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I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

PRAYERS BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

ACT OF FAITH

I firmly believe with my heart and confess with my lips that thou, my loving Jesus, equal to the Father in power and majesty, art really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, and, with thy Divinity and thy Humanity, abidest for me in this sanctuary.

Thou who didst weep as an infant in the crib, Who wast offered a Victim for me on the Cross. Who sittest as my intercessor at the right hand of the Father, Who wilt come as my Judge in the clouds of heaven – dwellest a hidden God in the narrow limits of the tabernacle and concealest under the humble form of bread.

Thy Flesh and thy Blood, thy Body and thy Soul, thy Divinity and thy glorified Humanity, thy splendour and thy boundless Majesty, I believe this on the authority of thy word as firmly as if I saw it with my eyes. Animated by this faith, I cast myself before thee, and adore thee as my Creator, my Redeemer, my greatest Good. In this faith will I live and die; quicken and increase this virtue in me.

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PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, suffer not my tongue, which has been and is so often purpled with thy Precious Blood, to speak well of myself or ill of others, so that no uncharitable word may be recorded in the “Book of Life” on the day of Judgment. Accept all the victories I gain over my tongue as a preparation for my next Communion.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

Previous  chapter: IN OUR OWN AGE, THE CALL TO SANCTITY IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

At every Mass [the soldier of Mary] assists, if possible, he will receive Holy Communion, knowing that this partaking, with the priest, in the Flesh of the Infinite Victim, is essential if he wishes to gather the fruit of the Sacrifice in all its fullness. The Mystical Body of Christ is starving because so few of its members are nourished with the Divine Bread; the Mother of that Body is filled with anguish at the contemplation of Her Babe thus suffering. The members, inspired by Mary’s spirit and sharing the anguish of Her Immaculate Heart, will avail themselves of every avenue of apostolic action to arouse love of the Blessed Sacrament and banish sin. Each Communion brought about is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards.

Each Communion is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards

The Child of Mary shows his love of the Blessed Sacrament by striving to receive Holy Communion often, thus giving to those outside the Fold a glimpse of the infinite Treasures that are within. Through his own devotion, he becomes supernaturally convinced of the full significance of the Real Presence as the continuation of the earthly life of the God-Man [our Lord Jesus Christ], drawing Him in actual fact out of the dim past of history and bringing Him, as He is, whole and entire, into the sphere of this present life. Thus convinced, he makes every effort to pass on that conviction to those who have it not. He tries to make them realise that, through the miracle of the Eucharist, they are able to touch Jesus, talk to Him, contemplate Him, and busy themselves about His real self even more truly, more intimately and more closely than could His dear friends at Bethany.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I)

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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AFFECTION IS THE SUNLIGHT OF THE SOUL

AFFECTION IS THE SUNLIGHT OF THE SOUL

Behold the sunlight which penetrates through the foliage and brightens the little room of the cottage.

The small oak table appears as if set with diamonds, the rude chair as if sprinkled with pearls, and the white curtain reflects on the ceiling rays of glittering gold.

Wait till the sun sets; pearls and diamonds suddenly vanish. The table appears darker, and the whole cottage sadder and more desolate than before.

Affection is the sunlight of the soul. When it burns and shines in a heart, it illumines and brightens everything about it!

If we but knew how to love and to be kind, we would bring happiness everywhere with us.

What are the results when God enters a soul? It has been sad, restless, and gloomy, but it becomes calm, cheerful, and sweetly resigned.

Oh! let us receive holy communion frequently. On such occasions we become, as it were, the centre of God, the Sun of justice; let us spread his brightness everywhere.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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A “SOUL DIAGNOSIS” AND VARIOUS REMEDIES

Have you not sometimes, before the Blessed Sacrament, heard a sweet, penetrating voice murmur softly to your heart, Jesus is there?

Jesus is there!

Oh! how different these words make everything appear. The tabernacle disappears before our gaze, the consecrated Host loses what the Church calls the appearance, and allows me to see the reality – which is Jesus.

Jesus is there!

It is really He, such as my heart represents Him to itself in the days of mortal life; it is He, kind, merciful, and compassionate… He speaks to me at this hour as He spoke to the apostles who stood around Him.

I listen:

– “Thou art very agitated and uneasy, poor soul!”

