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SO LONG AS YOUR WILL IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOD’S, YOU CANNOT HAVE A PURE LOVE

The chief end of prayer

“Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi used to say that in all our prayers our first object should be to obtain from God the grace necessary to accomplish His holy will in all things.

Certain souls, desirous of spiritual consolation, go to prayer only to yield themselves agreeably to the sweetness of their pious sentiments; but strong souls who are generously resolved to belong entirely to God only implore light to know His holy will and strength to accomplish it perfectly.

We shall never arrive at the pure love of God without submitting our will in everything to His divine will. ‘Do not deceive yourself,’ says Saint Francis de Sales; ‘as long as your will is not completely and gladly subject to God’s will, you cannot have a pure love.’ Now, we shall never obtain that of ourselves, but only by means of mental prayer, continuous supplication, and a true desire to belong wholly and unreservedly to Jesus Christ.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905 

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PRAYER FOR LUKEWARM SOULS; DIVINE MERCY NOVENA, DAY 9

I. Pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

II. Additional Prayer:

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardour of Your love; and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross, let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

 

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PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

You know better than I
how much I love You, Lord Jesus.
You know it and I know it not,
for nothing is more hidden from me
than the depths of my own heart.
I desire to love You;
I fear that I do not love You enough.
I beseech You to grant me the fullness of pure love.

Behold my desire;
You have given it to me.
Behold in Your creature
what You have placed there.
O God, who love me enough
to inspire me to love You for ever,
behold not my sins.
Behold Your mercy and my love.
Amen.

 
 

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