Look at this meditation from Father Dolindo Ruotolo
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“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed in Him, If you remain faithful to my Word, you are truly my disciples, you will know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8,31-32).
“Jesus said: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father if not through Me. If you know Me, you will know my Father also: from now you know Him and have seen Him” (John 14,6-7).
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
After the Holy Sacraments a large grace comes from the to Consecrate itself to the immaculate Heart of Mary, act with which Mary will follow. In the life of every day and will help us to live our Christian belief.
– PERSONAL CONVERSION –
In a beginning of personal conversion I have understood some important aspects to keep in mind as it has happened in me such conversion; so I extend to you this reflection of mine.
STEP 1 – FIND A TIME DURING THE DAY ONLY TO DEDICATE TO GOD
Begin to pray in the most unlikely places, taking advantage of any time, for example, the path from home to work and at contrarily. At the beginning always to make the sign of the cross to respect and to invoke the presence of God, only in this way you will have the strength to pray to God, even in a special moment all for Him. And in prayer to ask to Him to intercede for our brothers, for their conversion or spiritual needs, but especially during the day to thank and to praise the Lord Jesus freely, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, Holy Mary, for example: “I praise you, I honor you, I love you, I am eternally grateful for life, thank of the day” or a short prayer to keep the thought always united to the Lord. “Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to always pray and without never to get tired” (Lc 18,1-8).
STEP 2 – THE CONFESSION
To confess himself to be in the grace of God, because it must be prepared itself always as the wise Virgins for the coming of the Bridegroom. Usually when start himself for a journey of conversion a first time is not enough to remember all the sins, it takes several times. The invocation of the Holy Spirit, meditation and reading of the Ten Commandments and the reading God’s Word, daily if possible, it will do understand us where we went wrong in our lifetime. How the memories come to the mind make itself a short list to bring to the confessional. Also, we must remember that for the sins, even though confessed, those must to be repaired by means of atonement in this life also with the practice of indulgences, which remove the damage caused by our sin in the mystical body of Christ which is the Church. “The confession is repentance, humility, openness. It’s our resurrection, our rebirth, our new beginning” (1). “At whom you will remit the sins will remitted, at whom will not remit them will remain not remitted” (Gv 20, 23).
STEP 3 – TO REMOVE EVERYTHING THAT STIMULATE US THE ATTACHMENT to material things and puts us in a state of inner turmoil. They can be the money, the power, the wrong friendships, certain television programs or television as a medium of communication that invades our privacy, upsetting our hearts with certain phrases or images dirty, that we absorb if you do not immediately turn off the TV and make us weak in the spiritual plane, even if we do not realize it. Moreover, if a few things were not harmful, but of pleasure, an act of renunciation as a penance sometimes it’s appreciated to the Lord to strengthen us spiritually, but it is also a way of telling to God “only You are worth for me.” “If your eye is occasion of scandal for you, take away it and throw away it: it’s better for you to enter in the life with one eye, than having two eyes and to be throw into hell fire” (Mt 18,1-10).
STEP 4 – BE VIGILANT
Because the situations of temptation toward the sin present themselves and it need to know as to react immediately, because when it fall into temptation very often it, haven’t the strength to overcome it. For this it need to pray often and to have the thought on God to feel us accompanied by his grace. A few short invocations of praise, thanksgiving, repentance, of invocation can help us. “Keep watch and pray don’t fall in temptation. The spirit is ready, but the meat is weak” (Mt 26, 41).
STEP 5 – TO RENOUNCE TO OURSELVES AND ABANDON ONESELF TO GOD
To renounce to ourselves it means to overcome own pride. It needs to renounce sometimes to the things that we like to make room to our daily duties and to have time to devote to God and the others. A help in this is the silence. Leave your ordinary occupations, to make desert around you, thinking to yourselves about what you are doing, understanding what is very important to your heart, meaning not only the feelings, but what we put first in your life. “There where it is your treasure, there is your heart” (Mt 6, 21). When we renounce to ourselves we understand that there is someone more important for us, that makes full and rich of meaning our existence, to the point of understanding that the Love that flows from Him, it make necessary to abandon ourselves every day to God, asking that He constantly intervenes in our lives. But to abandon us to God, we must know Him through the Word of God, accosting frequently to the sacraments and praying a lot.
STEP 6 – THE EUCHARIST
To Prepare ourselves to the Eucharist in the manner suggested by Holy Mary in Medjugorje, with the invocation of the Holy Spirit before the Holy Mass and with the meditation of Sacred Scripture every day. At the end of Holy Mass I suggest one Our Father and the Creed and the praise, during the day if it is not possible after the Holy Mass. In the Eucharist we offer what we have accomplished during the week and we go to meet Jesus, and in light of this encounter, He gives ourselves grace renewed. But when we receive the Holy Eucharist it needs that we are in the grace of God and we must not be in grave sin, because we offend Jesus in receiving Him unworthily. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave there your gift in front of the altar and go first to reconcile yourself by your brother and then come to offer your gift. ” (Mt 5, 22-24)
STEP 7 – LOVE THE BROTHERS
To The basis of every form of love there is also justice and God asks us to be “adorers in spirit and in truth”: that it wants to say, to be loyal with themselves and others. Do we often make examinations of conscience? Do we consider if our actions are always conform to the ten Commandments? Are we respectful of freedom of our brothers or in some way rather we block or direct their activities towards to our interests? Do we donate always free or take advantage of opportunities to want something in return? And in the Love we must love us as Jesus loved us, even those who are hostile to us. But we will not be able to love our enemies if not loving them with a love that is conveyed to us by God Himself, who gave his Son for the salvation of men, who humbled Himself, becoming servant, sacrificial victim, free gift for us. Love to God is comes from us realized with constant prayer, with also midweek Holy Mass, monthly confession. In this way we will begin to love our enemies, to want their own good, starting to pray for them, for their conversion. As to the style of love, to take the hymn to love of Saint Paul: “Charity is patient, charity is benign; charity is not envious, he doesn’t boast, he doesn’t inflate, it doesn’t miss of respect, it doesn’t look for its interest, it doesn’t get angry, it doesn’t keep in mind of the received evil, it doesn’t enjoy any injustice, but rejoices with the truth. Everything covers, everything believes, everything hopes, everything endure.” (1Cor 1-13) Love endures everything it means that I will not consider the other person because I can not do without him, and therefore I am forced, but because also I given my deficiencies and limits I need to be endured, accepted, understood and loved about a love which is from God and that involves God and creature. Love then everything must cover means that if I love the brother I must not reveal anything that he has completed and that even I don’t accept, but that I to say to love him in pure way I absolutely have to welcome him. Because if I won’t marvel me of nothing than what I should say about this brother, I will create that pure love that covers all that uneasiness that brother has or he can have, but that I have in my turn. If I compare my limits to his, here that all becomes clear, bearable and all suggests me, it is disposed to do in way to never indicate somebody, but to always cover in way benevolent what he does.
– DEVOTION OF DIVINE MERCY –
(approved under the papacy of John Paul II° by the Congregation for Divine Cult)
Recite this chaplet front a dying or for the conversion of the sinners
1 Father Jozo Zovko “CALLED TO LOVE”, Siroki Brijeg , 2008. p. 66