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Meekness – Twenty-Fourth Day of May

Meekness

Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.

TWENTY-FOURTH DAY.

Thoughts which disquiet us and agitate our minds do not come from God, Who is the Prince of peace; they come from the devil, self-love, or esteem of ourselves. These are the three sources which give birth to all our troubles. Therefore when we have such thoughts we must reject them immediately, and make no account of them. — St. Francis of Sales.

The reason why the holy bishop of Geneva was never troubled, never disquieted, and in the midst of the greatest crosses and most serious occupations never lost the peace of his soul, so that it was even impossible to converse with him without feeling a kind of spiritual joy, was that in a manner he laughed at the temptations of the devil and was humble of heart.

St. Antony spoke this to the demons: “If you had any strength, one of you would suffice to conquer a single man. It is because you are weak that you unite yourselves against me, and try to frighten me. Know that I fear you not.”

Prayer.

My God, give me grace never to be troubled in my occupations, my pains, my temptations. Thou art my father. Thou loves me, I love Thee. Thou wilt have pity on me, I will say to my soul, Why dost thou fear? Hope in thy God.

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