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What shall I do to show my gratitude ? Thou, O my JESUS, dost abide within me. I will be still and quiet, and learn of Thee. May Thy love kindle love in me. Suffer me not to drive Thee away by distracting thoughts and idle fancies.
Jesus, my God, I thank Thee, or rather I know not how to thank Thee. Would that Thou Thyself wouldst fill my heart and lips with praise, that all my life long I might sing Thy glory, and show forth Thy wondrous works.
Ye Angels and Saints, thank and bless my God for me ; supply what is lacking
Why should I remain cold and heartless ? What has He done for you who love Him so, that He has not done for me? He has given me His own Self—all that He has to give.
JESUS, my God, I thank Thee, and I fain would love Thee. Stay with me until
I love Thee really, and suffer not my love and gratitude to pass away.
• Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all that He hath done for thee.'
King of Heaven, I adore Thee. Most holy Child of Bethlehem, I bow down before Thy eternal Majesty; and I fain would make up for all my want of reverence in the time past. I would worship and love Thee for all Thy creatures who worship and love Thee not.
Thou art infinitely adorable in Thine awful majesty and greatness; but if it were possible, Thou wouldst be even more adorable in Thy humility and tendernessthe Child of Mary ever Virgin-the Divine Food of Thy faithful here below.
As I have received Thee, and long to dore Thee worthily now, so let me see Thee and rejoice in the perfect worship of Thee through endless ages of joy hereafter.
What have I to offer to Thee, O God, as a pledge of my gratitude and love? I have nothing but what by every title is already Thine-myself, my body and soul. Take me then, O LORD, and grant that I may be for ever truly Thine; my body to be employed in Thy service, my soul to know, love, and be faithful to Thee for ever
Never suffer me, who have received Thee in the Holy Sacrament of Thy love, to betray Thee, to become the servant of sin, and of Thy enemy, the devil.
Blessed Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, I rejoice in the great glory and wonderful prerogatives which thy Divine Son has delighted to bestow upon thee. Remember that, banging upon the Cross, He bade thee take me for thy child. Be a
and obtain for me the favours I have asked of Him. Protect me ever against all my enemies; help and pray for me now and at the hour of
CONFESSION. Before going to Confession, be sure to make a careful examination of your conscience. Do this, if possible, alone and in quiet; or do it in the church—there is no better place.
Beg light from God the Holy Ghost to see yourself, as far as may be, as you are in His sight. Call to mind all the sins of deed, word, thought, and omission that you have been guilty of since your last Confession. If
you have examined your conscience daily you will not find this difficult. You may
make your examination after the way suggested at page 14.
Remember that through the priest you make your confession to Him who will, you know not how soon, be your great Judge, from whom nothing is hidden, who knows you through and through, not only your words and acts, but your most secret thoughts and the hidden motives of your heart.
PRAYER BEFORE EXAMINATION. Thou, O God, hast created me out of nothing, redeemed me by the Precious Blood of Thy only Son, taken care of me until this hour, and loaded me with blessings. I depend each moment for all things upon Thee, who keepest me in being; and yet I have been unmindful of Thee, and have offended against Thee. How many times I have sinned against Thee I know not, nor can I know, unless Thou grantest me Thy light to see myself as I am before Thee. Give me grace to see the state of my soul, and the number and greatness of
Give me this grace, O LORD, and the grace also to be truly sorry for my offences