– “But, Lord, thou dost permit events to occur which fill the entire world with uneasiness and terror; my life and the lives of those that I love are threatened; my future and my position are ruined; I am left in abandonment, isolation, poverty, and perhaps misery… How can I feel otherwise than anxious and desolate?”

– “Thou dost forget, then, my child, that I am thy Father, that I wish thee to be with me for all eternity, and it is for eternity that I prepare thy soul.

Oh! if thou couldn’t see thy soul as I see it. Oh! if thou didst know how its sojourn on earth has sullied it.

It has abandoned itself to affections which have left upon it shameful stains, like the marks of diseases which disfigure the body.

It has nourished passions which have inflamed its desires, and given it the aspect of a body in which the blood is vitiated.

It still has habits which have surrounded it with illusions, and caused it to believe that it was at peace, because it experienced a certain devotional calm.

Oh! if thou couldst see it as I see it, my poor child, thou wouldst say, holding forth thy hands to me and weeping: Cure me.

Well, it is to cure thee that I send sorrow. Sorrow under some form is the only remedy which my providence judges worthy of my justice.”

– “I understand, oh! my Father; an expiation is necessary in order to destroy the evil, burn the wound, and pluck up the deeply-rooted vice… but that which thou sendest upon me is very hard to bear.”

– “It is only hard to bear because it is unusual, because it surprises thee, and because thou hast not thought of having recourse to me.

If, from the first moment, thou hadst known how to raise thy thoughts to my providence; if thou hadst come here to visit me, saying: Thy will be done – the words which strengthened me in the Garden of Olives – oh! how calm thou wouldst have remained, continuing thy daily life in peace.

Listen, my child, if I permit thy possessions to be consumed by fire; a dreadful disease to carry off thy loved ones; long and acute suffering before thy eyes: what wouldst thou do?”

– “Oh Lord! I would weep; I would resign myself and wait.”

– “Then, my child, weep, resign thyself, and wait. I am a Father; dost thou not believe that my loving heart will put an end to misfortune when it is no longer necessary?

Dost thou not believe that when I see thee submissive and faithful, I will give thee something as compensation.

If I take wealth from thee, I will give thee a contended mind, which is satisfied with little.

If I permit thy loved ones to die, I will give thee the assurance that they are in heaven, and I will come soon to bring thee to them.

If I take from thee all support, I will give peace to thy soul, and cause thee to feel my presence more intimately, even as thou dost at this moment… Art thou satisfied?”

– “Yes, Lord, I am; thy will be done, thy will be done, thy will be done…”

Then there was silence… and my soul, filled with strength hitherto unknown, continued to hear the sweet, penetrating voice which continued softly to murmur: Jesus is there.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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SHELTER THYSELF NEAR THE LOVING HEART OF JESUS

We read, in the life of St Thomas Aquinas, that one day a furious storm filled with terror all who were in the monastery.

The roof cracked as if ready to tumble; the walls shook, beaten by the storm. The monks, assembled at that hour in the community-room, ran, terrified, to seek shelter under the vaults of the cloister.

But he, the Angelic Doctor, the inspired singer of the Eucharist, hastening whither his heart summoned him, ran to the church, mounted the altar, and twining his arms round the tabernacle, with his venerable head resting against the prison of love where his Love reposed, awaited in that affectionate posture, the end of the tempest.

Oh! my soul, thou who art so happy as to live under the same roof with Jesus, fly at the first sound of the storm to shelter thyself near the loving Heart of thy Master.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
 

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THINGS TO DO DURING EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

“Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshipping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood”, Catholics know that the bread and wine is the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects towards a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration.

 

THINGS TO DO DURING EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:

 

Fr Benedict Groeschel points out in “In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion” that there are ‘four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and trusting intercession’. Here are suggestions what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.

 

1. PRAY THE PSALMS OR THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS

Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness, or seeking an answer, you’ll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.

 

2. RECITE THE “JESUS PRAYER”

Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.

 

3. MEDITATE USING SCRIPTURE

Choose a passage from the Bible. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that passage.

 

4. READ THE LIFE OF A SAINT AND PRAY WITH HIM OR HER

Most holy men and women have a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.

 

5. POUR OUT YOUR HEART TO CHRIST AND ADORE HIM

Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore you, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

 

6. ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND INTERCEDE FOR OTHERS

Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.

 

7. PRAY THE ROSARY

Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic Communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.

 

8. SIT QUIETLY AND JUST “BE” IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.”

 

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