St. Louis de Montfort
Presented by the Men of the Immaculata ()
– DAY 9 –
[Daily consecration readings also provided in The Catholic ManBook ()]
Reading: Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis, Book III, Chapter 10, “That it is sweet to forsake the world and to serve God”
I will speak again to you, my Lord Jesus, and I will not be silent. I will speak into the ears of my Lord, my God and my King, Who is on high:
How great is Your sweetness, O Lord, which You have hidden for those that fear You! But what are You to those who love You? What are You to those who serve You with their whole heart? Truly, it is the unspeakable sweetness of contemplation, which You have bestowed on those who love You.
In this most of all, You have showed me the sweetness of Your love, that when I had no being, You made me. And when I was straying far from You, You brought me back again, that I might serve You. And You have commanded me to serve You.
Fountain of everlasting love, what shall I say of You? How can I forget You, Who remembered me even after I was dead and lost? Beyond all hope, You showed mercy to Your servant. Without deserving it, You gave me Your mercy and friendship. But what can I give you in return for such gifts?
Not all men are granted leave to forsake all things, to renounce the world, and to live a solitary, monastic life. Is it much that I should serve You, when all of creation is bound to do the same? It doesn’t seem like much to serve You. What does seem extraordinary is that You would receive such a wretched and unworthy man as me into your service.
It is a great honor and a great glory to serve You and despise all things for You. Those who willingly subject themselves to Your holy service will receive great grace. Those who cast aside all carnal pleasures out of love for You will experience the Holy Spirit and the sweetest of consolations.
Daily Prayers to Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be
Prayers included below and in The Catholic ManBook ()
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav’nly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve’s name.
Break the sinners’ fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.
Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.
Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one. Amen
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. Amen.