ON the day you make this renewal of your resolutions, and on those
immediately following, you should often repeat with heart and voice the
earnest words of S. Paul, S. Augustine, S. Catherine of Genoa, and
others like-minded, “I am not mine own, whether I live or whether I
die, I am the Lord’s. There is no longer any me or mine, my me’ is
Jesus, my mine’ is to be His. Thou world, wilt ever be thyself, and
hitherto I have been myself, but henceforth I will be so no more.” We
shall indeed not be ourselves any more, for our heart will be changed,
and the world which has so often deceived us will in its turn be
deceived in us; our change will be so gradual that the world will still
suppose us to be Esau, while really we are Jacob.
All our devout exercises must sink into the heart, and when we come
forth from our meditation and retirement it behoves us to tread warily
in business or society, lest the wine of our good resolutions be
heedlessly spilt; rather let it soak in and penetrate every faculty of
the soul, but quietly, and without bodily or mental excitement.