Meditations on the Psalms, On The Interior Life #11, by Monsignor Ronald Arbuthnott Knox

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Psalm 64

A Hymn, O God, becometh thee in Sion: and a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee. The words of the wicked have prevailed over us: and thou wilt pardon our transgressions. Blessed is he whom thou hast chosen and taken to thee: he shall dwell in thy courts. We shall be filled with the good things of thy house; holy is thy temple,

Wonderful in justice. Hear us, O God our saviour, who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off. Thou who preparest the mountains by thy strength, being girded with power: Who troublest the depth of the sea, the noise of its waves. The Gentiles shall be troubled, And they that dwell in the uttermost borders shall be afraid at thy signs: thou shalt make the outgoings of the morning and of the evening to be joyful. Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it; thou hast many ways enriched it. The river of God is filled with water, thou hast prepared their food: for so is its preparation.

Fill up plentifully the streams thereof, multiply its fruits; it shall spring up and rejoice in its showers. Thou shalt bless the crown of the year of thy goodness: and thy fields shall be filled with plenty. The beautiful places of the wilderness shall grow fat: and the hills shall be girded about with joy, The rams of the flock are clothed, and the vales shall abound with corn: they shall shout, yea they shall sing a hymn.

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Dispositions for Devout Communion

First Point. Direction of intention. This, like every act of devotion we pay to God, is no more than we owe to him as his creatures, in mere recognition of his glory. We owe it to him again as his debtors, in gratitude for all our temporal and spiritual blessings. Yet he allows us, over and above this, to offer it to him for our own intentions; and the principal intention of all must be that his holy will may be done and his holy Name magnified by all creatures. We must offer it also for the pardon of the sins we have committed through listening to the voice of temptation; we must offer it in reparation for all the dishonour done to him by sinful and unworthy communions. We must offer it in petition for grace, that we may be worthy of his special vocation for us, that we may be still more closely and inseparably united to him, that we may receive to the fullest possible extent the fruits of this Sacrament, and draw fresh sanctification, as we draw our justification, from the Body broken and the Blood shed for us.

Second Point. Acts of faith, hope, and adoration. We must believe in Christ, who thus gave his own Body on the Cross as the medicine which should restore us our spiritual health, and gives it to us now as the food by which that health is to be maintained and strengthened. We must hope in him, because there is no other Name under heaven whereby we may be saved, nor any tempestuous sea of doubts, difficulties, or misfortunes in which, though he seem to be asleep and inattentive to our prayers, we are not to look to him for deliverance. We must adore him, though he be now hidden from our sight by sacramental veils, as the God who created all things from the beginning, and still operates in every operation of nature around us; who reveals himself, even to the natural reason, at once in the terrors of the lightning, the wind and the storm, and at the same time in the pale flush of dawn and the mellow glories of the sunset.

Third Point. Acts of love and desire. He is so eager to claim our love, that it is not enough for him to have come once to earth to tread the wine press of salvation; he comes again and again to inebriate us with its fruits. The grace once gained he offers to increase without limit in answer to our prayers. What but the torrents of divine mercy could have produced such an endless store of spiritual refreshment, to strengthen us on our way to the full fruition of God? May this heavenly Wine ever inebriate us with fresh fervour, this heavenly Wheat ever bring forth in us a fresh harvest of good living; and meanwhile, may he grant us some drops of sensible devotion to sweeten our spiritual growth. May he crown the work of grace in us at every point; sanctifying for us the dull level of our daily occupations, the difficult mortification of drynesses in prayer, the heights of prayer at which we seem closest to him, the pasture land of our spiritual reading, the valleys of humiliation and self-distrust, that every mood of our interior life may be, as we mean this communion to be, a pure act of praise to his Name.

Acts: As above.

Colloquy with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.