lunedì 30 gennaio 2017

St. Thomas for Purity

Fifteen Hail Mary’s With Petitions for Chastity  

Dear Jesus,I know that every perfect gift,
and especially that of chastity,
depends on the power of Your providence.
Without You a mere creature can do nothing.
Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace
the chastity and purity of my body and soul.
And if I have ever sensed or imagined anything
that could stain my chastity and purity,
blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers,
that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service,
offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity
all the days of my life. 

For our social and cultural climate, 

that it may be purified of everything contrary to chastity, 
and that we may have the strength to resist the pressures of prevailing ideologies. 
“In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, 
I have conquered the world” (Jn. 16:33) 
“In all these things we are more than conquerors 
through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37) 

Hail Mary…

For our relationships, 

that they may holy, healthy, and honorable at all times. 
“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth 
for a sincere love of the brethren, 
love one another earnestly from the heart” (1 Pet. 1:22) 

Hail Mary…

For modesty in our dress and movement, 

that the way we dress and carry ourselves may veil the mystery of our being, 
and that we may have the strength to resist 
the allurements of fashion and the glamour of sin. 
“Do not be conformed to this age, 
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom. 12:2) 

Hail Mary…

For our five senses, 

that the things we see, the music we hear, the food and drink we eat, 
and the encounters we have through touch may all be pure and holy. 
“Seek the things that are above” (Col. 3:1) Hail Mary…

For our sensuality, 

that our impulses may not be captivated by base pleasures, 
but freed by wisdom and inflamed for what is good. 
“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted 
to the point of shedding your blood” (Heb. 12:4) 

Hail Mary…

For our imagination, 

that we may be preserved from any fantasies that defile us, 
that all impure images may vanish, 
and that we may be protected from all the assaults of demons. 
“Be renewed in the spirit of your minds…
Put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 4:23, 6:11) 

Hail Mary…

For our memory, 

that no memories of past experiences may disturb us in any way, 
but that the Lord may touch and heal us through hope for a better future. 
“And every one who thus hopes in him 
purifies himself as he is pure” (1 Jn. 3:1) 

Hail Mary…

For our estimation, 

that we may quickly sense dangers to chastity and instinctively flee from them, 
that we may never turn away from higher, more difficult, 
and more honorable goods for the sake of sinful self-indulgence. 
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, 
where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust consumes 
and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Mt. 6:19-20) 

Hail Mary…

For our affectivity, 

that we may love chastity and rejoice in it, 
that all of our emotions may cooperate in its growth, 
and that no sadness, discouragement, fear, insecurity, or loneliness 
may afflict us unto sexual sin. 
“For the grace of God has appeared, 
saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires 
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, 
as we await the blessed hope, 
the appearance of the glory of the great God 
and of our savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-12) 

Hail Mary…

For our intellect, 

that it may be purged of all false beliefs and misunderstandings 
about human sexuality and that the good angels may flood our intellects 
with thoughts that are gracious, pure, lovely, honorable, and true. 
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, 
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, 
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, 
think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8) 

Hail Mary…

For our will, 

that it may never be opposed by our sensuality, 
that it may never be divided or conflicted in the moment, 
but may hold fast to chastity no matter how difficult it may be. 
“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ…was not Yes and No; 
but in him it is always Yes. 
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.” (2 Cor. 1:19-20) 

Hail Mary…

For our conscience, 

that it may be swift to judge what is the chaste thing to do, 
swifter to execute it, and wholly preserved from the suggestions of demons. 
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, 
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, 
purify your conscience from dead works 
to serve the living God?” (Heb. 9:14) 

Hail Mary…

For our hearts, 

that the place where Christ abides in us 
with the Father and the Spirit 
may become the place where we live with the Holy Trinity in friendship. 
“Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, 
he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, 
and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (Jn. 14:23) 

Hail Mary…

For the grace of self-surrender, 

that we may hand over to the God nothing less than our whole lives. 
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk. 23:46) 
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3) 

Hail Mary…

For love. 

“In this is love, not that we loved God 
but that he loved us and sent his Son 
to be the expiation for our sins.” (1 Jn. 4:10) 
“But God shows his love for us in that while 
we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8) 

Hail Mary…

Closing Prayer: 

Heavenly King, Consoler, Spirit of Truth, 
you who are everywhere present and fill all things, 
Treasury of all that is good, Choirmaster of Life, 
Come, dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, 
and save our souls O Good One.

Chosen lily of innocence, pure St. Thomas,
who kept chaste the robe of baptism
and became an angel in the flesh after being girded by two angels,
I implore you to commend me to Jesus, the Spotless Lamb,
and to Mary, the Queen of Virgins.
Gentle protector of my purity, ask them that I,
who wear the holy sign of your victory over the flesh,
may also share your purity,
and after imitating you on earth
may at last come to be crowned with you among the angels. 

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