Posted by: gebs | June 1, 2010

Five Inward and Five Outward Things

The Virgin Mother speaks: “Daughter, you must have five inward things and five outward. First outwardly: a mouth clean of all detraction, ears closed to idle talk, modest eyes, hands busy with good works, and withdrawal from the world’s way of life. 2. Inwardly, you must have five things: namely, fervent love for God, a wise longing for him, the distribution of your temporal goods with a just and right intention and in a rational way, humble flight from the world, and a long-suffering and patient expectation of my promises.”

– St Birgitta of Sweden

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