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    Post  Admin on Thu May 03, 2012 10:31 pm

    Garcia Moreno – Model of a Catholic Statesman. Gabriel Garcia Moreno, President of Ecuador (1861-1865, 1869-1875)

    The “rule” of Garcia Moreno found after his death in his pocket.

    The discipline and piety that governed the life of Gabriel Garcia Moreno is best revealed in the brief rule of life he wrote on the last page of his Imitation of Christ, a book he always kept with him. It was found in his pocket after his death. The rule reads:
    1.“Every morning when saying my prayers I will ask especially for humility. Every day I will hear Mass, say the Rosary and will read, besides, a chapter from the Imitation, this Rule and the instruction added to it.
    2.“I will endeavor to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially during conversations that I might not exceed in words. I will often offer my heart to God, principally before beginning any actions.
    3.“Every hour I will say to myself: ‘I am worse than a demon and hell should be my dwelling place.’ In temptations I will add: ‘What would I think of this in my last agony?’
    4.“In my room, never to pray sitting when I can do so on my knees or standing.
    5.“Practice daily little acts of humility, as kissing the ground.
    6.“To rejoice when I or my actions are censured. Never to speak of myself except to avow my faults or defects.
    7.“To make efforts, by thinking of Jesus and Mary, to restrain my impatience and go against my natural inclinations. 8.“To be kind to all, even with the importunate, and never to speak ill of my enemies.
    9.“Every morning before beginning my work, I will write down what I have to do, being very careful to distribute my time well, to give myself only to useful and necessary business, and to continue it with zeal and perseverance.
    10.“I will scrupulously observe the law of justice and truth, and have no intentions in all my actions save the greater glory of God…
    11.“I will go to confession every week…
    12.“I will never pass more than an hour in any amusement, and in general never before 8 o’clock in the evening.”

    All who knew him affirmed how conscientiously and scrupulously Garcia Moreno followed these resolutions.

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    Post  xwill1988x on Sun May 06, 2012 4:54 pm

    His resolutions:

    I will keep my rule, even the smallest thing.
    I will not neglect any of my spiritual exercises.
    I will shun idleness.
    I will be punctual.
    I will obey the sound of the bell as though it were the voice of God.
    I will receive all things from the hand of God, as being sent by Him for my own personal benefit.
    I will profit by every occasion for mortification that may occur.
    I will fulfil exactly my ordinary duties, mortifying self in whatever would prove an obstacle to perfect obedience.
    I will mortify my eyes and my tongue.
    I will not leave my cell without necessity.
    I will not inquire after anything through curiosity.
    I will check my desire to talk.
    I will increase the number of such like acts daily.
    I will not take any food outside of mealtime.
    I am poor and I should act accordingly.
    I should be willing to put up with any inconvenience gladly.
    I will not eat with avidity, but rather with reserve and with modesty, subjecting my appetite to reason.
    I will mortify myself in ordinary things and whatever I feel inclined to do, saying in my heart: “O my God, I will not do this thing through mere inclination, but because it is thy will”.
    I will be reserved toward those to whom I feel most inclined, prudently avoiding their presence and conversation.
    I will not utter a word that might, in the least, turn to my praise.
    I will not take pleasure in any praise bestowed upon me.
    I will never excuse myself when I am blamed or corrected, nor even resent it interiorly, much less put the blame upon others.
    I will never speak of the faults of others, even though they may be public, nor will I ever show want of esteem for others, whether in their presence or in their absence.
    I will not judge ill of anyone.
    I will show the good opinion I have of each one by covering up his faults.
    I will consider everyone my superior, treating all with humility and reverence.
    I will rejoice at the good done by others.
    I will not permit myself to become interested in vain and useless things.
    I will rejoice at the success of others.
    I will practice charity and kindness, assisting, serving and pleasing all.
    I will shun particular friendships, so as to offend no one.
    Every morning and evening I will practice some act of humility, and gradually increase the number.
    I will close my heart against disquiet of any kind.
    I will suppress immediately all emotions of impetuosity and all affections that might cloud my mind, even lightly.
    I will obey the voice of the Superior as if it were the voice of God himself.
    In my obedience I will neither examine the why nor the wherefore.
    I will conform my judgment to that of my Superior.
    I will not employ time in conversing about purely worldly matters.
    “Faithfulness in little things” is the motto I will always follow in my efforts to reach holiness.
    I will try to reproduce in myself whatever I see edifying and virtuous in the conduct of others.
    I will give to God the best that I have — the entire affection of my heart.

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