Today's Magnificat meditation:
What worse harm can hell and devils do to me than hinder my loving God for whom all creatures continually yearn? Let man press onward with all his might through every one of his life's happenings; let him make no great matter of what occurs to him, whether sweet or bitter. Let it all flow away behind you; meddle with it no more for it has ceased to concern you; follow God with all your best reason. Thus one may attend to every external duty without externizing himself; thus does God remain present to his mind amid a multiplicity of affairs, while he remains safe from the effects of that multiplicity. That happy state comes only from refusing to fasten one's spirit to anything whatsoever except God alone. Go not forward or backwards or sideways; take no account of pleasure or profit, men's favor or their disfavor, but simply and solely consider God.
If you should unwittingly fail in this, and some motive that is not God should for a moment control you, rise up again very quickly with an act of your reason; turn the good ship into the right course with the rudder of holy discretion. If God's servitor begins his work with an upright intention, and so continues it, then no matter what feeling of multiplicity he may experience, it will not essentially hurt him; it will not be enough to mislead him.
Father John Tauler, OP
Read and repeat, as necessary.
May I ask a prayer of you today? My 97-year-old grandma fell a few weeks ago, and broke her nose. Her nose is actually healing, but she might have injured her brain in the fall, as since then (she went from the hospital to a rehab facility, even though she has lived independently all her life until the fall), she is confused and sleeping a lot. Now she has developed pneumonia. I know 97 years is a long life, but I pray she doesn't suffer any more. She is confused about where she is, and for the first time in her life, to my knowledge, not contented.