Proverbs, Chapter 15

(1) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (3) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (4) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (5) A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. (6) In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. (7) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. (8) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (9) The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. (10) Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. (11) Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? (12) A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. (13) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. (15) All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. (16) Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. (17) Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (18) A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. (19) The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. (20) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. (21) Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. (22) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (24) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (25) The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. (26) The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. (27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. (28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (29) The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (30) The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. (31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. (32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. (33) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

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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