On Vices and Virtues from Brother Giles.
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
On Vices and Virtues from Brother Giles.
The grace of God, and the virtues, are the way and the ladder to Heaven; but sins and vices are the way and the ladder to the depths of hell. Sin and vice are a deadly poison, but virtue and good works are a good medicine. One grace induces and draws after it another; and one vice draws another after it also. Grace does not desire to be praised; and vice cannot suffer to be blamed. The mind is at peace in humility and rests, and patience is its daughter. Holy purity of heart sees God, but true devotion tastes Him. If thou lovest, thou shalt be loved. If thou servest, thou shalt be served. If thou fearest, thou shalt be feared.
If thou bear thyself kindly towards others, it is meet that others should behave themselves kindly towards thee. But blessed is he who loves truly, and desires not to be loved again. Blessed is he who serves, and desires not to be served. Blessed is he who fears, and desires not to be feared. Blessed is he who shows kindness to others, and desires not that others should show kindness to him. But because these things are very high and require great perfection, fools cannot know or acquire them.
Three things are greatly to be desired, and of great utility; he that acquires them will never fall. The first is, that thou sustain voluntarily, and with joy, all tribulations that befall thee, for the love of Jesus Christ. The second, that thou humble thyself daily in all thou doest, and all thou seest. The third is, that thou love faithfully with all thy heart that heavenly and invisible treasure, which cannot be discerned by the eyes of the body.
Those things which are the most despised and abhorred by worldly men, of a truth, are the most acceptable and well-pleasing to God and His Saints; and the things which are the most valued and desired by the men of the world and the most pleasing to them, are most hateful and contemptible and displeasing to God and His Saints. This unhappy antagonism preceeds from the ignorance and malice of human nature; inasmuch as man, in his misery, loves most those things which he should hate, and hates that which he should love.
Brother Giles once asked another Brother: “Tell me, most beloved, is thy soul right with God?” To which the Brother replied: “That I know not.” And Brother Giles said to him: “My Brother, I would have thee to know, that holy contrition, and holy humility, and holy charity, and holy devotion, and holy joy, are those things which make the soul good and blessed.”
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name
O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. You are the the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.
O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that your Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis
Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:
“The Golden Arrow”
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
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