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2. Would that I had the who have been most inflamed hearts of all men to love thee! with love for thee!
3. How I should rejoice were 7. Would that I had for thee there many worlds, who might a love similar to that of St. all love thee!
Mary Magdalene, St. Cathe4, I should be happy if I rine, and St. Teresa! could love thee with the heart 8. Or such as that of St. of all possible creatures, Austin, St. Dominic, St. Frana to love thee as the Divine Word 9. As he loves, and shall love made Man loved thee.
5. Thou, indeed, dost merit cis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. it, O my God!
Aloysius Gonzaga. 6. My heart is too poor and 9. Or as that which was entoo cold to love thee!
tertained for thee by the holy 7. O woful insensibility of Apostles; and particularly by man, in regard of this Sove- St. Peter, St. Paul, and the bereign Good!
loved disciple. 8. Oh, the blindness of world- 10. Or, in fine, as that with lings, who know not true love! which the great patriarch Ste
9. O blessed inhabitants of Joseph loved thee. heaven, who know it and love Glory be to the Father, &c. it !
10. O happy necessity, to love 1. Would, moreover, that I God!
could love thee as the blessed Glory be to the Father, &c. Virgin loved thee upon earth!
2. As she loved thee, parti1. O my God, when shall I cularly when she conceived thy burn with love for thee?
divine Son in her virginal 2. Oh, how happy would be womb, when she brought him
into the world, when she nou. 3. But since I know not how rished him with her milk, and to love thee, I can rejoice at when she saw him die. this. that so many others love 3. Would that I could love thee with all their hearts. thee as she loves tnec now, and
4. I rejoice at this particular- as she will love thee for ever in ly, that the angels and saints heaven' love thee in heaven.
4. But to love thee as thou 5. I unite my feeble heart to deservest to be loved, O God, their inflamed hearts.
infinitely good, even this would 6. Would that I could love not suffice. thee as well as those saints 5. I should wish, moreover,
thee for ever. 6. As he loved thee at his 10. In fine, my God, I wish birth,
to love thee as thou lovest us; 7. As he loved thee expiring but since that is impossible, on the cross.
grant that I may love thee as 8. As he loves thee continu- well as I know how, as much ally in the tabernacles where he as I can, and as much as thou les hid.
wishest me. Amen. Glory be to the Father, &c.
Prayer. O God, who has prepared invisible rewards for those who love thee, pour forth some of thy love into our hearts, to the end that, loving thee in all and above all, we may obtain the accomplishment of thy promises, which surpass all desire; through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.
* Prayer. To which Pope Pius VII. hath annexed a plenary indulgence,
applicable to the souls in purgatory, which all the faithful may obtain, who, after having confessed their sins with contrition, and received the Holy Communion, shall devoutly recite it before an image or representation of Christ crucified.
Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech thee that thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm desire of amendment, whilst with deep affeetion and grief of soul I ponder within myself, and mentally contemplate thy five most precious wounds ; having be. fore my eyes that which David spake in prophecy : “ They pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones."
Instructions and Devotions
FOR THE MORNING,
As soon as you awake, make the sign of the cross,
saying : Glory be to the Father, who hath created me, Glory be to the Son, who hath redeemed me. Glory be to the Holy Ghost, who hath sanctified me.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity now and for ever.
On rising from your bed, say: In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I arise. May he bless, preserve, and govern me, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen. While you are dressing, occupy yourself with pious thoughts and
meditations, on some point in the life or passion of your Saviour, on God's mercies, on your own sins, on the temptations of the world, on the shortness of life, on eternity, &c.; or say some psalm or hymn. As soon as you are dressed, prepare to say your morning prayers. Before you begin, recollect yourself, and compose your mind. Think who you are, and whom you are about to address; and endeavour to clothe yourself with proper sentiments of hu. mility, reverence, and awe. Our devotions must consist of acts of adoration, praise, and
thanksgiving to God for his mercies, of confession of our sins, resolution of amendment, oblation of ourselves to God's service, prayers for pardon and grace, and prayers in behalf of others, &c. All forms of prayer are composed, more or less, of these parts, though not always in the same order. Several of those forms which have been most approved are here given, in order to suit different ininds, and to afford the advantage of occasional variety. A greater variety may be gained by add. ing at choice one or more of the “ Occasional Prayers."
Make the sign of the cross, saying : In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity now and for ever.
Amen, Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.
Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
O God, who didst instruct the hearts of the faithfni by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and ever to rejoice in his consolation. Through Jesus Christ, &c. Amen.
1. An det of Faith in the presence of God. O my God! I firmly believe that thou art here present, and perfectly seest me: that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart. I acknowledge that I am not worthy to como into thy presence, nor to lift up my eyes unto thee, because I have so often sinned against thee.
But thy goodness and mercy invite me to come unto thee : assist me, I beseech thee, with thy Holy Spirit, and teach me to pray to thee as I ought. Our Father. Hail Mary, I believe. (Pp. 15, 16.)
2. An Act of Adoration and Thanksgiving. O eternal God! Father, Sou, and Holy Ghost; the beginning and end of all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being; prostrate before thee in body and soul, I adore thee with the most profound humility. I bless thee, and give thee thanks for all the benefits thou hast conferred upon me; that thou hast created
me out of nothing, made me after thine own image and likeness, redeemed me with the precious blood of thy Son, and sanctified me with thy Holy Spirit. I thank thee that thou hast called me into thy Church, assisted me by thy grace, admitted me to thy sacraments, watched over me by thy special providence; blessed me, notwithstanding my sins and unworthiness, with the continuance of thy gracious protection ; and for all the innumerable blessings which I owe to thy undeserved bounty. I thank thee especially for having preserved me during the night past, and for bringing me in safety to the beginning of another day. What return can I make to thee, O my God, for all that thou hast done unto me? I will bless thy holy name, and serve thee all the days of my life. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me praise his holy name. Here call to mind the chief sins of your past life, and make
resolutions against the temptations and dangerous occasions you may probably meet with this day.
3. An Act of Contrition, with good Resolutions. O my God, how little have I served thee in time past ! how greatly have I sinned against thee! I acknowledge my iquity, and my sin is always before me. But I repent, 'o Lord, I repent. I am heartily sorry that I have lost that time in offending thee which thou gavest me to be employed in thy service, in advancing the good of my own soul, and obtaining everlasting life. sorry, above all things, that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing to thee. I love thee with my whole heart,at least I desire so to do; and I firmly purpose, by the help of thy grace, to serve thee more faithfully for the time to come.
Receive, I beseech thee, the offering I now make to thee of the remainder of my life. I renew the vows and romises made in my baptism. I renounce the devil.