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us to bear it. I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” If we take God for our friend, if we make Him our companion, then whatever comes will not hurt us.

Be it joy or sorrow, sickness or health, poverty or riches, He sends it, and He will make all things work together for our good.

We shall then be able to say, in the beautiful words of a living Poet,

“ Be it good or ill,
Be it what you will,
It needs must help me on my road,
My narrow way to Heaven, please God.”

C. Rossetti.

Trust in God day by day. Pray to God day by day. Tell Him all your needs, your cares, your sorrows, day by day, and He will bear the burden for you. Above all, thank Him day by day.

Very few people are as thankful as they ought to be. They are resigned, and patient, and brave, and sometimes hopeful, but they are not thankful.

We must try to get into the habit of looking out for all the bright, kindly, pleasant


things that our loving Father sends us day by day, to help us on our way.

It may be a beautiful day of glorious sunshine. It may be a kind letter, or a pleasant visit from a friend. It may be a bright smile, or a kindly deed, or a gentle word.

You may say these are small things, but they are not. They are part of the “ daily bread” given by God to cheer and encourage His children, when the way seems long, and our hearts feel faint and weary. It is wonderful how many things, small and great, God sends to help us, and to cheer us day by day, if only we will look out for them, and accept them gratefully from His hand.

We must go on bravely, and trustfully, and cheerfully, day by day, remembering the noble words written by one who has taught us this lesson.

“We must love the Lord our God with all our heart, and soul, and strength, and our neighbours as ourselves.

“We must lead good, beautiful lives, fighting manfully against all the giants of evil and poverty, and crime that we may meet. We must keep hearts full of pure, tender thoughts, and speak brave, honest, truthful words. We must believe with all our hearts whatever grief or trouble may come to us, that life is a good thing, a great gift from God; that the earth is beautiful, and full of gladness as well as of sorrow; that though sin has dimmed its beauty, and marred its peace, yet it is our dear home, a noble battle ground where we may fight a good fight, and where through Christ Who has loved us, we may be more than conquerors. We must remember how for many past ages, valiant warriors, diligent workers, and all the dear Saints, and the noble army of Martyrs, have fought that fight before us.

“And then, when our battles are over, there will be rest for all, and we may all enter into the glorified new life that Christ has won for us, to go out no more for ever."

Lord, for to-morrow and its needs

I do not pray:

Keep me, my God, from stain of sin

Just for To-Day.

Let me both diligently work

And duly pray:
Let me be kind in word and deed,

Just for To-Day.
Let me be slow to do my will,

Prompt to obey :
Help me to mortify my flesh,

Just for To-Day.
Let me no wrong or idle word

Unthinking say:
Set Thou a seal upon my lips,

Just for To-Day.
And if to-day my tide of life

Should ebb away,
Give me Thy Sacrament Divine,

Dear Lord, To-Day.
Receive and cleanse my parting soul :

Be Thou my stay: O bid me, if to-day I die,

Go Home To-Day.

So for to-morrow and its needs

I do not pray:

But keep me, guide me, love me, Lord,

Just for To-Day.-Anon.



“I SAID, Lord, be merciful unto me, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.” Psalm xli. 4.

“ I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins, return unto Me, for I have redeemed thee.". Isaiah xliv. 22.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”Psalm li. 17–27.

“When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.”-Ezekiel xviii. 27.

“Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." St. Matt. i. 21.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever be

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