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I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all false heretics, and for all mis-believers, for all false tithepayers, thieves, adulterers, and all common women, and for all mischievous livers. Lord, for thy mercy, have mercy upon them, if it be thy will, and bring them out of their misbehaviour the sooner for my prayers.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all those that are tempted and vexed by their ghostly enemies, that thou, of thy mercy, will give them grace to withstand their temptations, and deliver them there-of, when it most pleaseth thee.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my ghostly fathers, that thou vouchsafe to spread as much grace in their souls as I would that thou didst in mine.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my children, ghostly and bodily, and for all the people in the world, that thou make their sins to me by true contrition, as it were my own sins, and forgive them as I would that thou forgive me.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my friends and all mine enemies, for all that are sick, especially for all lepers, for all bedridden men and women, for all that are in prison, and for all creatures that, in this world, have spoken of me either good or ill, or shall do so unto the world’s end.

Have mercy upon them, and be gracious to their souls as I would that thou wert to mine.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

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YOUR MOST IMPORTANT OUTFIT: THE GARMENT OF THE SOUL

YOUR MOST IMPORTANT OUTFIT: THE GARMENT OF THE SOUL

IS IT IMPORTANT WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF ME, SO LONG AS I WEAR THE RIGHT THINGS FOR ANY OCCASION?

How different are the thoughts of God from those of man! A person is often greatly esteemed because of his exterior, the richness of his garments or the elegance of his manners. Our vision extends no further than the bark of the tree.

We give alms, perhaps to the beggar whom we meet, but our glance does not rest for a moment on his rags; we pass on… How consoling to know that it is otherwise in heaven! God sees the heart; the bark is nothing to Him.

You are poor, badly dressed! But your soul is pure. Oh! you are rich in the eyes of God! You lack exterior beauty! But your soul is pure. Oh! you are beautiful in the eyes of God!

Preserve the Christian virtues, the garments of the soul; preserve your innocence; keep God within you. If men do not always appreciate these great things at their proper value, there is in heaven a Judge essentially just. He sees you, poor soul, He blesses you, He is waiting for you!

– Laverty & Sons, 1905

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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