Book Talk Tuesday – Introduction to the Devout Life, Part 5, Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIII. The Affections to be excited after such Examination.
WHEN you have quietly gone through each point of this examination, and
have ascertained your own position, you will excite certain feelings
and affections in your heart. Thank God for such amendment, however
slight, as you may have found in yourself, confessing that it is the
work of His Mercy Alone in you.
Humble yourself deeply before God, confessing that if your progress has
been but small, it is your own fault, for not having corresponded
faithfully, bravely and continually to the inspirations and lights
which He has given you in prayer or otherwise.
Promise to praise Him for ever for the graces He has granted to you,
and because He has led you against your will to make even this small
Ask forgiveness for the disloyalty and faithlessness with which you
have answered Him.
Offer your whole heart to Him that He Alone may rule therein. Entreat
Him to keep you faithful to Himself.
Ponder over the examples of the Saints, the Blessed Virgin, your
guardian Angel and patron Saint, S. Joseph, etc.