"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."

Thomas á Kempis

* * *

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"

St Augustine

* * *

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

* * *

 

Blessed Henry Suso (1295 - 1366) Dominican and German mystic

 

A LITTLE BOOK OF ETERNAL WISDOM (cont)

 

by Blessed Henry Suso

THE THIRD PART

On Tuesday, or at Tierce

Tender Lord!

1. Thy blooming body pined and withered away on the cross;

2. Thy weary and tender back leant uneasily against the hard wood;

3. Thy heavy frame painfully gave way;

4. All Thy limbs were covered with sores;

5. Thy heart endured it lovingly. Lord, be Thy withering a re-blooming to me for ever. Thy uneasy leaning my spiritual rest. Thy giving way, my powerful support. All Thy wounds must heal mine, and Thy loving heart inflame mine with fervour.

Sweet Lord!

1. First in Thy mortal agony Thou wast mocked with scornful words;

2. And with contemptuous gestures;

3. Thou wast utterly annihilated in their hearts;

4. Thou didst continue under it steadfast;

5. And didst pray to Thy Father for them lovingly;

6. Thou, the innocent Lamb, wast numbered with the guilty;

7. Thou wast condemned and reviled by the thief on Thy left;

8. But wast invoked by him on the right;

9. Thou forgavest the latter all his sins;

10. Thou didst unlock for him the gates of paradise.

Beloved Lord! teach me, Thy servant, to bear with firmness every ignominious word, every scornful gesture, and all sorts of contempt for Thy sake, and lovingly to excuse my enemies before Thee. Ah, Thou infinite good, behold, this day I offer up, before the eyes of Thy heavenly Father, Thy innocent death for my guilty life. Lord, with the thief I cry out to Thee: Remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom! Condemn me not for my evil deeds, forgive all my sins, undo for me the gates of the heavenly paradise!