my love! Give me my love".

We saw, exclaims Saint Lawrence Justinian, we saw a God, the very wisdom, so that he was driven mad by the excessive love he has for men. It does not seem, says Saint Augustine, that it is crazy for a God to say to his creature. Do you eat my flesh and drink my blood? What else could the creature say to its Creator?

According to Saint Dionysus, God, due to the greatness of his love, remained as outside himself, because, being God, he became man, and more, the sustenance of men. But, Lord, such excess is not appropriate for your majesty. Soul of my heart, responds Jesus Christ through the mouth of Saint Peter Crisologer, love does not look at what is appropriate; when he wants to do well and manifest himself to those who have love, he goes, not to where reason calls him, but to where his ardor carries him.

Ah! my Jesus, when I am ashamed of myself, when I think that you are an infinite good, the loveliest of all goods, the most tender of all friends, and I have always turned my back on you to cling to vile and despicable things ! I have discovered more and more, O my God, the greatness of your goodness, lest I cease to grow in your love, and make every effort to give you pleasure. Ah! my divine Lord, to what object more beautiful, excellent, holy and lovable than you can I give my heart? I love you, infinite goodness, I love you more than myself, and I want to live only to love you, because you are the ones who deserve all my love.

St. Paul draws our attention to the moment Jesus chose to give us the divine Eucharist, a gift superior to all who can come to us from an almighty God: The Lord Jesus, he says, on the night he was going to be delivered, he took the bread, and giving thanks, broke it and said: Return and eat: this is my body that will be delivered for your sake (1 Cor 11,24). It was then, at the very moment when men prepared torments for Jesus and plotted his death, that this tender Savior thought about giving himself to men in the Blessed Sacrament. It was to make them understand that, far from cooling in the face of such cruel injuries, his immense love for them was at that time more alive and generous than ever. Ah! Lord full of tenderness, how could you love men so much! What! these ungrateful people only think about making you disappear from the earth,and you form the design of being among them for their livelihood! Let us note, moreover, that the Savior had a lifelong desire to see that night come when he determined to leave us this pledge so precious of his love; because at the moment of instituting this ineffable Sacrament, he said: I wished with great desire to eat this Passover with you (Lk 22:15). These words show us the burning desire that his tenderness inspired him to join us in communion. This same desire Jesus still holds today towards all the souls of which he is loved. "Bees, he said to Saint Matilde one day, throw themselves at flowers, to suck their honey, less eagerly than I fly into your soul, when you want to receive me."that the Savior had a lifelong desire to see that night come when he determined to leave us this precious pledge of his love; because at the moment of instituting this ineffable Sacrament, he said: I wished with great desire to eat this Passover with you (Lk 22:15). These words show us the burning desire that his tenderness inspired him to join us in communion. This same desire Jesus still holds today towards all the souls of which he is loved. "Bees, he said to Saint Matilde one day, throw themselves at flowers, to suck their honey, less eagerly than I fly into your soul, when you want to receive me."that the Savior had a lifelong desire to see that night come when he determined to leave us this precious pledge of his love; because at the moment of instituting this ineffable Sacrament, he said: I wished with great desire to eat this Passover with you (Lk 22:15). These words show us the burning desire that his tenderness inspired him to join us in communion. This same desire Jesus still holds today towards all the souls of which he is loved. "Bees, he said to Saint Matilde one day, throw themselves at flowers, to suck their honey, less eagerly than I fly into your soul, when you want to receive me."I wished with great desire to eat this Easter with you (Lk 22,15). These words show us the burning desire that his tenderness inspired him to join us in communion. This same desire Jesus still holds today towards all the souls of which he is loved. "Bees, he said to Saint Matilde one day, throw themselves at flowers, to suck their honey, less eagerly than I fly into your soul, when you want to receive me."I wished with great desire to eat this Easter with you (Lk 22,15). These words show us the burning desire that his tenderness inspired him to join us in communion. This same desire Jesus still holds today towards all the souls of which he is loved. "Bees, he said to Saint Matilde one day, throw themselves at flowers, to suck their honey, less eagerly than I fly into your soul, when you want to receive me."

O most kind friend of mine, you cannot give me greater proof of your love than this divine Sacrament; blessed be your goodness! Ah! my Jesus, draw me to you all at all; make me love you from now on with all the tenderness of my heart. Let others be content with loving you only with appreciative and predominant love; I know that you are content with it; as for me, I will not be satisfied if I do not love you with all my strength, more than to a friend, more than to a brother, more than to a father, more than to a husband. And where can I ever find a friend, brother, father, husband, who equals you in love with me, my Creator, my Redeemer and my God? For my love you sacrificed your blood and your life, and on this you gave yourself all to me in this Sacrament of love! I love you, therefore, my Jesus, with all my heart;I love you more than I love myself. Help me to love you; that's how much I ask you.

After Communion

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him (Jo6,57). Love, notes Saint Dionysus, always tends to unite with the loved object, and in the same way that food becomes the same thing with the one who eats it, Our Lord wanted to become our sustenance, so that, receiving it in holy communion, we would become one with him. Return and eat, Jesus tells us; this is my body. As it was said: Man, support yourself from me, so that from me and from you the same thing may be done. Like two melted pieces of wax, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, they are united together, so the soul that communes in such a way is united with Jesus, that he remains in her: and she in him.

"O most beloved Redeemer of mine, exclaims Saint Lawrence Justinian here, how could you love us up to this point? In such a way that we unite with you, that your heart and ours become one heart!"

O infinite love, worthy of infinite love, my Jesus, when will I love you as you have loved me? O divine food, O Sacrament of love, when will you attract me: totally to you? you have nothing but to add to your benefits to compel me to love you. I always want to start loving you; always promising, never starting. But resolved, I'm starting now; lend me your assistance: enlighten me, ignite me, detach me from the earth, and do not allow me to resist the efforts of your love any longer. Ah! I love you with all my heart; I renounce everything to please you, O my life, my love, my everything; I want to join you many times in this Sacrament, in order to detach myself from all things and to love only you. From your kindness I wait, my God, for the necessary help to fulfill my resolution.

According to Saint Bernard, God loves us just to be loved by us. Our Savior also protested that he had come down from heaven to make himself loved: I came, he says, to bring fire on earth (Lk 12,49). Oh! in what holy ardor does Jesus not ignite souls by his divine Sacrament? According to the venerable Father Francisco Olímpio, Teatino, nothing more than Holy Communion to burn our hearts in love for the sovereign Good. Hesychius called our Lord in this Sacrament the divine Fire (Ct 2,4).

O love of my heart, lovely Sacrament, I cannot continually think of you, forget everything else, and love you alone, without interruption and without reservation! Ah! my Jesus, you have knocked so hard at the door of my heart that you have finally entered, I have confidence; but since you have entered it, cast out, I ask of you, any affection that does not tend to you; become so lord of me that I can go on to say truthfully, like your prophet: O my God, what desire do I but you on earth and in heaven? you are, and always are, the only lord of my heart and my will; you must be all my inheritance, all my wealth, in this life and in eternity (Ps 72,25).

Go, said the prophet Isaiah, go and publish the loving inventions of our God everywhere to make yourself loved by men (Is12,3). What inventions, in fact, those of the Heart of Jesus to win our love! On the cross, he wanted to open us in his sacred wounds, sources of graces so abundant that to receive them, it is enough to ask for them with confidence; and not content with this, behold, he himself gives himself to us in the Blessed Sacrament.

O man, why are you so mean? why love with such restraint a God who gives himself to you without measure? For this is precisely what Jesus does in the sacrament of the altar; then he gives us everything he is and everything he has. Stunned to think of this excessive love, exclaimed Saint Bernard: My Jesus deigned to become a guest inseparable from my heart!

Ah! my sweet Jesus, tell me: what other means could you use to ensure the possession of our hearts? and I, will I continue to pay you with ingratitude as I have done so far? Do not allow me, Lord. According to your promises, he who feeds on your divine flesh must live by virtue of your grace: He who eats me will live for me (Jn c.58). For you are worthy to allow me to receive you at the sacred banquet, Ah! make my soul always live the true life of your grace. O my sovereign Well, I regret that I despised you in the past; I thank you for giving me yet to mourn the offenses that I have done to you, and to extend my life to love you on earth: for the rest of my life, I want to put all my affections in you and do all that is in my power to be pleasant to you. Help me, O my Jesus,do not abandon me. Save me for your merits; and my salvation consists in loving you always, in this life and in eternity. O Mary, my mother, help me also.

Prayer of St. Bonaventure

Most Holy Lord, omnipotent Father, eternal God, for your liberality and that of your Son, who suffered for me the Passion and death, for the eminent holiness of his Mother, for the merits of St. Francis and of all the saints, grant it! to me, poor sinner, unworthy of all your benefits, to love you alone, to always be insatiable with your love, to constantly bring in my heart the great benefit of your Passion, to recognize my miseries, to wish to be despised and trampled at the feet of all, and only one thing to afflict me: sin. So be it.

(Ind: 3 years; IP) - 66.

EIGHTH EXERCISE

 

This exercise is suitable for people who like to reflect and pray mentally.

 

Preparing for communion

Two preparations are needed, one remote, the next.

1. Remote preparation consists of the creatures' apartment. If a great character, says Saint Augustine, were to come to your home, and you knew that certain things cause horror to you, would you not be careful to make them disappear before his arrival? When you then want to receive Jesus Christ, you must banish all earthly affections from your heart, for you know that you are displeased. Thus, the soul who wants to take communion is often obliged to let go of all creatures.

2. For the next preparation, it is advisable that, since the previous afternoon, you make your heart available for communion by acts of love and desire. In the morning, when you wake up, remember that you are going to receive Jesus Christ, and then, with a burning sigh, invite the divine husband to come promptly to your soul.

Immediately before receiving communion, even though you have prayed, you must revive faith, humility and desire in you.

To excite these acts before communion, ask: Who is coming? Who is it coming from? What is it for?

I

To awaken your faith, consider who the One you are going to receive is. If faith did not assure us, who could ever believe that God wants to become food for one of his creatures? But the Holy Church teaches us that Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, is really and substantially in the consecrated host. Saint Louis, king of France, gave a wonderful answer in this regard. They invited him to see, in his chapel, between the hands of the priest, a consecrated host in which Our Lord showed himself in the form of a boy: "Go and see him who has no faith, he said: as for me, I believe more firmly than if I saw it with my own eyes ". And stayed where he was.

Who is coming?

It's my god

my Redeemer

my dad

my brother

my friend

my doctor

my judge

my shepherd

my model

my king

my husband

my Beloved

my Light

my Master

my crucified and glorified Savior

my bread of life

my Pledge of the future life

my treasure

the infinite good

the divine fire

the prince of peace

the virgin creator wine

the most beautiful of the sons of men, etc., etc., etc.

II

To excite your humility, consider who you are, who will receive a God in your mouth and in your heart. Father Paulo Ségneri used to say that the most natural feeling for those who share must be to be astonished and exclaim: What! a god come to me! a God give himself to me! So say with true humility, Lord, I am not worthy for you to enter my house! to humility add an act of contrition, and then an act of hope, since Jesus Christ descends into your heart to enrich you with his graces.

Who does he come from?

Come to a vile creature

to a sinner

to a sick person

to a hungry

to a poor

to a blind man

to an afflicted

to a pilgrim

to a trampled sheep

to an impure being

to a cold, tibial, murky, tempted, timid, dumb soul

to a dry land

to a barren tree

to a devastated garden

to the same weakness, etc., etc.

III

Finally, it is necessary to conceive a living desire for holy communion. This heavenly bread demands that we receive it hungry. The greatest graces are for the one who receives him with the greatest just desire, said Saint Francis de Sales, to receive for love the one who gives himself for love. Our Lord deigned to say to Saint Matilde one day: "When you go to communion, wish all the love that all hearts consecrate to me at all times; I will accept your love, not as it really is in you, but as you have desired" .

What is he for?

Come to console me

enrich

heal

to forgive

make you a participant in his divine nature;

to get up

fortify

clarify

to drive

teach

purify

quench

revive

to calm down

sanctify

decorate with virtues

unite with God

consecrate to God

give victories, etc., etc.

Thanksgiving

After communing, try to entertain yourselves with Jesus as much as you can. According to the observation of Blessed João d'Ávila, it is necessary to take great account of the time following communion, because it is a favorable time to acquire treasures of grace. "The time that follows communion, also said Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi, is the most precious thing we have in this life; it is the most opportune moment to deal with God, and to ignite us in his holy love. So we have no need for teachers nor books; because Jesus Christ himself teaches us how to love him ".

What actions should we do?

You must do fervent deeds of good warmth, thanksgiving, love, contrition, your own offering and what belongs to you, but be especially concerned with asking for graces, especially perseverance and holy love; this is the good deal that Saint Teresa speaks of: "After communion, she says, let us not miss such a favorable occasion to negotiate ... His divine Majesty is not in the habit of paying badly for the accommodation we give him in our soul, when this welcomes you ".

What should you ask for?

The grace to avoid mortal sin,

venial sin and dangerous occasions

to escape from lukewarmness

tame the passions

overcome temptations

receive well and often the sacraments

practice the virtues:

Faith

Confidence

Love of God

Charity to others

Detachment of creatures

Purity of spirit, heart and body

Obedience

Humility

Sweetness

Mortification

Retreat

Love of silence

Hatred of the world

Spirit of prayer

Patience

Compliance with God's Will

Good intention

Holy perseverance

Finally, the grace of a good death and Paradise, etc., etc.

For whom is it to be asked?

For the Sovereign Pontiff

the church

the homeland

the relatives

the friends

the enemies

the priests

the missionaries

the sinners

the heretics

the infidels

the souls in purgatory, etc., etc.

If your spirit is arid and distracted, use a book to suggest devoted affection for God. Throughout the rest of the day, continue to be more withdrawn in God.

ASPIRATIONS OF LOVE TO JESUS

For Communion and visit to the Blessed Sacrament

Before Communion

I

I went out, daughters of Zion, and come and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on his wedding day (Cant 3,11). O daughters of grace, souls who love God, come out of the darkness of the earth, and consider Jesus your King, with his forehead girded with a crown of thorns, a crown of reproach and pain, with which the wicked Synagogue crowned him, his mother, on the day of her marriage, that is, on the day of her death, by which she espoused souls on the cross; I went out again to see him full of mercy and tenderness, since he comes to join you in this Sacrament of love.

Beloved Jesus of mine, therefore, it would cost you so much to come to our souls and unite with them through this sweet Sacrament: for this it was necessary for you to suffer such a cruel and ignominious death! Ah! come at once to join my soul. There was a time when she was your enemy for sin; but now, you want to make her your wife by grace. Come, O Jesus, my divine husband, determined that I will never betray you again, I want to remain faithful to you always; as a loving wife, I just want to think of pleasing you; I want to love you without reservation, I want to be all yours, O my Jesus, yes, all yours forever.

II

My Beloved is for me a bouquet of myrrh; it will rest in my heart (Ct1,12). The shrub that produces myrrh spills, in the form of tears, a healthy liquor for all the cuts that are made. Our Jesus wanted to shed his divine blood through the painful wounds he received in his Passion, so that he could give it to us entirely for our salvation in the bread of life.

Come then, O dear bundle of myrrh, my tender Jesus; you are an object of pain and compassion to me, when I consider you on the cross covered with wounds; but, when I receive you in this sweet Sacrament, become more pleasant to my heart than a bunch of grapes excellent to a thirsty one (Ct1,13). Come, therefore, to my soul, refresh me and be satisfied in your holy love. Oh! what a sweet experience, thinking that I will receive the same Lord within me, who, to save me, wanted to shed all his blood and die on the cross! It will rest in my heart! No, my Jesus, I will not expel you any more, there is no need for you to depart from me. I want to love you always and always remain closely united with you. I will always belong to Jesus, and Jesus will always be mine: always, always, always he will rest in my heart.

III

While the King rested, my nard exhaled its perfume (Ct1,11). When Jesus comes to dwell in a soul by holy communion, oh! how this soul, helped by the light that brings this King from heaven, sees and recognizes his lowliness! Just as nard is the most humble of plants, so the soul confesses itself to be the most vile of all creatures; and how pleasant is the odor of his humility to his beloved King! That is why he invites you to join him ever more intimately. If, then, my soul, you want Jesus to rest in you, consider your baseness; see what you are, what you deserve: humble yourself as much as you owe, expel from your heart all self-esteem, which alienates Jesus and prevents him from coming to reside in you.

Ah! come to me, my sweet Redeemer, come, and by your divine light, make me see my lowliness, my misery, my nothingness; so I will be a pleasant abode for you and you will never leave me again.

IV

Have feelings of the Lord worthy of your goodness (Wis 1,1). O my soul, why are you so timid, so pusillanimous, even though you have before your eyes the kindness and love of your divine Lord? why do you faint in confidence? Now that grace makes you worthy to receive Jesus Christ, make your feelings respond to this happiness, trust in this immense goodness of God, which is given to you without reservation. It is true that their judgments are terrible for the proud and obstinate; but for sinners who humble themselves and repent with a desire to love and please him, the Lord's judgments are mercy and kindness, for they come from a heart full of compassion and love. The memory of God's judgments, David's heart overflowed with hope, joy and consolation (Ps118,39,43,52). Oh!what tenderness and sweetness this great God witnesses to those who seek with love! (Lm3,25). Oh! how good it is for those who strive to conform their will to the divine! (Sl72,1). O my God, my love, my hope, my everything, I wish you, and I only wish you to love you, please you, always do your will; grant me find you, content you, and leave you no more. Fiat! Fiat! So be it! So be it!

V

I hear the voice of my Beloved who knocks: Open me, my sister, my beloved, my columba, my immaculate (Ct5,2). Such are the words that Jesus, under the veil of his Sacrament of love, addresses the soul that loves and desires: Open your heart to me, so tell him, and I will enter him to join you; by virtue of this intimate union, you will become my sister for the likeness of me, my friend for the share of my goods, my columba for the gift of simplicity, my immaculate for the gift of purity that I will communicate to you. Hurry, therefore, to open it to me; because, gather the divine husband, my head is full of dew, the humidity of the night makes my hair drip. As it was said: Very dear, think about what I waited for you during the night of your bad life, when you lived in the midst of darkness and errors. Here I am:instead of coming with scourges to punish you, I come in this Sacrament, my hair laden with heavenly dew, to extinguish the impure ardor that impels you towards the creatures, and to ignite in you the happy flame of my love.

Ah! come, my sweet Jesus, work in my soul as you please. I renounce everything, to be all yours; become me as you wish me, I fully conform to your holy will.

SAW

My Beloved come to your garden and eat the fruit of your trees (Ct5,1). According to Cornelius to Lápide, this is the invitation that makes Jesus the soul that desires holy communion: Come, O my dear, she says to Jesus, come into my poor heart; there was a time, alas! when this heart had the misfortune of not belonging to you; but today because of your grace it has become all yours. Then come to me, and taste the fruit of the virtues that you bring into it with you. Ah! Lord, at least for the sake of your majesty's honor, purify my soul, decorate it, burn it in your love, and make it so beautiful in your eyes that it is worthy to dwell in it.

VII

You will be suckled like children (Is66,12). Here is the language full of tenderness that Jesus uses towards souls from the altar where he resides in the lovely Eucharist: Come, come and suck the divine milk that I offer you in this Sacrament, where I give you to drink my own blood. Ah! which shepherd, exclaims St. John Chrysostom, who nourishes his sheep with his own blood? Mothers even exist who entrust their children to strange nannies. But you, O divine Shepherd, love our souls so much that you want to nourish them with Your precious blood! Santa Catarina de Sena was therefore right, when approaching communion to like this divine milk, to go with lively ardor, like a boy who eagerly hurries to suck his mother's life-giving milk. And the holy wife had no less reason to say to her Beloved: Your milk is better than wine (Ct1,1);words that mean, according to the interpreters, that this heavenly food is preferable to all the delights of the earth, which are vain and transitory as the pleasure that wine produces.

O my most beloved Jesus, since you deign to feed me with your divine blood today, it is just that I willingly renounce all the sweetness and pleasures of the world. Therefore, I renounce them all and completely, and I protest that before I want to suffer all evils, united with you, than to enjoy all the goods separated from you, my God. I have no other wish to please and please you, because you deserve to be content at all costs! I dare to say with Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Conceive me only your love and your grace; this is enough for me, I am satisfied.

VIII

Eat, my friends, and drink; intoxicate yourselves, my beloved ones (Ct5,1). Friends, that is, those who begin to enjoy the friendship of God, when they approach the holy table, nourish themselves with the flesh of Jesus Christ, but with some work. Those who are more advanced drink the blood of Jesus with less difficulty. The very beloved are the perfect ones, who, intoxicated with holy love and somehow absent from the world, live as if in forgetting all things and themselves, intent only on loving and contenting their God.

My lovely Jesus, I am not perfect, but it is in your hands that I am. If I am not your beloved, it is my fault, this is why my ingratitude and infidelities are the cause, but in the number of those who are, you can get me intoxicated today with your love. Your kingdom come to me! Come, my sweet Lord, come and take possession of my soul. Your law in me establishes that you are my only master, only your love dominates me, and only he obeys. Intoxicate me, completely intoxicate me; make me lose the memory of the creatures, of myself, of my interests, of all things, that I may love you only, O my God, my treasure, my only good, my everything. Be the sole object of all my aspirations, diligences and thoughts; you alone, and no one else, try to please me from now on, and don't be careful of anything else.Give me this grace for the merits of your Passion; that's all I ask of you, and I hope to get it.

IX

Comfort me with flowers, fortify me with fruit, because I fail with love (Ct2,5). The soul faints with love, when, forgetting itself and all that belongs to it, it only thinks of seeking relief for its langores of love in the holy desires, which are the flowers, and in the good works, which are the fruits of divine love.

Ah! My God hidden in this Sacrament, since you want me all for you, fully execute your will in me; make me forget all that is foreign to your love: always increase in me the desire to please you; and then, give that these flowers not only become flowers, but become fruit, determining me to do and suffer everything for you, which you have done so much and suffered for me. O God, O God of my soul, grant me the grace to love you, not only in words, but in action, before death overtakes me.

X

My beloved shines for his candor and blush; is chosen from a thousand (Ct5,10). Jesus, our beloved, is completely candid for his purity, and flushed with the flames of his holy love.

O Lamb without blemish and burning with love for me, when will you become like me, pure like you, O Lily of all purity, and blazed with love for you as you are with me? Ah! I renounce any other love, to adhere to you alone, O my God, my everything! Go, creatures you expect from me? Go and make yourselves love those who seek you. As for me, I only want my God; I reserve all my heart for him, all my affections.

XI

God, our Savior, made his goodness and love for men shine (Tt 3,4). Our Lord, becoming a man, showed the world how far his kindness towards him went; but closing himself in this divine Sacrament, he made known how far his tenderness goes for each particular soul. It does not seem, says Saint Augustine, that it is crazy in Jesus Christ to tell us as he said on that happy night when he gave us the Eucharist: Receive and eat: is this my body? (Mt26,26). Yes, to make you understand how much I love you, I want you to support yourself with my own flesh. O holy faith! who could ask for such a gift, and still have an idea of ​​it, if Jesus had not imagined and realized it! Some of the Savior's disciples, knowing from his mouth that he wanted to give them his body for food, said that this was a very hard thing to believe,they couldn't even hear about it (Jo6,61); and they even went so far as to part with him before they believed in such a prodigy. However, faith assures us of the reality of this portent. Listen to what the Lord asks of us in satisfaction of all the benefits that he has given us; He wants to be loved, as he once declared to his people: And now, O Israel, who the Lord your God asks of you, unless you love him and serve him with all your heart? (Dt10,12).

And then, O my tender Jesus, what is it that you fail to give and promise to those who love you? Give him your love: I love those who love me (Pv8,17). I promised you your hugs, even when he had betrayed and despised you: Become for me, and I will become for you (Zc 1,3). You promise to come, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to always live in your soul: If someone loves me, my Father will also love him and we will come to him and make him our home (Jn 14:23). And what do you still have to promise or give to men in order to reduce them to love you? O my lovely Lord, I understand you, you want to be loved, even by me; ah! I love you with all my heart; and if I do not love you as I should, teach me to love you; make him love you very much.

XII

Do not notice the change in my color; the sun crested me (Ct1,5). The fire of my passions, said the holy wife (and I have the greatest reason to say it, my beloved Jesus), disfigured and blackened me. But if I am denigrated by my works, I am beautiful for your merits, O my Redeemer! It was black when it lived apart from you; but today that I have reconciled with you, your grace, your beauty, your love, have made me beautiful in your eyes.

Yes, O my Jesus, I trust it to be so; be blessed forever. Do not allow yourself to get lost yet, and fall into my old ugliness. I love you, O infinite beauty, and I want my soul to be beautiful too, always beautiful, in order to always please your divine eyes, and to be able to love you always.

After Communion

I

Attract me: we run after the smell of your perfumes (Ct1,3). Seeing that I could not go to you, O my beloved Jesus, while I was on earth, you deigned to come down to me in order to unite with me in this Sacrament of love! Then draw me to you, Lord, draw me all. I do not want to attract you to me, so that you will carry out my desires, I want you, because of your sweet attractions, to be attracted to you all, in order to only desire and do your holy will. It is right that all my inclinations give way to your divine dispositions. I have therefore joined you entirely; and thus united, untied from earthly affections, I will run with you on the path of virtues, until I come to find my rest, in this life and the next, only in your divine will.

II

He made me enter his cellar, he ordered charity from me (Ct2,4). Through this mysterious cellar, São Bonaventure understands communion, where the soul tastes, uniting with its divine King, the wine of love that erases all creatures' desire, and penetrates the heart with well-ordered, that is, honest love for with himself, charitable to his neighbor, and sovereign to God, making him love more than all things the One who deserves to be loved over everything that exists.

O my King Jesus, the sole owner of my heart, you have deigned to introduce me into that happy cellar of your love, that is, in yourself, uniting with you through this Sacrament of love; and now, Lord, I feel my heart changed in another; I experience a holy desire that gives me peace, dislikes unruly affections, and ignites me with pure love for you, my God. Ah! because you gave me entry into this delicious cellar, O my Jesus, never leave it again; since you have joined with me, do not separate. Detach myself from all the objects created, and always unite myself more closely to you on earth, so that I may one day be able to join you perfectly in heaven, where I will love you with all my strength, without veil, without interruption and without imperfection for all eternity.

III

My Beloved went down to his garden to nourish himself and to collect lilies (Ct6,1). Sweet Savior of mine, since you come down from heaven to come and live in my soul, Ah! by your grace transform it into your garden, so that it produces lilies and fruits that are pleasing to you. If I have offended you, Lord, forgive me; if I left you, receive me now that repentance makes me come back to you. Give me the purity you demand of me, give me the strength to do what you want, grant me true love of yours, and then you will be happy with me. I sacrifice all my inclinations to you; everything I desire and want comes down to giving you pleasure.

IV

My Beloved is all desirable (Ct5,16). That is how the sacred wife calls the object of her affections. Souls who love Jesus as true wives, always find him very kind, whether he afflicts them or consoles them, or approaches or is absent; because everything he does is out of love that he does it and to be loved.

Then treat me as you wish, O my Jesus, I will never cease to love you. Send me treats or tribulations, I know that everything will come to me from your heart full of tenderness, and everything will be for my greatest good. Yes, Lord, my will is fully willing to conform to whatever you command me. At all times, prosperous or adverse, I always want, O my Creator, to bless and love you (Ps33,2). I do not ask you for consolations, nor do I deserve them, since I have caused you so much sorrow for my sins; I seek only to satisfy you: as long as you are content with me, I submit to everything. O my Jesus, my sweet Jesus, from near or far, behold me always desirable, always dear; or console me or grieve me, I want to love you always, always give thanks to you.

V

Who is the one who rises from the desert, full of delights, supported by her Beloved? (Ct8.5). Ah! which are the souls who travel on earth look at it like a desert; the souls who, detached from visible things, live for God alone, as if there were only him in the universe, only loving him, not wishing to please but him alone, and who, in this way, leave this world, so to speak, rise from the land, and prelate the delicacies reserved to him who only wants God and supports all his hopes on him? what are these happy souls, if not those who unite frequently and with pure love for Jesus in the Eucharist?

I too, O my God, wish to be, by your grace, like these holy souls, detached from all things and united entirely with you: the world will henceforth be a desert for me, where, avoiding to be bound by creatures, I will think only of you, as if only you and I existed. Only in you I want to put all my trust, O God, O God, of my heart, my hope, my love, my everything!

SAW

If it is a wall, let us build silver bastions on it: if it is a door, we decorate it with cedar boards (Ct8,9). It is precisely what Jesus does in his soul when he visits her for holy communion; he sees that it is a very weak wall to withstand the assaults of hell, and, by virtue of the Sacrament, comes to equip it with silver defenses, that is, the aid of its divine light; he sees that it is a poorly closed door with wooden planks that easily corrupts, and he replaces these fragile planks with planks of cedar, hard and incorruptible wood; that is, it makes that soul strong and able to persevere, communicating to him the gifts of the fear of God, detachment from creatures, a taste for meditation, frequent prayers, holy desires, and above all divine love, gifts that are the supports of perseverance . The Eucharist is bread that strengthens the heart (Ps 103,13).The Savior assures us that as earthly bread preserves the life of the body, so this heavenly Bread preserves the life of the soul (Jn 6,58). By virtue of this divine food, the soul lives in it, and it lives in it (Jn 6,57). Here are the beautiful promises made by Jesus to those who receive him at the holy table.

Ah! my Jesus, who is weaker and more unfaithful than me? You know that sometimes I gave in to my enemies, that sometimes they conquered the pruning of my soul, that is, my will, where they entered to ruin me, making me lose your friendship! For pity's sake, help me with your light and strength, so that I can no longer separate myself from you and neither you from me. O my good Lord, O tender Redeemer, if I am yet to offend you, alas! rather, take my life away, now that I trust to be in a state of grace and union with you. Without you it is not possible for me to live any longer, O my most beloved Jesus, and I do not want it; but while I am on earth, I can change my will and still betray you, as I did in the past; Ah! Lord, help me.

And you too, Most Holy Virgin, come to my aid, and have mercy on my misery: O Mother of perseverance, obtain from me your grace to persevere; I ask this gift from you; I hope and want to receive it from you.

VII

I found Him that my heart loves; I took it, I will not let it go anymore (Ct3,4). Such must be the language of the soul that is united to Jesus by his Sacrament of love. Far be it from me, vain creatures, she exclaims, all of you go from my heart! There was a time when I loved you; she was blind then; now, I don’t love you anymore, nor can I. I found a good infinitely more lovable than you; I have my Jesus in myself, I am completely ecstatic by his beauty, and I gave myself to him without reservation; he accepted me, I belong to him, I am no longer myself. Goodbye, creatures; I am no longer yours, nor will I ever be; of my Jesus is that I am and will always be, he is also mine and will not leave me anymore. Receiving him in holy communion, I united him to my heart; for my love I will have you arrested in the future; I will no longer let you be separated from me.

O my lovely Savior, allow me to embrace you so closely that I cannot separate myself from you any longer. Behold, I hold you on my heart, O my Jesus, I love you, I love you, I love you, and I would like to love you as much as you deserve. I wish for no other happiness than to love and please you. Send the creatures to withdraw and do not disturb me; tell them to let me settle down. Ah! if I don't want it, creatures will never have the power to disturb me and separate from you. Then fortify my will, unite my miserable heart to your divine Heart in such a way that I always want what you want, Lord, grant me this grace for your merits. I hope so; so be it.

VIII

Withdraw, Aquilean, come, O Midday Wind; it blows in my garden, and spreads its perfumes (Ct4,16). Yes, aquilus, cold and pernicious wind of earthly affections, flee away from me; on the contrary, you come, O sweet breath of the Holy Spirit, a burning breath of love, which comes out of the Heart of my Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, reigns only in my soul, which Jesus chose for his garden of delights; under your fruitful influence, that new and soft perfumes will exhale from my heart!

O my Jesus, sweet Jesus of mine, you can make it so; I expect this grace from your kindness.

IX

, I collected my myrrh with my perfumes; I ate the honeycomb with my honey (Ct5,1). After receiving Jesus, the soul must be attentive in collecting myrrh so that it can always exhale the odor of the virtues that arise from mortification; and if God is the only object of her affections, she is not content with honey, she wants the honeycomb; this makes him say to Jesus:

Lord, your consolations are not enough for me, if you do not give yourselves to me, O source of all consolations; I cannot be content with the fruits of divine love, if I do not possess you, the only object of my love. I even tell you, O my Jesus, that you only make me strong; I will willingly renounce all your sweetness, as long as I own you, my God and all my good. I love you, not for my own pleasure, but to please you, because you want to be loved by me and you deserve all the love of souls, whether they console you or send you tribulations.

X

I can’t miss anything, he established me in a place of abundance (Ps22,1). Ah! my most loving Jesus, since you invited me to that table of love in order to feed me with your divine flesh, what can I still be precise about? You are my light and my salvation, O Almighty God: Whom shall I fear? (Ps26,1). I give myself to you all; accept me, and then treat me as you wish; punish me, be angry with me as you please; kill me, destroy me, but I will not stop waiting on you, like Job. Even when the blow of death came to me, said this holy man, I would still wait on you (Job 13.15). As long as I belong to you and love you, I consent to be treated with all rigor, even annihilated, if this is your will.

XI

I recorded you on my hands; your walls are always before my eyes (Is49,16). Such are the cares full of tenderness that God takes from the soul that he wants to keep; bring it engraved on your hands, so as not to forget it. He states that it would be easier for the mother to forget her own son, than for him to lose sight of his soul in a state of grace (Is49,15). Keep a watchful eye on the defense of that soul, lest your enemies harm you: Your walls are always before my eyes. This God of goodness, who only wants our good, covers us with the shield of his love (Ps 5,12), and thus preserves us from all dangers.

Ah! my God, infinite goodness, that much more than any creature you love me and desire my happiness, I resign myself entirely in your hands; I renounce all hope, as long as you stay with me. I know that, on my part, I must strive to conform to your holy will, and I only ask you to know it: Lord, what do you want me to do? (At12,6). What else can I say, O my sweet Lord? Here I am ready and determined to do whatever pleases you, my only desire is to do your will. But help me, Lord, otherwise I will not do any good. Teach me not only to know, but also to do what is pleasing to you (Ps142,10). Eternal Father, make sure that I can say with truth, like your divine Jesus, when I was on earth: I always do what is pleasing to my Father (Jn 8,29). My God, here's what I want, I ask and I want,for the merits of your beloved Son and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

XII

My Son, give me your heart (Pv123,26). Here, my soul, is everything the Lord asks of you, coming to visit you: he wants your heart, your will. He gives himself to you without reservation; it is right to make the sacrifice of yourself without reserve, applying yourself to execute all your wills. The Lord will come to rejoice in all the good you have done (Dt30,9). Proceed so that when Jesus comes to visit you again, he may rejoice in seeing all your wishes fulfilled in you.

I want, my Jesus, to please you; favor my desire, strengthen me and dispose of me according to your will.

XIII

What should I do to my vineyard and not do it? (Is5,4). O my soul, hear the voice of your God: What could I do for you that I would not do? For your love, I became a man; master, I became a slave; I came to the point of being born in a stable like an earthworm; I consented to die for you, and to die on an infamous gallows. What more could I do than give my life for you! this is the peak at which love can reach. In the meantime my love for you invented a way to go even further: Not content to die for your salvation, I wanted to institute the Blessed Sacrament, in order to give me all of you in support. Tell me. what else could you do to earn your love?

Ah! my Lord and my Redeemer, all of this is true; what can i claim? Nothing, nothing. You have been very good to me, and I am very ungrateful to you. I admire your immense kindness, I confess my ingratitude, and I throw myself at your feet saying, O my Jesus, have mercy on me, for I have so badly responded to your love. Take revenge then, I will add, take revenge on me, punish me, but do not abandon me, punish me, and change me into another. Do not allow me to live much longer in ingratitude towards you; make me love you at least in recognition, and before you die, offer some compensation to your love.

XIV

Improve me like a seal over your heart (Ct86). Yes, my Jesus, since I have consecrated my whole heart to you, it is right to place you in it as a signet of love, in order to close the entrance to all other affection, and to make known to all the world that my heart it belongs and you alone have dominion in it. But, Lord, what good can you expect from me, if you do not operate it yourself? I cannot do any other thing than to give you my poor heart, so that you may make it available to your favor; well! you have it here, I give it to you, I consecrate it to you. to you the whole sacrifice; I always have it, I don't want to have any more right in it. If you love it, you know how to keep it. For mercy, do not leave it in my power anymore, because I would still take it. O loving God, O infinite love, for you have revealed yourselves so much to win my love,make me your lover, I ask this; I want to live no more than to love you, and I want to love you just to please you. You, who work so many miracles to be able to enter my heart through communion, still perform the following: my heart be all yours, but whole, without reserve, without sharing, in such a way that I can say, in this life and in eternity, that you are the only lord of my heart and my unique wealth. Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother and my hope, give me your support, and I will certainly be heard. This is my hope. So be it.without sharing, in such a way that I can say, in this life and in eternity, that you are the only master of my heart and my unique wealth. Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother and my hope, give me your support, and I will certainly be heard. This is my hope. So be it.without sharing, in such a way that I can say, in this life and in eternity, that you are the only master of my heart and my unique wealth. Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother and my hope, give me your support, and I will certainly be heard. This is my hope. So be it.

SIGHS OF LOVE

For Communion Prayer and Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

These sighs must be read slowly and with the heart rather than the spirit.

What am I, Lord, that you love me so much and try to be loved by me?

O infinite kindness, I love you. But then! rather I should say: My God, I do not love you.

I love you above all things, more than my life, more than myself; and I see, with this being so, that I love you very little.

O King of heaven, be also the king of my heart, take possession of my whole being.

O my sovereign Well, I leave everything and I convert to you; I embrace you, I hold you over my heart; do not despise me, for I love you.

Now that you have joined me, O my Jesus, how could I still live far from you? I love you, and I will never stop loving you.

Unite with me, Lord; the horror of my sins should not separate from me.

O my God, whom I will love, if I do not love you, my life, my love, my everything!

I chose you, O my God; I only want to love you.

I desire nothing more, O my Redeemer, than you.

Oh! I cannot be consumed by you, that you have been consumed by me!

Lord, make all my will, and do with me as you please.

O God very little known, O God very little loved, foolish who does not love you.

For what! Lord, I knew that committing sin caused you great grief, and yet I did it! ... and I was able to do it! ...

If I then died, I could no longer love you. Ah! because whoever is still allowed to love you, I want to do it.

Lord, do not allow me, after so many graces, to betray you again; rather send me death.

You have endured me so long to win my love; said and done, I want to love you.

Yes, my God, you have overcome me, I cannot resist, I surrender to you.

There! Lord, how many years did I lose without loving you?

My God, I consecrate the rest of my days to you. And who knows how many I have left!

What! riches, honors, pleasures? No, no: God, only Jesus; I want nothing but God.

O King of hearts, reign in mine; draw it all to you.

Hold me so perfectly, O my God, that I can no longer be separated.

You will not abandon me, nor will I abandon you; then we will love each other, O my Jesus!

Ah! let me be all yours before death comes to me, O my Jesus, my love, my life, my treasure, my everything!

O my Savior and my Judge, grant that you be placated when I see you for the first time.

When will I be able to say: My God, I can't lose you anymore?

When, Lord, will I contemplate your lovely face without a veil?

When will I be sure to love you with all my strength for all eternity?

There! while I live here, O infinite Good, I shall always be in danger of losing you!

Ah! my Jesus, much is what you have done to entice me to love you; I want to give you all my affections: yes, I love you, I love you.

Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus, give me your love.

Allow me to love you, even though I am the most ungrateful of sinners.

My God, I want to love you very much in this life, to love you very much in the next.

You gave yourselves all to me, O my Jesus, I give myself all to you.

Ah! what greater pleasure can I have than to give you pleasure, O my God!

Beloved Jesus, when I offended you, I want to love you so much.

I love you, O infinite goodness, let me know the great good that I love.

You, my Jesus, are the vineyard, and I am one of its branches: keep me always united to you; do not allow yourselves to separate me in the future.

O my God, how happy I am to be infinitely happy!

Lord, where are you? are you with me or not? am I in grace or not?

Know that I love you and more than myself.

O my Jesus, give me the love you ask of me.

Oh! I have not always loved you!

If only I now love you, O my God! ... I love you, but I love you very little.

Lord, make him love you very much, and do everything to make you pleasant.

I give you my will: I want nothing outside of what you want.

I do not ask you to satisfy my desires; that you are contented is what I fervently desire, O my God, my love, my everything!

O infinite God, I am unworthy to love you; but suffer that I love you.

I hope to love you forever, O eternal God!

You have suffered so much for me, O my dear Jesus; I want to suffer for you whatever you want.

O God of my soul, I cannot live without loving you.

O will of God, you are all my love.

O omnipotent God, make me holy. It is your glory, Lord, to make one of your enemies become one of your most dedicated servants.

When I fled, you sought me, my God; you will not repel me now that I seek you.

In order to be able to forgive me, O tender Jesus, you have not forgiven yourself.

I thank you for giving me still time to love you; yea, I thank you, my God, and I love you, I love you, and I will always love you.

O God worthy of infinite love, may this day be that of my entire conversion for you, my love, my everything! Punish me as you please, but do not deprive me of the faculty to love you.

Eternal Father, you have given me your divine Son, in return, I give myself to you, even though of men the most miserable; accept me out of pity!

I want, Lord, to make up for the displeasures I have given you, doing what I can to please you.

O my God, I want to love you without interest, without interruption, without reservation.

O my Jesus despised for my sake, give me the grace to be despised for your sake.

O my Jesus, so mistreated by me, grant me the favor of enduring for your love the pains of this life.

I hope to die for you, my Redeemer, who died for me!

Today I resolve to give myself to you all.

Oh! if all men loved you as you deserve! ...

Do, Lord, that I never omit anything that you know is to your liking.

Happy of me, if everything loses to win you, my God, my everything!

O Jesus sacrificed for me, I sacrifice all my will to you.

O my God, when will I be all yours?

Tell me what you want, Lord, I am ready to obey you in everything.

O my God, I hope to give you thanks and celebrate your mercies in eternity.

There! who can separate me from the love of Jesus, my Savior?

Do not allow, my Jesus, that I depart from you.

You are the God of my heart, you all my joy, you all my happiness, on earth as it is in heaven.

Ah! I cannot die of love for you, who died of love for me!

You were crucified for me, Lord; how much I must love you!

Grant me your grace and your love, O my Jesus, and I desire nothing more.

Die, united with you, Lord, that I may have the fortune to see and love you forever.

No, my Jesus, he does not know you who does not love you. I prefer, Lord, your taste to all the pleasures of the world.

How is it possible, my Jesus, that the hearts of all the enchanted men of you are not.

You died for me; oh! I cannot die for you, my Jesus, my love, my treasure, my everything! What will I give you, Lord, in return for what you suffered for me?

Infinite goodness, I cherish you above all things, I love you with all my heart, I give myself to you without reservation: accept my love with a good shadow, and give me even more love.

Make me forget everything, just to think about you, my love, my everything!

I would like to love you as much as you deserve it; O my God, accept this desire, and give me your love.

I have offended you, Lord, but now I am resolved to love you: it is my decision.

O my God, I am yours, and you are mine!

There! rather to lose everything than to lose God!

Whatever God costs, it is never expensive.

You alone, O my Jesus, you only help me.

Look at me, O Mary, and draw me all to God.

Very kind mother, I love you very much.

O my tender Mother, give me great confidence in You, and always make use of your protection.

You can save me, O Mary, holy, I can become: I expect this grace from you, have compassion on me.

THIRD PART

EACH MONTH EXERCISES

ARTICLE I

VISITS TO SS. SACRAMENT TO SS. VIRGIN MARIA AND S. JOSÉ

Preparatory prayer

Lord my Jesus Christ, who, for the love of men, remain, day and night, in this Sacrament, full of mercy and love, waiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit you, I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the altar . I adore you from the abyss of my nothingness and I thank you for all the graces that you have done to me, especially that you have given me this Sacrament, that you have given me by lawyer Mary, your Most Holy Mother, and, finally, the that you have called me to visit you in this church.

