Proverbs, Chapter 13

(1) A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. (2) A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. (3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (4) The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. (5) A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. (6) Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. (7) There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. (8) The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. (9) The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. (10) Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (11) Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. (12) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (13) Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (14) The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (15) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. (16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. (17) A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. (18) Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. (19) The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. (20) He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (21) Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. (22) A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (23) Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. (24) He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (25) The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

A Random Prayer...

Holy Guardian Angels (Feast, October 2)

Dear Angel at my side, my good and loyal friend, you have been with me since the moment I was born. You are my own personal guardian, given me by God as my guide and protector, and you will stay with me till I die. He who created you and me gave me to you as your particular charge. You assisted in great joy at my baptism, when I became part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and was made a member of the household of God and an heir of heaven. You saw the dangers that beset my path, and, if I sinned, it was in spite of you. You envied me when Christ came to me in Holy Communion. Even though you probably were there among the angels that adored Him the night that He was born, you have not been able to receive Him as I can. O, help me to appreciate these gifts! Help me to realize, as you do, with every fiber of my being, that to serve Christ is to be a King! Help me steadfastly to avoid evil and do good and always guard my soul from sin. Protect me as well from physical evils as I go about my daily work. You will be with me all my life, and at the hour of my death. Help me to face death bravely, patiently, with great love of God, knowing that it is only through death that I can come to Him in heaven! Then, come with me to my Judge, and when the hour of my salvation comes, take me home to my Father, God. Amen.

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