Looks Brought Into Subjection to Grace

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This "looker" is my three year old nephew, Michael Colin Kirby.


"We must edify others by the sweetness of Jesus. A soft answer turneth away
wrath, saith Scripture. Kind and gentle words, such as those of our dear Lord, are
an apostolate in themselves. Whereas clever sharp words, such as we have often
a strict right to use, are continually doing the devil's work for him, and damaging
the souls of others, while they are inflicting no slight wounds upon our own.

Our manner, too, must be full of unction, and be of itself a means to attract men to us,
and make them love the spirit which animates us. Coldness, absence of interest,
an assumption of superiority for some unexpressed reasons, or even an obviousness of condescension, are not unfrequently to be found in pious persons. They have not yet mastered the spirit that is in them so as to use it gracefully, or they do not
appreciate the delicacy and universality of its tenderness. They have not a true
picture of Jesus in their minds ; and thus they can hardly exhibit Him at all in their
outward conduct. Our very looks must be brought into subjection to Grace."

Father Frederick W. Faber


So true!!! Thank you, Father. And I think that devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart are intended to immerse us in that sweetness, which will overflow into kindness to others.

Here is a special prayer that I used to recite often. It is from an old prayer book, the prayer is entitled, "Visit to Our Lady After Holy Communion" I think the author's name is Father Russell; "Mother upon my lips today Christ's Precious Blood was laid, that Blood which centuries ago, was for my ransom paid. And half in love and half in fear I seek for aid from Thee, Lest what I worship, wrapt in awe, should be profaned by me. Wilt Thou vouchsafe, as Portress dear, To guard those lips today? Lessen my words of idle mirth and govern all I say; Keep back the sharp and quick retort That rise so easily; Soften my speech, with gentle art, to sweetest charity. Check Thou the laugh or careless jest, That others harsh may find; Teach me the thoughtful words of Love, That soothe the anxious mind. Put far from me all proud replies, And each deceitful tone, so that my words at length may be. Faint echoes of Thine own. O Mother, Thou art mine today, By more than double right; A soul where Christ reposed must be Most precious in Thy sight. And Thou canst hardly think of me From Thy dear Son apart; Then give me from myself and sin A refuge in Thy heart."

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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