Today I greet your loving heart and I want to greet you for three purposes:

1 • in thanks for the great gift of yourselves;

2 • to repair the injuries that you have received, in that Sacrament, from all your enemies;

3 • with the intention of adoring you, for this visit, everywhere on earth where you, in that divine Sacrament, are less revered and more abandoned.

My Jesus, I love you with all my heart. I regret that in the past I have offended your infinite goodness so many times. I propose with your grace not to offend you in the future. And in this hour, although miserable as I am, I consecrate myself completely to you, and give and give you my will, my affections, my desires and everything that belongs to me. From now on, do with me, and all that is mine, whatever you like. I only ask and I want your holy love, the final perseverance and the perfect fulfillment of your will.

I commend you the souls in purgatory, especially the most devoted of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also commend you all the poor sinners. Finally, my beloved Savior, I unite all my affections to the affections of your loving heart and in this way I offer them to your eternal Father, asking him in your name and for your love's sake to accept and attend to them.

Now the day's visit is said and then there is spiritual communion.

Act for spiritual communion

I believe, O my Jesus, that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I wish to possess you in my soul. But as I cannot receive you sacramentally now, come at least spiritually to my heart. And as if I had already received you, I join you entirely; do not consent, Lord, that I never depart from you.

Another more brief

My Jesus, I believe you are in the SS. Sacrament; I love and wish you; come to my heart. I hold you close to my heart; do not separate from me anymore. After spiritual communion, the visit to the Blessed Virgin is said and then the prayer below.

Prayer to Mary Most Holy

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To implore your Almighty Sponsorship

Most Holy Immaculate Virgin, Mary, my Mother, to you who are the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, the hope and refuge of sinners, I appeal today, I who am the most miserable of all. At your feet I prostrate, O great Queen, and I thank you for all the benefits that you have done to me so far, especially for having saved me from hell, which I have so often earned. I love you, most lovable Lady, and for the love I have for you, I promise to always serve you and do my best so that you are served by all. In you, after Jesus, I place all my hopes, all my salvation. Accept me as your servant and shelter me under your cloak, O Mother of mercy. And since you are so powerful towards God, deliver me from all temptations or force me to overcome them to death.I beg of you true love for Jesus Christ; of you I hope to achieve a good death. My Mother, for the love you have for God, I beg you to help me always, especially in the last moment of my life. Do not forsake me until you see me saved in heaven already blessing you and singing your mercies for all eternity. I hope so. So be it.

I VISIT

Jesus in the sacrament, this is the source of all goods. He says: If someone is thirsty, come to me and drink (Jo7,37).

Oh! with what abundance the saints have always been drinking the waters of grace in this fountain of the SS. Sacramento, where Jesus shares all the merits of his passion, as the prophet foretold: You will, filled with joy, take the waters from the sources of the Savior (Is 12,3).

The countess of Feria, illustrious penitent of the blessed João d'Ávila, who became a religious of S. Clara, and who, because of her continuous and prolonged practices with Jesus in the sacrament, was called the wife of the SS. Sacramento, they once asked what he was doing during the long hours he spent at the foot of the altar. Ah! she replied, before the tabernacle I would remain for eternity. For is not there the divine essence, which is to be the sustenance of the blessed? My God! What is done before the Blessed Sacrament? for what is to be done? One loves, praises, thanks, asks. What does a poor man do in front of a rich man? What does the patient do before the doctor? a stranger in front of a crystalline source? a hungry person sitting at a large table?

O my most lovable, sweetest, most dear Jesus, life, hope, treasure and the only love of my soul; oh! how much it cost you to stay with us in this Sacrament! To stay on our altars, I had to die on the cross. And then, in this Sacrament, how many injuries do you suffer to be present among us! But your love has won, it has won your desire to be loved by us.

Come, then, Lord, come, lock yourselves in my heart and lock the door to him forever, so that no creature enters him to share the love I owe you and I want to give you without reservation. You alone, my beloved Redeemer, reign over me and possess me; and if I ever do not obey you perfectly, punish me rigorously so that in the future I will be more attentive in pleasing you and doing your will. Make it so that I do not want or seek any other pleasure than to be pleasant to you, to visit you often on the altars, to entertain you and to welcome you in holy communion. Other goods look for those who want them; I, however, only love and desire only the treasure of your love: this alone, and nothing more, I want to ask you at the altar. Make me forget myself, to remember only your kindness. O blessed seraphim,I am not jealous of your glory, but of the love that you consecrate to your God, who is also mine; teach me what I must do to love and be pleasant to you. Jaculatory - My Jesus, I only want to love you, only I want to please you.

Visit to the SS. Virgin

Another source of grace, extremely precious to us, is Mary, our Mother, so rich in goods, that there is not a single man in the world who does not participate in them. We all received from its fullness, says São Bernardo. Mary received from God all the abundance of grace, according to the angel's greeting: I greet you, full of grace. However, this abundance of graces she received not only for herself, but also for us. Mary, says St. Peter Crisologist, received this immense treasure of grace, to share with all her devoted servants.

Jaculatory - O Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.

Pray the Prayer to Mary Most Holy, p. 227.

Visit to San José

God loves us with such tenderness and so ardently desires our salvation, that he has multiplied the means for us to achieve it. One of these means is devotion to the saints. As they are your friends, the Lord wants them to intercede for us and to get us for their prayers and merits the graces we do not deserve. Now, who does not know that among the chosen ones, Saint Joseph, after Mary, occupies the first place in the Heart of God, and can do much with the Lord in favor of those who honor him? So to him, let's say often:

Jaculatory: Give me, O Saint Joseph, complete confidence in your powerful intercession.

Prayer after the visit to St. Joseph

I rejoice in your happiness and glory, O my holy patriarch, for you have been considered worthy to govern Jesus as a father and to make you obey for him whom heaven and earth obey. Since, O great saint, a God wanted to serve you, I also want to place myself in the number of your servants. I choose you for my chief lawyer and protector, after Mary. I promise to honor you each day for some special tribute; every day I want to put myself under your sponsorship again. For the sweet company of Jesus and Mary, which you enjoyed so much during your life, always protect me throughout the course of mine. For the assistance that Jesus and Mary gave you in your death, protect me especially in my last hour; make that, dying assisted by you, Jesus and Mary, go to thank you in paradise, and may, in your company,praise and love God for ever and ever. Amen.

II VISIT

The pious Father Nieremberg says that bread is a food that is consumed when it is eaten and preserved when it is kept: reason why Jesus Christ wanted to stay on earth, hidden under the kind of bread, thus being able to join soul that loves him by holy communion, and furthermore to be kept in the tabernacle, to be present among us, and to remind us in this way of the love that consecrates us.

São Paulo says that Jesus Christ annihilated himself, taking the form of a servant (Fp2,7). But we, what should we say, seeing it take the form of bread? No language, says São Pedro de Alcântara, would be able to express the greatness of Jesus' love for a soul in a state of grace. That was the reason why, as the hour of leaving this world approached, this sweetest husband, fearing that his absence would make him forgotten, left in remembrance to his soul, his wife, this very August Sacrament, in which he himself resides. And so, he didn't want there to be between them, to keep his memory alive, another guarantee but himself.

O my Jesus, since you are locked up in that tabernacle to listen to the pleas of the miserable who come to ask for an audience with you, listen today to the prayer that addresses one sinner of all the most ungrateful.

At your feet I come to prostrate, repentant and confused, for I know the evil I have done, offending you. Ah! my God, I wish I had never offended you! And now you know what I want? Having known your infinite loveliness, I was inflated with love for you and I feel a great desire to love and please you; but if you do not help me, I can do nothing. Give, therefore, Lord, make known to your whole paradise your great power and your immense goodness; make me a slave, a rebel, to become a servant all burned with love for you. This you can and want to do. Make up for everything I lack so that I may come to love you very much, to love you at least as much, as I have offended you. O Jesus, I love you above all things; I love you more than my own life, O my God, my love, my everything.

Jaculatory - My God and my everything.

Visit to the SS. Virgin

Let us confidently approach the throne of grace in order to obtain mercy in due time (He-1.16). Saint Antonine says that this throne is Mary, for which God gives us all graces.

O very kind Queen, since you have such a great desire to help sinners, here is a great sinner who turns to you: help me powerfully, help me without delay.

Jaculatory - Only refuge for sinners, have pity on me (S. Agost.).

Visit to San José

We must love St. Joseph very much, because, as Origen notes, the same Son of God wanted to honor him as his father. This is the title that St. Luke gives him in the Gospel, and the Mother of God herself did not designate it in any other way: Your father and I, she said to Jesus, were looking for you in distress. If, therefore, King of kings, says Cardinal d'Ally, it deigned to elevate Joseph to such a high dignity, it is convenient and just that we strive to honor him as much as we can.

Jaculatory - At your service I consecrate myself forever, O Saint Joseph; protect me.

III VISIT

My delights are to be with the children of men (Pv8,31). Behold, our Jesus, not content to die for our love, still wanted, after his death, to stay with us in the SS. Sacramento, stating that it finds its delights in this. O men - exclaims Saint Teresa - how can you offend a God who puts his delights in you? Does Jesus find his delight in being with us and will we not find ours in being with him? do we especially have the honor of living in your palace? How honored are not the vassals whom the king hosts in his palace! Now the king's palace is this house where we live with Jesus Christ. Let us therefore know how to thank him and take advantage of his presence.

Here I am, my Lord and my God, before that altar, where you keep yourselves day and night for my love. You are the source of all goods, the doctor for all ills, the treasure of all the poor: at your feet today is a sinner, of all the poorest and most sick, who implores your piety; have compassion on me. Seeing you in this Sacrament, descended from heaven just to do me good, I do not want to be discouraged in the face of my misery. I praise, thank and love you; and if you want me to beg for alms, here is my plea: I ask you for the grace of no longer offending you and loving you with all my strength. Lord, I love you with all my soul; I love you with all my affections; make me say this with truth and repeat it always in this life and for all eternity. Most Holy Mary, my patron saints, and you, all blessed from heaven,help me to love my most lovable God.

Jaculatory - O Jesus, good shepherd and true bread of life, have mercy on us; be our sustenance and defense yourselves, and guide us to the abode of happiness, to the land of the living.

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Their bonds are chains of salvation (Ecl6,31). The pious Pelbarto says that devotion to Mary is a chain of predestination. Let us therefore ask Our Lady to bind us more and more with chains of love to trust in her protection.

Jaculatory - O clement, O pious, O sweet Virgin Mary.

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What saint, or even what angel, Saint Basil asks, deserved to never be called the father of the Son of God? Only Joseph had that honor. Therefore, we can apply the words of Saint Paul to him: He is so above the angels, that he deserved a more glorious name than theirs. By his title Saint Joseph was more honored by God than all patriarchs, prophets, apostles, pontiffs; all of these are called servants, only St. Joseph is called father.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, Jesus' nourishing father, pray to him for me.

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There is nothing bitter about their conversation and their intimacy is not boring (Sb8,16). In the world, friends find so much pleasure in being together that they miss it for days. In the company of Jesus in the sacrament, only those who do not love him find boredom. The saints found their paradise with him. Saint Teresa appeared, after her death, to one of her nuns, and said to her: "Those in heaven and those who live on earth must be equal in purity and love: some enjoying and others suffering; we do it in heaven before the divine essence, you must do it on earth before the SS. Sacrament ". The SS. Sacramento is, therefore, our paradise on earth.

O Lamb without spot, sacrificed for us on the cross, remember that I am one of the souls you have redeemed with so much pain and death itself. Make yourselves all mine and that I never lose you again, since you gave yourselves all to me and give yourself each day, sacrificing yourselves for my love on the altars. I ask you for the grace to be all yours too. Yes, I give myself to you all, so that you may do with me as you please. I give you my will: secure it with the soft chains of your love, so that it may forever be a slave to your most holy will. I no longer want to live to satisfy my desires, but only to satisfy your will. Destroy in me everything that displeases you; give me the grace to think only of pleasing you, and of only wanting what you want. I love you, my dear Savior, with all my heart;I love you because you want to be loved by me; I love you because you are infinitely worthy of my love. I am sorry that I cannot love you as much as you deserve it. Ah! could I die for your love! Accept, Lord, this desire of mine and give me your love. Amen.

Jaculatory - O will of my God, I offer myself all to you.

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I am, says Maria, the Mother of beautiful love. (Eccle 24, 24), that is, of that love that makes our souls beautiful. S. Maria Madalena de Pazzi had a vision in which she seemed to see Mary Most Holy engaged in distributing a sweet liquor, which was none other than divine love. This gift is given to us only by Mary; let us therefore ask Maria.

Jaculatory - My Mother, my hope, make me all of Jesus.

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The Lord recommended S. Margarida de Cortona to be particularly devoted to Saint Joseph, and not to let a day pass without paying any homage to him, as to whom with all fidelity he sustained him on earth. Therefore, let us not stop recommending ourselves each day, and many times on the day to St. Joseph. Let us pray for his graces: he will obtain all of them from us, once they are useful to our soul.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make me be faithful in invoking you every day.

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The sparrow, says David, finds a home for himself, and the rooster a nest where his little children are wrapped up (SI 83, 4); but you, my King and my God, have made a retreat for you and chosen a dwelling here on earth, in order to be accessible to all and to live among us. Lord, it must be said that you love men very passionately, for you no longer know what else to do to make them love you. But, most kindly Jesus, also give us the grace to love you passionately, because it is not fair that we love coldly a God who loves us with such tenderness. Draw us with the sweet charms of your love; let us know the beautiful reasons you have to be loved.

O majesty and infinite goodness, you love men so much, and have done so much to be loved by them: how, then, can it be explained that so few of them love you? Ah! I no longer want for the future to be the number of those unfortunate and ungrateful; I am determined to love you as much as I can and to love only you. You deserve it so much and with such tenderness you order it: I want to be content. Do, O God of my soul, that you may be fully satisfied. For the merits of your passion, I ask and hope you. The goods of the land, give them to those who desire them; I only desire and seek the great treasure of your love. I love you, my Jesus; I love you, infinite goodness. You are all my wealth, all my consolation, all my love.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, you gave me all of you; I also give myself to you all.

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O my lady, Saint Bernard calls you a heart stealer. It says that you take hearts by your beauty and goodness; take away, I beg you, take away my heart and my will. I give it to you whole, offer it to God, united to yours.

Jaculatory - O kind Mother, pray for me.

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Saint Joseph was established as head of the Holy Family, of this very small family by number, but very large by the excellence of the two people who compose it, namely: the Mother of God and the only Son of God made man. God made him therefore master of his house. In this house, Joseph commands and the Son of God obeys.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, for the obedience that Jesus gave you, make me obedient to all the will of God.

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Where your treasure is, there your heart will be (Lk 12,34). Jesus Christ says that where someone thinks he has his treasure, there is also his affection. This is the reason why the saints, who do not consider or love another treasure outside of Jesus Christ, deposit in the SS. Sacrament your heart and all your love. O my most lovable Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, you who, for my love, remain enclosed in that tabernacle day and night, seize my heart, I beseech you, lest I think but you, do not love, do not seek, do not wait if not in you. Do it for the merits of your passion; it is for them that I ask for and hope for this grace. Ah! my sacrament Savior, divine lover of my soul, how lovely are the tender inventions of your love to make you love souls! O eternal Word,it was not enough for you to take our nature and die for us on the cross, you also wanted to give us this Sacrament to be our companion, our food and a pledge of heavenly glory. You appear among us, now as a boy in a crib, now as a poor craftsman in a workshop; here as a criminal on a gallows, there as bread on an altar. Tell me, O Jesus, what more can you invent to make them love you? O infinitely kind God, when will I begin in truth to respond to so many finances of love? Lord, I want to live no more than to love you only. And what is the use of my life, if I do not use it all in loving and pleasing you, my beloved Redeemer, who gave your whole life for me? And that I will love you, if I do not love you, who are all beautiful, all lovers, all loving? Let my soul therefore live only to love you;let my heart melt at the memory of your love; and just by hearing the words crib, cross, sacrament, may all of you ignite the desire to do great things for you, Jesus, that you have done and suffered so much for me!

Jaculatory - Allow me, Lord, that before I die, I do something for you.

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I am like the olive tree in the fields (Ecle 24,19). I am, says Maria, that beautiful olive tree from which the oil of mercy continually flows. And I'm in the fields, so that everyone can see me and turn to me. Let us say to him, then, with Saint Augustine: Remember, O most merciful Virgin Mary, who has never been heard to say that any of those who implored your help has been abandoned by you. Do not, therefore, allow me to be so unhappy that, turning to you, I will be abandoned by you.

Jaculatory - O Mary, grant me the grace to always appeal to you.

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Joshua marveled at the world when he told the sun to stop, to give him time to end the defeat of his enemies, and the sun obeyed. But what comparison between Joshua, obeyed by the sun, an inanimate creature, and Joseph, obeyed by Jesus Christ, the Son of God !?

Jaculatory - You, O Saint Joseph, who are so great and at the same time so humble, obtain true humility.

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Behold, I am with you every day until the end of the age (Mt 28,20). This loving shepherd of ours, having given his life for us, his sheep, even dying, did not want to part with us. Here I am, he says, here I am, dear sheep, always with you; I stayed in this Sacrament for you. Here you will find me, whenever you want, to help and comfort you with my presence. I will not abandon you until the end of the world, while you are on earth. The celestial husband - said São Pedro de Alcântara - wanted, during such a long absence, to leave the soul. his wife, a company so that she would not be alone: ​​that's why she left this Sacramento, where he lives in person, because that was the best company he could leave him.

Lord full of goodness, most lovable Savior of mine, I am visiting you now at this altar; but with what love do you not repay me for this visit when, by holy communion, you come to my soul! Then not only are you present to me, but you even become my food, uniting yourselves and giving yourself all to me; and yet I am a worm and you are God! ...

O God of love, O love of my soul, when will I see all yours truly and not only in word? It is in you, Lord, to increase in me the confidence that, by the merits of your blood, I will reach the grace of being all yours and no longer of myself. O Jesus, do you or see the pleas of all men; I heard today the prayer of a soul that wants to love you truly. I want to love you with all my strength and obey you in everything, without interest, without consolation, without reward. I want to serve you only for love, just to give you pleasure, just to please your Heart that loves me so passionately. My reward will be to love you. O beloved Son of the Eternal Father, seize my freedom, my will, all that is mine, my own person and give yourselves to me. I love you, I seek you, I sigh for you and I only want you, yes, only you.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, make me all yours.

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Very kind lady, the whole Church calls and greets you: our hope. Therefore, you who are the hope of all, also be my hope. Saint Bernard called you the foundation of his hope, and added: He who despairs puts his hope in you. That is why I also want to say to you: O Mary, my Mother, you save even the desperate; I place all my hope in you.

Jaculatory - Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.

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Let us listen to Saint Bernard speaking of Saint Joseph: this faithful servant was chosen to be not only the comforter of the Mother of God, in the midst of the tribulations she was to suffer, and the nourishing father of Jesus Christ, but also to cooperate in some way , in the redemption of the world, which was the work of the great council of the three divine persons.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, save us: our salvation is in your hands.

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To every soul, who visits you in the SS. Sacrament, Jesus addresses the words he once said to his wife in Sacred Scripture: Arise, hurry up, my beloved, my all beautiful, and come (Ct2,10). Alma, who visits me, get up. Get out of your miseries, for I am here to enrich you with graces. Hurry up, approach me, do not fear my majesty who humbled himself in this Sacrament to take away your fear and inspire your confidence. My friend, yes, dear soul, you are no longer my enemy, but, yes, my friend, since you love me and I love you too. My all beautiful: my grace is what made you so beautiful. And come: therefore, come to me, throw yourself into my arms, and ask me with great confidence whatever you want.

Saint Teresa used to say that if this great King of glory hid himself under the species of bread and veiled his majesty in this Sacrament, it was to instill in us the courage to draw closer to his divine Heart. Let us therefore approach Jesus with great confidence and love; let us unite with him and ask him for thanks.

What should not be my joy, O eternal Word made man and sacramented by my love, when I know that I am before you, that you are my God, the infinite majesty and goodness, that you love my soul so much! Souls who love God, wherever you are, in heaven or on earth, love him also for me. Mary, my Mother, help me to love you. And you, dearest Lord, become the sole object of all my love. Take hold of my will and possess me completely. I consecrate my spirit to you, so that I may always think of your goodness; I consecrate my body to you, that it may help me to please you; I consecrate my soul to you, so that it may be all yours. I had wished, O beloved of my soul, that all men should know the tenderness of the love that you have for them, so that they would only live to honor and please you as you wish and deserve.May at least I always live enchanted by your infinite beauty! From now on, I want to do what I can to please you. I propose to leave everything you know not to be to your liking, no matter what the cost, although I would have to lose everything, even my own life. Happy of me, even if I lose everything, as long as I own you. my God, my treasure, my love, my everything!

Jaculatory - Jesus my love, take me, own me all.

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If someone is small, come to me (Pv9,1). Mary invites all little children, who need a mother, to turn to her as the most loving of all mothers. The love of all mothers - says the pious Nieremberg, is a shadow in comparison to the love that Mary has for each one of us. My Mother, Mother of my soul, who love me and desire my salvation more than anyone after God, show that you are my Mother.

Jaculatory - My Mother, make sure that I always remember you.

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According to Saint John Damascene, God the Father gave Saint Joseph, in relation to Jesus, love, care and authority as a father, in order to keep him with the greatest tenderness; the solicitude, to surround him with all possible care; finally, authority, so that the holy patriarch would be sure to be obeyed in everything he ordered regarding the person of the Savior.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, always be our father and grant us the grace to be true children of yours.

IX VISIT

S. João says that he saw the Lord dressed in a long tunic and girded with a gold belt (Ap.1,13). That is how Jesus presents himself to us in the Sacrament of the altar, thereby meaning the multitude and the value of the graces that, in his mercy, he wishes to grant us. Similar to the mother, who runs to where her little boy is to feed him with her milk, Jesus tells us: As beloved children, I will press you against my chest.

The venerable Father Álvarez saw Jesus in the SS. Sacrament with hands full of graces, looking for who to distribute them. When S. Catarina de Sena approached the sacred table, she did, they say, with the tender avidity of a little child who seeks its food.

