On Impenitence


The Impenitent Prodigal Son - by HEMESSEN, Jan Sanders van - from Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

The Parable of the Prodigal Son, Illustrates the Theme of Repentance, and the Infinite Nature of Divine Mercy. In the Foreground, is the Impenitent Prodigal Son, surrounded-by Women-of Easy Morals, and Abandoning himself to the Sins of the Senses: Lechery, Gluttony, Laziness. The Aging Pimp, with a Cupidinous and Revolting Grin; the Red-faced, Jeering Drunk; the Avid Gambler; and the Prostitute; Illustrate the "Occasions of Sin", referenced-by Saint Alphonsus, in this Sermon.

 

And He was speaking these things unto them, Behold a certain Ruler came up,
and Adored Him, saying: Lord, my Daughter is even now Dead;
but come, lay Thy Hand upon her, and she shall Live - Matthew 9:18

 

On Impenitence

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

How Great, is God's Goodness! How Difficult it is, to obtain Pardon from a Man, whom you have Offended! When Sinners Cast themselves at the Feet-of the Lord, with-Humility and with- Sorrow, for having Offended Him, He Instantly Pardons and Embraces them. "Turn ye to Me, saith the Lord of Hosts: and I will Turn to you" - Zechariah 1:3. Sinners, says the Lord, I have Turned My Back on you, because you First (1st) Turned your Back, on Me; Return-to Me, and I will Return-to you, and will Embrace you. When Rebuked-by the Prophet Nathan, David Repented, and said: I have Sinned against the Lord; I have Offended my God. David was Instantly Pardoned; for at the very Moment that he Confessed his Guilt, Nathan said to him: "The Lord also hath taken away thy Sin: thou shalt not Die" - 2Kings 12:13. But, let us Come-to the Gospel-of the Day, in which we find that a certain Ruler, whose Daughter was Dead, went Immediately-to Jesus Christ, and asked Him to Restore her to Life: "Lord, my Daughter is even now Dead; but come, lay Thy Hand upon her, and she shall Live" - Matthew 9:18. In Explaining this Passage, Saint Bonaventure turns-to the Sinner, and says: "Your Daughter is your Soul; she even now is Dead by Sin; Hasten your Conversion". Brother, your Soul is your Daughter, that has just Died, by Committing Sin. Return Immediately-to God. Hasten; if you Delay, and Defer your Conversion from day-to-day, the Wrath of God shall Suddenly come-upon you, and you shall be Cast-into Hell. "Delay not to be Converted to the Lord, and Defer it not from day-to-day. For His Wrath shall come on a Sudden, and in the Time of Vengeance, He will Destroy thee" - Ecclesiasticus 5:8-9. Behold the Sermon-for this Day, in which I will show, First (1st), the Danger, to-which he, who is in the State-of-Sin, and Defers his Conversion, is Exposed; and Secondly (2nd), the Remedy to be Adopted-by him, who is in-Sin, and Wishes-to Save his Soul.

 

First Point
The Danger to which a Person in Sin,
who Defers his Conversion, is Exposed

