IMITATION OF CHRIST.

USEFUL ADMONITIONS FOR A SPIRITUAL LIFE.

OF AVOIDING TOO MUCH FAMILIARITY:

      OPEN NOT YOUR HEART TO EVERY MAN; BUT TREAT OF YOUR AFFAIRS WITH A MAN WHO IS WISE AND FEARS GOD.

      CONVERSE RARELY WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND STRANGERS.

      DO NOT FLATTER THE RICH; NOR WILLINGLY APPEAR BEFORE THE GREAT.

      ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH THE HUMBLE AND SIMPLE, WITH THE DEVOUT AND VIRTUOUS; AND TREAT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH EDIFY.

      BE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ANY WOMAN; BUT RECOMMEND ALL GOOD WOMEN IN GENERAL TO GOD.

      DESIRE TO BE FAMILIAR ONLY WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS, AND FLY THE ACQUAINTANCE OF MEN.

2. WE MUST HAVE CHARITY FOR ALL, BUT FAMILIARITY WITH ALL IS NOT EXPEDIENT.

      IT SOMETIMES HAPPENS THAT A PERSON, WHEN NOT KNOWN, SHINES BY A GOOD REPUTATION, WHO, WHEN HE IS PRESENT, OFFENDS THE EYES OF THEM THAT SEE HIM.

      WE THINK SOMETIMES TO PLEASE OTHERS BY BEING WITH THEM; AND INSTEAD WE BEGIN TO DISPLEASE THEM BY THE BAD EXAMPLES WHICH THEY DISCOVER IN US.

REFLECTION:

      IF YOU WISH TO FIND HEAVEN ON EARTH ASSOCIATE WITH GOOD PERSONS, SPEAK OF EDIFYING THINGS. FOR BY DOING THIS, YOU WILL BE GOD'S FRIEND. OH HAPPY CHRISTIAN, IF YOU ARE WHOLEHEARTEDLY UNITED TO JESUS CHRIST; IF YOU ATTEND TO YOUR DUTIES AND TO YOUR SALVATION; IF, LIVING IN GOD AND FOR GOD, YOU BEGIN TO DO IN THIS LIFE THAT WHICH YOU WILL DO FOREVER IN HEAVEN!



PRAYER:

      GRANT, O JESUS, THAT I MAY LOVE YOU MORE THAN I LOVE MY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. THAT ALL MY EFFORTS BE CENTERED IN KNOWING YOU, LOVING YOU AND IMITATING YOU. O GOD OF LOVE, GRANT THAT I MAY LOVE YOU AS I SHOULD; THAT IS, WITH A LOVE WHICH SURPASSES ALL OTHER LOVE. AMEN.