Sunday, 12th January (Baptism of the Lord)
A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se.
Monday, 13th January
Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them.
Tuesday, 14th January
The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart.
Wednesday, 15th January
Obedience is a short cut to perfection.
Thursday, 16th January
They who really wish to advance in the ways of God, must give themselves up into the hands of their superiors always and in everything; and they who are not living under obedience must subject themselves of their own accord to a learned and discreet confessor, whom they must obey in the place of God, disclosing to him with perfect freedom and simplicity the affairs of their soul, and they should never come to any resolution without his advice.
Friday, 17th January
There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good.
Saturday, 18th January
Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director.