On the Graces and Virtues Which are Acquired in Prayer  

The Golden Sayings of Brother Giles, Chapter XXIV

The graces and virtues which are merited and found in prayer are many. The first is, that man is enlightened in mind; the second, that he is strengthened in faith; the third, that he knoweth his own miseries; the fourth, that he arriveth at holy fear and is humiliated and becometh despicable in his own eyes; the fifth, that he attaineth to contrition of heart; the sixth, that he is purified in conscience; the seventh, that he is confirmed in patience; the eighth, that he placeth himself under obedience; the ninth, that he cometh to true discretion; the tenth, that he attaineth knowledge; the eleventh, that he cometh to understanding; the twelfth, that he acquireth fortitude; the thirteenth, that he attaineth wisdom; the fourteenth, that he arriveth at the knowledge of God who manifesteth Himself to those that adore Him in spirit and in truth. Then man is inflamed with love, runneth in the odor, and attaineth to the suavity, of sweetness, is led to peace of mind, and finally cometh to glory. But after he shall have placed his mouth to the words of the Most High where the soul is filled, who shall be able to separate him from prayer which hath led him to such contemplation? Hence, Gregory (saith): heavenly sweetness having been tasted, “all things that are on earth become sordid.” 

But in order that one may arrive at the foregoing, six other things are necessary: first, namely consideration of one’s own past evils for which it behoveth one to be sorry; secondly, caution concerning present evils; thirdly, fear of future evils; fourthly, consideration of the mercies of God who awaiteth man, not avenging Himself for his sins, since for each mortal sin man is worthy according to Divine Justice of eternal punishment; fifthly, consideration of the benefits of God which cannot be explained, namely, the benefits of the flesh which He assumed for us, of the passion which He suffered for us, of the teaching which He left us; sixthly, of the glory which He hath promised us.

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