The Sixth Chapter
An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communion
WHEN I consider Your dignity, O Lord, and my own meanness, I become very much frightened and confused.
For if I do not receive, I fly from Life, and if I intrude unworthily, I incur Your displeasure.
What, then, shall I do, my God, my Helper and Adviser in necessity?
Teach me the right way. Place before me some short exercise suitable for Holy Communion, for it is good to know in what manner I ought to make my heart ready devoutly and fervently for You, to receive Your Sacrament for the good of my soul, or even to celebrate so great and divine a sacrifice.
[Imitation of Christ, Book Four. Public Domain.]