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your eyes : think often upon his passion, hide yourself in spirit in his wounds, and embrace his feet with all the affection of your soul.
8. Aim, as much as you can, at a penitential spirit during your sickness; often cry to God for mercy, and make frequent acts of contrition for your sins. St. Augustine used to say, that no Christian, however innocent his life might have been, ought to venture to die in any other state than that of a penitent.
A Prayer proper to be daily repeated in time of Sickness.
O Lord Jesus Christ, behold I receive this sickness, with which thou art pleased to visit me, as coming from thy fatherly hand. It is thy will it should be thus with me, and therefore I submit: thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. May this sickness be to the honour of thy holy name, and for the good of my soul. For this end, I here offer myself with an entire submission to all thine appointments, to suffer whatever thou pleasest, as long as thou pleasest, and in what manner thou pleasest; for I am thy creature, O Lord, who have most ungratefully offended thee; and since my sins have a long time cried aloud to heaven for justice, why should I now complain if I feel thy hand upon me?
But rebuke me not, O Lord, in thy fury, nor chastise me in thy wrath ; but have regard to my weakness. Thou knowest how frail I am ; that I am nothing but dust and ashes. Deal not with me, therefore, according to my sins, neither punish me according to mine iniquities; but, according to the multitude of thy most tender mercies, have compassion on me. Oh! let thy justice be tempered with mercy, and let thy heavenly grace come to my assistance, to support me under this my illness. Confirm my soul with strength from above, that I may bear, with a true Christian patience, all the uneasiness, pains, disquiets, and difficulties of my sickness, and that I may cheerfully accept them as the just punishment of my offences. Preserve me from all temptations, and be thou my defence against all the assaults of the enemy, that in this illness I may in no way offend thee; and if this is to be my last, I beseech thee so to direct me by thy grace, that I may not neglect nor be deprived of those helps which, in thy mercy, thou hast ordained
for the good of my soul, to prepare it for its passage into eternity; that, being perfectly cleansed from all my sins, I may believe in thee, put my whole trust in thee, love thee above all things, and, through the merits of thy death and passion, be admitted into the company of the blessed, where I may praise thee for ever. Amen.
Short Acts of the most necessary Virtues proper to be
inculcated in the time of Sickness. Lord, I accept this sickness from thy hands, and entirely resign myself to thy blessed will, whether it be for life or death. Not my will, but thine be done: thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Lord, I submit to all the pains and uneasiness of this my illness; my sins have deserved infinitely more. Thou art just, O Lord, and thy judgment is right.
Lord, I offer up to thee all that I now suffer, or may have yet to suffer, to be united to the sufferings of my Redeemer, and sanctified by his passion.
I adore thee, O my God and my All, as my first beginning and last end; and I desire to pay thee the best homage I am able, and to bow down all the powers of my soul to thee,
Lord, I desire to praise thee for ever, in sickness as well as in health ; I desire to join my heart and voice with the whole Church of heaven and earth, in blessing thee for ever.
I give thee thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the mercies and blessings bestowed upon me and thy whole Church, through Jesus Christ thy Son; and above all, for having loved me from all eternity, and redeemed me with his precious blood. Oh, let not that blood be shed for me in vain !
Lord, I believe all those heavenly truths which thou hast revealed, and which thy holy Catholic Church believes and teaches. Thou art the sovereign Truth, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived ; and thou hast promised the Spirit of Truth, to guide thy Church into all truth. “I believe in God the Father Almighty,” &c. In this faith I resolve, through thy grace, both to live
and die. O Lord, strengthen and increase this my faith.
O my God, all my hopes are in thee; and through Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, and through his passion and death, I hope for mercy, grace, and salvation from thee. In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust; oh, let me never be confounded!
O sweet Jesus, receive me into thine arms, in this day of my distress; hide me in thy wounds, bathe my soul in thy precious blood.
I love thee, O my God, with my whole heart and soul, above all things; at least, I desire so to love thee. Oh, come now and take full possession of my whole soul, and teach me to love thee for ever!
I desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.
Oh, when will thy kingdom come! O Lord, when wilt thou perfectly reign in all hearts! When shall sin be no more!
I desire to embrace every neighbour with perfect charity for the love of thee. I forgive, from my heart, all who have in any way offended or injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have in any way offended.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out mine iniquity.
Oh, who will give water to my head, and a fountain of tears to mine eyes, that night and day I may weep for all my sins !
Oh, that I had never offended so good a God! Oh, that I had never sinned! Happy those souls that have always preserved their baptismal innocence !
Lord, be merciful to me a sinner; sweet Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on me.
I commend my soul to God my Creator, who made me out of nothing; to Jesus Christ my Saviour, who redeemed me with his precious blood; to the Holy Ghost, who sanctified me in baptism. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
I renounce from this moment, and for all eternity, the devil and all his works; and I abhor all his suggestions and temptations. Oh, suffer not, O Lord, this mortal enemy of my soul to have any power over me, either now or at my last hour. Oh, let thy holy angels defend me from all the powers of darkness.
Holy Mary, pray for me.
Holy Mary, Mother of grace, Mother of mercy, do thou defend me from the enemy, and receive me at the hour of death.
O holy Angel of God, who art my guardian, stand by me and assist me.
O all ye blessed Angels and Saints of God, pray for me, a poor sinner.
Acts of the Love of God. 1. My God, my sovereign good, would that I had always loved thee!
2. My God, I detest the time in which I loved thee not.
3. How have I lived so long without thy holy love? 4. And thou, my God, how hast thou borne with me? 5. I thank thee, O my God, for so much patience. 6. Now I desire to love thee for ever. 7. I would rather die than cease to love thee.
8. My God, deprive me of life rather than permit that I should cease to love thee.
9. The grace I ask of thee is that I may always love thee.
10. With thy love I shall be happy. Glory be to the Father, &c.
1. My God, I desire to see thee loved by all men.
2. I should consider it a happiness to give my blood, in order that all men may love thee.
3. Blind are they who love thee not. 4. Enlighten them, O my God!
5. Not to love thee, O Sovereign Good, is the only evil to be feared.
6. Never will I be of the number of those blind souls who love thee not.
7. Thou, O my God, art my joy and all my good. 8. I desire to be wholly thine for ever.
9. Who shall ever be able to separate me from thy love?
10. Come, all created beings; come, all of you, and love my God.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
1. My God, would that I had a thousand hearts to love thee.
2. Would that I had the hearts of all men to love thee!
3. How I should rejoice were there many worlds, who might all love thee!
. I should be happy if I could love thee with the heart of all possible creatures.
5. Thou, indeed, dost merit it, O my God!
7. O woful insensibility of man, in regard of this Sovereign Good!
8. Oh, the blindness of worldlings, who know not true love!
9. () blessed inhabitants of heaven, who know it and love it!
10. O happy necessity, to love God! Glory be to the Father, &c.
1. O my God, when shall I burn with love for thee? 2. O how happy would be my lot!
3. But since I know not how to love thee, I can rejoice at this, that so many others love thee with all their hearts.
4. I rejoice at this particularly, that the angels and saints love thee in heaven.
5. I unite my feeble heart to their inflamed hearts.
6. Would that I could love thee as well as those saints who have been most inflamed with love for thee!
7. Would that I had for thee a love similar to that of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Catherine, and St. Teresa!
8. Or such as that of St. Austin, St. Dominic, St. Francis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. Aloysius Gonzaga.
9. Or as that which was entertained for thee by the holy Apostles; and particularly by St. Peter, St. Paul, and the beloved disciple.