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didst vouchsafe to forgive Peter and Magdalene, when they turned to thee weeping and detesting their iniquities. Pater. Five Glorias,

O sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love thee always more and more.

2. I bless thee, my Jesus, for the humility of thy Heart, and thank thee that thou hast left it for my model, that by it I may be excited to imitation. Fool and ingrate that I am, to have wandered so far from thee. Pardon me, O Lord! I offer thee my heart; I will love thee all the days of my life, until I shall be united with thee in the kingdom of thy glory. Give me courage, my Jesus, and help me to fulfil my resolution. Pater. Five Glorias.

O sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love thee always more and more,

3. I marvel, O my Jesus, at the infinite patience of thy Heart. I rejoice at the wondrous pattern of suffering which thou hast left to us, and lament my extreme aversion to endure the slightest pain. Ah, my Jesus, infuse into my heart a fervent and continual love of suffering, of crosses, of mortifications, of penance, that, by following thee to Calvary, I may be united to thee in thy glory in heaven. Pater. Five Glorias.

O sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love thee always more and more.

4. When I meditate on the meekness of thy Heart, O my Jesus, I am struck with horror at the sight of my misery. Oh, what a contrast between thy Heart, all sweetness and mildness, and mine full of bitterness and passion! Oh, pardon me, O Lord, and grant me grace that I may in future imitate thee in thy unalterable meekness, and may thus obtain a constant and holy peace. Pater. Five Glorias.

O sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love thee always more and more.

5. I sing praises, O dearest Jesus, to the generosity of thy Heart, which hath conquered death and hell. How I blush to see mine in so cowardly a manner shrinking from the slightest sacrifice; but it shall be so no longer. Grant me the courage and strength which will render me victorious over all my enemies on earth, and prepare me for the glorious triumphs of Paradise. Pater, Five Glorias.

O sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love thee always more and more.

ACTS OF THE LOVE OF GOD.

1. My God, my sovereign good, would that I had always loved I

2. My God, I detest the time In which I loved thee not.

3. How have I lived so long without thy holy love!

4. And thou, my God, how hast thou borne with me X

5. I thank thee, O my God, for so much patience.

6. Now I desire to love thee for ever.

7. I would rather die than cease to love thee.

8. My God, deprive me of life rather than permit that I should cease to love thee.

9. The grace I ask of thee is, that I may always love thee.

10. With thy love I shall be happy.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

2. I should consider it a happiness to give my blood, in order that all men may love thee.

3. Blind are they who love thee not.

4. Enlighten them, O my God!

5. Not to love thee, O Sovereign Good, is the only evil to be feared.

6. Never will I be of the number of those blind souls who love thee not.

7. Thou, O my God, art my Joy and all my good.

8. I desire to be wholly thine for ever.

9. Who shall ever be able to separate me from the love I

4 Come, all created beings: come, all of you, and love my God.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

1. My God, I desire to see thee loved by all men.

1. My God, would that I had a thousand hearts to love thee!

2. Would that I had the hearts of all men to love thee!

3. How I should rejoice were there many worlds, who might all love thee!

4. I should be happy if I could love thee with the heart of all possible creatures.

5. Thou, indeed, dost merit it, O my God I

6. My heart is too poor and too cold to love thee 1

7. O woful insensibility of man, in regard of this Sovereign Good!

8. Oh, the blindness of worldlings, who know not true love!

9. O blessed inhabitants of heaven, who know it and love it!

10. O happy necessity, to love God!

Glory be to the Father, &c.

1. O my God, when shall I burn with love for thee?

2. Oh, how happy would be my lot!

3. But since I know not how to love thee, I can rejoice at this, that so many others love thee with all their hearts.

4. I rejoice at this particularly, that the angels and saints love thee in heaven.

5. I unite my feeble heart to their inflamed hearts.

6. Would that I could love thee as well as those saints

who have been most inflamed with love for thee!

7. Would that I had for thee a love similar to that of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Catherine, and St. Teresa!

8. Or such as that of St. Augustin, St. Dominic, St. Francis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

9. Or as that which was entertained for thee by the holy Apostles; and particularly by St. Peter, St. Paul, and the blueloved disciple.

10. Or, in fine, as that with which the great patriarch St. Joseph loved thee.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

1. Would, moreover, that I could love thee as the blessed Virgin loved thee in earth!

2. As she loved thee, particularly when she conceived thy divine Son in her virginal womb, when she brought him into the world, when she nourished him with her milk, and when she saw him die.

3. Would that I could love thee as she loves thee now, and as she will love thee for ever in heaven!

4. But to love thee as thou deservest to be loved, O God, infinitely good, even this would not suffice.

5. I should wish, moreover,

to love thee as the Divine Word 8. As he loves, and shall low

made Man loved thee. thee for ever.

6. As he loved thee at his 10. In line, my God, I wish birth. to love thee as thou lovest us;

7. As he loved thee expiring but since that' s impossible, on the cross. grant that I may love thee as

8. As he loves thee continu- well as I know how, as much ally in the tabernacles where he as I can, and as much as thou lies hid. wishest me. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

Prayer.

O God, who has prepared invisible rewards for those who love thee, pour forth some of thy love into our hearts, to the end that, loving thee in all and above all, we may obtain the accomplishment of thy promises, which surpass all desire; through our Lord Jesus Christ,

&C.1

'Pius I., by a rescript, August 11, 1818, granted an indulgence of three hundred days to all the faithful who should recite, with a contrite heart, a succession of acts of the love of God, arranged in form of a crown, with five Gloria Patris, as above. By saying them ten times a month for a whole year, a person may gain a plenary indulgence on any day he may choose; confession, communion, and prayers according to the Pope's intentions being supposed.

[Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Mary, see p. 257.]

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*THE SEVEN WORDS UPON THE CROSS.'

I'lOUS EXERCISE IN MEMORY OF THE AGONY OF JESUS CHRIST.

"f. O God, stretch forth to aid me. R. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, &c.

THE WORDS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.

The First Word.

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

y. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee.

If7. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

O my beloved Jesus, who for the love of me didst agonise on the Cross that thou mightest pay by thy sufferings the debt due to my sins, and didst open thy divine mouth to obtain my pardon from eternal justice, have mercy on all the faithful in their agony, and on myself when I shall be in that extremity, and, by the merits of thy most precious blood shed for our salvation, give us so lively a sorrow for our sins that we may breathe out our souls into the bosom of thine infinite mercy. Three Glories.

Ir. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Vf. Have mercy on us.

O my God, I believe in thee, I hope in thee, I love thee, and I repent of having offended thee by my sins.

The Second Word. "To-day thou shalt be with me in Paradise." F. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee. V?. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

O my beloved Jesus, who for the love of me didst

1 A perpetual Indulgence of 300 days, applicable to the souls in Purgatory, every time that this exercise is devoutly practised.

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