Published on August 9, 2007
Slide1: Prayers andamp; Writings of Saint Edmund Slide2: Lord, since you exist, we exist. Since you are beautiful, we are beautiful. Since you are good, we are good. Slide3: By our existence, we honor you. By our beauty, we glorify you. By our goodness, we love you. Slide4: Lord Jesus Christ mercifully grant to me that the rest of my pilgrimage may be directed according to your will, that my temporal life may be completed in you, and my soul may deserve to enjoy you, who are eternal life for ever. Amen. Slide5: May our Lord Jesus Christ so enable us to honor God, to love our neighbor, to humble ourselves that we may deserve to be honored for our honor, to be loved for our love, and for our humility to be exalted to the joys of heaven prepared for us from the beginning of the world. Amen. Slide6: Lord into your hands and into the hands of your holy angels I entrust this day my life, my relatives, my benefactors, my friends and enemies, and all Christians. By the merits and prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, keep us, Lord, this day from all vicious and unruly desires, from all sin and temptations of the devil, from sudden unprovided death and the pains of hell. Enlighten my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit; grant that I may ever be obedient to your commandments; never let me be separated from You, living and reigning with God the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever. Amen. Slide7: Lord, since you exist, we exist. Since you are beautiful, we are beautiful. Since you are good, we are good. By our existence we honor you. By our beauty we glorify you. By our goodness we love you. Lord, through your power all things were made. Through your wisdom all things are governed. Through your grace all things are sustained. Give us power to serve you, wisdom to discern your laws, and grace to obey them at all times. Amen. Slide8: Prayer by John Crozier St Edmund, you invested the vocation of priest and teacher with gentleness and humility in such a wonderful fashion that you won the hearts of all. Obtain for us we pray that these same virtues may adorn our souls and make them worthy of Him who was gentle and humble of heart. You who as bishop saved the church in England from the snares of error and evil by constant practice of these virtues: obtain for us the grace, that enlightened by these same virtues and inspired by holy fortitude, we may remain firm in the struggle against error and evil. Help us to save our souls by practicing and fostering, charity, justice and Christian peace. Blessed Pastor, beloved of our Divine Master, deign to help us in our present need, and obtain for us, if it leads to our eternal salvation, the intention we so ardently desire. Amen. Slide9: Selected Writings Selected Writings of Saint Edmund Slide10: Christian Perfection To live perfectly, in fact, as blessed Bernard says, is to live honorably, lovingly and humbly. Humbly as regards yourself; lovingly towards your neighbor; honorably towards God, so that we may do his will with whole intent. This means that whenever we think, speak or do anything, touch or feel with any of our corporeal senses, in all our actions and situations, always let us think and ask if it be towards the will of God and his good pleasure. If it is so, it can safely be carried out; and take care that God is not offended. It is better to die than to do such thing (3). There are two things which make a man holy, namely, knowledge of truth and love of goodness, to which we must attain if we want to be made holy, that is, to become saints. But to the knowledge of truth, which is God, you will not come except through knowledge of yourself; nor to the love of goodness, that is of God, except of love of your neighbor. You can come to the knowledge of yourself through frequent meditation about yourself; to the knowledge of God through pure contemplation (5). Here consider how great is the dignity of human nature, that is, how it surpasses all creatures. Whence St Augustine says, ‘I would not have the place of an angel if I could have the place prepared for man.’ So think how worthy of confusion is the man who scorns to live according to the standing and condition appointed to him (21). Slide11: Beatitudes Our Lord put the remedies to the seven vices in the gospel, namely the seven virtues or beatitudes, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,’ that is the humble, ‘for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ This is against pride, which takes God away from man. ‘Blessed are the meek,’ that is the gentle, ‘for they shall possess the land.’ The meek person is kind to his neighbor; this is against envy by which our neighbor is taken away. ‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ This is against anger, which takes a man from himself. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ This is against avarice, which has no mercy. ‘Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill.’ This is against sloth and negligence. ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.’ This is against gluttony, which thinks always of fleshly things. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.’ This is against lust, which does not allow man peace of mind (37).