On this 1st Friday of the new year, we have, in a sense, an oppurtunity to become like modern day magi, by seeking out and visiting our local parish to adore and pay homage to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Whereas some Churches have put away the creche and the Baby Jesus until next year, the actual Body of Christ waits for us under the guise of bread, in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
As this New Year awaits us, the Lord awaits us as well. What better way to begin the year than by consoling the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus which is so wounded by the sins and ingratitude of men. Men who are thankless for all that the Lord has done for them. In Psalm 68 : 21 Jesus laments that His friends have foresaken Him, by not even staying one hour to comfort Him. On this first Friday of the year, let us commit ourselves to honoring the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist.
I have copied a prayer of Reparation to the Blessed Sacrament to be said in front of the Holy Eucharist. Copy it and say it next time you are in front of the Lord. And as we think of resolutions for this new year, let us commit ourselves to dedicating at least one hour to honor the Lord in adoration for the repreation for the sins of all. My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. Amen. God bless you, my friends.
O sweetest Jesus, whose overflowing charity towards men is most ungratefully repaid by such great forgetfulness, neglect and contempt, see, prostrated before Your altars, we strive by special honor to make amends for the wicked coldness of men and the contempt with which Your most loving Heart is everywhere treated.
At the same time, mindful of the fact that we too have sometimes not been free from unworthiness, and moved therefore with most vehement sorrow, in the first place we implore Your mercy on us, being prepared by voluntary expiation to make amends for the sins we have ourselves committed, and also for the sins of those who wander far from the way of salvation, whether because, being obstinate in their unbelief, they refuse to follow You as their shepherd and leader, or because, spurning the promises of their Baptism, they have cast off the most sweet yoke of Your law.
We now endeavor to expiate all these lamentable crimes together, and it is also our purpose to make amends for each one of them severally: for the want of modesty in life and dress, for impurities, for so many snares set for the minds of the innocent, for the violation of feast days, for the horrid blasphemies against You and Your saints, for the insults offered to Your Vicar and to the priestly order, for the neglect of the Sacrament of Divine love or its profanation by horrible sacrileges, and lastly for the public sins of nations which resist the rights and the teaching authority of the Church which You have instituted.
Would that we could wash away these crimes with our own blood! And now, to make amends for the outrage offered to the Divine honor, we offer to You the same satisfaction which You once offered to Your Father on the Cross and which You continually renew on our altars, we offer this conjoined with the expiations of the Virgin Mother and of all the Saints, and of all pious Christians, promising from our heart that so far as in us lies, with the help of Your grace, we will make amends for our own past sins, and for the sins of others, and for the neglect of Your boundless love, by firm faith, by a pure way of life, and by a perfect observance of the Gospel law, especially that of charity; we will also strive with all our strength to prevent injuries being offered to You, and gather as many as we can to become Your followers.
Receive, we beseech You, O most benign Jesus, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Reparatress, the voluntary homage of this expiation, and grant, by that great gift of final perseverance, to keep us most faithful until death in our duty and in Your service, so that at length we may all come to that fatherland, where You with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns God for ever and ever.