Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Twelve – 28 October
Readings and Prayers
12 Day Preparation
Day 12 of 33
Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 25., cont.
But if you observe anything worthy of reproof, beware you do not the same. And if at any time you have done it, labour quickly to amend you rself. As your eye observe others, so are you by others noted again.
How sweet and pleasant a thing it is, to see brethren fervent and devout, obedient and well-disciplined! How sad and grievous a thing it is, to see them walk disorderly, not applying themselves to that for which they are called! How hurtful a thing it is, when they neglect the purpose of their calling and busy themselves in things not committed to their care!
Be mindful of the purpose you have embraced and set always before yourself the image of the Crucified. Good cause you have to be ashamed in looking upon the life of Jesus Christ, seeing you have not as yet endeavoured to conform yourself more unto Him, though you have been a long time in the way of God.
A religious person that exercises himself seriously and devoutly in the most holy life and passion of our Lord, shall there abundantly find whatsoever is profitable and necessary for himself, neither shall he need to seek any better thing, besides Jesus. O if Jesus crucified would come into our hearts, how quickly and fully should we be. A man fervent and diligent is prepared for all things.
It is harder toil to resist vices and passions, than to sweat in bodily labours. He that avoids not small faults, by little and little falls into greater. You will always rejoice in the evening, if you spend the day profitably. Be watchful over yourself, stir up yourself, warn yourself and whatsoever becomes of others, neglect not yourself. The more violent means you use against yourself, the more shall you progress. Amen.
Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )