|St. Leonard of Port Maurice
The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved
|Frank Duff (Legio Mariae)
“…the Son of man, when he comes, shall He find… faith on earth?“
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“Many Christians perform acts of devotion, go frequently to Holy Communion, fast and spend much time at prayer, but they neglect to mortify their passions, and harbor feelings of revenge and aversion, and entertain dangerous attachments. They make no effort to bear with contradictions, to give up certain associations and to be subject to obedience and the Will of God. What progress can such hope to make on the way to perfection? They always have the same faults, and according to St. Augustine they are outside the right way. “They run well,” says the Saint, “but outside the path.” “Watch over thyself,” says Thomas à Kempis, “stir up thyself, admonish thyself; and whatsoever becometh of others, neglect not thyself. The greater violence thou offerest to thyself the greater progress thou wilt make.” (Im. Bk. 1, 24).”
O my God, I believe in Thee;
do Thou strengthen my faith.
All my hopes are in Thee;
do Thou secure them.
I love Thee with my whole heart:
teach me to love Thee daily more and more.
I am sorry that I have offended Thee;
do Thou increase my sorrow.
I adore Thee as my first beginning.
I aspire after Thee as my last end.
I give Thee thanks as my constant benefactor.
I call upon Thee as my sovereign protector.
Vouchsafe, O God,
to conduct me by Thy wisdom,
to restrain me by Thy justice,
to comfort me by Thy mercy,
to defend me by Thy power.
To Thee I desire to consecrate all my
* actions, and
that henceforward I may
– think of Thee,
– speak of Thee,
– willingly refer all my actions to Thy greater glory, and
– suffer willingly whatever Thou shalt appoint.
Lord, I desire that in all things Thy will may be done, because it is Thy will, and in the manner Thou willest.
I beg of Thee
to enlighten my understanding,
to inflame my will,
to purify my body, and
to sanctify my soul.
Give me strength, O my God,
to expiate my offences,
to overcome my temptations,
to subdue my passions, and
to acquire the virtues proper for my state.
Fill my heart with
a tender affection for Thy goodness,
a hatred for my faults,
a love for my neighbor, and
a contempt for the world.
Let me always remember to be
submissive to my superiors,
condescending to my inferiors,
faithful to my friends, and
charitable to my enemies.
Assist me to overcome
sensuality by mortification,
avarice by alms-deeds,
anger by meekness, and
tepidity by devotion.
O my God, make me
prudent in my undertakings,
courageous in dangers,
patient in afflictions, and
humble in prosperity.
Grant that I may ever be
attentive at my prayers,
diligent in my employments, and
constant in my resolutions.
my conscience be ever upright and pure,
my exterior modest,
my conversation edifying, and
my comportment regular.
Assist me, that I may continually labour
to overcome nature,
to correspond with Thy grace,
to keep Thy commandments, and
to work out my salvation.
Discover to me, O my God,
the nothingness of this world,
the greatness of heaven,
the shortness of time, and
the length of eternity.
that I may prepare for death;
that I may fear Thy judgments;
that I may escape hell, and, in the end,
through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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St. Alphonsus Liguori
American Catholic Hymnal, P. 210
1. ‘Tis Thy good pleasure, not my own,
2. In love no rival canst Thou bear,
3. In Thee all pure affections live,
4. Thou makest crosses soft and light,
5 To Thee I consecrate, I give,
6. Alike In pleasure and in pain,
Prayers for the Hour of Death
O Lord my God, I now at this moment readily and willingly accept at Thy hand whatever kind of death it may please Thee to send me, with all its pains, penalties and sorrows.
My Lord God, even now resignedly and willingly, I accept at Thy hand, with all its anxieties, pains, and sufferings, whatever kind of death it shall please Thee to be mine.
Prayer for a Happy Death
Oh, my Lord and Savior, support me in that hour in the strong arms of Thy Sacraments, and by the fresh fragrance of Thy consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me, and Thine own Body be my food, and Thy Blood my sprinkling; and let my sweet Mother, Mary, breathe on me, and my Angel whisper peace to me, and my glorious Saints smile upon me; that in them all, and through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in Thy faith, in Thy Church, in Thy service, and in Thy love. Amen.
– John Henry Cardinal Newman
Prayer for the Agonizing
O Most Merciful Jesus, Lover of Souls: I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thy blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and are to die this day. Amen.
Agonizing Heart of Jesus, have mercy on the dying.
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Prayer at the Hour of Death
When the Angels of the Sanctuary are blessing Thee in the most Holy Host and I am in my agony, may their praises be mine … Lord, remember then this poor servant of Thy Divine Heart.
When loving souls on earth acclaim Thee, and I am in my agony, may their compassion and their tears be mine … Remember then this prodigal conquered by Thy Divine Heart!
When priests, virgins of the temple, and Thine apostles proclaim Thee their Sovereign, preach Thee to souls, and enthrone Thee in the world, and I am in my agony, let their zeal and their ardor be mine … Remember then the apostle of Thy Divine Heart!
When Thy Church, praying and lamenting before the altar is with Thee redeeming the guilty world, and I am in my agony, her sacrifice and prayer will be mine … Remember then the faithful friend of Thy Divine Heart!
When during the Holy Hour Thy chosen souls, by loving, suffering and atoning make Thee forget perfidy and betrayals, and I am in my agony, their intimacy with Thee and their consolations will be mine … Remember then this altar and this victim of Thy Divine Heart!
When Thy heavenly Mother adores Thee in the Holy Eucharist, thus making reparation for the innumerable crimes of earth, and I am in my agony, her adoration will be mine … Remember then the child of Thy Divine Heart!
Or rather, Lord, forget me if Thou dost wish, provided that at the hour of my death, Thou wilt forget me forever in the Wound of Thy most lovable Heart!
-Father Mateo, SS. CC.
Preparation for Death, by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
No Stone Unturned: Extreme Unction (Part 1) – Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)
Be Prepared for that Last Step: Extreme Unction (Part 2) – Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)
O Virgin most pure, wholly unspotted, O Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the universe, thou art above all saints, the hope of the elect and the joy of all the blessed. It is thou who hast reconciled us with God. Thou art the only refuge of sinners and the safe harbor of those who are shipwrecked. Thou art the consolation of the world, the ransom of captives, the health of the weak, the joy of the afflicted and the salvation of all who have recourse to thee, and we beg thee to have pity on us.
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime heights turn thine eyes of compassion upon me. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beg thee to extend to me thy assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul.
In order that I may never be a slave of the devil through sin but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee forever, my only desire being to love thy divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I, too, be saved.
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|1. Jesus, ever loving Saviour,
Thou didst live and die for me,
Living, I will live to love Thee,
Dying, I will die for Thee,
By Thy life and death and sorrow,
Help me in my agony.
|2. When the last dread hour approaching
Fills my guilty soul with fear;
All my sins rise up before me,
All my virtues disappear.
Turn not Thou in anger from me,
Mary, Joseph, then be near.
|3. Mary, thou canst not forsake me,
Virgin mother undefiled;
Thou didst not abandon Jesus
Dying, tortured and reviled.
Send Thy Mother to console me:
Mary, help Thy guilty child!
|4. Jesus, when the cruel anguish
Dying on the shameful tree,
All abandoned by Thy Father,
Thou didst writhe in agony.
By these three long hours of sorrow
Thou didst purchase hope for me.
|5. Then, by all that Thou didst suffer,
Grant me mercy in that day;
Help me, Mary, my sweet Mother,
Holy Joseph, near me stay.
Let me die, my lips repeating,
Jesus, mercy! Mary, pray!