Wound in the Right Hand

Ask for a perfect resignation to the Will of God, praying.

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess, Thou hast given me: I surrender it all to Thee to be disposed of according to Thy will. Give me only Thy love and Thy grace; with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more. Amen.

I adore you Jesus, I love you and I praise you. I come before you as an unworthy man, filled with the most vile self-love. I ask you to burn that base and ugly love in the fire that burns within your Sacred Heart. I consecrate myself entirely to your most Sacred Heart, and I reverence the wounds that are fruit of your love. I praise, worship, and adore the Holy Wound of your right Hand. I thank you for the infinite Love with which You so eagerly desired to endure so numerous and such cruel sufferings, to expiate my sins which I detest with all my heart. I recommend to You your Holy Church, and I ask you to bless your Vicar on earth, and our Bishop N., and all the priests of your Church.

The Holy Wound in the Left Hand

Ask this day for humility.

I adore Thee Jesus, I love Thee and I praise Thee. United with the entire Heavenly Court and with all the faithful on earth, I praise, worship, and adore the Holy Wound of your left Hand. I thank Thee; for it is on account of our sins that Thy hands have been pierced. I recommend to Thee all those who at this moment are dying. Touch the heart of the most hardened and rebellious of them. Have mercy on that soul, as well as on the souls of all those in their last hour. Amen.

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“There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride.” Saint Augustine

Also words of Saint Augustine, “No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility.”

Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart, make our hearts like unto Thine!

To learn from a Saint devoted to the Holy Wounds, check out my new publication of the writings of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, HERE.

Holy Wound in the Right Foot

Ask today for a true contrition for your sins and hide yourself in the wound in the right foot of Christ, saying:

O almighty and most merciful God, who, when Thy chosen people thirsted, didst bring forth from the rock a fount of living water, bid tears of sorrow to well up from my hard heart, that I may truly weep for my sins, and through Thy mercy deserve to receive Thy pardon. Through Christ our Lord, who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint Francis kissing the Right Foot of Christ

I adore Thee Jesus, I love Thee and I praise Thee. Because of our sins Thou hast been struck unto death. I praise, worship, and adore the Holy Wound of Thy Right Foot. Help all those who desire to serve Thee more closely by increasing their faith, hope, and love. And I ask Thee to protect all Thy priests. Strengthen them against the attacks of the Evil One, and grant them all an increase in faith, hope, and love. May all Thy consecrated souls become ardent lamps lighting and warming up today’s dark and faithless world. Amen.

To learn from a Saint devoted to the Holy Wounds, check out my new publication of the writings of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, HERE.

Holy Wound in the Left Foot

It is a good practice to meditate on the Wounds of our Lord. The work, “School of Jesus Crucified” suggests that in the turmoil of our days we should choose a particular wound to have recourse to throughout the day. We can attend to our Lord and seek rest in His particular Wound. We can make acts of love, of faith, of hope; we can seek the grace to grow in a particular virtue.

I encourage you to devote your day in a particular way to the Holy Wound in the Left Foot of Christ.

May your refuge this day be the Wound of the Left Foot of Our Lord. Ask in particular for the grace of holy perseverance. Trod the Way to Calvary embracing each cross you will be confronted with today and throughout this week. Be able to say with the Holy Apostle, “I have been crucified with Christ..”

I adore Thee, Jesus; I love Thee and praise Thee. In union with all the souls that are still detained far from Thee in the purging flames of Purgatory and who yearn to be with Thee, I praise, worship, and adore the Holy Wound of Thy left Foot. Have mercy on those souls who hunger while awaiting Thy mercy. Come to the aid of those tried by life’s difficulties and all those who walk in darkness. Allow them to discover that Thou art their only hope. Amen.

Thoughts of Peace

The Lord says: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction…

These are the words at the beginning of today’s Mass. To me, it’s as though this is a summation of the entire life of Christ. Let me explain.

So much of our day is an interior one. Yes, we often try to run from what is going on in our minds and in our hearts, but ultimately, when we lay ourselves down at night we cannot escape this interiority. Either, we become sanctified through this daily process or we become tormented and create our own roadblock to our peace. It is apparent that in our modern world, the latter is much more frequent. So many are sad, depressed, angry, impatient, the list goes on, for they are not at peace, and if they continue in their same fashion, they will not reach true peace.

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Now to turn to our Lord and the words from the introit: I think thoughts of peace… think about this for a second, think about our Lord thinking. It sounds odd and like a waste of time, but do it. Think on the fact that through the whole life of Christ, in the manger, in the home of Mary and Joseph, in the Temple, in his ministry, in the agony in the garden, the false accusations, the scourging, especially the crowning with thorns, the Ecce Homo, the carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion, he was thinking about you. We know that it is our sins, your sins, my sins, that caused Christ all this suffering to the giving of his Life. My sins alone are sufficient to have nailed Christ to the Cross; I nailed Christ to the Cross and must recognize this every time I look upon Our Lord Crucified. Christ, however, if I were the only one needing to be saved, would have still suffered all for my redemption. How often do we think on this? When will we begin to care?

And, through it all, Christ was thinking thoughts of peace. We can barely wait behind the person in the grocery line or put up with most other small inconveniences. And yet Christ, giving of himself entirely, was thinking about your transgressions, your weaknesses, your failure to love him and yet he was thinking thoughts of peace. How contrary this is to the ways we choose to love, following solely our preferences and setting a limit to the love we will give. There is a depth and an intimacy to all the moments in the life of Christ, in a sense that which ties everything together in relation to you, of course it’s his love, but also these thoughts of Christ reveal so much when we reflect on our interiority. How much goes on in us that we can’t explain or are never able to share with even family and our closest friends? Well, Christ has shared with you the intimacy of his thoughts, will you pause and take some time to reflect and respond in love to Christ, the King and Giver of Peace?

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My Queen, Queen of Peace

I go to confession at Santa Maria Maggiore and after making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, I stop here before Our Lady. Today, the bell struck Noon as I knelt down before Our Lady, and I was able to pray the Angelus.

This little visit reminded me of words of Saint Gabriel. In writing to his father, he said: “Be quite certain of this, dear Papa, and believe the word of your son who speaks to you from a full heart. I would not exchange one single quarter of an hour spent with the Most Holy Virgin Mary, our Counselor, our Protectress, and our Hope, for a year, no, not even several entire years passed in the glitter and enjoyment of the world.”

If you don’t trust my words, trust those of Saint Gabriel. Pray the Rosary. Simply kneel before Our Lady and spend time with her. Her solicitude for her children is more than we can imagine. In everything, make her your help.

Learn more from Saint Gabriel in my new publication, a compilation of his letters (to his family, friends, and spiritual fathers), his resolutions, and the account of his holy death. Find out more HERE.

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