Saint Augustine considers Three (3) States-of Christians. The First (1st), is the State-of those who have always Preserved Baptismal Innocence; the Second (2nd), is the State-of those who have Fallen-into Sin, and have Afterwards, Returned-to God, and Persevered-in Grace; the Third (3rd), is of those who have Fallen, and have always Relapsed-into Sin, and are Found-in that Unhappy State, at Death. Speaking-of the First (1st) and Second (2nd) State, he Pronounces them, Secure-of Salvation; but, Speaking-of the Third (3rd), he says: "Non dico, non praesumo, non promitto" - Homily 41. I do not Say; I do not Presume; I do not Promise. He neither Says, nor Presumes, nor Promises, that such Sinners are Saved. From these Words, it appears that, in his Opinion, it is very-Improbable, that they obtain Eternal (∞) Life. Saint Thomas teaches-in his Summa Theologica, that he who is in the State-of Mortal Sin, cannot long Abstain-from the Commission-of some New Sin. And Saint Gregory says: "A Sin which is not Blotted out by Repentance, by its Weight, soon Draws-to another Sin; hence it is not only a Sin, but the Cause of Sin". One Sin, is the Cause-of Another, because, in the Sinner, Reason is Disordered, and Inclines him to Evil; and therefore, he cannot-long Resist Temptation. "Quando", says Saint Anselm, "quis manet in peccato, ratio jam est deodinata et ideo veniente tentatione faciet id quod est facilius agere". Hence, according-to the Holy Doctor, though they Understand the Great Advantage-of Sanctifying Grace, Sinners, because they are Deprived-of Grace, always Relapse, in-spite-of all their Efforts to-Avoid Sin. "Per peccatum non potest prosequi bonum quod cognoscit, conatur et labitur". But, how can the Branch that is Cut-off from the Vine, produce Fruit? "As", says Jesus Christ, "the Branch cannot bear Fruit of itself, unless it Abide-in the Vine, so neither can you, unless you Abide-in Me" - John 15:4.

"He", says Saint Gregory, "Who has Promised Pardon to Penitents, has not Promised Tomorrow, to Sinners"

- Time is in the Hand of God -
 

But some Young Persons may say: I will Hereafter, give myself to God. Behold the False, Hope-of Sinners, which Leads them to Remain-in Sin, till Death, and from Death, Conducts them to Hell. Who are you, that say, you will Hereafter, Give yourself to God? But who, I ask, Promises you that you shall have Time, to Give yourself to God, and that you shall not Meet-with a Sudden-Death, which will Take you Out-of this World, before you Give yourself to Him? "He", says Saint Gregory, "Who has Promised Pardon to Penitents, has not Promised Tomorrow, to Sinners". The Lord has Promised Pardon, to all who Repent-of their Sins; but, to those who Wish-to Continue-in Sin, He has not Promised Time, for Repentance. Do you say Hereafter? But, Jesus Christ tells you that Time is in the Hand-of-God, and not under your Control. "It is not for you to Know the Times or Moments, which the Father hath put in His Own Power" - Acts 1:7. We Read-in the Gospel-of Saint Luke, that Jesus Christ, seeing a Fig Tree, which was Fruitless-for Three (3) Years, Ordered it to be Cut-down. "And He said to the Dresser of the Vineyard: Behold, for these Three Years, I come Seeking Fruit on this Fig Tree, and I find None. Cut it down therefore: why Cumbereth it the Ground?" - Luke 13:7. Tell me, you who say that you will Hereafter, Give yourself to God, for what Purpose does He Preserve your Life? Is it that you may Continue-to Insult Him, by Sin? No; He Gives you Life, that you may Renounce Sin, and Change your Conduct. "Knowest thou not, that the Benignity of God, Leadeth thee to Penance?" - Romans 2:4. But, you are Resolved not to Amend; and if you Wish-to Give yourself to God, only Hereafter, He will Say-of your Soul, to the Dresser-of His Vineyard: "Cut it down. Why Cumbereth it the Ground?" Why should such a Sinner be Allowed-to Remain-on Earth? Is it to Continue-to Offend Me? Cut-down this Fruitless Tree, and Cast it into the Fire. "For now the Axe is Laid to the Root of the Trees. Every Tree, therefore, that doth not Yield Good Fruit, shall be Cut-down, and Cast-into the Fire" - Matthew 3:10.

