LENT WITH OUR LADY
FRIDAY IN LENT IV
THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
1. “Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth” (Col. iii. 2), says the Apostle. The life hidden in Christ consists in flight from all idle associations with creatures.
2. If thou must associate with creatures, thou canst still lead a life hidden in Christ by preserving at least interior solitude.
O Mary, sorrow and sadness oppress my heart
which still heeds only externals, inclines to earthly things, and disdains the holy seclusion which thou didst practice, hidden in God and united to Him.
Lead my soul into holy seclusion, tear it free from creatures, fill it with heavenly desires, and inflame it with that burning love which is satisfied with nothing save with the highest Good. Amen.
Let us pray that through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, we may die to the world, and live in Christ.
Resolve to think often of heaven, and make use of every opportunity of impressing yourself with a high idea of its happiness. When you see beautiful objects, think with a holy servant of God, how much more beautiful is God! When you taste anything that pleases you, think, how much delight is found in the enjoyment of heaven. When you hear fine music, think of the choirs of angels.
O Mary, who can refuse to love thee!