A programme for sanctity
by Fr Vayssière O.P. (1864-1940)
Union with God
1. By union and abandonment to the Divine Will. See this adorable Will in all and always by the Faith, even in the smallest details, and always be united to this Will in all and through charity. The result of this is a very real permanent union with God at every moment, even when we are not conscious of it – our will being lost, as it were, in the Divine Will.
2. By the thought and remembrance of Jesus, either His intimate Presence in the depths of our heart by grace, His Eucharistic Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, or by His divine mysteries.
Try to develop a greater and greater fidelity to this remembrance, and to arrive at an intimacy with God, as habitual as it is full of tenderness for the Divine Master.
3. Apply ourselves especially to union with His Sacred Heart and, in this, to respond to His call “learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart”. Therefore, exercise oneself, always in the practice of humility and charity:
- Never speak of oneself;
- Avoid with great care the sentiments and thoughts of vain complacency; to consider that all that is in us belongs to God, and in serving him and serving our neighbor, we are only doing our duty strictly and rigorously.
- Prefer and seek to be in the last place.
- Watch over our tongue
- Never refuse a service in the measure that it is possible.
- Apply oneself especially to interior charity:
- Charity of the will in desiring sincerely the good of all.
- Charity of the spirit and judgment in thinking of the well-being of others, refraining with all our power from rash judgments.
4. Envelop oneself with a serious spirit of penance, both interior and exterior.
5. Put oneself especially under the patronage of saint Catherine of Siena 1 and to see in her the model of our interior life, our exterior life, and the apostolic life, which the Dominican tertiary ought to reproduce.
1. Remember that your life is really and totally consecrated to God. Even though living in the world you must live only for Him. Your life must be truly a religious life. “God alone”, that is your motto.
2. To this God, your only lot, your only ambition, you must walk by the interior way, the true way, unique even, which permits to find, to know, to taste and to unite yourself to Him:
- Greatly desire this interior life.
- Ask for it by incessant prayers.
- Prepare oneself for that grace:
- by a purity of heart ever-growing.
- by recollection.
- by a spirit of renouncement and of sacrifice.
3. In consequence:
- Get yourself used to acting, in all things, with a great interior spirit.
- Do faithfully daily mental prayer.
- Say vocal prayers (Rosary and Office) with a great interior attention.
- Develop in yourself devotion to the Holy Ghost and of the most blessed Virgin Mary.
4. Apply the spirit of renouncement and of sacrifice especially to the two great virtues of humility and gentleness, distinctive virtues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, capable of establishing the soul in the very state of perfection, provided they are practiced generously.
5. Make recollection the principal object of your particular examinations (of conscience). Put yourself on guard against agitation and haste. Make an effort to possess oneself always in God, living in us.
“Do this and you will live”
(Marcelle Dalloni, Le pere Vayssière, Paris 1957, p 191-193)