O only-begotten and beloved Son of the Eternal Father, I know that you are the most worthy object of our love. That is why I want to love you as much as you deserve; at least as much as a soul may want to love you. I understand very well that, having been quite a traitor and rebellious to your love, I do not deserve to love you or be close to you as I am in this church; yet I know that you want my love and I hear your voice that says to me: My son, give me your heart. You will love the Lord and read God with all your heart. I recognize that if you saved my life and did not rush me into hell, it was so that I would be converted entirely to your love. Since you still want to be loved by me, here I am, O my God, I give myself to you, I give myself to you. I love you, O God, all kindness, all love, and I choose you as the only King and Lord of my poor heart. You want it, I give it to you: it's cold,it is tainted, but if you accept it, you will transform it. Transform me, Lord, transform me; I dare not live more, as in the past, so ungrateful and so little lover of your infinite goodness that you love me so much and deserve infinite love. Make sure that from now on I notice the lack of love that I have treated you in the past.

Jaculatory - My God, my God, I want to love you; yes, I want to love you.

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In everything similar to her Son Jesus, Mary, the Mother of mercy, feels lively joy when she can help and comfort the miserable. Such is the desire of this good Mother to do good to all, which Saint Bernardino de Bustis says: The greater the desire she has to do us good and grant us grace, than what we have to receive her.

Jaculatory - Hail, O Mary, our hope!

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O holy patriarch, for the pity you suffered seeing the divine Word born in a stable, in such great poverty, without fire, without clothes, and weeping from the cold, I ask you to obtain true pain from my sins, which were the cause of my tears. Jesus. For the consolation that you had afterwards, when you contemplated the Baby Jesus in the lapa, so beautiful and attractive, that your heart has since started to burn in a more vivid love towards a God so kind and so loving, obtain the grace to Love Him also with great love on earth, in order to be able to have him one day in heaven.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, penetrate our hearts of contrition and make them more sensitive to the kindness of Jesus.

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O fools of the world, says St. Augustine, unhappy, where are you going to please your heart? Come to Jesus, for only he will give you the contentment you seek. My soul, don't you also be so foolish, seek only God. He seeks that one true good, in which all goods are found (St. Augustine). And if you want to find him quickly, there he is with you: tell him what you want, because he is present in the tabernacle to hear and comfort you. S. Teresa used to say: No one is allowed to speak to the king in person: how much one can expect is to speak to him through a third person. But, to speak to you, O King of glory, no third person is required; there in the SS. Sacramento is always ready to give an audience to everyone. Everyone who seeks you, finds you there and speaks to you in all simplicity. From more to more,if anyone can speak to the king, how long is it not necessary to wait? Kings give audience few times a year; you, however, in this Sacrament, give us an audience to all, day and night, and whenever we want it.

O Sacrament of love, who, whether you give yourselves to holy communion or whether you stay on the altars, know with the loving attractions of your love to win so many hearts, which, burning with love for you and marveling at your great kindness, are happy in your love and think only of you: yes, take hold of my poor heart, which so desires to love you and always be a slave to your love. From now on I place in the hands of your kindness all my interests, all my hopes, all my affections, my body and my soul, everything at last. Accept me, Lord, and dispose of me as you see fit. I no longer want to complain about your holy dispositions, for I know that, proceeding from Your loving Heart, they will be loving dispositions and for my good. It is enough that you want them,for me to also want them in time and eternity. Do with me whatever you want; I join without reservation to your will, which is all holy, all good, all beautiful, all perfect, all loving. O will of my God, how dear you are to me! Together with you I want to live and die: your pleasure be my pleasure, your wishes be my wishes! My God, my God, help me: make me henceforth live only for you, to want only what you want, to love only your loving will. May I die for you, who for me have deigned to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.I join without reservation to your will, which is all holy, all good, all beautiful, all perfect, all loving. O will of my God, how dear you are to me! Together with you I want to live and die: your pleasure be my pleasure, your wishes be my wishes! My God, my God, help me: make me henceforth live only for you, to want only what you want, to love only your loving will. May I die for you, who for me have deigned to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.I join without reservation to your will, which is all holy, all good, all beautiful, all perfect, all loving. O will of my God, how dear you are to me! Together with you I want to live and die: your pleasure be my pleasure, your wishes be my wishes! My God, my God, help me: make me henceforth live only for you, to want only what you want, to love only your loving will. May I die for you, who for me have deigned to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.Together with you I want to live and die: your pleasure be my pleasure, your wishes be my wishes! My God, my God, help me: make me henceforth live only for you, to want only what you want, to love only your loving will. May I die for you, who for me have deigned to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.Together with you I want to live and die: your pleasure be my pleasure, your wishes be my wishes! My God, my God, help me: make me henceforth live only for you, to want only what you want, to love only your loving will. May I die for you, who for me have deigned to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.that you deigned me to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.that you deigned me to die and become my food. I hate the days when I did my will with so much disgust for you. I love you, O will of God, I love you as much as I love God, for you are one with God; I love you, therefore, with all my heart, and I give myself all to you.

Jaculatory - O will of God, you are my love.

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Our great Queen says: With me are the riches ... to enrich those who love me (Pv8,18). Let us therefore love Mary if we are to be rich in grace. The abbot of Céles says that Mary is the treasurer of graces. Happy is he who turns to Mary with love and confidence! My Mother, my hope, you can make me holy; I expect this grace from you.

Jaculatory - Very kind mother, pray for me.

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Holy protector of mine, by your prompt and continuous obedience to the will of God, grant me the grace of your Jesus to obey his divine precepts; reach me that, in the journey that I take to eternity, in the midst of so many enemies, never lose the company of Jesus and Mary until the last breath: in this company, all the pains of life and the same death will be for me sweet and precious.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, I want to be all yours, to persevere, through you, all of Jesus and Mary.

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"Let us try not to go away - says Santa Teresa - nor lose sight of our beloved shepherd Jesus Christ, because the sheep that are kept with their shepherd are always the most cherished and favored, because he always gives them a little bit chosen than he himself And if it happens that the shepherd falls asleep, the little sheep will not leave the house until he wakes up or wakes him up, and then receives new favors and caresses from him ".

O my redeemed Redeemer, here I am with you; I expect only one gift from you, namely: fervor and perseverance in your love.

O holy faith, I thank you for teaching me and giving me the certainty that in the Sacrament of the altar, in that heavenly bread, there is no more bread, for in it is my Lord Jesus Christ and there it is all for my love. My Lord and everything, I believe you are present in the SS. Sacrament; and although hidden from mortal eyes, I recognize you, in the light of holy faith, in the consecrated host, by the Sovereign of heaven and earth and Savior of the world. Ah! my sweetest Jesus. as you are my hope, my salvation, my strength and my consolation, so I also want you to be all my love and the unique object of all my thoughts, desires and affections. I am more pleased with the supreme happiness that you will enjoy and enjoy forever, than if you possessed all possible goods in this and the next life.

My greatest happiness, my beloved Redeemer, is to know that you are fully happy and that your happiness is infinite. Reign therefore. Lord, reign only in my soul; I give it to you all, make possession of it forever. My will, my senses and all my powers are slaves to your love and serve this world only to give you taste and glory. That was your life, O first lover and Mother of my Jesus. Most Holy Mary, assist me and obtain the grace to live from now on as you have always lived happily, belonging entirely to God. Jaculatory O my Jesus be all yours and yours all mine. Visit to the SS. Blessed Virgin the man who watches every day at the entrance to my house, and keeps himself at my door (Pv8,34). Happy are those who, imitating the example of the poor at the gates of the rich,they do not cease to beg for some grace at the gates of Mary's mercy. Even happier is he who seeks to imitate the virtues he discovers in Mary, especially her purity and her humility.

Jaculatory - Oh! Mary, my hope, helped me.

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O great saint, for the merit of the anguish you suffered, when you lost Jesus in the temple, obtain tears for me with which to weep incessantly the injuries that I have done to my divine Lord; and for the joy you had, meeting him in the temple, I beg you to negotiate the happiness of finding him too, making him enter my soul by his grace, and never losing him again.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make faith grow in us, especially the faith for which we believe in the presence of Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament.

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God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God and God in him (IJo4,16).

Whoever loves Jesus is with Jesus and Jesus is with him. If anyone loves me, my Father will love him; and we will come to him, and in him we will make our home (Jo14,23). When São Filipe Néri received the Viatic Saint, when he saw the SS enter. Sacramento, he exclaimed: This is my love, this is my love! So say each one of us in the presence of Jesus in the sacrament: Here is my love, this is the object of my love in this life and for all eternity.

My Lord and my God, you said in the Gospel that whoever loves you will be loved by you and you will come to live in it so that you will no longer be separated; Lord, I love you more than all goods, love me also, for I want to be loved by you rather than possess all the kingdoms of the world. Come, therefore, and so fix your abode in the poor house of my soul, that you will no longer be separated from me, or, better to say, that I will no longer expel you from my heart; for you do not leave until I am expelled. And, as I expelled you in the past, so I could expel you again. Ah! Do not allow this new perfidy, this horrible ingratitude, to occur in the world, which I, particularly favored by you, after so many graces, still have the misfortune to expel from my soul. And yet it can happen; so, my God,I wish to die - if it pleases you - so that, dying together with you, I may have the fortune of living together with you forever. Yes, my Jesus, I hope so. I embrace you and hold you to my poor heart; make him always love you and always be loved by you. Yes, my most lovable Redeemer, I will always love you, and you always me. I hope that we will always love each other, O God of my soul, now and for all eternity. So be it.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, I want to love you always, and to be loved by you.

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Whoever dedicates himself to my service - says Maria - will have perseverance (Ecle24,30). And those who work to make me known and love others will be predestined. Therefore, make the resolution to speak, as often as you can, either in public or in private, of the glories of Mary and of the devotion that is due to her.

Jaculatory - Allow me, O Holy Virgin, to publish your praises.

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When God assigns a person to a certain function, says Saint Thomas, he gives him all the graces necessary to exercise it worthily. Since God destined Saint Joseph to do the office of father with the person of the Incarnate Word, we must take it for granted that he adorned him with all the gifts of wisdom and holiness that suited this position. Gérson says that São José received, among others, three special privileges: first, to be sanctified in the bosom of his mother, like Jeremiah and São João Batista; second, be confirmed at the same time in grace; third, to always be exempt from all movements of lust, a grace that, by virtue of its purity, he tends to make his devoted servants partakers, freeing them from carnal appetites.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, brilliant lily of chastity, preserve in us this virtue of angels.

XIII VISIT

My eyes and my heart will be there every day (Pv9,4). This magnificent promise Jesus fulfilled in the SS. Sacrament of the altar, where I wanted to be present day and night. My divine Savior, it would undoubtedly suffice for you to remain in this Sacrament only during the day, when you meet, to keep you company, worshipers of your divine presence. Why did you want to stay also at night, when the churches are closed, and the men retire to their homes, leaving you absolutely alone? Ah! I already understand you; love has made you our prisoner; the ardent love that you have in such a way has bound you to the land that it does not allow you to leave us, day or night. Ah! Very kind Savior, this only fineness of your love should compel all men to remain in your presence before the holy saints, and from there they will only come out by force. AND,moving away, they should leave their hearts and affections at the feet of the altar towards this God made man, who is alone and locked in a tabernacle, all eyes to see and provide for our needs, and every heart to love us, waiting anxiously the next day to receive visits from their much loved souls.

O my Jesus, I want to make you happy: I therefore devote all my will and all my affections to you. O infinite majesty of a God, you stayed in this divine Sacrament not only to be close to us, but mainly to communicate with the souls you love. But, Lord, who will dare to approach to feed on your flesh? But, on the other hand, who can get away from you? for it is precisely in order to unite with us and to possess our hearts, that you are hidden under the consecrated host. Yes, you burn with the desire to be received by us and your pleasure is to be united with us. Come, then, my Jesus, come; I wish to receive you in my chest so that you may be the God of my heart and my will. O my dear Redeemer, for your love I give everything I have: satisfactions, pleasures, will, I give you everything. O love, O God of love,reign over me, triumph over me; destroy and sacrifice in my being all that is mine and not yours. Do not consent, O my love, that my soul, filled with the majesty of a God, after having received you in holy communion, will come to cling still to creatures. I love you, my God, I love you, and I only want to love you forever.

Aspiration - Draw me, Lord; for the sweet bonds of your love.

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Saint Bernard exhorts us to seek grace and to seek it through Mary. It is, says São Pedro Damião, the treasure of divine graces. Mary can and wants to enrich us; that's why he invites and calls us, saying: If anyone is small (and poor) come to me (Pv9,4). O most loving Lady, O most sublime Lady, O most gracious Sovereign, cast your eyes on a poor sinner who is recommended to you and puts his trust in you.

Jaculatory - Under your protection we welcome you, O Holy Mother of God.

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Joseph, in the Gospel, is called righteous: Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man ... Why, what is a righteous man? According to St. John Chrysostom, he is a man who has all the virtues: "Note, he says, that Joseph is called just, because he had all the virtues to a perfect degree". Joseph was already a saint before his marriage, but his holiness grew a lot when he joined the Mother of God; only the examples of his holy wife were enough to sanctify him; and if Mary is, as Saint Bernardino of Sena says, the dispenser of all the graces that God gives to men, how profusely should we believe that she has enriched her husband, whom she loved and loved so much!

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, increase my devotion to Mary.

XIV VISIT

Dearest Jesus, I hear you say from that tabernacle, where you reside: Here is the place of my everlasting rest; I want to live in it, because I chose it for that (SI131,14). If, therefore, you wanted to choose your address among us on the altars in the SS. Sacrament and the love you have for us makes you find your rest here, it is just that our hearts here always dwell with you through love, and here find your rest and all its delights. Happy are you, loving souls, who find no comfort in this world that is sweeter than being at the feet of Jesus in the sacrament! Ah! and how happy I, too, would be, Lord, if you were not to find any greater pleasure than that of always being before you or at least always thinking of you who, in that SS. Sacramento, you are continually thinking about me and my happiness!

Ah! Lord, why have I wasted so many years in which I have not loved you? Unhappy years, I detest you; and bless you, O infinite patience of my God, who have endured me for so many years, despite being so ungrateful, you are still waiting for me: why, my God, why? Ah! so that one day, overcome by your mercies and your love, I will give myself entirely to you. Lord, I don't want to resist anymore, I don't want to be ungrateful to you anymore. It is right that I consecrate the time to you, that I still have life left, little or much. I hope, O my Jesus, that you will help me to be all yours; for if you favored me so much, when I ran away from you and despised your love, how can I not expect you to favor me now that I seek you and desire to love you, O God worthy of infinite love? I love you with all my heart, I love you above all things,I love you more than myself, more than my own life. I regret that I have offended you, O infinite goodness; forgive me and, with forgiveness, grant me the grace to love you very much in this life until death and, in the next, for eternity. By your power, O almighty God, show this wonder to the world: a soul as ungrateful as mine, turned into one of the most fervent in your love. Do it for your merits, O my Jesus. This is what I desire, this is what I propose to do throughout my life; you who inspire this desire, give me the strength to put it into practice.O almighty God, show this wonder to the world: a soul as ungrateful as mine, turned into one of the most fervent in your love. Do it for your merits, O my Jesus. This is what I desire, this is what I propose to do throughout my life; you who inspire this desire, give me the strength to put it into practice.O almighty God, show this wonder to the world: a soul as ungrateful as mine, turned into one of the most fervent in your love. Do it for your merits, O my Jesus. This is what I desire, this is what I propose to do throughout my life; you who inspire this desire, give me the strength to put it into practice.

Jaculatory - I thank you, O my Jesus, for waiting for me until this hour.

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No one - says St. Germano, addressing Mary - no one is saved except by You; no one receives any divine favor except for you. So, my Lady and my hope, if you do not help me, I am lost, and I cannot go to bless you in paradise. But, my Lady, all the saints say that you do not abandon those who turn to you. Only those who are not recommended are lost. So I turn to you, miserable as I am, and I place all my hopes in you.

Jaculatory - Maria is all my confidence, and the whole foundation of my hope (S. Bem.).

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The two disciples who went to Emmaus felt burned with divine love, in the few moments that accompanied the Savior and heard his word: It is not true, they say among themselves, that our hearts burned within us, while he spoke to us on the way ? That we must think of the flames of holy charity that developed in the heart of St. Joseph, during the thirty years he spent in the company of the Son of God, studying the words of eternal life that came out of his mouth, observing the perfect examples of humility, patience and obedience that he gave, showing himself so ready to help him with his work and serve him in everything in the house?

Aspiration - Inflame us, O St. Joseph, the love of Jesus.

XV VISIT

I have come to bring fire to the earth - says the Lord - and what do I wish if it does not light? (Lk 12,49). The venerable Fr. Francisco Olímpio, Teatino, used to say that there is nothing on earth that more vividly ignites the fire of divine love in the hearts of men than the SS. Sacrament of the altar. It is what the Lord made known to Santa Catarina de Sena, when he let himself be seen in the SS. Sacrament in the form of a furnace of love, from which torrents of divine flames came out, which spread throughout the land; In view of this, the saint, amazed, did not know how to explain how men could live without being consumed in the flames of divine love. O my Jesus, burn me with love for you; make me think only of you, do not sigh for you, do not desire and do not seek but for you. Oh! how happy I would be, if this sacred fire possessed me completely, and,when my years were spent, he happily consumed all earthly affections in me.

O divine Word, O my Jesus, I see you on the altar immolated, annihilated and destroyed by my love; it is, therefore, very just that, as you become a victim of love for me, so I consecrate myself and sacrifice all of you. Yes, my God and my sovereign Lord, today I sacrifice all my soul, all my being, all my will, all my life. I associate this poor sacrifice of mine, O eternal Father, with the infinite sacrifice that Jesus Christ, your Son and my Savior, made of himself formerly on the cross, and which he still renews, every day, so many times on the altars. Accept it, therefore, for the merits of Jesus, and grant me the grace to renew it every day of my life, and to die by sacrificing myself entirely in your honor. I wish the grace, so many martyrs granted, to die for your love. But if I'm not worthy of such grace,at least grant me, Lord, that of willingly sacrificing my life to you, already accepting the death that you choose to send me. Lord, this is the grace that I desire: to die to honor you and be pleasant to you. And therefore, from now on, I sacrifice my life to you and offer you my death, in any form and in any time that it comes.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, I want to die to be pleasant to you.

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O my sweetest lady, allow me, with Saint Bernard, to call you still the foundation of my hope; and let me say; with Saint John Damascene, who placed all my hope in you. You, therefore, will obtain the forgiveness of my sins, the perseverance to death and the grace to be free from purgatory. Those who are saved, all owe you salvation; you, then, O Mary, will save me. For that, it is enough that you want it. Therefore, be willing to save me and I will be saved. Now you save all who call on you. Well, I invoke you, saying:

Jaculatory - O salvation of those who invoke you, save me (S. Boav.).

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The apostle teaches us that, in the next life, the Lord will reward each one according to his works. What, then, should not be the glory bestowed on Saint Joseph, who loved him so much and rendered him so many services during his life here on earth! The Lord has promised a reward to everyone who gives to the poor, in his name, even if it is no more than a glass of water. What will be Joseph's reward that he can say to Jesus: not only did I give you sustenance, housing, clothing, but I saved your life by freeing you from Herod's hands?

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, encourage our zeal to grow in virtue for the hope of eternal rewards.

XVI VISIT

Oh! if men always resorted to the SS. Sacramento, when looking for a remedy for their ills, they certainly wouldn't be as miserable as they are! Jeremiah sighed, saying, Is there no balm in Galahad? or is there no doctor there? (Jr 8.22). Galahad, mountain of Arabia, rich in aromatic ointments, is, in the words of Saint Beda Venerable, a figure of Jesus Christ, who prepared us in this Sacrament all the remedies for our ills. Why then - the Redeemer seems to say - why then do you complain about your ills, O children of Adam, since you have in this Sacrament the doctor and the remedy for all evil? Come all to me ... and I will encourage you.

So I want to tell you with the sisters of Lazarus: Lord, behold, the one you love is sick! (Jo11,3). Lord, I am that wretch whom you love; sins have opened sores on my soul; therefore, I come to you, my divine physician, that you may heal me; if you want it, you can heal me: yes, heal my soul, because I have sinned against you (SI 40,5).

Sweetest Jesus of mine, by the most loving bonds of your love, I draw you all to me. I prefer to live together with you, to be lord of the whole earth. I desire nothing in this world but to love you. I can give you little; but if I could have all the kingdoms in the world, I would have wanted them only to renounce them all for your love. For your love, therefore, I renounce all that I can: all my relatives, all comforts, all pleasures and even spiritual consolations: in a word, I sacrifice my freedom and my will. I want to give you all my affections. I love you, O infinite goodness, I love you, more than myself, and I hope to love you forever.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, I give myself to you; received me.

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O my lady, you said to Saint Bridget: As guilty as a man is, if he comes to me with sincere regret, I am always ready to receive him; I do not consider the number of your sins, but the dispositions of your heart; for I do not refuse to anoint and heal your wounds, because my name is and I am truly a Mother of mercy. Therefore, seeing that you can and want to heal me, O Mary, I turn to you, saying: heal all the wounds of my soul. Just say one word to your divine Son, and I will be healed.

Jaculatory - O Maria, have compassion on me!

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We must be certain that the life of Saint Joseph, in the presence and in the sight of Jesus and Mary, was a continuous prayer, fruitful in acts of faith and trust, love, resignation and offering. Now, if the reward corresponds to the merits of life, evaluate the greatness of Joseph's glory in paradise. Saint Augustine compares the other saints to stars, but Saint Joseph to the sun. Father Suárez considers the opinion that San José, after Mary, exceeds all other saints in merits and glory as very reasonable; whence the venerable Bernardino de Bustis concludes that, in heaven, Saint Joseph sends Jesus and Mary in a certain way, when he wants to obtain some grace from them for his devout servants.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, obtain a great spirit of vocal and mental prayer.

XVII VISIT

The greatest pleasure of loving souls is to be with the people they love. If, therefore, we love Jesus Christ very much, here we are in his presence. Jesus, in his Sacrament, sees and listens to us; then we have nothing to say to you? We take comfort in your company; let us rejoice in his glory and in the love that consecrate so many fervent souls to him. Let us hope that all men love Jesus in the sacrament and consecrate their hearts to him; let us consecrate all our affections to him; let it be all our love and the only object of our desires.

