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Wika ni Apostol San Pablo: Sino ang makapaghihiwalay sa atin sa pag-ibig ni Kristo? Ang pag-hihirap ba, pag-uusig, gutom, kapighatian o ang tabak ba? Sa kabila ng mga ito ay may nagmamahal sa atin kaya’t labis-labis ang ating tagumpay. At natitiyak ko na kahit ang kamatayan, buhay at mga bagay na kasalukuyan … walang makapaghihiwalay sa atin sa pag-ibig ng Diyos (Romano 8:35-39).
Nais lamang ipaliwanag ni San Pablo ang ganito: Kung mahal ng tao ang Diyos, pagtitiisan niya ang lahat ng pakundangan sa kanya, gaya ng ginagawa ng umiibig sa kanyang iniibig. Kaya naman kinalimutan ni San Lorenzo Ruiz ang kanyang sarili at pinagtiisan niya ang lahat ng hirap, gutom, pag-uusig at kamatayan mapatunayan lamang ang kanyang pananampalataya sa Diyos. Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit mahal ni San Lorenzo Ruiz ang ating Panginoon. Sa ating kalagayan ngayon, alin ang mas mahalaga sa buhay at sino ang ating pinakikinggan?
(Tumigil sandali, ikapit ang sarili sa mga halimbawa ni San Lorenzo Ruiz at ipaalam sa kanya ang mga biyayang kailangan natin.)
Our Father (1)
Hail Mary (1)
Glory be to the Father (7)
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.