Meekness – Twenty-Seven Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
The remedies against anger are, first, to prevent it, if possible, or to occupy the mind with thoughts which tend to allay the movements of the heart when excited; second, to imitate the apostles, who in the time of tempest, had recourse to God, to Whom it belongs to give peace to the heart; third, to do nothing, to say nothing, during the time the heart is agitated, relating to that which gave rise to anger; fourth, to oblige ourselves to make acts of sweetness and humility towards those for whom we feel sentiments of anger. — St. Francis of Sales.
The holy Bishop of Geneva having been injured, threatened, abused, someone admiring his heroic patience, the saint said: “Be not astonished at my silence. I have made a compact with my tongue that it never move to say a word of anger against those who may speak ill of me.”
A wise man gave to Augustus Cæsar this counsel: “When you feel yourself moved to anger, say nothing, do nothing until you have in your mind gone over the twenty-four letters of the alphabet.” “Actions done, words said, in a time of passion, are never directed by reason or religion,” St. Vincent de Paul often said.
My God, I will make an agreement with my heart that it will never be open to sentiments of hatred or a desire of revenge I will make an agreement with my tongue that it will never say an evil word of those who I think have done me ill.