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am thy servant; give me understanding, and excite my affections, that I may know and do thy will.

Thou art the Lamb of God, the Lamb without spot, who takest away the sins of the world. Oh! take away from me whatever is hurtful to me and displeasing to thee, and give what thou knowest to be pleasing to thee and profitable to me.

Thou art my love, and all my joy; thou art my God and my all; thou art the portion of my inheritance, and of my chalice; thou art he that will restore my inheritance to


O my God and my all, may the sweet flame of thy love consume my soul, that so I may die to the world for the love of thee, who hast vouchsafed to die upon the cross for the love of me.

Act of Devotion after Communion.

OMY sweet Jesus, my Creator and my Redeemer, my God and my all, whence is this to me, that my Lord, and so great a Lord, whom heaven and earth cannot contain, should come into this poor cottage, this house of clay of my earthly habitation! Oh! that I could give thee a hearty welcome. Oh! that I could


entertain thee as I ought. Thy loving-kindness inviteth me to thy embraces, and I would willingly say with the spouse in the Canticle, I have found him whom my soul loveth; I have held him, and will not let him go: but the awe of so great a Majesty checks me, and the sense of my great unworthiness and innumerable sins keeps me back. No, my soul, it is only the feet of thy Saviour that thou canst presume to embrace; it is there thou must present thyself, like Magdalen, and wish that, like her, thou couldst wash them with thy tears. Oh ! that thou couldst be so happy.

Devotions for the Sick.

A Prayer proper to be daily repeated in time of Sickness.


Lo ORD Jesus Christ, behold I receive this sickness, with which thou art pleased to visit me, as coming from thy fatherly hand. is thy will it should be thus with me, and therefore I submit: thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. May this sickness be to the honour of thy holy name, and for the good of my soul. For this end, I here offer myself with an entire submission to all thy appointments, to suffer whatever thou pleasest, as long as thou pleasest, and in what manner thou pleasest; for I am thy creature, O Lord, who have most ungratefully offended thee; and since my sins have a long time cried aloud to heaven for justice, why should I now complain if I feel thy hand upon me? No, my God, thou art just in all thy ways; have truly deserved thy punishment, and therefore I have no rea


sou to complain of thee, but only of my own wickedness.

But rebuke me not, O Lord, in thy fury, nor chastise me in thy wrath; but have regard to my weakness. Thou knowest how frail I am; that I am nothing but dust and ashes; deal not with me, therefore, according to my sins, neither punish me according to my iniquities; but, according to the multitude of thy most tender mercies, have compassion on me. Oh! let thy justice be tempered with mercy, and let thy heavenly grace come in to my assistance, to support me under this my illness. Confirm my soul with strength from above, that I may bear, with a true Christian patience, all the uneasiness, pains, disquiets, and difficulties of my sickness, and that I may cheerfully accept them as the just punishment of my offences. Preserve me from all temptations, and be thou my defence against all the assaults of the enemy, that in this illness I may in no way offend thee; and if this is to be my last, I beg of thee so to direct me by thy grace, that I may in no way neglect or be deprived of those helps, which thou hast, in thy mercy, ordained for the good of my soul, to prepare it for its passage into eternity; that,

being perfectly cleansed from all my sins, I may believe in thee, put my whole trust in thee, love thee above all things, and, through the merits of thy death and passion, be admitted into the company of the blessed, where I may praise thee for ever, Amen.

Short Acts of the most necessary Virtues proper to be inculcated in the time of Sickness.

LORD, I accept this sickness from thy hands, and entirely resign myself to thy blessed will, whether it be for life or death. Not my will, but thine be done: thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Lord, I submit to all the pains and uneasiness of this my illness; my sins have deserved infinitely more. Thou art just, O Lord, and thy judgment is right.

Lord, I offer up to thee all that I now suffer, or may have yet to suffer, to be united to the sufferings of my Redeemer, and sanctified by his pas


I adore thee, O my God and my all, as my first beginning and last end; and I desire to pay thee the best homage I am able, and to bow

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