Continued from yesterday...
Chapter 8. The Principal Duties of the Day
Some additional hints
We are reminded by the bread we take and the meat we eat of the Heavenly Bread we have received so often in Holy Communion, and of the Flesh of Jesus Christ which we have eaten at the Sacred Table.
This thought is a beautiful Spiritual Communion.
Two little prayers
"O My God, I offer Thee this act in union with Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and in praise of Thine Eternal Majesty."
This prayer, Our Lord assured St. Gertrude, gives indescribable value to any act we perform.
"O my God, I offer Thee the awful thirst Jesus Christ suffered in the Passion, His fast in the desert, His Divine moderation during His life on Earth."
This prayer obtains pardon for any want of abstemiousness and for any gluttony in eating and drinking we may be guilty of.
Let us be content with the food which is placed before us.
St. Paul's words must be before our minds:
"Whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God." [1 Cor. 10:31]
We should not be unchristian in showing our dislike or discontent when our food is not just to our liking. If there is something very wrong with what is placed before us, then we may call attention to it courteously. We must eat as intelligent beings, not as animals....
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949