Meekness – Twenty-First Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
At the sight of your imperfections be not discouraged. You should be displeased with them in a humble, tranquil, and pacific manner, not with a displeasure which will throw you into trouble and fret you. Such a displeasure does more harm than good. — St. Francis of Sales.
Whenever St. Louis Gonzaga committed a fault, he did not become discouraged, but, entering into himself, he said: “The earth has produced its fruit; I know by this what I am.” Another would say at such times, in the words of St. Ephrem: “We have not done well; let us do better.”
The holy bishop of Geneva would have souls compassionate and encourage themselves to do better by addressing to themselves these words: “Courage, my poor heart; you have again fallen into the pit you have so often taken the resolution to avoid. Let us arise; let us fly to the mercy of God, hoping He will help us to be more constant in future. Let us take once more the road we have abandoned, praying for all necessary strength to keep therein.”
My God, grant that my faults may displease without discouraging me. Grant that I be not astonished at them; that they may serve for my sanctification in keeping me humble, in exciting me to pray more, and to watch better over myself.