ACT OF HUMILITY 1
O Lord of glory, O God of infinite sanctity, who am I that Thou shouldst
deign to come to me! "The heavens are not pure in Thy sight," and wilt
Thou dwelt in my heart? "Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter
under my roof." The consciousness of my unworthiness would prompt me to
exclaim, "Depart from me, O Lord, for I am a sinner," but Thy pressing
invitation to approach Thy Holy Table encourages me and dispels all my
fears. "here I am for Thou didst call me." Come, then, O Jesus, take possession
of a heart that wishes to belong to Thee. "Create a clean heart in me,
O God, and renew a right spirit within me." "Have mercy on me, O God, and
according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my iniquity."
ACT OF HUMILITY 2
HE COMES to me Who is the Judge of the living and the dead. before Him the pillars of Heaven tremble, and the pure angels veil their faces with their wings. Whither shall I flee from His face? Two places are safe for me --- the depths of my misery and the Heart of my Judge. In them will I hide myself.
O my God, I detest all the sins of my whole life because they displease Thee, and especially I am sorry for those which I have committed against this Sacrament, by my irreverence and the little profit I have drawn from so many Communions, by my negligence in guarding my senses, particularly my tongue, which has been so often consecrated by Thy Divine Presence.
M y Lord and My God, what confusion I feel at beholding myself so unworthy
to approach Thy holy table. Suffer me, dear Jesus, to seek the remedy for
my evils in the wound of Thy Sacred Heart. Let Thy Sacred Heart br to me
as the burning coal which purified the lips of Isaiah; place it, all inflamed
with charity, I beseech Thee, dear Lord, on my heart, my tongue, my senses,
and all the powers of my soul, so that it may burn and annihilate all that
is displeasing to Thee.
Jesus, Jesus, be to me Jesus, and save me. Remember Thou hast said,
"The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" [Luke
19:10]. "They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are
sick. I am not come to call the just, but sinners" [Matt. 9:13].
Dear Lord, I am sick, I am sinful, as Thou knowest; come to me and
say, "I am thy salvation"
Grant me, O Lord, the grace of beginning a new, a fervent life, and deign to give me in this Holy Sacrament the pledge of eternal life promised to those who receive Thee worthily. Amen.
JESUS, my Lord, since Thou hast come to me to grant me graces,, bidding me to ask with confidence, I now pray Thee not earthly riches, honors, and transitory pleasures, but for the greatest spiritual treasures, namely, a supernatural horror of sin, and intense sorrow for past offenses, freedom from inordinate affections, a meek and humble heart like Thine, the most perfect submission and even abandonment to Thy will, a holy life, and a happy death. help me to live daily more perfectly in accordance with Thy spirit and with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Permit me also to ask for some special favors [here mention them]. O heavenly father! Since our dear Lord and Savior Himself has said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My Name, he will give it to you," I beseech Thee, for the love of Thy Son, jesus Christ, Who now dwells within me, and Whose infinite merits I offer up to Thee, do Thou graciously hear my prayers and grant all my petitions.
ACT OF LOVE AND DESIRE
OH THAT I could love Thee, Jesus, as if I had knelt at Thy feet and felt the touch of Thy hand on my brow, and heard Thy gentle voice that uttered absolutions and gave encouragement to the sick and the unfortunate. Oh, that I could love Thee, as the poor of Galilee loved Thee, as Mary Magdalen loved Thee, as St. Peter and St. John the beloved disciple loved Thee, as she who knew Thee best --- Thy blessed Mother --- loved Thee, and, most of all, O Lord, as Thou hast loved me.
Let me at least love Thee with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. And let my love be worthy of the name --- showing itself by confidence, by generosity, by sacrifice --- acknowledging cheerfully that all Thy dispensations are best for me --- counting no cost when I work for Thee --- giving up gladly what is dear to me when Thou dost ask it, when it will help to serve Thee better and to further the interests of Thy Sacred Heart.
Dispose of me, O Lord, as Thou pleasest; for from henceforth I am entirely Thine. I offer Thee all that I am and all that I have. I shall labor and suffer for Thy glory, for the salvation of others, and for my own sanctification.
Come, my Jesus, crucified for love of me. Come, dear Jesus, in the Sacrament of Thy love, and be Thou all mine, as I desire to be all Thine.
O blessed Virgin, my tender Mother, who didst obtain from Thy Divine
Son, a wonderful miracle at the wedding-feast at Cana, behold my misery
and the need I have of thy assistance; obtain for me of Jesus a prodigy
of His almighty power, that my coldness and tepidity may be changed into