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A Meditation of St. John Eudes

Adapted and edited by Fr. Ron, CJM





FIRST POINT:

LET US ADORE JESUS AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS LIFE ON EARTH


O JESUS, my Lord, I adore, bless and love you with all the powers of my soul from the first moment of your life on earth.


I adore all the holy thoughts, sentiments and dispositions of your divine soul, and all that took place within you in that first moment.


O Admirable Jesus, from the very first moment of your mortal life, you turned towards the Eternal Father to adore, love and glorify Him, to refer to His omnipotence your being, your life and all its consequences. You gave yourself to Him to do and suffer everything He pleased, for His glory and for love of us. I behold that, at the same instant, you turned your spirit and heart towards me, to think of me, to love me, to make great plans for my soul and to prepare very special graces for me.


Blessed are you, O Good Jesus, and may all the creatures of heaven and earth, and all the powers of your divinity and your humanity eternally bless you for these divine operations.


SECOND POINT:

LET US GIVE OURSELVES TO JESUS TO BEGIN THE YEAR

AS HE BEGAN HIS LIFE UPON EARTH


Note: Reflect on the thoughts, feelings or attitudes of the Incarnate Word at the beginning of his existence on earth. Give praise, thanks and adoration to God for this great gift.


O Jesus, I give myself to you, that I may begin this year as you began your life on earth, and share in your most holy dispositions. I beg you, by your great mercy, to implant these dispositions in my heart.


O Most Adorable Jesus, in honor of and in union with the humility, love and other holy dispositions with which you adored and loved the Eternal Father, giving yourself to Him at the first moment of your life, I adore, love and glorify you, as my God and my Savior, as the Creator of time, the King of years and of centuries, and as the divine Redeemer who purchased for me, at the cost of your Precious Blood, all the time that is allotted to me on earth.


O Jesus, I consecrate to you all my minutes, hours, days and years, my being and my life, and all that goes with them. I desire to employ everything for your pure glory alone. I desire all my thoughts and acts, every beat of my heart, every breath I draw, and all else that shall take place in me this year, and during my whole life, to become so many acts of praise and love for you. May it please you, my dear Jesus, to grant that this may be so, through your most great power and goodness.


I also offer you, O Jesus, all the love and glory that shall be given to your majesty. I unite myself with all the honor and praises that shall be given you this year and forever, by the Eternal Father, the Holy Spirit, your Blessed Mother, the angels and saints and all your creatures.


O Most Amiable Jesus, I adore all the designs you shaped for me during this year. Do not permit me to put obstacles in their way. I give myself to you to do and suffer everything you please, for the accomplishment of these eternal designs. In honor of, and in union with the love with which you accepted, at the first moment of your Incarnation, all the sufferings you had to bear in life, I now accept and embrace, for your love, all the sufferings of body and spirit I shall have to undergo this year and during my whole life.

O my Savior, a year will come that will be the last in my life. Perhaps this very year now unfolding is to be my last. If I knew with certainty that this was to be my last year on earth, with what care and fervor would I spend it in your service! Nevertheless, I wish to spend this year as if I had no more time to love and glorify you in this world, and to make up for the occasions in the past, when I have fallen away from my love of you. Grant me, O Good Jesus, all the graces that I need for this constancy.


Note: Looking back at the year gone by, for what are you most thankful. For what things do you need to ask forgiveness. Speak to the Lord about your desire to commit yourself to him more completely in the new year


THIRD POINT:

LET US OFFER THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN

IN HONOR OF THE FIRST MOMENT OF HER LIFE

O Blessed Virgin, Mother of my God and Savior, I honor and reverence you in the first moment of your life. I honor and reverence the dispositions of your holy soul, and all that took place in you at that time. You began immediately, O holy Virgin, to love and glorify God most perfectly, and from that first moment to the last of your life, you always loved and glorified Him more and more. As for me, in spite of all the years I have been in this world, I have not yet begun to love and serve Him as I should.

O Mother of mercy, beg your Divine Son to have mercy on me. Atone for my failings, offering Him on my behalf all the love and glory you ever gave Him, to satisfy for my neglect in loving and glorifying Him. Grant that I may share in your surpassing love for Him, and in the fidelity of that great maternal love. Pray for me, that He may give me the grace to begin, at least now, to love Him perfectly, and that all that shall take place during this year, and all my life, may be consecrated to His glory and your honor.


O angels and saints of Jesus Christ, pray for me, that our loving Savior may give me new grace and new love for Him, to devote this year and my whole life purely and solely to the service of His glory and love.

Speak to Mary, Mother of the Lord, and ask for her help in living as a disciple of her Son in this new year.

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