|and keeps them, he it is who loves
me; and he who loves me will be
loved by my Father, and I will love
him and manifest myself to him
|COME HOLY SPIRIT
Let me be aware that You dwell within me.
I am God's temple,
because You--God's Spirit --
dwell within my soul.
God's temple is holy;
make me holy
and a fragrant perfume surrounding You
as You live within me.
"THESE WORDS THE LORD SPOKE TO ALL YOUR ASSEMBLY
AT THE MOUNTAIN OUT OF THE MIDST OF
AND THE THICK DARKNESS,
WITH A LOUD VOICE AND HE ADDED NO MORE.
AND HE WROTE THEM UPON 2 TABLES OF STONES,
AND GAVE THEM TO ME."
Most generous Father, who provides outstanding peace and joy to those who love You,
please know that without looking for any reward, I love You now and forever.
I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD..
YOU SHALL NOT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
Glorious Father, Dispenser of grace, give me the strength to daily renew my commitment
to accept my pain and trials with the same generous spirit with which You sacrificed Your
only Son for me; let me daily remember Jesus' generous sacrifice for my salvation.
"My God! My God! why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
Yet never did any dying soul feel it as Jesus felt when now forsaken by God,
because none but He alone has ever lived with God and in God.
Hanging there, reviled by earth and rejected by heaven,
He lingered in lonely conflict with another agony like that which passed over Him in Gethsemane;
yet this time He drained the cup to the very dregs.
To gather any faint idea of the wretchedness which seized Him in His present abandonment ,
we must remember that despite His own innocence,
Jesus when upon the cross, bore the actual load of our crimes
-- -- that He actually had taken upon himself the wickedness of the world.
And now that God had transferred to Him all sins committed from the beginning unto the end of time,
these all stood forth distinctly before His dying eyes, together with their very least circumstances.
Every treacherous and revengeful deed, the lewd and adulterous works of shame,
blasphemies, slanders, and lying
-- -- altogether surged their foul floods into his soul,
and every other sense was swallowed up under these torrents of iniquity.
And it was in the same hour wherein Christ was, as it were, overwhelmed in that first wild onslaught,
that God saw fit to withdraw His presence from Him,
as if to crush Him beneath the weight of His vengeance.
Jesus having become sin for our sake,
being made a curse and a execration (according to St. Paul's expression),
Jesus suffered at the hands of God such an unutterable horror as no human tongue can declare.
In that hour, heaven drew away from Him into the darkness;
hell alone remained before the Saviour's sight -- -- wherein was disclosed that never- ending despair,
eternal, infinite, even as is the God whose penalty it is.
One lowermost depth of sorrow had still to be reached: it was the knowledge of how scanty
was the number of souls who would profit by His Passion.
The multitude of the damned were all marshaled before His eyes;
however unworthy, they were the members of His mystical body,
so closely united to Him that they could not be separated from Him without violence.
And as He saw this dearly loved portion of Himself about to be wrestled from Him,
Jesus felt that He indeed, like them, was left destitute and reprobate forever.
"He mourned," says Arnauld de Chartres, "that the fruit of His struggles should be torn from Him; He cried
aloud that His sweat, His toils, and His death, were thus bereft of their reward; since those for whom He had
suffered so much were abandoned to everlasting perdition."
This, then, was what wrung from him that mournful cry:
" My God! My God; dost thou abandon me?"
Abbe Constant Fouard 19th century
YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF YOUR GOD IN VAIN.
Immortal Father, Whose words and wisdom will exist forever, gather all Your lost lambs
into Your merciful arms; forgive us our sins and impart Your sanctifying grace to us.
|My God, I love you above all things
and I hate and detest with my whole soul
the sins by which I have offended you,
because they are displeasing in your sight,
who are supremely good and worthy to be loved.
I acknowledge that I should love you
with a love beyond all others,
and that I should try to prove this love to you.
I consider you in my mind as infinitely greater
than everything in the world,
no matter how precious or beautiful.
I therefore firmly and irrevocably resolve
never to consent to offend you or do anything
that might displease your sovereign goodness
and place me in danger of falling from your holy grace,
in which I am fully determined to persevere to my dying breath. Amen.
St. Francis Xavier 16th century
OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY,
AS THE LORD YOUR GOD COMMANDED YOU.
HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER,
AS THE LORD YOUR GOD COMMANDED YOU;
YOU SHALL NOT KILL.
Creator, my Father, Who bestows life,
instill in all people a concern and respect for the gift of life
as it flowers from the moment of conception to natural death.
Splendid Father, Who is always my help,
thank You for my Guardian Angel, who has been my guide and consolation.
Solicitous Father, ever present, empower Your Church;
let the message of Jesus be received, understood and embraced
by all people even to the ends of the world.
|1) 2 Corinthians 5:15 2) Hebrews 7:25