Stir Up The Grace of God

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Saint admonishes Timothy (2 Tim 1:6): “I admonish thee, that thou stir up the grace of God which is in thee, by the imposition of my hands.”

We receive grace through the Sacraments. Here Saint Paul is talking about Holy Orders, but this can be applied also to our Baptism and to our Confirmation. Last week We celebrated this anniversary and considered the necessary of stirring up that great grace given to Us 59 years ago.

Many years ago someone gave me something from Father Faber. He said that we need to make new starts. It is easy to get into a rut into the spiritual life, and even find ourselves sliding back a bit. Things become routine.

What is our life, get up in the morning, pray, recite our office, say a daily Rosary, etc. And it is the same thing day after day.

We are preparing a book of Rosary devotions, to help people stir up their own devotion to the holy Rosary. Yesterday We recited the Fifteen decade Rosary, using Saint Louis de Montfort’s instructions and adding the Scriptural Rosary. We found two great thoughts in there, neither of which We have had time yet to pursue and meditate on properly.

And so how do we shake up our spiritual life? Spiritual reading is a great help. It might be time to return to an old book from years back and look at our notes. Or it might be time to get something different. It may be time to heed the advice a little child gave Saint Augustine, “take and read.” Yes, there is much in the Scriptures to inspire us.

Father Francis Dominic wrote the following prayer, we all need to meditate on and take to heart: “Lord I really want to stand for You here, whatever the cost. Give me grace to stand for You, even if all my fellow-believers become lukewarm, and even if my loved ones oppose me. I am totally Yours. All I have is Yours. Even my finances.”

Below you will find an Act of Submission to the Will of God. We want you to take this Act and meditate on it for a while.

An Act is an expression of the dispositions of our hearts. Thus we make Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity and Contrition. These are not mere words, but must flow from the heart. The words are there simply to help us express the disposition of our heart.

We would like to expand on something We heard yesterday that ties in to our acceptance of God’s holy will: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) We are supposed to rejoice always in the Lord and in all things. One of the Saints observed that we gain far more graces by thanking God for tribulations, than we do when things go smoothly. Let us consider that God sends us tribulations for our own good, therefore we should thank Him for them and rejoice that He cares so much for us.

Yes we should smile, when everything is falling apart. We do not fiddle while Rome burns, but we remain joyful. Proverbs (12:21) tells us: “Whatsoever shall befall the just man. it shall not make him sad:” Consider this, if I am sad, then I must not be just.

Let us return to Philippians (4:6-7): “Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

We place ourselves totally in God’s hands then we rest our hearts and mind in Jesus Christ. What a comforting thought, Jesus wants us to rest in Him.

Saint Peter tells us (I Peter 5:7): “ Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you.”

We need to cast all of our cares on God, and humbly submit to His holy will. He will send us trials to test us. Let us consider this a great grace. Those, who He has abandoned, He usually lets ride through life happy go lucky with few cares.

Saint Paul (Hebrews 12:6) tells us: “For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” As Saint Teresa of Avila once observed to Jesus: “No wonder You have so few friends, take a look at how you treat us.”

Saint Augustine prayed: “Here cut, here burn, spare me not, O Lord, provided You spare me for eternity.” Is this our attitude, or is our attitude, please back off, O Lord?

Let us return to our opening theme. “I admonish thee, that thou stir up the grace of God which is in thee.”

Act of Submission to the Will of God

Before making this act, read it and meditate on the important points it contains. You may wish to print it out and make notes on it.

My God, I believe so firmly that Thou watchest over all who hope in Thee, and that we can want for nothing when we fully rely on Thee in all things, that I am resolved no longer to have any anxieties, and to cast all my cares upon Thee. ‘In peace and in the self-same I shall sleep and I shall rest; for Thou, O Lord, has singularly settled me in hope!’

I may lose all my material things; sickness may take from me my strength to do Your work; I may even lose Thy grace by sin; but my trust shall never leave me and I shall preserve it to the last moment of my life and no power shall wrest that from me. ‘In peace and in the self-same I shall sleep and I shall rest!’

Let other seeks peace and happiness in their money and their talent; let them trust in the purity of their lives, the severity of their sacrifices, the number of their works, the many whom they have brought to a knowledge of the truth, the calls they have made, the talks they have given, the number whom they have helped, yes, the length of their prayers; as for me, O my God, in my confidence itself lies all of my hopes and my trust. ‘For Thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope.’ And I know beyond any doubt that my confidence can never be in vain. ‘No one has ever hoped in the Lord and been confounded.’

I know, alas, I know but too well that I am weak and changeable and helpless, that my life, all of it, has been unmanageable. I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue. I have seen the strong fall and the pillars totter; but these things alarm me not. For it is precisely because I am so absolutely powerless that I become so strong in You and this trust in You shall endure, because Thou Thyself will sustain it in me.

Finally I know that my confidence in Thee cannot exceed Thy bounty; therefore I shall always expect from Thy goodness alone and because of no merit of mine, strength in every struggle; grace in every temptation; victory in spite of my weakness; and peace of soul in every disturbance.

Dear God, our Father, my will and my life I consecrate entirely to Thee this day; my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve-wherefore, dear Father, as I am Thine own keep me and guard me as Thy property and possession, always and in all things. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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