PODCAzT 133: Reparation for Sin – Pius XI’s Miserentissimus Redemptor

Connected to confession of sins, which I am constantly pounding away at here (now Card. Dolan has also stressed at the Synod of Bishops and the need reviving the Sacrament of Penance) is reparation for sins.

Together with recognition of our sins, and confession of our sins, is also reparation for our sins.  They are inseparable.

We confess our own sins (not someone else’s) but we can – in charity – do reparation for the sins of others along with our own.

As a matter of fact, we must do reparation for the sins of others.

And so I present a mighty encyclical of Pope Pius XI (+1939) called Miserentissimus Redemptor.  It focuses on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but drills deeply into the pressing need for all Catholics to perform acts of reparation and expiation for the sins the whole human race offers constantly to God.

I think you will find, as I did, Pius’s description of the decadent times in which he issued this great plea for devotion and reparation, to be strikingly like our own, especially in the matters of attacks on the Catholic Church and the erosion of morals and religious liberty.

Let us not think that the words of Popes are not valuable just because they were uttered decades ago.  Time and time again, Popes are found to be prophetic and right.  Their voices don’t fade like echoes, they get stronger once we have tuned our ears to hear them again.

UPDATE:

I reactivated my skype phone numbers whereby you can leave me voicemail which I could, perhaps, use in future PODCAzTs.

UK +44 20 8133 4535
US +1 651 447 6265

 

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4 Responses to PODCAzT 133: Reparation for Sin – Pius XI’s Miserentissimus Redemptor

  1. Allan S. says:

    The Prayer of Reparation
    [copied from Miserentissimus Redemptor]

    O sweetest Jesus, whose overflowing charity towards men is most ungratefully repaid by such great forgetfulness, neglect and contempt, see, prostrate before Thy altars, we strive by special honor to make amends for the wicked coldness of men and the contumely with which Thy 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 Thy 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 Thee as their shepherd and leader, or because, spurning the promises of their Baptism, they have cast off the most sweet yoke of Thy 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 Thee and Thy saints, for the insults offered to Thy 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 Thou hast 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 Thee the same satisfaction which Thou didst once offer to Thy Father on the Cross and which Thou dost 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 Thy grace, we will make amends for our own past sins, and for the sins of others, and for the neglect of Thy 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 Thee, and gather as many as we can to become Thy followers. Receive, we beseech Thee, O most benign Jesus, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Reparatress, the voluntary homage of this expiation, and vouchsafe, by that great gift of final perseverance, to keep us most faithful until death in our duty and in Thy service, so that at length we may all come to that fatherland, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen.

    PIUS XI

  2. Maria says:

    My Holy Hour Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

    ACT OF REPARATION

    O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee!

    The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

    The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hopes of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole hope of mankind!

    The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable Heart of Jesus!

    The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!

    The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!

    The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most liberal Heart of Jesus!

    The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!

    The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

    The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!

    The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!

    The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more will we honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!

    O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

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  3. CatholicMD says:

    Fatima Prayers

    My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

    Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners

  4. Catholictothecore says:

    Reparation for sins goes hand-in-hand with confessing our sins, you’re absolutely right, Fr. Z. Thank you for taking the time to Podcazt Pope Pius XI’s Miserentissimus Redemptor. While listening to you, there was a moment there, my mind wandered to that wonderful Oscar winning movie from UK, “The King’s Speech.” Not that you stutter, as a matter of fact, you have a great voice. Your blog should be the prototype for the New Evangelization – visual and auditory. Good job!