But, should God Hereafter give you Time-for Repentance, will you, if you do not now Repent, Return-to Him Hereafter? Sins, like so-many Chains, keep the Sinner in Bondage. "His own Iniquities, Catch the Wicked, and he is Fast Bound with the Ropes-of his own Sins" - Proverbs 5:22. My Brother, if you cannot now, Break the Cords by-which you are at-present Bound, will you be-able-to Break them Hereafter, when they shall be Doubled-by the Commission-of new-Sins? To give him an Idea-of the Degree-of Folly which Impenitent Sinners reach, our Lord showed, One-day, to the Abbot Arenius, an Ethiopian, who, not being able to Raise a Load-of Faggots, added-to their Weight, and thus became less-able, to-Raise it. Sinners, said the Savior to the Holy Abbot, Act-in a similar-manner. They Wish-to get Rid-of their Past Sins, and, at the same-time, commit New Ones. These New Sins, shall Lead them into-Others, more-Numerous and more-Enormous. Cain Sinned-against his Brother, First (1st), by-Envy; Then, by-Hatred; and Afterwards, by-Murder; Finally, he Despaired-of the Divine Mercy, saying: "And Cain said to the Lord: My Iniquity is Greater than, that I may Deserve Pardon" - Genesis 4:13. Judas also was First (1st), Guilty-of the Sin of Avarice; he Then, Betrayed Jesus Christ, and Afterwards, Hanged himself. Sins, Chain the Sinner, and make him their Slave, so that he Knowingly-brings himself to-Destruction. "His own Iniquities, Catch the Wicked, and he is Fast Bound, with the Ropes of his own Sins" - Proverbs 5:22.

Moreover, his Sins Weigh-down the Sinner to such-a-degree, that he no-longer Regards Heaven, nor his own Salvation. "There is no Peace for my Bones, because of my Sins", said David with Tears, "for my Iniquities are Gone over my Head: and as a Heavy Burden, are become Heavy upon me" - Psalm 37:4-5. Hence the Miserable Man loses Reason, thinks only-of Earthly Goods, and thus Forgets the Divine Judgments. "And they Perverted their own Mind, and Turned away their Eyes, that they might not Look unto Heaven, nor remember Just Judgments" - Daniel 13:9. He even Hates the Light, because he Fears that it will Interrupt his Criminal Pleasures. "For every one that doth Evil, hateth the Light, and cometh not to the Light, that his Works may not be Reproved" - John 3:20. Hence, he becomes Miserably Blind, and goes round-about continually, from Sin to Sin. "The Wicked, walk round-about" - Psalm 11:9. He then Despises Admonitions, Divine Calls, Hell, Heaven, and God. "The Wicked Man, when he is come into the Depths of Sins, contemneth" - Proverbs 18:3.

Supernatural Order
(Resides in the Essence of the Soul)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Man is born a Rational Creature, with Body and Soul, into the Natural Order.
God first elevates Man to the Supernatural Order via the Sacrament of Baptism, which infuses Sanctifying Grace into the Essence of the Soul. The other Six (6) Sacraments can then elevate the Soul even Higher.
The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the Purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.
Mortal Sin destroys/kills Man's entire Supernatural Order/Life. Man is no-longer a Temple of God. God is gone & resides no-longer in the Soul. Instead, Satan, now resides in the Soul.
Satan can now directly Attack the Faculties of the Flesh, already weakened by Original Sin.
Only God can Raise the Soul back-to-Life from the Dead, via the Sacrament of Penance.
Strength is Manifested in our Control of the Will of the Soul.
Pray! Pray! Pray! Unite your Will to God's Will.

 

"He hath", says Job, "Torn me with Wound-upon-Wound, he hath Rushed in upon me, like a Giant" - Job 16:15. By Conquering One (1) Temptation, a Man acquires not-only Additional Strength to Repel Future Assaults, but also Diminishes the Power-of the Devil. And, on the other hand, when we Yield-to any Temptation, the Devil becomes-like a Giant, and we become so Weak, that we have scarcely Strength-to Resist him any-longer. If you receive a Wound from an Enemy, you Lose Strength. If to this, New Wounds be Added, you shall be Exhausted, and Rendered unable-to Defend yourself. This is what happens-to the Fools who say: I will Hereafter give myself to God. How can they Resist the Attacks-of the Devil, after they have Lost their Strength, and after their Wounds have Mortified? "My Sores are Putrified and Corrupted, because of my Foolishness" - Psalm 37:6. At its Commencement, a Wound is easily Healed; but, when it becomes Gangrenous, the Cure is most Difficult. Recourse must be had, to the Cautery; but even this Remedy, is in many cases, Ineffectual.

