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A little Franciscan spirituality January 18, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, religious.

From the great Franciscans of the Immaculate, founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe:

My Daily Eucharist: 

On awakening, make the sign of the cross.

On arising say: “O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!  All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.”

Adore our Lord as your King who has called you today to work in his amiable service and for his honor and glory. Render him this day the homage of your mind, your heart, your body and your life for he deserves it all.

Thank our Lord for having kept you alive; thank him for all the graces received during your life (baptism, first communion, vocation). Rejoice at the honor and the happiness of spending this whole day in union with our Divine Lord in his Sacrament of love: such a day may be worth an entire life, the whole of Paradise.

Acknowledge your weakness and your defects in your particular vocation. Confess your offenses of yester­day. Detest the power of self-love, the feebleness of your will, the distractions of your mind. Promise our Lord that you will correct your ruling passion; foresee the occasions of relapse and the opportunities of practicing opposite virtues. Remember your resolution for this month and determine for yourself a certain penance in case of failure to keep it.

Ask our Lord for the grace of being more faithful today. Recommend yourself to the Blessed Virgin, to your Guardian Angel and begin work with the help of God’s grace.

Consecrate the whole day to our Eucharistic Jesus. Place yourself in spirit, in his presence and humbly adore him on his nearest throne of Perpetual Exposition or in the nearest Taber­nacle.

O sweet Jesus, your goodness and your might have brought me to this morning’s light. Keep and preserve me every hour, from sorrow. sin, temptation’s power. Grant me your blessing, Lord, this day, on all I think and do and say. Jesus for your help I plead. Mary for me intercede.

After making this offering, form your intention to gain all the indulgences of the day. Then hasten to the church for your morning prayers, Holy Mass and Communion.

There is much more at the linka, including wonderful morning prayers from St. Peter Julian Eymard.   One thing I’m trying to work on, in imitation of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, is to find God – the Trinity, as it were – always dwelling within me.  When I am in a less than ideal situation, or any situation, when I can, I strive to try to create a little cell within me where I can worship and serve Him who deservers all my love.  I am not a religious by vocation, but I seek to be one through consecration of my heart and soul to the Holy Trinity throughout the entire day, and in those moments where there is chaos or difficulty, I strive to retreat to that little cell and adore the presence of God within me.  It’s not always easy to do, it requires some introspection and alot of dying to self, but when I am able to do it, it brings such peace and a sense of joy, to know that God is always indwelling within me through Grace. 

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for me!

OK, so if it was a little Franciscan AND Carmelite spirituality.


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