Proverbs, Chapter 17

(1) Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. (2) A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. (3) The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. (4) A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. (5) Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. (6) Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (7) Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. (8) A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. (9) He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. (10) A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. (11) An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. (12) Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. (13) Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. (14) The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. (15) He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. (16) Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? (17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (18) A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. (19) He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. (20) He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. (21) He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. (22) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (23) A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. (24) Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. (25) A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. (26) Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. (27) He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. (28) Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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Prayer for Choosing a State of Life

From all eternity, O Lord, You planned my very existence and my destiny. You wrapped me in Your love in baptism and gave me the Faith to lead me to an eternal life of happiness with You. You have showered me with Your graces and You have been always ready with Your mercy and forgiveness when I have fallen. Now I beg You for the light I so earnestly need that I may find the way of life in which lies the best fulfillment of Your will. Whatever state this may be, give me the grace necessary to embrace it with love of Your holy will, as devotedly as Your Blessed Mother did Your will. I offer myself to You now, trusting in Your wisdom and love to direct me in working out my salvation and in helping others to know and come close to You, so that I may find my reward in union with You for ever and ever. Amen.

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