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pear before the Lord empty. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God, which he hath given thee.

Can I give any thing to thy poor, but what I have received from thee? How can I say that I love thee much, if I give sparingly to them, whom thou hast appointed in thy place to receive our alms ? Give me an heart, O God, to give.according to thy blessing upon me, and as I expect thy blessing upon myself and substance.

1 Pet. iv. 10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards.

O God, who hast taught us, that we are all but thy stewards,–Keep me, I beseech thee, from that great injustice of defrauding thy poor of their right :-Give me grace to moderate all my vain desires and expenses, that I may have to give to them that need; and that the measure of thy blessings to me may be the measure of my charity to oth1 Thess. v. 18. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God.


O Lord and Father, I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies which thou hast shewed thy servant ; neither can I render due thanks and praise for them ; but, O God, accept of this my sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving—for this, and for all thy known and unobserved favors of nature, and of grace, I bless thy good providence; beseeching thee to pardon my ingratitude, and that I have passed so many occasions without observing, and without acknowledging, thy great goodnesss to thy unworthy servant. -For when I consider my dependance upon thee,--for my life, for my preservation, for my redemption,--and for the means of grace

and salvation which thou hast afforded me, I cannot but be very thankful.--As long therefore as I live, I will praise thee.Glory be to God my Creator, my Redeemer, my Sanctifier, my Guide and Comforter! -All love, all praise and glory, be to God most high! Amen.

St. John xvi. 23. Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

In all humility, O heavenly Father, I lay claim to this thy Son's most faithful promise. -In his name, and for his sake, I beseech thee to give me an heart truly sensible of his great love; and grant that the merits of bis death and sacrifice may not be lost upon


Give me a saving faith and knowledge ; a sincere love for thee, and for thy holy word ;-An hearty desire to please thee;a fear of offending thee ;-a zeal for thy glory ; and a great regard for every thing that belongs to thee.

Give me such a love for my neighbour, as thou hast commanded; a due regard for my superiors, and an utter abhorrence of all manner of fraud, injustice and wrong.

Give me a tender conscience, a meek and quiet spirit, a charitable, an humble, and a contented mind.

Give me a just sense of my own infirmities, a dread of sensual pleasures, a power over my appetites, and a fear of the world and its idols.

Keep me from pride, and from presumptuous sins ;—from wicked principles, and wicked company; and from the vices of the age and place I live in. Make me ever mindful of


latter end, and of the account I must one day give of my life, and of the talents with which thou shalt entrust me.—And grant that I may lead an innocent and useful life, by doing good in my generation.

Take possession of my soul, until I am restored to thy divine image, from which I am sadly fallen.

For these, and for all the graces I stand in need of, I plead thy gracious goodness, and my Saviour's merits and promise to all that ask in his name : and I know thou wilt not deny me, because the very will to ask these mercies is from thee and thy good Spirit. Amen.

Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

This is indeed, O God, a sure pledge of thy infinite love for thy poor creatures.Upon this I depend, when my heart is in heaviness. This is my refuge, when I remember my sins and thy divine justice.O make me truly sensible of this thy great love :-and give me the graces which that love sees needful for me, for Jesus Christ's sake, the Son of the love. Amen.

II. Cor. v. 15. Christ died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them.

From this moment, O Christ, I consecrate that life to thee, which thou hast redeemed from the slavery of sin, by thy most precious blood. Fortify my soul, I beseech thee, against all the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, by the remembrance of this thy love; that I may live to thee, and to the glory of God. Amen.

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