But, Saint Paul teaches, that God "will have all Men to be Saved" - 1Timothy 2:4; and that Jesus Christ came-on Earth, for the Salvation-of Sinners. "Christ Jesus came into this World, to Save Sinners" - 1Timothy 1:15. God certainly Wills the Salvation-of all who Desire it; He Wills the Salvation-of those who Wish-to Save their Souls; but not those who Labor for their own Damnation. Jesus Christ has come-to Save Sinners. To Save our Souls, Two (2) Things are Necessary; First (1st), the Grace of God; and Secondly (2nd), our own Cooperation. "Behold, I Stand at the Gate, and Knock. If any Man shall hear My Voice, and open to Me the Door, I will Come-in to him, and will Sup-with him, and he with Me" - Revelation 3:20. Then, in order that God may enter-into us by His Grace, we must, on our part, obey His Calls, and open our Hearts to Him. Likewise, Saint Paul says, "With Fear and Trembling, Work out your Salvation" - Philippians 2:12. He says, Work out. Then we too must Cooperate-to our Salvation, by Good Works; otherwise, the Lord will only give us 'Sufficient' Grace, by which we shall be-able-to Save our Souls, but by which we 'Certainly' will not Save them. Behold the Reason; he who is in the State-of-Sin, and Continues-to Commit Sin, is Daily, more-and-more Attached-to the Flesh, and more Removed-from God. Now, how can God, by His Grace, approach-to us, when we Withdraw-farther from Him? He then Retires-from us, and becomes less-Liberal in His Favors. "And I will make it Desolate: . . . . and I will Command the Clouds to Rain no Rain, upon it" - Isaiah 5:6. When the Soul continues-to Offend God, He Abandons Her, and Withdraws His Helps. Hence, She shall Cease-to feel Remorse-of Conscience; She shall be Left without Light; and the Blindness of Her Understanding, and the Hardness-of Her Heart shall be Increased. She shall become Utterly Insensible-to the Calls-of-God, to the Maxims-of-Faith, and to the Melancholy Examples-of other Rebellious Souls, that have 'Closed-their-Career', in Hell.

But who knows, the Obstinate Sinner will say, but God will Show to me, the same Mercy which He has Shown to Great Sinners? In answer to this, Saint Chrysostom says: "Fortasse dabit, inquis; cur dicis fortasse? Contigit aliquando; sed cogita quod de anima deliberas?" - Homily 22. You say, Perhaps God will Give me the Grace of Salvation. But, why do you say "Perhaps"? Is it because He has sometimes Given-to Great Sinners, the Grace-of Eternal (∞) Life? But remember, says the Holy Doctor, that there is, Question-of your Soul, which if Once Lost, is Lost Forever (∞). I, too, Take-you-up, and Admit-that God has, by certain Extraordinary Graces, Saved some 'Enormous' Sinners. But, these Cases are very-Rare; they are 'Prodigies' and Miracles-of-Grace, by which God Wished-to show the Boundlessness-of His Mercy. But ordinarily, Sinners who Wish-to Continue-in Sin, are, in the End, Cast-into Hell. On them, are Executed the Threats-of the Lord, against Obstinate Sinners. "You have Despised all My Counsel, and have neglected My Reprehensions. I also will Laugh in your Destruction, and will Mock when that shall come to you, which you Feared. When Sudden Calamity shall Fall on you, and Destruction, as a Tempest, shall be at-hand: when Tribulation and Distress shall come upon you: Then shall they Call upon Me, and I will not Hear: they shall Rise in the Morning, and shall not find Me" - Proverbs 1:25-28. I, says the Lord, have Called-on them again-and-again, but they have Refused-to Hear Me. "But they did not Hear, nor Incline their Ear: but Hardened their Neck, that they might not Hear Me, and might not Receive Instruction" - Jeremiah 17:23. Now they Call-upon Me, it is but Just that I Refuse-to Listen-to their Cries. God Bears, but does not Bear Forever (∞); when the Time-of Vengeance arrives, He Punishes Past-and-Present Iniquities. "For the Most High is a Patient Rewarder" - Ecclesiasticus 5:4. And according-to Saint Augustine, the longer God has Waited-for Negligent Sinners, the more-Severely He will Chastise them. "Quanto diutius expectat Deus, ut emenderis; tanto gravius judicabit, si neglexeris". He who Promises-to Amend, and Willfully Neglects to Return-to God, is Unworthy-of the Grace-of True Repentance.

