Perhaps, these following Meditations are a bit long to be made in public in the solemn exercise of the Stations. But there are souls who prefer wider considerations, provided they find there a substantial education and food for their piety. It is at these souls mainly that I wish to address on this Lent: I will be happy, if I could make them taste more the mystery of the Redemption! Even more happy, if they learned to enjoy it! It is not enough, in fact, to know what our salvation has cost to our Lord, and what blessings the holy victim brings to mankind; the sacrifice of Calvary saves us not without a faithful correspondence to grace, without our supernatural practice of virtues. Therefore, it seemed useful to attach to each station of Jesus some duties of the Christian life. Thus each meditations contain two distinct parts, the first of which indicates what Jesus Christ did for us, the second what we must do for him. As a whole, they expose, in one hand, the mystery of the Passion, and the other, an abstract of evangelical morality. Maybe, It will not be out of place to see here, at a glance, the sequence of ideas in this double relation: So here's the plan I followed.
Jesus Christ wanting to be our Redeemer, it was necessary that he repaired original sin, and our sins of ignorance, weakness, and malice. However, to repair the original sin, the Savior submits himself to the condemnation pronounced against the first Adam (1st station), and take up his cross (2nd Station).
He falls for the first time under the weight of our sins of ignorance (3rd Station); and to remedy the situation, he sends the church to meet us (4th station); he teaches us that man is not called in this life to earthly pleasures, but to carry his cross (5th Station), and we can not be predestined, unless we retrace in us the image of the Son of God (6th Station).
It is the utmost importance for every Christian to be instructed on the Sacrament of Penance. This is a second life-vest that God presents us after shipwreck, for returning to the port of salvation; it is a remedy that He has prepared us in His goodness, to cure the diseases of our soul and to deliver it of her infirmities; but most of people, do not know how to deal with it. Confession was established by Jesus Christ to cleanse us and sanctify us: if it does not produce these effects, it is only because man deviates from the rules, and that man does not have care to observe the conditions required for the sacrament of penance. So, we do not want to multiply, too much, the instructions on this matter, since we find in confession a safe and effective way for our reconciliation with the Lord and obtaining the grace of justification. And this is what it determines us to put here the way we should go about approaching this Sacrament, especially since Calvary (ie. The Way of the Cross every Friday on Lent) is a very proper place to inspire feelings of repentance; and that it is important to enjoy a moment so precious.
To make a good confession, we must begin: 1°. By examining our conscience; but before this examination it is necessary beseech the light of the Holy Spirit, asking him the grace to know the sins we are guilty, and to develop a real pain. After we had made his prayer, we must look at all the sins committed since last time; either by thought, word, deed and omission; recalling to our mind the commandments of God and the Church, the deadly sins; reviewing if the last confession has been well made, if we had not hidden or forgotten something, or failed to fulfill our penance; reviewing on our duties, obligations; considering which one was our ruling passion, and judging ourselves harshly, as if we have to appear before God. This examination is of such a major consequence, that if we forget by our fault, a mortal sin, confession is null; so we have to give to it very much attention. Moreover, if after careful and sufficient consideration, we forget something, God forgives it; and in this case we are obliged to tell this in our first next confession.
These seven psalms, 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142 (Vulgate numbering) have long been as-sociated with penitential devotions. St. Augustine is said to have had them placed before him to read while he was on his deathbed. They have also been often commended as a defense against the seven deadly sins, each Psalm being associated with one of them. The form below was taken from the Coeleste Palmetum, which was assembled by Wilhelmus Nakatenus (1617-1682), and has intervening prayers against each of the seven deadly sins.
Communion is, of all actions of a Christian, one that deserves more attention. Receive communion in a state of grace, it is the greatest of all happiness. Receive communion, on the contrary, in mortal sin is the greatest of all evils, of all misfortunes.By an unworthy Communion, we are committing a horrible sacrilege; and we made Jesus Christ, subject of one the bloodiest and brutal contempt. So, we have to deal with the consequences of being well prepared or not.Let man, says St. Paul, to examine himself before eating this bread, because, adds the same Apostle, who receives communion unworthily is guilty of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and eat and drink his condemnation, his sentence; because he does not discern properly what it must be the Lord’s body.Doing so, we cannot have too many holy dispositions to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. If you still had any criminal attachment; if you kept in your heart any hatred, any animosity against your brothers; if you unjustly retained the benefit of others; if the confession was not genuine and accompanied by a real pain; if you had not quitted the upcoming occasion of sin; or you might not be in the resolution to repair the scandal and harm to your neighbor, without wanting to return either his property or his honor; you should not stand to receive the sacred Banquet. Far from pleasing Jesus Christ you give him the kiss of Judas, and this heavenly bread for you become a deadly poison.
“But in the main, my intentions are good…” Priest of Ars: “Oh my friend, good intentions!!! Hell is paved with them”.
In order to preserve yourself of a great misfortune, before receiving the Holy of Holies purify your soul by a good Confession, as if you were about to die. Should not be a lesser purity of heart to receive communion than to go to the court of Jesus Christ. When you have done what is in your power, and your conscience blame you anything, that could be a major obstacle to the Sacrament, you must go with confidence to the Holy Table, and do not make like the Christian who is away under the pretext that is not quite perfect, and yet do nothing to become one. It is quite possible that this pretended ‘respect’, could serve as an excuse or a veil, where they are hiding their negligence and lukewarmness, and doing so they are getting away from God, and Does not God will turn away from them in the eternity? If for receive communion, we were expected to have the perfection that would require the Sacrament of our Altars, we would never could take communion. And then we will formally disobey Jesus Christ, who commands us, under penalty of damnation, to nourish ourselves of his sacred body and precious blood. It is not being away from Holy Communion that will make us saints, but often receiving communion with holy disposition. Because in the Communion we receive the source of all holiness. Only one Communion received property, it is capable of giving us the strength for constantly living following what is good.
So get ready, for a holy life, often receive Jesus Christ who comes into our Tabernacles to give Himself to us. Prepare a few (days) hours earlier by some fervent prayers; go to the Temple to worship the one you will receive. Early in the morning, on waking up, be aware of the grace that God wants to give you; read some good books on the Communion, as the book of the Imitation of Jesus, or others; go to Church with modesty and reverence; redouble during Mass, your enthusiasm; excite inside you feelings of faith, humility, contrition and love of God.
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, unto all thy servants, that they may remain continually in the enjoyment of soundness both of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, always a Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of thine eternal gladness.
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Confessions • 45 min before Masses • 4 - 4:45 pm Thursday
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Sunday: 10:00 AM
Thursday: 7:00 PM (1st Thursday - Traditional Latin Mass)