Father Salésio, from the Society of Jesus, just speaking in the SS. Sacramento, he felt very comforted. Nor was he satisfied with visiting him: if he was called to the concierge, if he returned to his room, if he walked around the house, he always used these occasions to repeat his visits to his beloved Lord. So it was observed that hardly an hour passed in the day without visiting him. Finally, he was fortunate to be killed by heretics, when he defended the real presence of Jesus in the Sacrament.

Oh! if I also had the happiness of dying for such a beautiful cause, defending the truth of this Sacrament, which makes us understand so well, O most lovable Jesus, the tenderness of your love for us! Lord, to so many miracles that you work in this Sacrament, add this one more: I draw you all. You want me to belong entirely to you, and you deserve it very much; give me the strength to love you with all my heart. Give the goods of this world to whomever you please; as for me, I renounce them completely: I do not want and I only want your love: this is the only good I seek and will always seek. I love you, my Jesus; make me always love you, and ask nothing more.

Jaculatory - O my Jesus, when will I truly love you?

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O my sweetest Queen, how pleased I am with the beautiful title of loving Mother, with which your pious servants invoke you! Yes, how lovely you are, O my Lady! Your beauty has snatched the Lord Himself. St. Bonaventure says that your name alone is so kind to those who love you, that when you pronounce it or hear it pronounced, you immediately feel inflamed and grow in the desire to love you. It is right, then, my most loving Mother, that I love you; but I am not content with just loving you; I wish, now on earth and then in heaven, to be the one who loves you most after God. If this desire of mine is very bold, the only cause of this is your kindness and the special love that you have witnessed to me. If you were less lovable, my desire to love you would be less. Accept, then, Madam, this desire of mine; and as proof that you have accepted it,obtain from me this love which I ask of you, and which is so pleasing to the Lord.

Jaculatory - My very kind Mother, I love you very much.

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To prove the power that St. Joseph has in paradise, St. Bernardino de Sena puts it this way: "We cannot doubt it, Jesus Christ always keeps in heaven towards St. Joseph the tenderness and respect that he once witnessed on earth, that is, tenderness and respect for a son. Far from being diminished, this filial piety is always growing ". Note these words well: tenderness and respect; they mean that this sovereign Lord, who deigned to venerate Saint Joseph here in the world as his father, does not deny him anything of what he asks of him. Full of confidence, let's say:

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, powerful protector of our souls, deliver us from all sin.

XVIII VISIT

One day, in the valley of Jehoshaphat, Jesus will sit on a throne of majesty; but now, in the SS. Sacramento, is seated on a throne of love. If, to testify to his love for a poor shepherd, the king came to live in the village where he lives, how great would be the ingratitude of that shepherd, if he did not go often to visit his king, knowing that he eagerly wishes to see him, and that it was only to have a more frequent occasion that he came to settle with him!

Ah! my Jesus, - now I understand it - it is for my love that you have come to reside in the Sacrament of the altar. For this reason, if the angels continually surround you, amazed at the love you have for us, it is just that, seeing you for my love at this altar, at least give you the pleasure of a visit and exalt the love and kindness you have for me. In the presence of angels I will sing your praises, in your holy temple I will worship you, and, in recognition of your mercy and benefits, I will glorify your name (SI137).

O God in the sacrament, O bread of angels, O divine food, I love you; but neither you nor I are satisfied with that love. I love you, yes. but I love you very little. Make yourselves, O Jesus, that I know the beauty and immense goodness that I love; make my heart expel all earthly affections and leave the whole place to your divine love. To win my heart, and to be united with me all, you descend every day from heaven to our altars; it is only right, then, that I also think only of loving you, of worshiping you, of pleasing you. I love you with all my soul, I love you with all my strength. If you want to reward me for this love, give me even more love, more fervor, so that I will grow without ceasing in your love and the desire to please you.

Jaculatory - O Jesus, my love, give me more love.

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Like the sick poor, who, because of their miseries, live abandoned by everyone and only find shelter in public hospitals; thus the most miserable sinners, although repelled by all, find refuge in Mary's mercy, which God placed in this world to be the refuge and public hospital for sinners, as Saint Basil expresses himself. This is also the reason why St. Efrem calls it the coat of sinners. So, my Queen, if I turn to you, you cannot repel me because of my sins; and the more miserable I am, the more reason I have to be welcomed under your protection, because God created you to be the refuge of the most miserable. Therefore, I appeal to you, O Mary, placing me under the cloak of your protection. You are the refuge of sinners; therefore be my refuge and the hope of my salvation.If you rejected me, who would I turn to?

Jaculatory - Maria, my refuge, save me.

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If Saint Joseph did not have the authority of a natural father over the humanity of Jesus Christ, he did however have a certain power as the husband of Mary, who, as Mother by nature of the Savior, enjoyed real authority over him. Whoever has dominion over the tree also has the fruit that the tree produces. This is why Jesus, on earth, respected Joseph and obeyed him as his superior; it follows that now, in heaven, the prayers of Saint Joseph are considered by Our Lord as orders, because the request of a father to his son, says Gérson, has the value of order.

Jaculatory - São José, be our defense in temptations and our strength in adversity.

XIX VISIT

If it is such a sweet thing to find us in the company of a dear friend, it is possible that we, in this valley of tears, will not feel any pleasure in the company of the best of friends, of a friend who can fill us with all things from a friend who loves us passionately and who therefore wants to be continually entertained with us?

Well then; here at SS. Sacrament we can entertain ourselves with Jesus at will, open our hearts to him, expose our needs to him, ask him for thanks; in a word, in this lovely Sacrament, we can deal with the King of heaven with all confidence and simplicity.

Sacred Scripture tells us that Joseph of Egypt felt extremely happy, when God deigned to go down to his prison to fortify him with his grace: Divine Wisdom went down with him into the pit, and did not leave him in chains (Sb10,13 ). But we are much happier because we always have in our midst, in this valley of tears, our God made man, who with so much love and compassion honors us continually with his real presence.

How much a tender friend who is going to be entertained with him, who consoles him, reassures his hope, seeks help from him and tries to relieve him in his misfortune when a poor prisoner is consoled! Now, here is what Jesus Christ is, our good friend, who from the tabernacle makes us hear these consoling words: I am with you every day (Mt 28,20). Here I am, he says, here I am all for you, coming from heaven to your prison to console, help and deliver. Take me in, stay with me, join me; in this way you will not feel your miseries; then you will come with me to my kingdom, where I will make you fully happy.

O God, O incomprehensible love, since you wanted to be so good to us that you came down from heaven to our altars to live among us, I propose to visit you many times; I want to enjoy as much as possible of your sweetest presence that makes the happiness of the blessed in paradise. Oh! if I could always stand before you to adore you and offer you acts of love! Awake my soul, I pray you, when, numb by lukewarmness or absorbed by the care of the land, I neglect to visit you. Ignite in me a great desire to always be close to you in this Sacrament. Ah! my loving Jesus, I have not always loved you! have not always tried to please you! I console myself by thinking that I still have time to do it not only in the hereafter, but in this one too. I want to love you, yes I want to truly love you,my juice well, my love, my treasure, my everything. I want to love you with all my strength.

Jaculatory - My God, help me to love you.

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O sinner - says the pious Bernardino de Bustis - do not lose confidence, but turn to this august Lady with the certainty of being helped; he will find her with his hands full of mercy and grace. And be very persuaded that this most charitable Queen wishes more to do you good than to obtain her assistance yourself. O my lady, I thank God incessantly for the outstanding mercy that made me know you. Unhappy with me if I forgot you! great danger would be in my salvation. But, my Mother, I bless you, I love you and I have so much confidence in you that I commit my soul into your hands.

Jaculatory - O Mary, happy of those who know you and trust in you!

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O great saint, since a God has deigned to serve you, I also want to serve, honor and love you as my lord. Receive me under your patronage, and send me whatever you like. O Saint Joseph, pray to Jesus for me; He will surely refuse you nothing who has obeyed all your commandments on earth. Tell him to forgive me of my sins, detach me from creatures and myself, ignite me with his holy love, and then do with me as you please.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, keep your children.

XX VISIT

On that day there will be an open source for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to wash away the stains of their sins (Zc 1,3). Jesus, in the SS. Sacrament, it is this source predicted by the prophet, a source open to all, in which we can, as many times as we want, go to cleanse our souls from all the stains that we contract daily from sin. When a person commits a fault, there is a better remedy than going to the SS immediately. Sacrament? Yes, my Jesus, I always propose to do so, because I know that the waters of this divine source serve not only to purify my soul, but also to light it up, strengthen it against relapses, sustain it in adversity and even scorch it. it in your love. I know that it is to cumulate me with these goods that you wait for my visit,for it is with numerous graces that you reward the visits of those who love you. O my Jesus, therefore, purify me from all the faults that I have committed today and which I regret, because they displeased you; and, with a burning desire to love you very much, also give me the strength not to fall back. Oh! if I could always be close to you like your faithful servant Maria Díaz, contemporary of Santa Teresa! She had obtained permission from the Bishop of Avila to live on the platform of a church and remained there almost continuously before the SS. Sacramento she called her neighbor; from there he left only to go to confession and receive communion. The venerable brother Francisco do Menino Jesus, barefoot Carmelite, passing in front of the churches, where the SS was. Sacramento could not fail to enter them to visit him,saying that it is not advisable for a friend to pass by your friend's house without entering at least to greet him and say a word to him. However, he was not content with a word, and always remained as long as he could before his beloved Lord.

O my only and infinite good, I see that you have instituted this Sacrament and reside on this altar so that I may love you, and for this purpose you have given me a heart capable of loving you very much. But then, why am I so ungrateful and don't love you, or do I love you so little? No, it is not fair that a kindness as kind as you are unloved; at least, for the love you have for me, you deserve to be loved in another way. You are an infinite God and I, a despicable little red. It is little that I die for you and consummate you. for you died for me, and each day you sacrifice yourself on the altars for my love. You deserve love without measure; and it is without measure that I want to love you. Help me, my Jesus, help me to love you, for this is so pleasant to you and you ask for it with such urgency.

Jaculatory - My beloved Jesus is mine and I am his.

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O my sweetest, most pious, most lovable Queen, what a beautiful confidence Saint Bernard gives me when I turn to you! You - he says - do not examine the merits of the one who appeals to your kindness, but gives your assistance to all who implore it. If therefore I invoke you, you will listen to me. Then I heard my plea: I am - a poor sinner, who the hell has deserved a thousand times; but I want to change my life, I want to love my God, whom I have so offended. I give myself to you as a slave, I give myself to you, miserable as I am. Save the one who is yours and no longer belongs to himself. O my lady, did you hear me? I hope you have not only heard me, but also attended.

Jaculatory - O Maria, I am yours, save me.

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O glorious patriarch, now that you are in heaven filled with joy, on a high throne, with your most beloved Jesus, who was submitted to you on earth, have compassion on me, obliged to live in the midst of so many enemies, evil spirits and bad passions , who give me continuous battles to make me lose the grace of God. Ah! for the happiness you had to enjoy on earth, without interruption, with the company of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace to spend the rest of my life always united with God, resisting all the assaults of hell; obtain the grace for me to die in the love of Jesus and Mary, so that one day I may come to enjoy your company with you, in the kingdom of the blessed.

Jaculatory - Give me, Saint Joseph, the grace to overcome my passions and have a horror of sin.

XXI VISIT

Wherever the body is found, eagles will gather there (Mt24, 28). By this body the saints commonly understand that of Jesus Christ; and by eagles they understand detached souls, who rise, like these birds, above the things of the earth and fly to the sky, where they tend endlessly for their thoughts and affections, and where they have their continuous abode. These souls still on earth have their paradise, wherever they find the SS. Sacrament, and it seems that their desire to remain in your presence is never satisfied. When the eagles - says Saint Jerome - perceive the prey from afar, they immediately launch themselves to take it. And we, with the greatest fervor, should not run and fly to Jesus in the sacrament, as for the most precious food of our souls! So, in this valley of tears, the saints have always run eagerly, like thirsty deer,for this heavenly source. Fr. Baltasar Alvares, of the Society of Jesus, whatever his occupation, often directed his eyes to the place where the SS was. Sacrament; she visited him frequently, sometimes spending whole nights in his presence. I cried when I saw the palaces of the great crowds of people cutting a man, from whom they expect some miserable good, while the churches are abandoned, where he resides among us, as on a throne of love, the sovereign Lord of the world, rich immense and eternal goods. And he said that the religious are very happy because, without leaving their homes, they can visit this august Lord in the SS as many times as they want, day and night. Sacramento, what the people of the century cannot do.he often directed his eyes to the place where the SS was. Sacrament; she visited him frequently, sometimes spending whole nights in his presence. I cried when I saw the palaces of the great crowds of people cutting a man, from whom they expect some miserable good, while the churches are abandoned, where he resides among us, as on a throne of love, the sovereign Lord of the world, rich immense and eternal goods. And he said that the religious are very happy because, without leaving their homes, they can visit this august Lord in the SS as many times as they want, day and night. Sacramento, what the people of the century cannot do.he often directed his eyes to the place where the SS was. Sacrament; she visited him frequently, sometimes spending whole nights in his presence. I cried when I saw the palaces of the great crowds of people cutting a man, from whom they expect some miserable good, while the churches are abandoned, where he resides among us, as on a throne of love, the sovereign Lord of the world, rich immense and eternal goods. And he said that the religious are very happy because, without leaving their homes, they can visit this august Lord in the SS as many times as they want, day and night. Sacramento, what the people of the century cannot do.from which they expect some miserable good, while the churches are abandoned, where he resides among us, as on a throne of love, the sovereign Lord of the world, rich in immense and eternal goods. And he said that the religious are very happy because, without leaving their homes, they can visit this august Lord in the SS as many times as they want, day and night. Sacramento, what the people of the century cannot do.from which they expect some miserable good, while the churches are abandoned, where he resides among us, as on a throne of love, the sovereign Lord of the world, rich in immense and eternal goods. And he said that the religious are very happy because, without leaving their homes, they can visit this august Lord in the SS as many times as they want, day and night. Sacramento, what the people of the century cannot do.

Most loving Lord, since the sight of my stains and ingratitude does not prevent you from inviting me with such kindness to approach you, I do not want to be discouraged because of my miseries: for you I come, I approach you. You will change me completely into another, banishing from my heart all love that is not for you, all desire that is not pleasant for you, every thought that does not tend to you. My Jesus, my love, my treasure, my everything, I only want to please you. You alone deserve all my love, I just want to love you with all my heart. Detach me from everything, Lord, and bind me all to you; but connect me so well, that I can no longer separate myself from you in this or the next life.

Jaculatory - Most sweet Jesus, do not allow me to separate from you.

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Dionysus, a Carthusian, calls the SS. Virgin advocate of all sinners who turn to her. O great Mother of God, since your job is to defend the causes of the greatest criminals who turn to you, here I am at your feet: I turn to you and say with S. Tomás de Vila Nova: I beg you ,. O my lawyer, do your office., defend my cause. It is true that I have become guilty towards God, offending him so much after having received so many favors and graces from him; but the evil is done; but you can save me. Simply tell your God to embrace my defense, and he will forgive me, and I will be saved.

Jaculatory - O my beloved Mother, it is up to you to save me.

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Speaking of Saint Joseph's worth in favor of his devout servants, Saint Bernard says these remarkable words: What distinguishes him from other saints is that he can protect everyone who appeals to his intercession, and help them in all their needs. Certain saints were granted to defend us in some circumstances; St. Joseph was given the power to help us with all our needs, and to protect all those who take refuge with him. Therefore, many times, we repeat:

Jaculatory - São José, help us with all our needs.

XXII VISIT

The wife of the sacred Canticles was looking for her Dileto, and, not finding him, asked: Have you seen the one my heart loves? (Ct3,3). Jesus was not then on earth; but now every soul who loves Jesus and seeks him is sure to always find him in the SS. Sacrament. Blessed João de Ávila said that, among all the sanctuaries, one cannot find or desire any more lovable than a church, where the SS rests. Sacrament.

O infinite love of my God, worthy of infinite love! How could you, my Jesus, slaughter you so much? In order to be entertained by men and to be united with their hearts, you humbled yourself to the point that you hid yourself under the kinds of bread. O incarnate Word, your dejection has no limits, because your love has also no limits. How can I stop loving you with all my soul, when I know how much you have done to captivate my heart? I love you ardently and therefore I prefer your will to all my interests and my own satisfaction. all my happiness consists in being pleasant to you, my Jesus, my God, my love, my everything. Ignite my heart with a great desire to be continually before you in the sacrament, to receive you and to always keep you company. I would be ungrateful if I did not accept such a sweet and kind invitation. Ah!Lord, I destroyed all affection for creatures. You want, O my Creator, to be the sole object of my sighs, of all my affections; well, I love you. O infinitely lovable kindness of my God, and I desire only you. I do not seek my satisfaction, but yours; it is enough that I give you a taste. Accept, O Jesus, the desire of a sinner, who wants to love you. Help me with your grace; make me a miserable slave to hell, from now on, become a happy slave of your love.Help me with your grace; make me a miserable slave to hell, from now on, become a happy slave of your love.Help me with your grace; make me a miserable slave to hell, from now on, become a happy slave of your love.

Jaculatory - O Jesus, my supreme good, I love you above all goods.

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O my Lady and my sweetest Mother, I am a rebellious subject of your divine Son; however, repentant, I come to beg your mercy, that you may obtain forgiveness from me. Do not tell me that you cannot, because Saint Bernard calls you a dispenser of forgiveness. You must also help those who are threatened: for St. Efrem calls you to help those who are in danger. O my lady, who is more in danger than I am? I lost my God; it is true that I was condemned to hell; I don't know if God has already forgiven me, and I can still lose him again. But you can obtain all my goods and I hope for you: forgiveness, perseverance, heaven. I hope that, save for your intercession, O Mary, I will be, in the kingdom of the blessed, one of those who will most praise your mercies.

Jaculatory - Mercy of Mary, I will sing to you forever, yes, forever.

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“It would be a wonderful thing, says Santa Teresa in her life, written by herself, to recount the innumerable graces that God has made me, the dangers, both spiritual and bodily, that she delivered me through the mediation of this glorious saint. As for the other saints, it seems that God has given them the power to help us in some particular need only; on the contrary, experience proves that St. Joseph helps us in all our needs, and it is pleasing to Our Lord to bear witness in this way that, just as he wanted to be submitted on earth to the authority of this great saint, he also does everything in heaven that he asks ".

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, always pray for me the perseverance in praying well.

XXIII VISIT

Many Christians endure great fatigue and are exposed to countless dangers to visit the places of the Holy Land, where our most loving Savior was born, suffered and died. We, however, do not need to make such a long journey or expose ourselves to so many dangers, because the same Lord personally resides with us in the church just a few steps from our homes. Pilgrims think themselves to be very happy - says Saint Pauline - because they can bring from the holy places a little bit of land from the nativity scene or the tomb where Jesus was buried; and we, with what fervor, must not visit the SS. Sacramento, where is the same Jesus in person, and that without fatigue or danger to us?

A godly person, to whom God had given great love to the SS. Sacrament, expressed in a letter, among others, these thoughts: "I recognized (she says) that I owe all the good I possess to the Blessed Sacrament. I gave myself and consecrated myself entirely to Jesus in the sacrament. I see an immense multitude of graces they are not received, because there is no recourse to this divine Sacrament. And yet I see that Our Lord has a great desire to distribute his graces in this Sacrament. O divine mystery! O holy Host! Where does God best manifest His power? it closes all that God has done for us, let us not envy the blessed, because we have the same Lord here on earth with more wonders of his love. Make the people you deal with consecrate yourselves without reserve to the Blessed Sacrament.I speak this way because this divine mystery transports me and ecstasy. I can't help talking about him, because he deserves our love so much. I no longer know what to do for Jesus in the sacrament ". Thus ends the letter.

O seraphim, you are burning with love before Him who is yours and my Lord; and yet it is not for your sake that this King of heaven is under the species of the consecrated host, but for my sake. Let me therefore, loving angels, let me burn and consume the ardor that devours you so that we may live together in the same flames. My Jesus, let me know the greatness of your love for men, so that the vision of such great love may increase in me the desire to love and please you. I love you, most lovable Lord, and I want to love you always, and I love you only to please you.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you, I give myself.

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O most kind Virgin, Saint Bonaventure gives you the name of Mother of the orphans and St. Efrem the asylum of the orphans. There! who are these poor orphans but sinners, who have lost God? Then I turn to you, O Mary; I lost my Father, but you are my Mother; it is up to you to make me find him again. In my extreme misfortune, I implore your help; I came to my aid: Leave me in desolation? No, Innocent III answers: Who has never called upon you, and has not been assisted and helped by you? Who has never been lost after coming to you? only those who do not turn to you are lost. So, my Queen, if you want my salvation, let me always call on you and trust in you.

Jaculatory - O Mary, my most holy Mother, fill me with confidence in you.

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Let us listen to Saint Teresa again: "Knowing from long experience the admirable power that St. Joseph enjoys with God, I would have wanted to persuade everyone to honor him with a particular cult. . I am content with asking, for the love of God, those who would not believe me, make this an experience ".

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, patron of interior life, led me to the perfection that God wants from me.

XXIV VISIT

You are truly a hidden God (Is43,18). In no other work of divine love are these words verified so well as in the lovely mystery of the SS. Sacramento, in which our God is kept all hidden. In incarnation, the eternal Word hid his divinity, and appeared on earth only as a man; but, while living among us in this Sacrament, Jesus also hides his humanity and only allows us to see the appearance of the bread to show us the tenderness of his love for us. His divinity is hidden - says Saint Bernard - his humanity is hidden; only the entrails of his charity are shown without a veil.

O my beloved Redeemer, when I consider the excess of your love for men, I am beside myself and do not know what else to say. For their sake, you have, in this Sacrament, hidden your majesty, obscured your glory, even consumed and abated your divine life. And while you are on the altars it seems that you have no other business than to love men, and to make your love shine to them. And what recognition do you bear, O august Son of God?

