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Meekness – Twenty-Seven Day of May

Meekness

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

TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY.

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.

Prayer.

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.

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