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If God has put riches into our hands, we should dispense them liberally and cheerfully. If in the course of our daily transactions we are subject to losses, or are made to pay more than we think is quite just, we should not attach an undue importance to it, remembering that it is better to have less than more, and accepting the loss as a little sacrifice which we can offer up in thanksgiving to God through our holy Founder.
Prayer, alms, and mortification are three things we should practise daily. We should endeavour to remember that the omission of any one, so to speak, renders the others imperfect; so that we must practise them simultaneously. Our prayers should be fervent, constant, and universal; for every action should be seasoned by prayer. Our alms must be liberal according to our means; and if it is not in our power to give money, we can assist our neighbour in many ways, or we can, at least, always pray for him.
We must be generous in our mortifications, which we can practise without injuring our health or attracting notice. On this head we must consult our Director, who will best know what suits each individually.
The daily practice of these three virtues will help us much in the way of perfection, and will prevent our falling into the inconsistencies so frequently observed in pious persons, who are apt to attach themselves to some one of these to the exclusion of the other two.
It does not accord with our present object to expatiate at length upon our Rule, or the duties incumbent upon us as members of a religious order; but the above examination of conscience, with the remarks, will be sufficient to turn attention to this important subject, which each one will strive to apply to himself.1
1 Taken from the English Third Order Manual, published by Burns & Co.
Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The substitution of this for the Divine Office is permitted to Tertiaries by the eighth Statute, when precluded by charitable or home duties from saying the longer one.
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
Preparation having been made, the President rings the bell, and begins the "Angelic Salutation," while the Brothers (or Sisters) stand:
Ave, María, grátia plena: Dóminus tecum.
The Choir continue:
Benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui Jesus: Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus nunc et in hora mortis nostræ.
The President, making the sign of the cross, intones the following Versicle:
Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
R. Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
The President, again making the sign of the cross, from the forehead to the breast, and raising his voice a little, adds:
V. Deus, in adjutórium meum inténde.
R. Dómine, ad adjuvándum me festína.
Bowing to the altar, they continue:
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculórum. Amen. Allelúia.
The "Alleluia" is said from Easter till the Vespers of the Saturday before the Sunday called Septuagesima. From Septuagesima till the Vespers of Holy Saturday inclusive, they say:
Laus tibi, Dómine, Rex ætérnæ glóriæ.