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to the eyes of our neighbours. And why will we not consider the all-seeing eye of our great God, which is always fixed upon us, and clearly discerns all that passes in the most secret closet of our heart? Why will we not reflect that our evil thoughts being known to God, is indeed a greater shame, a greater loss of our true honour, than if they were published by sound of trumpet over the universe.
Consider, sixthly, that God, being every where present, every where requires our love: he is every where infinitely amiable, beautiful, good, perfect, and at all times and in every place he is infinitely good to us. Why then do we not love him who is all love? Deus charitas est, says St.John 1 John iv. God is love. We have this loving and most lovely Gcd continually with us and within us; why do we not run to his embraces? He is A fire that ever burns in the very centre of our souls; how then comes it to pass that we feel so little of its flames? It is because we do not approach it. It is because we will not restrain our thoughts at home, attentive to that
great guest who resides within us, but suffer them continually to wander abroad upon vain created ainusements. O! convertere, anima mea, in requiem tuam, Ps. cxliv. Turn away, my soul, from all these worldly toys, which keep thee at a distance from thy God; return then to him who is thy true and only happiness, for in, him only thou wilt find everlasting repose.
AT YOUR UP-RISING SAY,
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.
N the Name of our Lord Jesus
me, O Lord, defend, govern, and kee me; and after this short and miserable Pilgrimage, bring me to everlasting happiness. Amen.
Holy Trinity, one God, into thy protection I recommend my soul and Hiv
body; deliver me this day from all sin, and preserve me from sudden and unprovided death. Amen.
O merciful Jesus, I beseech thee by thy most sacred death and passion, to grant me pardon and full remission of all my sins. Amen.
O angel of God, to whose holy care I am committed by the supreme clemency, defend me from all danger this day and for ever. Amen.
Holy mother of God, protect me this day from all evil; but especially. at the hour of my death, assist me by thy powerful intercession. Amen.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayers for Morning.
Our Father, &c. Hail Mary, &c.
An Act of Faith of the Presence of God.
My God, I firmly believe thou art here and perfectly seest me
and that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart. Canst thou suffer in thy holy presence a sinner, who has so often offended thee? It is thy goodness and liberality, which invite and command my poverty to come to thee. Give me grace therefore to pray as I ought.
Come, O holy Spirit! fill the hearts of thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of thy love.
V. Send forth thy Spirit, and our hearts shall be regenerated.
R. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
God, who by the light of the Holy Ghost didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, give us, by this same holy Spirit, a love and relish of what is right and just, and the constant enjoyment of his comforts: Though Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God for ever. Amen.
An Act of Adoration and Thanksgiving.
My God! I adore thee as my Creator and my sovereign Good: and with all possible thanksgiving I acknowledge the many benefits thou hast conferred upon me, in relation both to body and soul. Thou hast created me of nothing; redeemed me by the death of thy Son; sanctified me by the grace of thy Holy Spirit; preserved me from an infinity of dangers, and from hell fire, which I deserved by my sins. Thou knowest I anı an unprofitable and an ungrateful Servant, nevertheless thou hast all this time had patience with me; thou hast preserved me this night past, and given me this present day, that I may labour with more care and diligence than I have hitherto done, to obtain the crown of immortal glory, which thy goodness has prepared for me. O my God! how good thou art towards me! What return can I make for such innumerable benefits? I will bless thy holy name, and serve thee all the days of my life.