“A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
- Lk 3:4

Charity – Thirteenth Day of November

Charity.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart. This is the greatest and the first commandment,
and the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
 — St. Matt. 22:38

THIRTEENTH DAY.

The less desires we have, the more charity we possess. He who no longer feels within himself a desire for anything possesses the most perfect charity. — St. Augustine.

St. Francis of Sales said sometimes to those few persons with whom he ever spoke of his interior dispositions: “I wish for very few things, and I wish very little for those few. I have scarcely a desire for anything, and if I could be born again, I would wish to have none whatever.”

St. Teresa was so certain that perfect love excluded all earthly desires, that she exclaimed: “I God, my Love, Thou lovest me more than I can love myself, more than I can understand; why should I desire more than Thou wouldst give me?”

A director of souls gave this advice to one who asked him for direction: “Keep this in mind, never let these words, I will, I will not, I should like, escape your lips, nor let the sentiments these words express find a place in your heart.”

Prayer.

My God, I do not desire riches, or honors, or pleasures in this world. I do not desire the esteem of creatures, or life, or health. I desire nothing of earth. I desire only the accomplishment of Thy will.

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