O Jesus, O lover (allow me to speak to you like this), O very passionate lover of men - since you prefer your interests to your own honor - did you not know to what contempt this invention of your love should expose you? I see, and you have seen it before me, that most men do not adore you or want to recognize you for what you are in this Sacrament. I know that more than once these same men dared to trample the consecrated hosts at their feet, to throw them on the ground, water and fire. I see with surprise that most of those who believe in you, instead of noticing so many outrages for their homage, come to the churches to aggravate you more for their irreverence, or leave you alone and abandoned on the altar, sometimes even without lamps and the necessary ornaments.

Oh! if I could, my sweetest Savior, wash with my tears and even my blood those unfortunate places where your love has been so unworthily outraged in that Sacrament! But, if I am not granted this happiness, at least, Lord, I propose to visit you many times to adore you, as I do at this moment, in atonement for the contempt you receive from men in this divine mystery. Accept, O Eternal Father, this weak tribute that the most miserable of creatures pays you today in reparation for the outrages done to your Son in the SS. Sacrament; accept it in union with the infinite honor that Jesus Christ has given you on the cross and every day he gives you on the altars. Ah! if I could, O my Jesus, inspire all men with a burning love for your lovely Sacrament!

Jaculatory - O my lovely Jesus, make yourself known, make yourself love.

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O my most powerful Lady, in the fears that my eternal salvation inspires me, when my confidence comforts me when I turn to you, and I think, O my Mother, of the treasures of grace and tenderness that are in you. On the one hand, St. John Damascene calls you an ocean of grace; St. Bonaventure, a vast reservoir where all graces are gathered; St. Efrem, source of grace and all consolation, and St. Bernard, fullness of all goods; and elsewhere, I see you so inclined to do well that, according to St. Bonaventure, you are offended when we do not ask you for thanks. O richest, most knowledgeable and most clement Queen, I know that you know the needs of my soul better than I do, and that the love you have for me is far superior to what I consecrate to you; do you know what grace I ask of you today? Oh! have the grace that you know is the most useful for my soul;pray to God to deign to grant it, and I am satisfied.

Jaculatory - Grant me, O my God, the graces that Mary implores you for me.

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Suppose the Lord, seeing that we are afflicted in the midst of the miseries of this life, addresses all of Pharaoh's words to his people, in the great famine that was plaguing Egypt: Ite ad Joseph: Go to Joseph, if you want to be comforted.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, comforter of afflicted souls, we will appeal to you in all our afflictions.

XXV VISIT

Saint Paul praises Jesus' obedience, saying that he obeyed his eternal Father until death: He became obedient until death (Fp2,8). But in this Sacrament he goes further: he wanted to be obedient not only to the Eternal Father, but also to man himself, and this not only until death, but until the end of the world. he, the King of heaven. he descends on the altar at the voice of man, and seems to remain there exclusively to obey men: As for me, he says, I cannot resist (Is50,5). There is no movement of its own; let it stay where you put it, be exposed in custody, be locked up in the ciborium; let yourself be taken where you are taken, to houses or through the streets; he lets himself be given in communion to all who want to receive him, the righteous as well as the sinner. While living here on earth, says Saint Luke, Jesus obeyed Mary Most Holy and Saint Joseph; but in this Sacrament, it obeys so many creatures,how many priests are in the world: As for me, I cannot resist.

Allow me to speak to you at this moment, O most loving Heart of my Jesus, from whence all the sacraments and in particular, this Sacrament of love. I would like to tax you so much glory and honor, how much you tax your Eternal Father in our churches. I know that, on this altar, you continue to love me with the same fervor with which on the cross you gave life for me, in the midst of horrible torments. Enlighten, O divine Heart, that they may know you, those who do not know you. For your merits, free yourself from purgatory or at least relieve the souls who suffer there and are your eternal wives. I adore you, I thank you and I love you with all the souls who at the moment love you on earth and in heaven. O Most pure heart, purify my heart from all attachment to creatures and fill it with your holy love. O sweetest heart, so take hold of my heart,may he be all yours and from now on I can say: Nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ (Rm 8,38). O Most Holy Heart, engrave in my heart the feathers so bitter that you suffered for me during the years of your mortal life, so that I may come to desire or at least endure patiently, for your sake, all the feathers of this life. O humble heart of Jesus, teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.Nothing is able to separate me from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ (Rm 8,38). O Most Holy Heart, engrave in my heart the feathers so bitter that you suffered for me during the years of your mortal life, so that I may come to desire or at least endure patiently, for your sake, all the feathers of this life. O humble heart of Jesus, teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.Nothing is able to separate me from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ (Rm 8,38). O Most Holy Heart, engrave in my heart the feathers so bitter that you suffered for me during the years of your mortal life, so that I may come to desire or at least endure patiently, for your sake, all the feathers of this life. O humble heart of Jesus, teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.engrave in my heart the feathers so bitter that you suffered for me during the years of your mortal life, so that I may desire or at least endure patiently, for your sake, all the feathers of this life. O humble heart of Jesus, teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.engrave in my heart the feathers so bitter that you suffered for me during the years of your mortal life, so that I may desire or at least endure patiently, for your sake, all the feathers of this life. O humble heart of Jesus, teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.teach me your humility; Heart full of meekness, communicate your sweetness to me. Take from my heart everything that you don't like; I have converted it entirely to you, so that it will neither desire nor desire but what you yourself desire. In a word, make me live just to love and please you. I recognize that I owe you a lot and I am obliged; it would be little if I sacrificed and consumed everything for you.

Jaculatory - O Heart of Jesus, you are the only lord of my heart.

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S. Bernardo says that Mary is the heavenly ark that will surely save us from the wreck of eternal damnation, if we take refuge in time. The ark that saved Noah from the universal shipwreck was a figure of Mary; but, says Hesychius, Mary is a larger, more powerful, more beneficial ark. Noah's ark received and saved only a small number of men and animals; but our Liberator receives all who seek shelter under her cloak and will surely save everyone. How unhappy we would be if we didn't have Maria! And yet, how many are still lost, O my Queen! it's because? Ah! because they don't turn to you. Who would ever be lost if I turned to you?

Jaculatory - Do, O Mary, that we all turn to you always.

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Saint Teresa did not understand how a person can have devotion to the Queen of angels, without having her, and very particular, to her chaste husband Saint Joseph, who was so dedicated on earth to the service of Mary and her dear Son Jesus. Let us therefore resort to Saint Teresa, so that devotion to the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph may reach us.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, for the love of your beloved servant, Santa Teresa, give us growth in devotion to you always.

XXVI VISIT

Rejoice and praise the Lord, O House of Zion, because the Great One, the Holy One of Israel, is in your midst (1: 12,6). Holy God, what joy, what hopes, what affections should we not conceive of as men, considering that in the midst of our homeland, in our churches, close to our homes, he lives and lives in the SS. Sacrament of the altar the Holy of Holies, the true God, the one whose presence makes the happiness of the blessed in heaven, the one who is love! This Sacrament, says Saint Bernard, is not only love, but love itself; it is this God who, due to the immense love he has for creatures, is called and in effect is love in essence: God is love.

But I hear that you complain, O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, that you came to earth to be our guest and to fill us with goods, and you were not welcomed by us: I was among you and you did not receive me (Mt 25,43). There! it is true, Lord, you are right; I myself am one of those ungrateful people who have left you alone, who have not visited you. Punish me as you wish, but do not apply the penalty that I deserve, that is, that of being deprived of your presence, for I want to amend and repair my criminal indifference; I want, for the future, not only to visit you frequently, but also to entertain myself with you as much as I can. Most merciful Savior, make me faithful to you and with my example excite others to keep you company in the Blessed Sacrament. I hear the Eternal Father who says to us: Here is my beloved Son,in whom I put all my complacency (Mt 3,17). Oh! a God finds in you, O Jesus, all your complacencies, and I, a despicable little red, will I not find my happiness in being with you in this valley of tears !? O consuming fire, I have destroyed in me all attachment to created things, because only they can make me unfaithful and withdraw from you. You can do it if you want to: Lord, if you want, you can heal me (Mt 8,2). You have already done me so many favors, add this one more: banish from my heart all affections that do not tend to you. Here you have me, I give myself entirely to you; the rest of my life, today I dedicate it all to the love of the SS. Sacrament. And you, O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, be my love during life and at the hour of death, at that time when you will be my viaticum and my guide to the kingdom of your eternal happiness. I hope so,so be it. Amen.

Jaculatory - O my Jesus, when will I see the beauty of your face?

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In you, O Mary, our most holy Mother, we find a remedy for all our ills; in you, the protection of our weakness, as St. Germanus says; in you, the door to get out of the slavery of sin, according to St. Bonaventure; our sure peace in you, according to the same saint who proclaims to you the sweet rest of mortals; in you, consolation in the miseries of our life, according to Saint Lawrence Justinian. In you, at last, we find the grace of God and God Himself, for St. Bonaventure calls you the throne of divine grace, and St. Proculum: The bridge through which God descends to men, a healthy bridge by which God, separated from us because of our sins, come again with his grace to dwell in our souls.

Jaculatory - O Mary, you are my strength, my deliverance, my peace and my salvation.

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O great protector, Saint Joseph, do not endeavor to receive under your protection the most ungrateful sinner who lives in the world. Grant me this grace; I beg you, for the love of your beloved Jesus, for the love of Mary, your august wife, for the love of your beloved servant, St. Teresa, who has worked so hard on the earth to spread your glory. Make me die, like you, in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Jaculatory - São José, I was helped in my agony.

XXVII VISIT

The holy Church, in the Office of the SS. Sacramento, sing these beautiful words: No nation, however great, has its gods as close to them as our God is close to us (Dt4,7). When pagans heard about the works of love of our God, they exclaimed: Oh! how good is the God of Christians! And indeed, go through history and you will see that, although pagans invented deities according to their desires, they never came to imagine a God as full of love for men as our true God: To witness his love to those who worship him, and enriching them with his graces, this God so good deigned to become our perpetual companion and to remain with us day and night on our altars, as if he could not, even for an instant, separate himself from us. Such is the monument that he left us with his wonders (Ps 110.4). So, then,O sweetest Jesus of mine, you wanted to work the greatest of your miracles, in order to satisfy the excessive desire that you had to always dwell among us. And why do men, knowing this, flee from your presence? How can they live so long away from you, or visit you so rarely? As a century seems like the quarter of an hour they spend in your presence, so profound is the boredom they feel there! O my Jesus' patience, how great you are! Ah! I understand you, Lord; your patience is great, because your love for men has no limits; yes, it is this love that forces you to remain constantly in the midst of these ungrateful ones.do they flee from your presence? How can they live so long away from you, or visit you so rarely? As a century seems like the quarter of an hour they spend in your presence, so profound is the boredom they feel there! O my Jesus' patience, how great you are! Ah! I understand you, Lord; your patience is great, because your love for men has no limits; yes, it is this love that forces you to remain constantly in the midst of these ungrateful ones.do they flee from your presence? How can they live so long away from you, or visit you so rarely? As a century seems like the quarter of an hour they spend in your presence, so profound is the boredom they feel there! O my Jesus' patience, how great you are! Ah! I understand you, Lord; your patience is great, because your love for men has no limits; yes, it is this love that forces you to remain constantly in the midst of these ungrateful ones.

O infinite God in your love, as you are in all your perfections, make sure that in the future I do not belong. more to the number of those ungrateful, as in the past! Grant me a love given to what I owe you and what you deserve. There was a time when I was also bored in your presence, because I didn't love you, or I loved you very little; but if, with the help of your grace, I come to love you very much, oh! then I will make all my happiness consist of spending whole days and nights at the foot of your altars. O eternal Father, I offer you your divine Son, receive him for me; and for your merits give me such an ardent and tender love for the SS. Sacramento, who, always turned to a church where he lives, I never stop thinking about him and sighing for the moment when I can go and enjoy his presence.

Jaculatory - My God, for Jesus' sake give me great love to the SS. Sacrament!

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Mary is that tower of David, of which the Holy Spirit speaks in sacred songs: Fortresses rise around it, a thousand shields and all the weapons of the mighty are suspended there (Ct4,4). You are therefore, O Most Holy Virgin, - as Saint Ignatius Martyr says - an impregnable shield for those who are engaged in combat. Ah! how numerous are the assaults of my enemies, in order to deprive me of the grace of God and of your protection, O my most lovable Lady! But you are my strength; you do not deign to fight for those who put their trust in you, and that is why St. Efrem says that you are the safeguard of those who trust in you. Defend me, therefore, and fight for me, that I place in you all my trust and all my hope.

Jaculatory - Maria, Maria, your name is my defense.

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By the grace of God, there is now no one in the Christian world who has no devotion to St. Joseph; but, among all the others, those who invoke him more often and with more confidence certainly receive more thanks from him.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make me invoke you always full of confidence.

XXVIII VISIT

If God gave us his own Son - says Saint Paul - what good could he still refuse us? Didn't He give us all the goods with Him? (Rm 8,32). We know, moreover, that the Eternal Father has put into the hands of Jesus Christ everything he has (John 13: 2). Let us therefore give thanks, without ceasing, for the kindness, the mercy, the liberality of our loving God, who wanted to enrich us with all good and all grace (ICor 1.5), giving us Jesus in the Sacrament of the altar.

So, O Savior of the world, O Incarnate Word, I can think that you are mine, and all mine, if I want to; but can I say in the same way that I am all yours, how do you want it? Ah! Lord, do not allow me to bring ingratitude to the point of refusing to surrender to you. May I not give the world such a spectacle! If I did it in the past, at least don't do it for the future. Today, I dedicate myself entirely to you. I dedicate to you, for time and for eternity, my life, my will, my thoughts, my actions, my sufferings. Here I am for you; as a victim, consecrated to you, I separate myself from the creatures, and I offer myself entirely to you; I was consumed with the flames of divine love. I no longer want creatures to have any part in my heart. Seeing the proofs of love that you lavished on me, when I did not yet love you,I have the firm confidence that you will accept me, now that I love you, and that for love I give myself to you.

Eternal Father, today I offer you all the virtues, all the acts, all the affections of the Heart of your beloved Jesus. Accept them for me and for your merits, which are all mine, because he gave it to me, grant me the graces that Jesus asks of you for me. I offer you these merits to thank you for the many mercies that you have done to me; I offer them to satisfy your righteousness for my sins; and for these merits, in short, I expect you all. graces, forgiveness, perseverance, paradise, and above all the supreme gift of your holy love. I know well that I am putting obstacles to your favors, but deign to remedy that too. I beseech you in the name of Jesus Christ who promised: If you ask my Father for anything in my name, he will give it to you (Jn 16:23). You cannot therefore reject my plea. Sir,I want nothing more than to love you, to give myself entirely to you, and to be no more ungrateful as I have been up to now. I looked at myself, Lord, and heard me; make me so attached to you this day that I never cease to love you. I love you, my God; I love you, O infinite goodness; I love you, my love, my paradise, my happiness, my life, my everything.

Jaculatory - My Jesus, my everything, you want me to be yours, I also want you to be mine.

Visit to the SS. Virgin

What a relief I feel in my sorrows, what a consolation in my tribulations, what strength in temptations, when I think of you, and I call on you for my help, O Mary, my most sweet and most holy Mother! Ah! great saints, what reason do you have to exalt this august Lady of mine, calling her with St. Efrem: the port of the afflicted; with St. Bonaventure: the reparation of our misfortunes and the consolation of the miserable; with São Germano: the end of our tears. O Mary, console me; I see that I am full of iniquities, surrounded by enemies, poor in virtues, cold in love for God. Comfort me, comfort me, but the comfort I want is to start a new life, a life truly pleasing to your Son and to you.

Jaculatory - Make me another, O Mary, my Mother, make me another, for you can do it.

Visit to San José

If a sinner had wished to obtain from Jesus the forgiveness of his faults when he lived in the house of St. Joseph, could he find a safer way of being attended to than this saint's intercession? If, therefore, we want to be reconciled to God, let us turn to St. Joseph, who, now in heaven, is even more loved by Jesus Christ than when he was on earth.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, always pray to Jesus to forgive me my sins.

XXIX VISIT

I am at the door and knock (Ap3,20). O loving Shepherd, not content with sacrificing yourselves on the altar of the cross for the love of your sheep, you still wanted to stay in the churches, hidden under the veils of the Eucharist, in order to be closer to us and to always be able to knock on the door of our hearts and get entry. Ah! if I knew how to enjoy your presence, as your holy wife, who said to you in the songs, knew: I am seated in the shadow of the one for whom I had so longed (Ct2,3). Ah! if I loved you, if I truly loved you, O most lovable Jesus in the sacrament, then, yes, that all my desire would be to remain day and night without ceasing, at the foot of a dome; and there, very close to you and immobile in the presence of your majesty veiled under the sacred species,I would also enjoy these heavenly delights and that ineffable happiness that souls inflamed with love for you enjoy!

I appeal to you, I beseech you, for the odor of your perfections and for the immense love that you show in this Sacrament. I am attracted, in your follow-up we run to the odor of your perfumes (Ct.1,3). Yes, my Savior, I will abandon all creatures and all the pleasures of the earth, to run to the Sacrament that encloses you. Your children will be like new olive trees around your table (Ps127). Oh! what fruits of virtues do not give these happy souls to God, which like tender plants, surround your beloved tabernacles! But I, O my Jesus, am ashamed to appear before you, so naked and empty of virtues. You have ordered that no one approach the altar, with the intention of honoring you, without making you any offer: You will not appear before me empty-handed (Ex23,15). What should I do then? Stop visiting you? But not; that would displease you. I turned,for, poor as I am, and you yourself, Lord, will provide me with the gifts you want to receive from me. Because I know that you remain in this Sacrament not only to reward your friends, but also to share your goods with the poor. So start today.

I adore you, King of my heart and true lover of souls, Shepherd very tender to your sheep; and today I approach this throne of your love, and, having nothing else to offer you, I present my miserable heart to you, so that it may be devoted entirely to your love and to do your will. With this heart I can love you; with this heart I want to love you as much as possible. I therefore drew him to you, unite him so closely to your will, that from now on I can say with your dear disciple that I am bound by the bonds of your love: I, Paul, captive to Jesus Christ (Eph3 ,1). Unite me all, Lord, and make me forget myself, so that one day I may lose everything and myself, to find you alone, loving you without end. I love you, Lord my sacrament; I cling to you,I join you; make him find you and love you, and do not part with me any more.

Jaculatory - O my Jesus, you just make me happy.

Visit to the SS. Virgin

S. Bernardo says that Mary is the real road of the Savior, a safe road to find the Savior and salvation; and adds that it is the car that drives our souls to God. So, O august Queen, do not expect me to come to God, if you do not carry me in your arms. Take me, yes, take me; and if I resist, take me by force; use your power, and by the sweet attractions of your charity, subject my soul, compel my rebellious will to renounce creatures, and to seek only God and his holy will. Show the heavenly court the extent of your power. The multitude of your prodigies gather a new portent of your mercy, uniting closely with God a soul that was completely separate from him.

Jaculatory - O Maria, you can make me a saint; I expect this grace from you.

Visit to San José

Let us pray to Saint Joseph the love of Jesus Christ, because I am sure that the most unique grace that Saint Joseph has for his devout servants is a tender love for the incarnate Word; this privilege was granted to him in return for the extreme affection with which he loved Jesus in this world.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make me love Jesus as he wants to be loved by me.

XXX VISIT

Why do you hide your face? (Job 13,24). It was a reason for Job to be afraid to see that God hid his face from him; but to hide Jesus from His majesty under the Eucharistic veils is not a cause for fear for us, but a reason for trust and love; because, as Novarino observes, it is precisely to increase our confidence and better show us his love, that our God hides himself under the kinds of bread. For if this King of heaven let the splendours of his glory shine on our altars, who would dare to approach him and express his affections and desires with confidence?

O my Jesus, what an invention full of love to the SS. Sacramento, where you hide under the appearance of bread, to be within reach of all who want to find you and love you on earth! The prophet had a very good reason to urge men to raise their voices and to publish all over the world the extent to which the inventions of our God 's love for us reached us: Make known their inventions to the people (Is 12,14). O loving heart of my Jesus, worthy to possess the hearts of all creatures. Heart always full of flames of the purest love, O burning fire, · I have consumed myself entirely and give me a new life, all of love and grace! I have joined you in such a way that I will never be separated from you again. O Heart open to be the refuge of souls, receive me. O Heart lacerated on the cross for the sins of the world, give me real pain from my sins.I know that in this divine Sacrament you retain the same feelings of love that you had when you died for me on Calvary; it is certain, therefore, that you earnestly desire to unite me all with you; then is it possible that I still resist and do not let myself be overcome by your love? Ah! on your merits, I ask you: O my beloved Jesus, wound me, bind me, hold me close to your heart. Today, with the help of your grace, I resolve to be content with everything from now on, to trample on human respect, inclinations, disgust, whims, interests, and finally everything that can prevent me from being completely content. Do, Lord; may I be faithful to my resolution and that from now on all my actions, all my thoughts and affections will be entirely in accordance with your will. O divine love, banish any other love from my heart.O Mary, my hope, you can do everything with God: obtain the grace of me to be, until death, a faithful servant of the pure love of Jesus. Amen. I hope so in time and in eternity.

Jaculatory - Who will separate me from the love of Jesus Christ?

Visit to the SS. Virgin

Saint Bernard says that Mary's love for us cannot be greater or more powerful; so that she is rich with tenderness to sympathize with our pains, and with the power to relieve them. He says: The powerful and compassionate charity of the Mother of God is distinguished at the same time by the tenderness of her compassion and the effectiveness of her protection; these two things are equally immense in it. It is therefore true, O most pure Queen, that you are as rich in power as in kindness: you can and wish to save all. Today, therefore, and every day of my life, I will invoke you with the pious Luís Blósio: Augusta Senhora, protect me in combat, fortify me in faintness. Yes, O Maria, in the great struggle that I maintain against hell, always help me; and when you see that I am about to succumb, make haste to extend your hand to me,and support me more strongly. O God! how many temptations I still have to overcome until death! But you, my hope, my refuge, my strength, O Mary, do not let me ever lose the grace of God. I am determined to always and promptly appeal to you in all my temptations, saying:

Jaculatory - Help me, O Maria! O Maria, help me.

Visit to San José

O holy patriarch, through the tears you shed, contemplating in advance the passion of your Jesus, reach out to me continually and tenderly in my Redeemer's torments; and by the holy flames of love that these thoughts and conversations ignited in your heart, obtain a spark from me for my soul, which, through your sins, contributed so much to Jesus' pains.

