COUNSELS FOR A CHRISTIAN LIFE

These counsels which I am offering to you here, are those of a mother –

the testament of her Christian heart;

she wished to draw up herself a line of conduct,

which would keep her beloved children in the path of duty,

and assure their eternal salvation.

In conduct.

Uniformity,

uprightness,

moderation,

prudence,

gentleness,

firmness.

In conversation.

Gaiety without dissipation,

reserve in language,

forgetfulness of self,

few confidences.

In faults.

Humble and sincere acknowledgement;

deep sorrow without despondency;

recourse to God;

abandonment to His mercy.

In the frequentation of the sacraments.

Purity of heart,

and of intention;

lively faith, detachment,

practical fervour.

With God.

Filial confidence,

the study of His will,

peaceful waiting for His time;

prompt, generous, unqualified obedience.

With our neigbour.

Cordiality,

thoughtfulness,

tolerance,

compliance without meanness,

deference without flattery,

condescension without human respect.

With ourselves.

Strict justice,

genuine and constant self-denial,

patience in every trial.

For the mind.

Wise mistrust of its own enlightenment,

blissful ignorance of its merit,

holy employment of its talents.

For the imagination.

Unalterable tranquillity in its flights,

disregard of its phantoms,

turning aside from its importunity.

For the heart.

Fidelity in banishing from it every kind of anxiety,

watchfulness over all its motions,

sacrifice of all that is opposed to the good pleasure of God.

A life of faith.

That is, entire conformity with Jesus Christ,

in speech,

thought,

sentiment,

and works:

and continual dependence

on His Spirit, in all things.

 

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