FRIDAY IN LENT II
THE HOLY SHROUD
1. Without silence, without bridling the tongue, there is no perfection, no piety; therefore St. James says: “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man” (III, 2).
2. Mary, too, practised this virtue. She lived in seclusion and quiet. He who speaks much with man cannot speak much with God.
O Mary, my dearest Mother, teach me to bridle my tongue when the honour of God, the salvation of souls, or the love of neighbour does not demand me to speak, so that I may not lose peace of soul, or peace with my fellow men, but may gain devotion in prayer, progress in perfection, and grace of God, and eternal salvation. Amen.
Let us pray that through our Blessed Mother we may obtain the virtue of silence.
Resolve to dedicate, each morning, all the actions of the day to the greater honour and glory of God. Offer them through Mary to her Son.
By thee, we have access to thy Son, O Mother of our salvation. May He Who was given to us by thee, receive us through thy intercession!
– St. Bernard