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MEDITATIONS

FOR EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR, INTENDED CHIEFLY FOR
THE USE OF RELIGIOUS, BY AN ANONYMOUS

ITALIAN AUTHOR.

Translated by
DOM EDMUND J. LUCK, O.S.B.,

PRIEST OF THE CASSINESE CONGREGATION OF THE

PRIMITIVE OBSERVANCE.

Prefaced by a Recommendation from
HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL MANNING.

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LONDON:
R. WASHBOURNE, 18 PATERNOSTER ROW.

1879.

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To

THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS,

THE SUPPORT AND THE REWARD

OF THE TRIALS AND OF THE CONFLICTS

OF THOSE

WHO PROFESS ON EARTH

PERPETUAL POVERTY, CHASTITY, AND OBEDIENCE,

THIS TRANSLATION

Es Adoringly Dedicated and Lovingly Commended

BY

THE TRANSLATOR,

WITH THE HUMBLE PRAYER

THAT HIS LABOURS MAY PROVE TO BE

AN INSTRUMENT OF GRACE FOR THE SANCTIFICATION

OF SOULS, AND A MEANS OF FURTHERING

THE GLORY OF HIM WHO IS

DEUS BENEDICTUS IN SÆCULA.

PREFACE.

THE “ Annus Liturgicus” of Dom Gueranger has beautifully illustrated the wisdom of the Church in its yearly round of Sacred Seasons, and in the evervarying sweetness and significance of its Solemnities and Feasts. In every year the whole Revelation of Faith returns, mystery by mystery, dogma by dogma, precept by precept, upon our intelligence and upon our hearts. The Les credendi is the Lex orandi, and the worship of the Church preaches to the world without, and to the faithful within the Sanctuary. To those that are without, it is a visible and audible witness for the kingdom of God: to those that are within, it is a foresight and a foretaste of the beauty and the sweetness of the worship of eternity.

If preachers will follow the Church as it moves year by year in the cycle of eternal truths, and will explain pastorally in simple and manly words the Epistles and Gospels by which the Church, or rather the Holy Ghost, teaches us the meaning of Feast and Fast as they come and go, they will year by year declare to

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