Why you should always make a morning prayer offering May 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, reading, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
Some pretty good advice, and a few suggested prayers, for making a morning offering. The first prayer is based on three (private) revelations of Our Lord. I will give the revelations first, followed by the prayer. All material for this post comes from Joan Carroll Cruz’ book Prayers and Heavenly Promises. As a brief aside, I have now read several books by Mrs. Cruz and I strongly recommend her as an author. A very good priest I know seconds that opinion.
The first bit:
“When you awake, enter at once into My Heart, and when you are in It, offer My Father all your actions united to the pulsations of My Heart……If a person is engaged in work of no value in itself, if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I Myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly profit souls………more, perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world. You will be able to save many souls that way.” (Our Lord to Sister Josefa Menendez)
“When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart, and to offer Me your own……Whoever shall breathe a sigh toward Me from the bottom of his heart when he awakes in the morning and shall ask Me to work all his works in him throughout the day, will draw Me to him………For never does a man breathe a sigh of longing aspiration toward Me without drawing Me nearer to him than I was before.” (Our Lord to St. Mechtilde).
“It is not by praying that souls are saved, but through the actions of even the most ordinary lives lived for God……..Offer Me everything united to My life on earth……Offer Me all the crosses of the world. There are so many, and few think of offering them to Me in expiation for sins……” (Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis)
A Morning Prayer based on the Three above Revelations:
Dear Lord, I adore Your Sacred Heart, which I desire to enter with acts of love, praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. I offer You my own heart as I sigh to You from its very depths, asking that You will work through me in all that I do this day; thus may I draw You closer to me than You were before. I offer You all the crosses and sufferings of the world, in union with Your life on earth, in expiation for sins. Please join my every action and heartbeat to the pulsations of Your heart. I unite all my works of this day to those labors You performed while You were on earth, bathing them in Your Precious Blood, and I offer them to the Heavenly Father so that souls may be saved. Amen. [Just a quick note – what a total contrast of intent to the mentality I discussed in my previous post!]
Fatima Morning Offering (based on Our Lady of Fatima’s requests)
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, sorrows and sufferings, all that this day may bring, by they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Since I’m sure all my readers already have a routine of morning prayer/offering, perhaps a friend or loved one could benefit from these prayers and the revelations that help inspire them? I do think the contrast between the mentality of joyfully willed suffering, so central to our Faith and a notion that played a critical role in instilling many of the nobler elements in Western Civilization, and that prevalent today, seen perhaps in its apotheosis in the euthanasia movement, is mind-boggling. How very far we have fallen.
As a sort of PS, a prayer from Saint Catherine of Siena, one of my personal favorites, for the transformation of our hearts through the action of the Holy Ghost. I thought this prayer timely for this great feast week of Pentecost:
“O Holy Spirit, only Your clemency and ineffable love could have held the Son of God nailed to the wood of the Cross, for neither nails nor cords would have been able to hold Him there without the bonds of love. And then, when Christ returned to His Father at His Ascension, You, O Holy Ghost, were sent into the world with the power of the Father, the wisdom of the Son, and Your own mercy, to strengthen the way of the Doctrine which Christ left in the world……….O Holy Spirit, come into my heart; by Your power, draw it to You, true God; grant me charity with fear, guard me from every evil thought, warm me, inflame me with Your most sweet love, so that every pain will seem slight to me. O Holy Father and my sweet Lord, help me now in all my actions.”
We can only escape the snares of the world, the flesh, and the devil in this diabolical time through the Grace of God. Staying close to Our Lady and keeping up a vibrant interior life (with regular penance and works of charity) are the best means of remaining in God’s good grace. I pray for your ultimate success in this vital endeavor. May God bless all of you!