But God is Full of Mercy. He is Full-of Mercy, but He is not so Stupid as-to Act-without Reason; to Show Mercy to those who Continue-to Insult Him, would be Stupidity, and not Goodness. "Is thy Eye Evil, because I am Good?" - Matthew 20:15. Will you Persevere-in Wickedness, because I am Bountiful? God is Good, but He is also Just, and He Exhorts us all, to-Observe His Law, if we Wish-to Save our Souls. "But if thou wilt Enter into Life, keep the Commandments" - Matthew 19:17. Were God to show Mercy to the Wicked, as-well-as to the Just, and to Give-to all, the Grace-of-Conversion, before Death, He would Hold-out a Strong Temptation, even to the Saints, to commit Sin; but no, when His Mercies have Reached their Term, He Punishes, and Pardons no more. "And My Eye shall not Spare thee, and I will Shew thee no Pity" - Ezekiel 7:4. Hence He says: "But Pray that your Flight be not in the Winter, or on the Sabbath" - Matthew 24:20. We are Prevented-from Working-in the Winter, by the Cold, and on the Sabbath, by the Law. In this Passage, the Redeemer gives us to Understand-that, for Impenitent Sinners, a Time shall come, when they would Wish-to give themselves to God, but shall find themselves Prevented-by their Bad Habits, from Returning-to Him. Of this, there are Numberless Melancholy Examples. In his Sermons-on a Happy Death, Cataneus relates, that a Dissolute Young Man, when Admonished to Give-up his Wickedness, said: I have a Saint who is Omnipotent, and this is the Mercy-of-God. Death came; the Unhappy Man sent-for a Confessor; but, while he was Preparing-for Confession, the Devil, Wrote-down before his Eyes, all his Sins. He was Seized-with Terror, and exclaimed: Alas! what a Long Catalogue of Sins! And before he was able-to make his Confession, he Expired. In his Sermons-for-Sundays, Campadelli relates that a Young Nobleman, Addicted-to Sins of the Flesh, was Warned by-God and by-Men, to Amend his Life; but he Despised all their Admonitions. He afterwards, Fell-into a Severe Illness, Confessed his Sins, and Promised-to change his Life; but, after his Recovery, he Returned-to the Vomit. Behold the Vengeance of God! Being one-day in a Field during the Vintage, he took Fever, went Home, and feeling that the Disease was far-advanced, he sent-in-haste for a Priest, who Lived-near the House. The Priest comes, enters the House, salutes the Sick Man, but sees a Frightful Spectacle, the Eyes and Mouth open, the Face, Black-as Jet. He calls the Sick Man, but finds that he is Dead. Dearly Beloved Brethren, take Care, that you too be not Miserable Examples-of the Justice-of God. Give-up Sin; but give it up, from this Moment; for if you Continue-to Commit Sin, the same Vengeance which has Fallen-on so many others, shall also Fall-on you. Let us, come-to the Remedy.

