Meekness – Tenth Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
Those who are entrusted with the care of others should conduct themselves in their regard as God and His angels do; that is, persuade, warn, pray. They should knock at their hearts like a spouse, and if they are refused, bear patiently the refusal. The angels assist as much as they can those committed to their care, and do not abandon those who are obstinate. — St. Francis of Sales.
This saint said the directors of souls should imitate Jacob, who regulated his footsteps with those of his children who were small, and even with those of his lambs.
“Those who are to be treated with special sweetness are souls who are difficult to govern,” say St. Vincent de Paul. He charmed them in such a degree by his sweetness that he won them to whatever point he wished.
“The more I advance in years,” wrote St. Jane Frances to a Superior in one of her houses, “the more I am convinced that meekness is necessary to gain admittance into a heart, and also to maintain one’s place therein. If I have been useful in the sanctification of any soul, it has been by the means of a sweet and humble charity, without employing any other authority than that of cordiality and prayer.”
My God, grant that I may win hearts and keep them, for Thy love; grant especially that I may treat with sweetness hardened and obstinate sinners.