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make the cross of Jesus always in my spirit and in my heart.

XXXI VISIT

Oh! how beautiful it was to contemplate our lovely Redeemer on the day when, tired from the journey, his face radiant with grace and tenderness, he sat at the edge of a well (Jn 4,6; 12,47), waiting for the Samaritan to convert and to save. For with that same sweetness, continued day by day, the same Jesus is preserved among us; descended from heaven to our altars, as well as to many other sources of graces, he awaits souls and invites them to keep him company, at least for a time, and this in order to attract them to his perfect love. From all the altars, where he is in the sacrament, Jesus seems to say to us: O men, why are you fleeing from my presence? why don't you come to me, don't come close to me, who love you so much, and for your sake, I remain in this state of despondency? What do you fear? It is not yet as a judge that I came into the world;in this Sacrament of love I hid myself only to do good and to save whoever comes to me: I did not come to judge the world, but to save it (Jn 12: 47).

Let us understand well that, like Jesus Christ, in heaven, he is always alive to intercede on our behalf (Hb7,25); thus, in the sacrament of the altar, he is busy, day and night, in exercising in our favor the charitable profession of lawyer, offering himself as a victim to his Eternal Father to obtain mercies and untold graces from him. This is the reason why the pious Tomás de Kempis said that we must approach Jesus in the SS. Sacramento and speak to him without apprehension or embarrassment, as a friend speaks to his friend.

Since it is so, O my King and Lord hidden here, let me open my heart full of confidence to you and tell you: O my Jesus, O tender friend of our souls, I know the ingratitude of men towards you. You love them, and they do not love you; you do them good and they despise you; you want them to hear your voice, and they do not listen to you; you offer them thanks, and they reject them ... Ah! my Jesus, and is it true that I once joined these ungrateful ones to offend you? There! it is unfortunately true; but I want to correct myself, I want, during the remaining days of my life, to repair past offenses, doing what I can to please and satisfy you. Say, Lord, what you want from me; I am willing to do whatever you order me to do; make your will known to me through holy obedience; I hope to carry it out faithfully. O my God,I am determined to do what I know you should like from now on, even though it is necessary to lose everything, relatives, friends, honor, health, and life itself. Lose everything, as long as you are satisfied. happy is the loss, when everything is lost and everything is sacrificed to please your Heart, O God of my soul! I love you, O supreme good, infinitely more loving than all other goods, and in loving you, I unite my poor heart with the burning hearts of the seraphim, with the Heart of Mary, with the Heart of Jesus. I love you with all my soul, and I only want to love you always.when everything is lost and everything is sacrificed to please your Heart, O God of my soul! I love you, O supreme good, infinitely more loving than all other goods, and in loving you, I unite my poor heart with the burning hearts of the seraphim, with the Heart of Mary, with the Heart of Jesus. I love you with all my soul, and I only want to love you always.when everything is lost and everything is sacrificed to please your Heart, O God of my soul! I love you, O supreme good, infinitely more loving than all other goods, and in loving you, I unite my poor heart with the burning hearts of the seraphim, with the Heart of Mary, with the Heart of Jesus. I love you with all my soul, and I only want to love you always.

Jaculatory - My God, my God, I am yours, and you are mine.

Visit to the SS. Virgin

Blessed Amadeu says that Mary, our most holy Queen, is continually before God, exercising the office of our lawyer and interposing in our favor the powerful credit of her prayers. Because, he adds, seeing our miseries and dangers, this most clement lady of ours cannot help but sympathize with our evils and help us with a truly maternal tenderness. Therefore, O my lawyer, O my most tender Mother, right now you see the miseries of my soul and the dangers that surround me, and pray for me. Ah! pray, yes, pray, and do not cease to do it until you see me in heaven to give you thanks forever. O most sweet Virgin Mary, the pious Luís Blósio tells me that, after Jesus, you are the sure salvation of those who serve you faithfully. Well then;the grace that I ask of you today is the happiness of being your faithful servant to death, so that when he leaves this world, he will bless you in heaven, sure that he will never be deprived of your presence, while God is God.

Jaculatory - O Mary, my Mother, make me belong to you always.

Visit to San José

We must be devotees of Saint Joseph, mainly so that he can reach us a good death. Because he saved the Child Jesus from the betrayals they were armed with, he has the very special privilege of freeing the dying from the wiles of the devil; and because he has assisted Jesus and Mary so long, earning them their home and support, his saint enjoys the privilege of obtaining for his servants, at the moment of death, the special assistance of Jesus and Mary. More: we all know that he is the patron of the good death, because he was fortunate enough to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Let us therefore invoke Saint Joseph many times in life, saying:

Jaculatory - Saint Joseph, make me die, like you, in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

ARTICLE 2

PRAYERS TO ACHIEVE THE VIRTUE OF THE MONTH

The virtues designated by S. Afonso, for the twelve months of the year, are extensively developed in the book entitled: "School of Christian Perfection". - Editora Vozes Ltda. , Petrópolis.

JANUARY TO FAITH

Santa Teresa said that all sins are born out of lack of faith. The Saint was right, because it is impossible to live apart from God, when the truths of faith are continually before the eyes, the greatness of God, the love he has for us, the benefits of which he has filled us, and especially the work of Redemption, Passion of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Blessed Sacrament: the same happens when one often meditates on death, judgment, hell, eternity. Therefore, it is very important to revive each one of them in the spirit of faith, remembering the eternal maxims. So did the saints, and for that reason they attained the crown of glory.

Act of faith

I believe, O my God, in all the truths of faith that the Church proposes to me to believe, because you, infallible truth, have revealed them to me.

I mainly believe that you are my God, creator and lord of all things, and that, for eternity, you reward the righteous with heaven and punish sinners with hell.

I believe that you are one in substance and triune in people, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three divine persons, but one God.

I believe that God the Son, the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, to save us and rescue us from our sins, became man, taking the name of Jesus Christ, and died on the cross.

I believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without sin, she is truly Mother of God, and Virgin before childbirth, in childbirth and after childbirth.

I believe that Jesus Christ, on the third day after his death, was resurrected by his own virtue, and, after forty days, ascended to heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of his eternal Father, I mean, he is equal in majesty and glory .

I believe that Jesus Christ, on the last day, when all men are resurrected, will come to judge them. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true Church, out of which no one will be saved.

I believe in the supreme authority of the Roman Pontiff, the visible representative of Jesus Christ on earth.

I believe in the Communion of Saints, that is, that all the faithful in a state of grace participate in the. merits of all the just.

I believe in the seven sacraments, through which the grace of Jesus Christ is communicated to us, and especially in the sacrament of baptism, which washes the soul and frees it from sin, infusing it with the grace of God; in the sacrament of, penance for which sins are forgiven those who come to him repentant; and in the sacrament of the Eucharist, in which the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ are really received.

I believe in the ten commandments of the Decalogue.

Finally, I believe everything that the Holy Church believes. I thank you, my God, for making me a Christian, and I protest that I want to live and die in this holy faith.

Shorter act of faith

O my God, I believe everything the Church tells me to believe, because you are what you have revealed. I do not pretend to understand the mysteries: they are above my intelligence; for me it is enough that you have revealed them. I ask you, Lord, to increase my faith.

Act of loving faith

Beloved Redeemer of mine, O life of my soul, I believe that you are the only good worthy of being loved.

I believe that you are the most faithful friend of my soul, because only you wanted, for my love, to die in pain. I believe that, in this life and the next, there is no happiness like that of loving you and doing your will. Yes, I firmly believe these truths, and, because I believe them and I want to be all yours and yours alone, I renounce everything that may displease you. For the merits of your Passion, help me and become just as you want it. O infallible truth, I believe in you. O infinite mercy, I hope in you. O infinite goodness, I love you. O infinite love, which you have given me all in your Passion and in the Sacrament of the altar, today I give myself all to you.

Prayer to thank God for the gift of faith

O Savior of the world, I thank you in my name and in that of all the faithful, my brothers, for having called us and admitted us to live in the true faith that the holy Roman Catholic Church teaches. "Very good God, I will tell you with Saint Francis de Sales, great and numerous are the benefits with which you have infinitely thanks me and for them I give you the most cordial thanksgiving; but how can I thank you sufficiently for having clarified me with the lights of holy faith? I tremble, Lord, comparing my ingratitude with such a great benefit ". O my Lord, I give you as many graces as I can for this great gift, and make all men know the beauty of your holy faith. A tended me.

Prayer to Mary

O Mother of God, increase our faith.

FEBRUARY HOPE

Our hope of obtaining salvation and the means necessary for this must be certain from God. The foundations of this certainty are the power, mercy and faithfulness of God: but of these three reasons for trust, the most sure and sure is God's unfailing faithfulness in the promise he made to us, because of the merits of Jesus Christ, to save us and grant us the necessary graces for salvation ... However, this promise is conditional, because it requires, on our part, that we respond to grace and pray. He who prays for sure is saved.

Prayer for confidence

Eternal Father, I thank you with all my heart, in my name and in the name of all men, that you have shown mercy to us to the point of sending your only Son to earth to become man and die for our salvation. I give thanks to you, O my God, and I wish that I could commit love provided with such a great benefit. For the merits of this divine Savior, who satisfied your righteousness and took the penalty that was due to us, is that you forgive us our sins; it is for these merits that you receive us in your grace, miserable sinners, worthy only of hatred and punishment; it is for these merits that you allow men to reign in paradise; finally for these merits it is that you are obliged not to refuse any gift, no grace, to anyone who invokes you in the name of Jesus Christ.

In order to increase our confidence, not satisfied with giving Jesus Christ to us the Redeemer, you also gave your beloved daughter, Mary, your advocate, so that with a heart full of mercy, which you endowed her with, never stop helping, for her intercession, to every sinner who invokes it; I thank you, O infinite goodness, for having given so much power to their prayers, that you can never reject one of their petitions.

You then want, O my God, to have great confidence in Jesus' merits and in Mary's intercession; but there is a gift, and very precious, that must come from you, for you give it only to whom you have determined to save. This gift is trust in the blood of Jesus and in the protection of Mary, which I now ask of you for the very merits of Jesus and Mary.

I also address you, I wanted my Redeemer. In order to gain confidence in your merits, you sacrificed your life on the cross; carry out, therefore, in me the end for which you died, with all the graces awaiting me with complete confidence in your Passion.

Prayer to Mary

O Mary, my Mother, and my hope shortly after Jesus, obtain firm confidence in me, first in the merits of your divine Son, and then in the help of your prayers, which are omnipotent before God.

MARCH THE LOVE OF GOD

To obtain the great treasure of love for Jesus Christ, it is necessary:

1. to desire it ardently;

2. to ask for it many times;

3. to give it a place, expelling all disordered appetites from our hearts;

4. the make frequent acts of love;

5. The meditate assiduously on the Passion of Jesus Christ. Charity is the queen of virtues, which follow her wherever she enters to form a showy court.

Prayer to Jesus Christ to obtain his holy love

O crucified love, most lovable Jesus of mine, I believe and confess that you are truly the Son of God and the Savior of the world; I adore you from the abyss of my miseries, and I thank you for having wanted to suffer death in order to earn me the life of divine grace. Oh! of all friends the most faithful, of all brothers the most tender, of all teachers the most loving, most beloved Redeemer of mine, to whom I owe my salvation; you have saved me from hell; you have forgiven my sins; you gave me the hope of paradise! But then! how ungrateful I am! for after so many mercies, after so many special pledges of your love, instead of loving you, I have offended you again. In punishment of so much ingratitude, I deserved to be condemned to not being able to love you ever again. But no, my Jesus, choose any other punishment for me, other than this one; if in the past I have outraged you,now I love you and I want to love with all my heart. You know, however, that without your assistance, I can do nothing. For you command me to love you, give me the gift of your holy love.

Deign yourselves, O my Jesus, my hope, my only love, my life, my treasure, my everything, deign to enlighten my soul with the light of truth and ignite it in the fire of love that you have come to bring to the world. . Let me know more and more the beautiful titles you have acquired to claim my love, because you wanted to suffer and die for me. Ah! give me this same love with which you love your eternal Father; and as he is in you and one with you, so be it in you for true love, and the same with you for the perfect union of my will with yours. O my Jesus, grant me, therefore, the grace to love you always with all my heart, and also at the mercy of asking you without ceasing the grace to love you, so that, ending my life in your love, have the happiness of going to heaven, loving you with the purest and most perfect love,without ever ceasing to do so, possessing you forever.

Complacency love act

Very much, and very much in my heart I rejoice, O my Jesus, that you are infinitely blissful, and that your Father loves you as much as he loves himself.

Act of love of benevolence

Wish; O my Jesus, that you are known and loved by everyone.

Love act of preference

O my Jesus, I love you above all things; but little is this. I love you more than myself; it is still little: I love you with all my heart, with all my soul; it is still little. O my Jesus, listen to me: give me more love, more love, more love!

Perfect charity act

My God, I love you above all things, and in all things, and with all my heart, because you deserve to be infinitely loved.

Prayer to Mary

O Mother of beautiful love, Blessed Virgin, my lawyer, my Mother, my hope after Jesus Christ, oh! of the creatures the most burned in divine love, your most ardent desire is to see the beloved Lord of all souls; well, for the love of this divine Son, who died under your eyes to save me, obtain me to love him always with all my heart. I ask you for this grace, I expect it from you.

APRIL CHARITY TO THE NEXT

He who loves God loves. also to your neighbor; He who does not love his neighbor does not love God. To practice the virtue of charity, you must:

1. the Love your neighbor as yourself from the heart;

2. the refrain of suspects or misjudge him without just .causa;

3. o avoid backbiting;

4. The caution not to tell others the evil that it spoke;

5. the avoid offending others;

6. the escape brawls;

7. the talk sweetly to all, even to the lower;

8. the rescue the next when you can;

9. to seek to save souls;

10. the watch the sick, especially if they are poor;

11. the forgive and do good to enemies;

12. the pray for sinners and the souls in purgatory.

Prayer to obtain the virtue of charity

My most loving Redeemer, how far I am from looking like you! you were nothing but charity for your persecutors, and I, resentful and hateful to my neighbor; you prayed with so much love for those who crucified you, and I only think of taking revenge on those who displeased me; forgive me, my Jesus, I no longer want to be what I was; give me the strength to love those who offend me and to do them good. Do not abandon me to the fury of my passions; do not allow it to happen to separate me from you yet. O heavenly Father, do not look at my sins, but look at Jesus Christ, my Savior, who offered his life to you in sacrifice for my salvation. For the love of Jesus, have compassion on me, and forgive me for having offended you so much, especially for my little charity towards others.

Prayer for the next

My God, I love my neighbor as myself for your sake. And because I love you, I recommend you the souls in purgatory, my parents, benefactors, friends, relatives, and all those from whom I received some affront or disgust; I ask you to fill them with all kinds of goods. I also recommend to you the infidels, heretics and all who are in sin. For you are worthy of infinite love, O my God, make yourself known and loved by the whole human race, and especially by me, who have shown you so much ingratitude; since I have offended you very, very much, I love you now, to go and sing your mercies in heaven forever.

Prayer to Mary

O Mother of mercy, full of charity with all men; do not forget my miseries; you know them; recommend me to God, who refuses you nothing. Grant me the grace to be able to imitate your holy charity towards the Lord and towards others. So be it.

MAY THE detachment

There are people who want to sanctify themselves, but in their own way; they want to love Jesus Christ, but following his inclinations, that is, without renouncing his amusements, the vanity of his clothes, the delights of the table; they love God, but if they do not get such a job, they live restlessly: if they touch their reputation, they get angry; if they do not heal from such a disease, they lose patience; they love God, but do not let go of the riches, honors of the world, vanity of passing for noble, wise, better than others. These people pray, attend the Sacraments, but, as their hearts are filled with earthly affections, they achieve little fruit from their devotions. The Lord does not even speak to them, because he sees that it would be in vain.

Prayer to achieve detachment from earthly affections

O my lovely Jesus, how are you not loved by all men? You are a God worthy of infinite love; but, my poor Lord, allow me thus to call you, - most lovable as you are, and after having suffered so much to be loved by men, how many are there who love you? I see them all applied to love their relatives, friends, riches, honors, pleasures and even animals; but to you, infinite kindness, where are those who love you? Ah! very few are they! However, I want to be this small in number, even though I am the most miserable of sinners. Yes, I also hurt you when I left you to adhere to vile creatures; but today I love and cherish you more than all goods; I do not want to love but you alone.

Prayer to achieve detachment from the goods of the earth

My Jesus, in the past, my heart was tied to the goods of the earth, but from now on you will be my only treasure. O God of my soul, you are a good infinitely superior to all goods, you deserve infinite love; I love and cherish you over all things and more than myself; you are the only object of all my affections. I want nothing from this world; but, if I had to form any desire, this would be to possess all the treasures and kingdoms of the earth, to renounce them and to deprive myself of them entirely for your love. Come, O my love, come and consume in me all affections that are not for you.

Prayer to achieve detachment from the world's esteem

Fill my heart, my Jesus, with the noble ambition to please you and inspire me to deeply forget all creatures and myself. What is the use of being loved and esteemed by the whole world, if I am not yours, the only love of my soul? O my sweetest Jesus, you have come to earth to win our hearts; Ah! if I do not know how to give you mine, make it yourselves, ignite it in your love, and do not consent to separate me more from you; my only desire is to love you and give you pleasure. This is my ambition. You infinitely deserve my love; and how can I stop loving you, if I owe you so many finances? Here I am, I want to be all yours and suffer for your love whatever you please, O you who, through my love, died of pain on a cross!

Prayer to achieve detachment from pleasures

O my Jesus, your love for me has made you so hungry for suffering that you wanted to suffer even before the time of your Passion: my pain, you said through the mouth of your prophet, my pain is always before my eyes (SI37, 18). And I am so hungry for earthly joys! How many sorrows I have not given you to be content with my body! Lord, for the merits of your sufferings, tear out of my heart the attachment to the pleasures of the earth. For your love, I resolve to abstain from this satisfaction ... (Designate it).

Prayer to Mary

Ah! my Blessed Mother, you had a very good reason to say that God was your joy, because on earth you never aspired or loved anything outside him: My spirit. my Savior exulted in God (LcI, 17). O Mary, untie me from the bonds of the world: Draw me in your following (CtI, 3); and therefore, in your example, love only the One who only deserves to be loved.

JUNE THE PURITY

I ran away from idleness, bad company, free conversation, and times when purity is in danger. Keep your eyes well, so that they do not see dangerous objects. Whoever does not shy away from bad voluntary occasions, particularly when he usually succumbs, is morally impossible to keep himself in God's grace. There are two remedies against temptations, namely: resignation and prayer. Resignation, because although temptations do not come from God, the Lord nevertheless allows them for our good. Let us be aware, therefore, so as not to be impatient because of temptations, however uncomfortable they may be; let us submit ourselves to the will of God, who allows them, and seek to repel them through prayer, which is the strongest and safest of all weapons to overcome our enemies. Involuntary bad thoughts, however shameful and ungodly, are not sins;only consent makes them such. Let us invoke the most holy names of Jesus and Mary, and we will never be overcome. At the time of temptation, it is good to renew the firm purpose of dying rather than offending God, often making the sign of the cross with holy water and manifesting the temptation to the confessor: but of all remedies the most necessary is prayer, resort to Jesus and Mary to obtain the strength to resist.

Prayer for purity of heart

O Redeemer of the world, my only hope, for the merits of your Passion, deliver me from all impure affection and from everything that may hinder the love I owe you. Give me the grace to live entirely without worldly desires, and to aspire only to possess you, supreme good, the only one worthy of being loved. Through your sacred wounds, heal the ailments of my soul, and give me the strength to have separated from my heart any feeling foreign to your love; to you all my affections are due. Jesus, my love, you are my hope and sweet words! O sweet consolation! Jesus, my love, you are my hope.

Prayer to enter the purity of the body

Adorable Savior of mine, to atone for our offenses and especially unclean sins, you wanted your virgin flesh to be horribly torn apart. Ah! my divine Lord plagued by me, I thank you so much love, and I regret having contributed to your sufferings with my sins. I hate, O my Jesus, all those criminal pleasures that have caused you so much pain. There! how many years should you have been burning in hell! But why, Lord, have you waited for me so patiently today? You have endured me for so long that one day, overcome by all these testimonies of your tenderness, and leaving sin, I would make the decision to love you. My beloved Redeemer, I no longer want to resist your love: resolved, I am loving you in the future as much as I can. But you know my weakness, Lord,you know how many times I have been unfaithful to you! come. for with your own hands I extinguish the earthly appetites, which prevent me from being all yours; remind me often of the love in which you burn for me and the obligation that I have to love you; I place in you all my hopes, O my God, my love, my everything!

Prayer to Mary

O Mary, very pure columba, how many souls are burning in hell because of impurity! Make, my Sovereign, that, in temptations, I always take care to turn to you and invoke you, saying: "Mary, Mary, help me".

Fr. Zucchi's Prayer

I offer myself all to you, my Mother and my Sovereign; and to give you proof that you have your devotion to me, today I consecrate my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, finally my whole being. For I belong to you, O good Mother, guard me, defend me as your own good and property.

Aspiration to Mary in temptations

O my Sovereign, O my Mother, remember that I belong to you. Guard me, defend me as your possession and property.

JULY - OBEDIENCE

If there are few souls who give themselves entirely to God, it is because few are those who submit entirely to obedience. People who are so attached to their own will, that the very thing that, outside of obedience, would be of pleasure to be executed, bitter and difficult, is done to them when required by obedience, is only for this reason; such people take pleasure only in carrying out what their own will dictates. This is not the course of the saints, who are only at peace when they obey. St. Philip Néri said: "Those who wish to progress in the way of God must submit to an educated confessor, and give him obedience as to God himself; whoever does so, can be sure that he will not give an account to God for what he does ". One must have confidence in the confessor, added the Saint, and believe that God will not allow him to be deceived:there is no safer way to undo the enemy's devices than to follow someone else's will for good; on the contrary, nothing is more dangerous than wanting to be guided by your personal advice.