 

Second Point
The Remedy for those who find themselves in Sin,
and Wish to Save their Souls
 

Jesus Christ was one-day asked, if the Number-of the Elect is small. "And a certain Man said to Him: Lord, are they Few that are Saved? But He said to them: Strive to Enter by the Narrow Gate; for Many, I say to you, shall Seek to Enter, and shall not be able" - Luke 13:23-24. He says, that many Seek to-Enter Heaven, but do not Enter; and Why? Because they Wish-to Gain Eternal (∞) Life, without Inconvenience, and without making Strong Efforts, to Abstain-from Forbidden Pleasures. Therefore, He said: "Strive to Enter by the Narrow Gate". The Gate-of Heaven is Narrow; to Enter it, we must Labor, and must do Violence, to ourselves. And we ought to be Persuaded that what we can do Today, we shall not be always able to do Hereafter. The Delay-of Conversion, sends many Christians to-Hell; the Weakness, Darkness, and Obduracy of the Soul, are, as we have already said, Daily-Increased, and the Divine Helps are Diminished. Thus the Soul shall Die, in Her Sins. You say: I will Hereafter, return-to God. Then you Know that, to Save your Soul, you must Renounce Sin; why do you not give it up Now that God has Called you to Repentance? If at some Time, says Saint Augustine, why not Now? The Time which you Now have, to Repair the Past, shall not be Given-to you Hereafter; and the Mercy which God shows you at-Present, will not be Extended-to you at a Future Time. If, then, you Wish-to Save your Soul, do Immediately, what you must One Day do. Go-to Confession, as-soon-as possible, and Tremble, lest every Delay may be Eternal (∞) Ruin, of your Soul.

"Nullus", says Saint Fulgentius, "sub spe misericordiae debet diutius in peccatis remanere, cum nolit in corpore sub spe salutis diutius aegrotare". Were a Physician, says the Saint, to Offer you a Remedy for Sickness, would you say: I do not Wish to be Cured at Present, because I Hope to Recover Hereafter? And when there is a Question-of the Salvation-of your Soul, you say: I will Remain in Sin, because I Hope that God will be Merciful to me at a Future Time. But if, according to His Just Judgments, the Lord should not Show you Mercy Hereafter, what should become of you? - shall you not be Damned? Let us, says the Apostle, do Good while we have Time to do it. "Therefore, whilst we have Time, let us Work Good to all Men" - Galatians 6:10. For Time may not be Given-to us, to do Good, Hereafter. Hence the Lord Exhorts us to Guard our Souls with Great Care; because we know-not the Hour, when He will come-to Demand an Account-of our Life. "Watch ye therefore, because you Know-not the Day, nor the Hour" - Matthew 25:13.

"My Soul is Continually in my hands" - Psalm 118:109. He who Wears-on his Finger, a Ring containing a Diamond of Great Value, looks frequently-at the Ring, to see if the Diamond be Secure; it is thus we ought to Watch-over our Souls. And should we see that it has been Lost-by-Sin, we ought Instantly to Adopt every-means in our Power, to Recover it. We ought to turn Immediately to Jesus, our Savior, like Magdalene, who, as-soon-as she knew that He Sat-at-Meat, ran-to Him, cast herself at His Feet, and by her Tears, obtained Pardon - (Luke 7:37-38). "For now the Axe is Laid to the Root of the Trees" - Luke 3:9. For all who are Found-in Sin, the Axe-of Divine Justice is at-hand, to Take-away their Life, as-soon-as the Time-of Vengeance arrives. Arise then, Christian Souls, and if you are Bound-by any Bad Habit, 'Burst' your Chains, and remain no-longer the Slaves-of Satan. "Loose the Bonds from off thy Neck, O Captive Daughter of Sion" - Isaiah 52:2. "Posuisti vestigium", says Saint Ambrose, "supra voraginem culpae, cito aufer pedem". You have Placed your Foot, on the Mouth-of a Vortex - that is, on Sin, which is the Mouth-of Hell; take away your Foot, and Retire, otherwise you shall Fall-into an Unfathomable Abyss.

