SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR EVERY DAY IN THE WEEK, FOR THOSE WHO COMMUNICATE OFTEN: TUESDAY + CONSIDER JESUS CHRIST AS TEACHER
CONSIDER JESUS CHRIST AS TEACHER, AND PURPOSE WITH THYSELF TO LEARN HIS DIVINE DOCTRINE
Teach me, O Lord, thy divine ordinances.
It has been thy misfortune, O my Soul to have hitherto lived in darkness and ignorance, to have suffered thyself to be seduced by errors and lies. But behold here the teacher (Matt 22 16,) of the way of God in truth, who this day comes to undeceive thee, and to instruct thee in his divine doctrine. Let it be thy most earnest desire that he would vouchsafe himself to be thy instructor.
Come, O heavenly master! come O teacher of nations! come and teach me the way of truth and the science of salvation, the only science I desire.
I have made choice of the ay of truth I am resolved to walk no longer in that of falsehood. But come, O eternal truth! and instruct me in thy ways; thou alone canst teach me them.
Blessed, O Lord! is that man whom thou instructest and teachest out of thy law Oh! do me favour to instruct me out of it, and to teach me what if prescribes.
Let us go, O my soul! let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the Gd of Jacob, (Isa. 2.3.) and he will teach us his ways, let us go and give ear to the oracles of this master who is come down from heaven, whom his Father commands us to hearken to, saying. Hear ye him.
But do thou O Jesu, give me a docil heart, that I may receive thy doctrine with all due respect, give me understanding that I may comprehend it, give me wisdom that I mat relish it, love it and be guided by it, send forth thy holy spirit to prepare my soul for receiving it.
Thy former errors, O my soul, must be renounced, if thou art desirous of understanding the doctrine of this divine master, without this thou wilt never be able to penetrate or relish it. Yes Lord, I renounce and detest those errors from my heart, I am resolved never t follow any doctrine but thine.
The eucharistical bread is a bread is a bread ( Ecclus. 15.3.) of understanding, which fills with the light of the sublimest wisdom those who partake worthily of it. It is the genuine fruit of the tree of knowledge, which makes us perfectly intelligent in the science of the saints. Go, my soul, and receive it with an ardent desire of being filled with the heavenly light it will infuse into thee.