Promise of fidelity to Jesus our King

Adorable Jesus, I confess you for my King and my God; another does not want my heart but you, who are my Redeemer. In your presence the protest. For sin, alas! I suffered the sad yoke of my passions, and expelled you from my soul, O my divine King; now I want you to reign alone; command, and you will be obeyed. I will say to you with Saint Teresa: "O love, that you love me above what I could form an idea, make my soul serve you according to your good pleasure rather than willingly. Die this me now, and in me live another me! live him and give me life! reign him, and be his slave! my soul does not want another freedom ". Oh! blessed of the soul who can truly say: My Jesus, you are my only King, my only good, my only love!

To implore the grace to always do God's will

Have pity on me, O my God: I knew that by sinning I was condemned to an eternity of pains, and, in so doing, I wanted to oppose your will; it's because? for miserable satisfaction. Ah! my Lord, forgive me, with all my heart I repent. I no longer want to resist your holy will. What a disgrace for me if you had taken my life when I was in sin! I would be in hell today, condemned to perpetually hate your will. But now I love her, and I always want to love her. Let me know your will and strength to always follow you in my course. I do not want to resist you any longer, O infinite goodness, this is the only grace I ask of you: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. With your effective assistance, I do your will perfectly, and I wish nothing more. Ah! that you want, O my God,but my good and my salvation? Ah! Eternal Father, answer me for the love of Jesus Christ; he is the one who taught me to say the prayer that I address to you in my name at this moment: Let your will be done! Thy will be done! Thy will be done! What will my happiness be, if I spend the rest of my days, and end my life, fulfilling your will! O Mary, you were fortunate to always carry out the will of God perfectly: reach me, by your merits, to conform now with her until my last breath.fulfilling your will! O Mary, you were fortunate to always carry out the will of God perfectly: reach me, by your merits, to conform now with her until my last breath.fulfilling your will! O Mary, you were fortunate to always carry out the will of God perfectly: reach me, by your merits, to conform now with her until my last breath.

Obedient Jesus

Dearest Jesus, to atone for my disobedience, you wanted to humble yourself to the point of paying obedience to a man; Ah! for the merits of this obedience that you gave to St. Joseph on earth, give me the grace to obey from now on all the dispositions of your divine will; and in the name of the mutual love that always reigned between you and him, grant me great love towards you, O infinite goodness, worthy of all the affections of my heart; forget all the offenses that I have done to you and have compassion on me. I love you, O Jesus, my love; I love you, my God, and I want to love you forever.

In front of the Crucifix

O my crucified Redeemer, O King of love, most humiliated and tender, I come to osculate your sacred feet pierced by my love; I embrace this cross on which, victim of love, you sacrificed yourselves for me to divine justice, making you obedient to death, and the ignominious death of the cross. O happy obedience, which has obtained the forgiveness of our sins! There! what would become of me, O my Savior, if you had not been satisfied with me? I give you thanks, my love, and for the merits of this sublime obedience, I ask you to obtain the grace to obey the will of God in everything.

Before confession

O my God, teach me through my director's mouth what you demand of me; I am now resolved to obey you in everything, and I hope to do so with the help of your grace.

After confession and scruples

I obey your minister, my Jesus, and this gives me hope that, by virtue of your blood, I will be saved and never be separated from you.

Prayer to Mary

Ah! my Queen and my Mother, pray to Jesus for me: obtain for me, by deserving your obedience, the grace to be faithful in obeying the divine will and orders. of my spiritual director.

AUGUST HUMILITY

Without humility you cannot please God: God resists the proud, but He gives. his grace to the humble (Jas 4,6). Humility of spirit consists in being as miserable as we really are. In practice:

1. We are always suspicious of ourselves.

2. Let us not glory in anything; let us avoid even talking about ourselves.

3. Let us not be angry with ourselves after a fault, but let us get up, counting on God's help so that we do not fall any more.

4. Let us be compassionate towards others' downfalls.

5. Let us look at ourselves as the greatest sinners in the world, for so many graces we have received and so little we have used them.

Humility of heart demands that we rejoice in being despised by others. In practice:

1. Let us receive the admonitions calmly, and thank those who correct us.

2. When we receive an affront, let us endure it patiently, and try to love even more the one who despises us. What contempt did Jesus suffer for us?

Prayer for humility

Most humble Jesus, for my love you wanted to humble yourself and be obedient until the death of the cross: how dare I, therefore, appear before you and say to you that I am a disciple of yours, if, being borne of so many sins, I am nevertheless so proud, that I cannot suffer any contempt without resenting me? Where can such pride come from, that I have so often deserved to be trampled on by the feet of demons? Ah! my Jesus satiated with contempt, become like me. For my love you have suffered all reproach: I also want, for your love, to endure all injuries. O my divine Redeemer, embracing humiliations with such love during your life, you have made them so honorable and desirable, that I want to put forth all my glory in being humbled by you and with you: God forbid to glory. , if not on the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 6,14). O most humble Mary,of all creatures most perfectly similar to your divine Son, obtain the grace for me to endure for the future with resignation all the outrages that have been done to me.

Prayer to Mary

Never, O my Queen, can I be of the number of your true children, if I am not humble; but, you see it, my sins, which have made me ungrateful to my God, have also made me proud. O my Mother, it is yours to remedy this disorder: by virtue of your humility, obtain this virtue for me, and by it the dignity of your true son.

SEPTEMBER THE MORTIFICATION

Through inner mortification we apply ourselves to tame our passions, especially the one that predominates most in us. Not to overcome a dominant passion is to put yourself in great danger of losing yourself. By external mortification, we deny the senses the satisfactions they desire. It is therefore necessary to mortify:

1. The eyes, refraining from seeing dangerous objects.

2. The tongue, fleeing backbiting, hurtful or impure words.

3. The mouth, avoiding all excess eating and drinking, and even practicing some fasting and abstinence.

4. The ear, refusing to listen to speeches that hurt modesty or charity.

5. Tact, using caution both with us and in relationships with others.

Prayer to ask for the spirit of mortification

Beloved Redeemer of mine, I am ashamed to appear before you, seeing myself so caught up in earthly pleasures. In your whole life: you thought only of suffering for me; and I have not thought so far but to satisfy myself, forgetting your sufferings and the love you have for me. O my Jesus, grant me the gift of your holy love, so that I may decide to embrace all the pains to please you. Give me the strength to refuse myself all the things that are not to your liking, and accept everything that disgusts my self-love, the pains, persecutions, loss of my relatives, my health, my reputation, and all the crosses you send me. I accept everything that at present comes from your hand, all future evils, and above all the sufferings of my death. Grant me the grace to live solely to please you,and die making the sacrifice of my life to you with all my heart. I love you, my sovereign well, and I hope to love you forever.

Prayer to Mary

I love you, O Mother of Jesus, who obtained me, by your powerful intercession, time to do penance!

OCTOBER THE COLLECTION

There are many people who cannot, however much they want to, retire to solitude and separate themselves from the creatures in order to occupy themselves with God alone; however, it should be noted that people can enjoy the benefits of solitude of the heart in places other than deserts and caves. Those who find themselves in need of living in the world can always preserve, even in the midst of the paths, public squares and occupations, the solitude of the heart and union with God, once they bring the heart free from worldly attachments. No occupation prevents the solitude of the heart, once it has as its object the fulfillment of God's will.

Prayer to achieve recollection

So far, O my Jesus, I have loved the withdrawn life very little, so I have loved you very little. I have been begging for pleasures and consolations among the creatures, and these have caused me to lose your grace, O infinite good. how unhappy I am for having kept my heart for so long spent in dissipation, occupied only in earthly pleasures, and living in the forgetfulness of my God! Ah! my Jesus, take hold of my heart, which you have redeemed at the cost of your blood; ignite it in your love, and possess it all, everything.

Prayer to Mary

O holy Virgin, obtain us the love of prayer and solitude, so that, detaching ourselves from creatures, we may aspire to God alone and to paradise, where we hope to see you one day, to stop praising and loving your Son Jesus, for ever and ever. So be it.

NOVEMBER THE LOVE OF PRAYER

It is important to pray always (Lk18,1). Ask and you will receive. Truly, truly, I tell you, if you ask my Father for anything in my name, he will tell you. will give (Jo16,23-24). It is certain that anyone who prays is saved; it is certain that anyone who does not pray condemns himself. All who were saved were saved by prayer. All who condemned themselves were condemned for having neglected to pray; and the greatest cause of their despair in hell will be to see that they could easily be saved by prayer, and now there is no more time to do so.

Prayer for the grace to pray well

Most generous Redeemer of mine, ready ready to grant me all graces; for this you expected a prayer from me; but then! I only thought of contenting my senses, I soon had a living deprived of your love and your benefits. Lord, forget my ingratitude so many and have mercy on me: give me the grace to continually implore your help, so as not to offend you any more. O God of my soul, do not allow me to despise this duty in the future, as I have done until now. Enlighten me, give me the strength to always recommend you, especially when my enemies ask me to sin. O my God, grant me this grace, in consideration of the merits of Jesus Christ and the love you have for him.

Ah! I have offended you, my good Lord, in loving you I want to spend the rest of my life. Give me your holy love; and this inspires me to resort to your protection, whenever I find myself in danger of losing you by falling into sin.

Prayer to achieve fidelity to prayer

Lord, forgive my negligence. What treasures of grace I lost because I left prayer so often! Give me strength to be faithful from now on to deal incessantly with you in this world, sovereign Lord and my God, whom I hope to contemplate eternally in heaven. I do not wish to favor me with your sweet consolations! I don't deserve them at all; it is enough that you allow me to stand at your feet and recommend my poor soul to you. Ah! how can she stay away from you, if her poverty is so deep! Standing at your feet, O my crucified Jesus, the only remembrance of your Passion will keep me separated from the earth and united with you.

Prayer to Mary Most Holy

Most Holy Virgin Mary, I always assisted in prayer.

DECEMBER THE PATIENCE

We are on earth to do penance and to deserve; it is not, therefore, a place of rest, but of work and suffering. Pain, adversity and other tribulations will be the most beautiful jewels of our crown in paradise. Let us practice patience:

1. when death takes away relatives or friends;

2. in poverty;

3. in contempt and persecution;

4. in spiritual desolations;

5. in temptations;

6. in diseases.

Resignation in death, to do God's will, is enough to ensure our eternal salvation.

Prayer for patience

I know, Lord, and I am persuaded, that without suffering, and suffering with patience, I cannot obtain the crown that you assign to me in paradise. But I say with David: It is from you that I expect the patience I need. I easily resolve to receive all tribulations in peace; but they just arrive, I become sad and discouraged; and if I suffer, it is without love and without merit, because I do not suffer with the intention of pleasing you. Ah! my Jesus, for the merits of your patience in suffering so much pain for me, grant me the grace to suffer all crosses for you. I love you with all my heart, O my tender Redeemer; I love you, my sovereign well, I love you, my love, worthy of infinite love. I deeply regret that I displeased you. I promise to receive with patience all the penalties you send me;but from you I hope to get the help needed to implement this resolution, especially to endure with calm and resignation all the pains of my agony and death.

Act of resignation

Here I am, O my God, here I am prepared to take on my shoulders all the crosses you give me. No, I do not want to enjoy sweetness or pleasure in this life: it is not worthy of favors who offended you so much and deserved hell. I am ready to suffer all the diseases and setbacks you send me; ready to embrace all the contempt of men, I consent, if this is your favor, to be deprived of all bodily and spiritual consolation, as long as I can always love you.

Prayer to Mary

Sweet sovereign, innocent creature, you suffered with so much patience; and I, who deserved hell, will I refuse to suffer? Not! my Mother, the grace that I ask of you today is not to be exempt from crosses, but to take them with patience. For the love of Jesus, obtain this grace from God, which I beg of you: I hope it from you.

ARTICLE 3

THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CONSECRATED TO THE HEART OF JESUS

Every Christian who wishes to call upon himself the blessings of the Heart of Jesus during his life and especially at the time of death, will celebrate the first Friday of the month, approaching the holy table, paying homage to the Blessed Sacrament and reciting one or the other consecration and prayer to the Sacred Heart (see 4oP. Art.2, §3).

Prayer to Christ the Universal King

O Christ Jesus, I recognize you as Universal King. Everything that has been done has been created for you. Exercise your rights in me.

I renew my baptismal promises, renouncing Satan, his pomp and his works, and I promise to live as a good Christian.

I am particularly committed to making the rights of God and your Church triumph, by whatever means I can.

Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer you my poor actions, so that all hearts may recognize your kingship and thus establish your Kingdom in the entire universe. So be it.

Full Pl. once a day. Conditions: Confession, communion and pray for the Pope's intentions (272).

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, listen to us.

Jesus Christ, listen to us.

Heavenly Father God, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit,

Most Holy Trinity, you are one God,

Jesus' heart,

Son of the Eternal Father,

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the bosom of the Virgin Mother.

Heart of Jesus, united substantially to the Word of God;

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of Heaven,

Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,

Heart of Jesus, receptacle of justice and love,

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,

Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,

Heart of Jesus, in which all the treasures of wisdom and science are contained,

Heart of Jesus, where the fullness of divinity dwells,

Heart of Jesus, in which the Father has put all his complacency,

Heart of Jesus, from whose fullness we have all received,

Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills,

Heart of Jesus, patient and very merciful,

Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call on you,

Heart of Jesus, source of life and holiness,

Heart of Jesus, propitiation, for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, saturated with reproach,

Heart of Jesus, crushed with pain because of our crimes,

Heart of Jesus, made obedient to death,

Heart of Jesus, pierced by the spear,

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,

Heart of Jesus, victim of sinners,

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in you,

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in you,

Heart of Jesus, delight of all Saints,

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, forgive us, Lord.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, hear us, Lord.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble in heart,

A. Make our hearts similar to yours.

Let us pray

O omnipotent and eternal God, look at the heart of your most beloved Son and at the praises and the satisfactions that he offers you in the name of sinners, and allowing you to be placated, forgive those who implore your mercy, in the name of your very Son Jesus Christ, who lives with you and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

7-year indulgence each time. IP (245).

Consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, cast your eyes upon us, humbly prostrated before your altar. We are and want to be yours; and, so that we can live more intimately united with you, each one of us on this day spontaneously consecrates himself to your Most Sacred Heart.

Many have never known you, many have despised your commandments and disowned you. Dearest Jesus, have mercy on each other and bring them all to your Sacred Heart.

Lord, be the King not only of the faithful, who never left you, but also of the prodigal children, who abandoned you; make them return to their father's home as soon as possible, so that they do not perish from misery and hunger.

Be the King of those who are deceived in error, or separated from you by discord, bring them to the port of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Lord, keep your Church unscathed and give it a safe and unshakable freedom; grant order and peace to all peoples; make one voice resound from one pole to the other of the world: Praise be to the divine Heart, which has brought us salvation! Honor and glory to him for all centuries. Amen.

5 years. IP At the feast of Christ the King, 7 years old and full, communing and watching the consecration before the exposed Most Holy. (271).

Act of reparation for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Holy Father orders that, every year, on the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in all the churches of the world, the following Act of Reparation should be solemnly recited, before the Most Holy exposed, and after the Litany of the Sacred Heart, granting an Indulgence of 7 years and plenary communion.

Most sweet Jesus, whose infinite charity towards men is so ungrateful to them with forgetfulness, coldness and contempt, here we are prostrate before your altar; to pay you a special tribute for your insensitive insensitivity, and for the nefarious injuries with which your loving heart is being targeted everywhere.

Recognizing, however, with the deepest pain, that we too, more than once, commit the same indignities, for us, in the first place, we implore your mercy, ready to atone not only for our own faults, but also for those who , erring out of the way of salvation, or stubbornly infidelity, not wanting you as a shepherd and guide, or, conculcating the promises of baptism, they shook off the soft yoke of your holy Law.

Of all these deplorable crimes, Lord, in particular, of the license of customs and immodesty in the garments, of so many ties of corruption armed to innocence, of the violation of the sanctified days, of the profane blasphemies against you and your Saints, of the insults to your Vicar and to all your clergy, of contempt and of the horrendous and sacrilegious profanations of the Sacrament of divine love, and, finally, of the official attacks and rebellions of the nations, against the rights and the teaching of your Church.

Oh! I wish we had washed so many iniquities with our own blood!

To repair the outraged divine honor, we offer you, together with the merits of the Virgin Mother, of all the saints and godly souls, that infinite satisfaction, which you offered to the eternal Father on the Cross, and which you never cease to renew, all. the days, on our altars.

Help us, Lord, with the help of your grace, that we may, as is our firm purpose, with the liveliness of faith, with the purity of customs, with the faithful observance of the gospel law and charity, atone for all sins committed for us and for our neighbors, to prevent, by all means, new injuries to your infinite majesty and to attract as many souls as possible to your service.

Receive, most gracious Jesus, through the hands of Mary Most Holy Reparator, the spontaneous homage of our displeasure, and grant us the great grace to persevere constantly, until death, in the faithful fulfillment of our duties and in your holy service, so that we may arrive all of you to the blessed country, where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit and reign - God - for all the ages of the ages. So be it.

5 year. IP (256).

Promises made by Our Lord Jesus Christ to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on behalf of devotees of the Sacred Heart

1. I will grant you all the necessary graces for your condition.

2. I will put peace in your families.

3. I will comfort you in your afflictions.

4. I will be your safe haven during life and, above all, in death.

5. I will pour out abundant blessings on your companies.

6. Sinners will find in my heart the source and the ocean of mercy.

7. Tibia souls will become fervent.

8. Fervent souls will quickly rise to great perfection.

9. I will bless the houses myself where the Image of my Heart is exposed and venerated.

10. I will give priests the gift of touching the hardest hearts.

11. Those who propagate this devotion will have their names written on my Heart and will never be scratched from there.

12. I promise, in excess of my mercy, that I will grant the grace of final perseverance to all those who take Communion on the first Friday of nine months in a row.

ARTICLE 4

FOR THE 25TH DAY OF EACH MONTH CONSECRATED TO THE BOY JESUS

Santo Afonso was, throughout his life, a very tender devotee of the Holy Childhood of Jesus. Considering this devotion as an effective means of igniting in the souls the fire of divine love, he sought to spread it as much as he could. For this Intent, he composed anointing speeches and meditations. Not content with attracting the attention of the faithful about the Child Jesus during Advent and in the octave of Christmas, he still wished. that the sweet mystery of divine Childhood be celebrated on the 25th of each month. Let us, therefore, meet the wishes of the Holy Doctor by placing the prayers for the 25th of each month here: we seek to bring them into harmony with the virtue of the month.

Steps of Divine Childhood of NS Jesus Christ

300 days of indulgence, for once each day win those who in particular devoutly and with a contrite heart recite these pleas. Plenary indulgences can be earned on the 25th of each month those who, in addition to saying the prayers in any church or public oratory, satisfy the other usual conditions. (Nov. 23, 1819). NT

1. Sweetest Child Jesus, who descended from your Father's bosom to save us, you were conceived of the Holy Spirit, without causing you horror the bosom of a Virgin, and you assumed, Word made flesh, the form of a servant, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

2. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, through the Holy Virgin, your Mother, visited Saint Elizabeth, filled your forerunner, John the Baptist, and sanctified him in the bosom of his mother, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

3. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, so fervently desired by Mary and St. Joseph before your birth, offered yourself as a victim to God your Father, for the salvation of the world, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

4. Sweetest Child Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloth, lying in a manger, announced by the Angels and visited by the shepherds, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

5. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, circumcised on the eighth day after your birth, received the name of Jesus, and have shown yourselves since then our Savior, both by this glorious name and by the outpouring of your blood, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

6. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, revealed to the three magicians by a star, received in your Mother's arms his mysterious adorations and gifts, gold, incense and myrrh, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

7. Sweetest Child Jesus, presented in the temple by the Holy Virgin, your Mother, received in the arms of the holy old Simeon, and revealed to Israel by the prophetess Anne, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

8. Sweetest Child Jesus, persecuted to death by the wicked Herod, transported to Egypt by Saint Joseph and your Mother, hereby escape the cruel slaughter of the innocent, and glorified by his martyrdom, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

9. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, banished to Egypt with your Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, and the patriarch Saint Joseph, remained there until Herod's death, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

10. Sweetest Child Jesus, who, returned from Egypt to the land of Israel with Mary and Joseph, after having suffered a lot on this journey, you lived hidden in the city of Nazareth, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

11. Sweetest Child Jesus, who lived in the holy house of Nazareth, humbly submissive to Mary and Joseph, living in the midst of poverty and work, growing in wisdom, age and grace, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

12. Sweetest Child Jesus, lost in the city of Jerusalem at the age of twelve, sought with pain by Mary and Joseph, and, three days later, found by them with joy among the doctors, have compassion on us.

Have compassion on us, O Jesus Child, have compassion on us.

V. The Word became flesh.

A. And he dwelt among us.

Let us pray

Omnipotent and eternal God, Lord of heaven and earth, that you reveal yourselves to the humble, do, we ask you, that, meditating and dignifiedly honoring the mysteries of the holy childhood of Jesus, your divine Son, and applying us to imitate his virtues , as it is our duty, we may reach the kingdom of heaven, promised to the humble. By the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. So be it.

January 25 JESUS ​​OBJECT OF OUR FAITH

JESUS, OBJECT OF OUR FAITH

O holy faith, tell us who is Jesus Christ? what man is this who is born miserable like everyone else? Saint John testifies that he is the eternal Word, the only Son of God, clothed with our flesh: The Word became flesh.

Sweet and loving Boy, even though I see you so poor in this straw, I recognize and adore you as my Lord and Creator. I understand what reduced you to such a miserable state: it is your love for me. And then, O my Jesus, when I think of the way I have dealt with you, of the injuries, with which I have filled you, I am amazed that you have been able to endure me. Ah! damn sinners, what have you done? You have filled the heart of such a good lord with bitterness! Out of pity, tender Savior of mine, for the sufferings you suffered and the tears you shed in the stable of Bethlehem, give me tears to cry all my life over the sorrows I have caused you. Give me love to you, but love so ardent that it compensates for all the evils that I have done to you. I love you, O my tender Savior, I love you, God made a boy for me, I love you, my love, my life, my everything;I promise you not to love from now on but yourself. Help me with your grace, without which I can do nothing. O Mary, my hope, whatever you want from your divine Son you achieve; I asked you to grant me your holy love.

Recite the Steps of Divine Childhood, p.321.

February 25 JESUS ​​OUR HOPE

JESUS, OUR HOPE

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