Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Sixth Chapter

An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communion

The Disciple:

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.]