20131230 Devout soul spends time with God 把時間獻給天主

St. Francis de Sales recommended mental prayer early in the morning, when our mind is less cumbered and more vigorous after the night’s rest. St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “It is morally impossible for him who neglects meditation to live without sin.”

Fifteen minutes
St. Teresa was prepared to pledge salvation to anyone who would spend a quarter of an hour daily in meditation. Our Lady asked the faithful to keep her company for a quarter of an hour on the first Saturday of the month, meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary, in reparation for sins.
It is a good practice, therefore, to spend at least 15 minutes each morning in meditation.
Good meditation books are valuable resources for spiritual growth. I warmly recommend the following sets of meditation books: In Conversation with God, by Father Francis Fernandez Carvajal, Divine Intimacy, by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, and Biblical Meditations, by Father Carroll Stuhlmueller.
One can prepare for meditation by reading from a meditation book the evening before, highlighting points for meditation, and using those points during meditation.
Meditation on the passion of Christ is very pleasing to God. Our Lord told St. Faustina: “There is more merit to one hour of meditation on my sorrowful passion than there is to a whole year of flagellation that draws blood; the contemplation of my painful wounds is of great profit to you, and it brings me great joy.”
On another occasion, Our Lord said, “There are few souls who contemplate my passion with true feeling; I give great graces to souls who meditate devoutly on my passion.”
Devotional practices such as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary, and the Stations of the Cross help the faithful to form the habit of meditating on the passion of Christ.

Daily prayer
St. Francis de Sales taught the faithful to sanctify the day through morning and evening prayer.
During morning prayer, we should offer the whole day to God. We may do so by praying the “Morning Offering.” Here is a “Morning Offering” recited daily by members of the World Apostolate of Fatima:
“O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with it the offering of my every thought, word, and action of this day.
“O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart.
“Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!”
St. Francis de Sales exhorted the faithful to make an examination of conscience in the evening before going to rest. We should thank God for preserving us through the day and examine how we have conducted ourselves through the day.
If we have done anything good, we should thank God for it. If we have sinned in thought, word, deed, or omission, we should ask for forgiveness and resolve to amend our lives.
St. Anthony of Padua was one of the first to recommend the recitation of three Hail Marys in the morning and in the evening, which is a beautiful practice. St. Leonard of Port-Maurice had the three Hail Marys recited morning and evening to obtain the grace of avoiding all mortal sins during the day or night.
St. Alphonsus of Liguori exhorted parents and confessors to watch carefully that children be faithful in reciting each day their three Hail Marys, morning and evening.

聖方濟.沙雷提議信眾在每日的早上作默禱,因為我們在早上不如晚上感到疲累,頭腦又較晚上時分活躍清晰。聖雅豐索說:「忽略默想的人,很難不活於罪惡中。」

 

十五分鐘

 

聖德蘭願意保證,每天用十五分鐘默想的人,靈魂必定會得救。聖母要信眾每逢首瞻禮七(每月第一個星期六),用十五分鐘時間,陪同她的聖心默想玫瑰經的奧蹟,為補贖罪過。每天早上能抽撥十五分鐘默想,是非常好的習慣。

 

好的默想書籍,對我們的靈修非常寶貴。例如:方濟.范嘉華神父的「與天主對話」、嘉俾厄爾.馬達肋神父的「神聖親密」、和嘉祿.史牧拏神父的「聖經默想」;中文的有傅文輝神父的「每日彌撒讀經釋義」,這些都是好的靈修書籍。

 

默想基督苦難能鍾悅天主。耶穌向聖傅天娜說:「用上一小時默想我的痛苦奧蹟,比打一年苦鞭更有聖功。注目於我的聖傷,使我感到欣慰,裨益你的靈修。」耶穌又曾說:「不多人會沉思我的苦難。我會賜給熱心默想我苦難的人,很豐厚的聖寵。」

 

習慣誦唸「慈悲串經」、「玫瑰經的痛苦奧蹟」和習慣「拜苦路」,會幫助我們好好默想基督的苦難。

 

每日禱文

 

聖方濟.沙雷敦促信眾,每天藉早課和晚課,把自己的整天奉獻。

 

誦唸早課時,我們把自己完全奉獻給天主。「花地瑪普世宗徒會」成員,均每天誦唸早課如下:

 

「我的天主!我現在偕同瑪利亞無玷之心,將今天的思、言、行為,伴著本日全世界彌撒中祭禮內的耶穌寶血,奉獻給祢。噢!我的耶穌,今天我所能獲得一切大赦和功勞,我都願意得到,並把它們和自己一起奉獻給無玷瑪利亞,讓她依照祢聖心的意向來使用。耶穌寶血,請救助我們!無玷瑪利亞之心,請為我們祈求!耶穌聖心,矜憐我等!」

 

聖方濟.沙雷要信眾們每晚上床前,做謙遜而誠實的省察。我們多謝天主整日的呵護,檢討如何渡過這一天;如果我們在一天內行了善,我們向天主感恩;萬一我們在思、言、行為上犯錯,我們必須痛悔,求得罪之赦,然後想想怎樣改過。

 

辰暮兩刻都誦唸三篇「聖母經」是非常美麗的善功。聖安多尼是第一個倡導唸三篇「聖母經」的敬禮。聖良納勸信友早晚誦唸三篇「聖母經」,特別為求免犯大罪。聖雅豐索鼓勵父母和聽告司鐸們督促孩子們早晚誦唸三篇「聖母經」。

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