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¶ Of Communion.
COMMUNICATE often.-To do it every month, will not be too often, if you are not in the habit of committing mortal sin, and endeavour to avoid it. You will do it with advantage to yourself ever ry week, if you abstain from mortal sin, though you may occasionally fall into venial sins-that is, provided they are not habitual, and that your affections are disengaged from them before your communion. Neither the marriage state, nor the hurry of business, should be any obstacle to frequent communion, provided you live with that purity and disengagement of heart which become a christian. Some may communicate still oftener; but the advice of a wise and discreet di rector should be their rule.
¶ Of Resistance to our predominant Passion.
ENDEAVOUR, with the help of grace, to discover the capital fault or passion which rules over you. Observe which way your heart, your inclinations, and your thoughts, most naturally leadwhat you have most difficulty in resisting-and where you most commonly fail. The means of
overcoming this passion, are, the recollection of the continual presence of God, meditation, prayer, the use of the sacraments, examination of conscience, and interior, together with exterior, acts of those virtues which are contrary to this passion; also, great prudence in avoiding occa sions of temptation, and a strict examination of conscience as to this particular propensity.
¶ Of Preparation for Death.
SET apart a day in each month to prepare for death, and apply yourself as earnestly to every duty as if that day was to be your last. Go to confession and communion; recollect what may
give you uneasiness at the hour of your death; for instance, property that may belong to othersdoubts-reparations-reconciliations, &c. Make those acts which are made by the dying-to wit, acts of resignation, as to the hour, time, and manner, which may please God; acts of thanksgiv ing, of lively faith, hope, confidence, of contrition, and love of God, &c. Invoke Jesus Christ, who was crucified the holy Virgin-your good angel guardian-your holy patron in heaven; and, in lying down, consider your bed as your coffin.
¶ of the Duties of our State and Condition.
BE attentive to fulfil the duties of your state with zeal, and with the intention of pleasing God, who placed you in it. Discharge its painful and irksome offices in the spirit of penance. Instruct yourself as to the nature of your obligations, as a father, mother, husband, wife, master, mistress, child, or servant; each state has its own and indispensable obligations.
¶ of the Use of Riches.
If you are rich, remember what your obligations are towards the poor. Both the threats and promises of Jesus Christ should induce you to give alms. God required of the Israelites the tenth part of their goods that may serve as a rule. Let it be done in proportion to the extent of your fortune, and the necessities of the poor. You will never want the means of being charitable, if you diminish your attachment to the things of this world, and carefully regulate your
Of Pleasures and Amusements.
USE them as you would a remedy for your health: a remedy should not be hurtful, nor dau
gerous, nor too frequent and common. pleasures which are any ways sinful, and be moderate in such as are innocent. Never allow yourself to play at a game of pure hazard; and never employ a very considerable time at any game, nor expose yourself to great losses. Play with moderation, without permitting yourself to be fond of it, or neglecting your duty. As to public balls and theatres, no better rule can be prescribed than that of never frequenting them.
¶ Of Crosses and Afflictions.
CARRY your crosses as Jesus Christ carried his; that is, patiently-for they come from God: 2dly in the spirit of penance; for otherwise, what penance can you perform for your sins? 3dly with love and affection; for it is God who visits you in his goodness, and through mercy punishes your sins in this world: 4thly-uniting them with the afflictions of our blessed Saviour; it is from this union that they are meritorious before God. If you suffer in this manner, besides diminishing your sufferings in this life, you are preparing stores of treasure and glory for the other.
¶ of Visits.
THERE are some visits which are absolutely necessary to be made: sanctify these, therefore, with the pure intention of doing your duty, and fulfilling the designs. of providence. There are some visits which are quite of a charitable nature -perform them in the spirit of religion. There are some of mere decorum; consider these as the means of keeping up civil society, and regulate them according to the maxims of the gospel. There are some which are dangerous;-absolutely abstain from these. There are others, which
are quite idle and useless; you will give these up, when you discover the value of time, and how little remains after you have acquitted yourself of all your obligations.
¶ Of Conversation.
AVOID these defects in conversation:-1st, Inutility. Jesus Christ assures us, that we shall have to render an account of every idle word. 2dly, Vanity, or the esteem of the world—nothing is more contrary to the maxims of the gospel. 3dly, Detraction, which is called the seasoning of conversation-for it is the ruin of the person who speaks the slander, as also of him who hears it with satisfaction, and of him who does not prevent it when he is able. 4thly, Loose expressions, offensive to purity-avoid not only such as are evidently and plainly immodest, but also such as are disguised and have a double meaning, and which prove the baneful sources of a thousand bad thoughts, desires, and criminal actions. 5thly, Wit-when it degenerates and becomes hurtful to charity and religion.
T Of Companions.
EVERY thing will depend upon the company you keep. It is impossible for a young person to frequent bad company, and to continue virtuous. As soon as you find yourself in such society, without hesitation immediately withdraw from it. Your virtue, your happiness, and peace. of mind, are all at stake. Esteem the friendship of prudent and respectable persons, and cultivate their society. You will feel a pleasure on enter. ing into it, and you will retire from it with credit and advantage to yourself, No one can be too much afraid of the company of unprincipled, idle, profligate young men: by example, ridicule, or persuasion, they will succeed in making you a
perfect copy of themselves. You will join them in the same undisciplined course; you will be associated with them in all their criminal habits ; and you will find it most difficult to extricate yourself from them, even should the grace of desiring it be offered to you.
THE FORM OF ANSWERING AT MASS,
Priest. In nomine Patris, & Filii, & Spiritus Sancti, Amen. Introibo ad altare Dei.
C. Ad Deum, qui lætificat juventutem meam. P. Judica me, Deus, & discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo & doloso
C. Quia tu es Deus fortitudo mea: quare me repulisti, & quare tristis incedo, dum affligit me inimicus.
P. Emitte lucem tuam & veritatem tuam : ipsa me deduxerunt & adduxerunt in montem sanctam tuam, & in tabernacula tua.
C. Et introibo ad,altare Dei; ad Deum, qui lætificat juventutem meam.
P. Confitebor tibi, in cithara, Deus, Deus meus: quare tristis es anima mea, & quare conturbas me?
C. Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi, salutare vultus mei, & Deus meus.
P. Gloria Patri, & Filio, & Spiritui Sancto. C. Sicut erat in principio, & nunc, & semper, & in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
P. Introibo ad altare Dei.
C. Ad Deum, qui lætificat juventutem meam.
P. Confiteor Deo, &c.