Admister spiritual medicine. Say “God bless you!” etc. whenever you can, especially also among atheists and very lukewarm people.
Are there many persons who think of giving alms to those who cross their path during the day? – poor souls, who have not the strength to make their wants known, nor even the will to do so; whose breath of life is fast failing, although they are unconscious that they are dying.
Oh! mingle, from time to time, apart from temporal alms which you give, the blessed Name of God and if some tender chord still remains in these souls, that Name alone can search it out, and, touching it, bring a little relief and help, as the air breathed into the lungs of one apparently dead, can of itself restore the functions of life, unless death is already there.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889 [Headings added]