I find myself Subject-to an Evil Habit. But, if you Wish to Give-up Sin, who can Force you to Commit it? All Bad Habits and all the Temptations-of Hell, are Overcome-by the Grace-of-God. Recommend yourself to the Heart-of Jesus Christ, and He will Give you Grace to Conquer all Enemies. But should you be in any Proximate Occasion of Sin, you must Immediately take it away; otherwise you shall Relapse. "Potius praescinde", says Saint Jerome, "quam solve". Do not Wait-to Loose your Bonds gradually; Cut them by a Single (1) Stroke. The Devil seeks to make you Slow, in Shaking-off your Fetters. Look-for a Good Confessor; he will Tell you what to do. And should you have the Misfortune-of Falling Hereafter, into any Mortal Sin, go Immediately to Confession, even on the same-Day or the same-Night, if you can. Finally, listen to what I now say to you: God is Ready-to Assist you. If you Wish, it is in your-Power to Save your Souls. Tremble, Brethren, lest these Words of mine, if you Despise them, should be for you, so many Swords in Hell, for all Eternity (∞).

 

Consecration to God thru Mary

 

- End of Liguori Sermon -

 

Prayer for the Graces Necessary for Salvation

Eternal Father, Your Son has Promised that You will Grant us all the Graces which we ask for in His Name. In the Name and Merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following Graces for myself and for all Mankind. Please give me a Lively Faith in all that the Church Teaches. Enlighten me, that I may know the Vanity of the Goods of this World, and the Immensity of the Infinite Good that You are. Make me also see the Deformity of the Sins I have Committed, that I may Humble myself and Detest them as I should.

Give me a Firm Confidence of Receiving Pardon for my Sins, Holy Perseverance, and the Glory of Heaven, through the Merits of Jesus Christ, and the Intercession of Mary. Give me a Great Love for You, that will Detach me from the Love of this World, and of myself, so that I may Love none other, but You.

I Beg of You a Perfect Resignation to Your Will. I Offer myself entirely to You, that You might do with me, and all that belongs to me, as You Please.

I Beg of You a Great Sorrow for my Sins.

I ask You to give me the Spirit of True Humility and Meekness, that I may Accept with Peace, and even with Joy, all the Contempt, Ingratitude and Ill-treatment I may receive. At the same time, I also ask You to give me Perfect Charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done Evil to me.

Give me Love for the Virtue of Mortification, by which I may Chastise my Rebellious Senses and oppose my Self-Love. Give me a Great Confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ and in the Intercession of Mary Immaculate. Give me a Great Love for the Blessed Sacrament, and a Tender Devotion and Love to Your Holy Mother. Give me, above all, Holy Perseverance, and the Grace always to Pray for it, especially in Time-of Temptation, and at the Hour-of Death.

Finally, I recommend to You the Holy Souls of Purgatory, my Relatives and Benefactors, and in a special manner I recommend to You all those who Hate me or who have in any way Offended me; I Beg You to Render them Good, for the Evil they have done or may wish to do me. Grant that, by Your Goodness, I may come One Day to sing Your Mercies in Heaven; for my Hope is in the Merits of Your Blood and in the Patronage of Mary. Mary, Mother of God, Pray to Jesus for me.

Amen

 

Ancient Miraculous Prayer to Saint Joseph
Patron of Departing Souls

This Prayer was found in the Fiftieth Year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles, when he was going into Battle. Whoever shall Read this Prayer, or Hear it, or Keep it about themselves, shall never Die a Sudden Death, or be Drowned, nor shall Poison take-effect on them; neither shall they Fall into the Hands of the Enemy, nor shall they be Burned in any Fire, nor shall they be Overpowered in Battle.

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O Saint Joseph, whose Protection is so Great, so Strong, so Prompt before the Throne of God, I Place in you, all my Interests and Desires.

O Saint Joseph, do Assist me by your Powerful Intercession, and Obtain for me from your Divine Son, all Spiritual Blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having Engaged here below your Heavenly Power, I may Offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never Weary Contemplating you and Jesus Asleep in your Arms; I dare not approach while He Reposes near your Heart. Press Him in my name and Kiss His Fine Head for me, and ask Him to Return the Kiss when I Draw my Dying Breath, Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, Pray for us.

Amen

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Many Miracles have been attributed to this Daily Prayer.
Make this Prayer known everywhere . . .