Editor’s Note: In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”. We will publish one a day.
Reflect that you are traveling through a hostile country, where at every step you are liable to meet with dangerous snares; therefore, in order that you may always have some place of security in which to take refuge, select one of the most holy Wounds of Jesus for your abode that day; often retire there to pour forth the feelings of your heart in acts of love and compassion for Jesus who endured those wounds for your salvation, and ask Him to bestow upon you the gift of some virtue, which you may endeavor to practice in a particular manner during the day.
The loving Heart of Jesus–Ask Him to bestow upon you the gift of His holy love and of a spirit of detachment from all earthly affections.
The Wound of the Left Foot–Ask for Holy Perseverance.
The Wound of the Right Foot–Ask for true contrition for your sins.
The Wound of the Left Hand–Ask for humility.
The Wound of the Right Hand–Ask for resignation in all things to the Will of God.
The Sacred Wound of the Side–Ask for grace to maintain a continual remembrance of the Passion and Death of Jesus.
The suffering heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary–Ask for sincere devotion and tender love towards her.