Subjects for Daily Meditation

Each Monday, I’ll post a short prayer or reflection that connects with my series on the Four Last Things.

This week, I’ll share Subjects for Daily Meditationalso referred to as Remember, Christian Soul.

The English and Latin versions are below.

Remember, Christian Soul

Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:

God to glorify,
Jesus to imitate,
The Blessed Virgin and the Saints to venerate,
The Angels to invoke,
A soul to save,
A body to mortify,
Sins to expiate,
Virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid,
Heaven to gain,
Eternity to prepare for,
Time to profit by,
Neighbors to edify,
The world to despise,
Devils to combat,
Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to suffer,
And Judgment to undergo.

(“Manual of Prayers”, Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, 1888)

Memento, tuum esse hodie

Memento, tuum esse hodie:

Deum glorificare,
Iesum imitari,
beatissimam Virginem et Sanctos venerari,
Angelos invocare,
animam salvare,
corpus mortificare,
virtutes a Deo exorare,
peccata expiare,
paradisum comparare,
infernum evitare,
aeternitatem considerare,
tempus bene applicare,
proximum aedificare,
mundum formidare,
daemones impugnare,
passiones frenare,
mortem semper exspectare,
ad iudicium te praeparare.

(“Medulla Pietatis Christianae sive Libellus Precum pro Adolescentibus Litterarum Studiosis”, Schneider, Joseph, S.J., Cologne, 1876)

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