Gabriel Garcia Moreno’s sure-fire plan for sanctity! August 25, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, persecution, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Victory, Virtue.
Having almost completed the biography of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, former president of Ecuador, by Fr. Augustine Berthe’, CSsR, I must agree with the good father that there have been few Catholic leaders of the past 200 years who have held the personal sanctity of this man. I am just about convinced no man has done more to publicly protect and proclaim the Faith of Jesus Christ and Holy Mother Church than Garcia Moreno. I imagine Fr. Berthe’ is right in feeling strongly that Garcia Moreno possessed heroic sanctity. Bearing all that in mind, I thought this personal recap from Garcia Moreno on his personal resolutions to inculcate sanctity and grow in virtue might be helpful to many people. I can say that having read the biographies of many Saints, Garcia Moreno shared many holy habits with the Elect in Heaven:
Every morning when saying my prayers I will ask specially for the virtue of humility.
Everyday I will hear Mass, say the Rosary, and read, besides a chapter of the Imitation, this rule [of St. Benedict] and the annexed instructions.
It will take care to keep myself as much as possible in the presence of God, especially in conversation, so as not to speak useless words. I will constantly offer my heart to God, and principally before beginning any action. [Something I need to do with much greater regularity]
I will say to myself continually: I am worse than a demon and deserve that hell should be my dwelling place. When I am tempted, I will add: What shall I think of this in the hour of my last agony?
In my room, never to pray sitting when I can do so on my knees or standing. Practice daily little acts of humility, like kissing the ground, for example. Desire all kinds of humiliations, while taking care at the same time not to deserve them. To rejoice when my actions or my person are abused or censured.
To make every effort, by the thought of Jesus and Mary, to restrain my impatience and contradict my natural inclinations. To be patient and amiable even with people who bore me; never to speak evil of my enemies.
Every morning, before beginning my work, I will write down what I have to do, being very careful to distribute my time well, to give myself only to useful and necessary business and to continue it with zeal and perseverance. I will scrupulously observe the laws of justice and truth, and have no intention in all my actions save the greater glory of God.
I will make a particular examen twice a day on my exercise of different virtues, and a general examination every evening. I will go to Confession every week.
I will avoid all familiarities, even the most innocent, as prudence requires. I will never pass more than an hour in any amusement, and in general, never before eight o’ clock in the evening.
This was the only man who condemned Garibaldi’s invasion and sacking of the Papal States. He was repeatedly commended by Blessed Pius IX for his defense of the Faith and the reintroduction of government by Catholic principles in Ecuador. He was the only Ecuadorian leader in over a generation who did not enrich himself at the public expense while in office. He reintroduced religious life into Ecuador after almost all orders were driven from the country by revolutionary forces and oversaw the greatest period of sustained economic growth in Ecuador between its founding and the 1960s.
For his great zeal and selflessness, Garcia Moreno was rewarded with nothing but hatred, calumny, and ultimately, assassination, from the revolutionary camp. The revolution cannot abide the Catholic Faith, it stands in constant opposition to the Faith and the supernatural good of souls.
Something to remember as the fruits of progressivism increasingly turn rotten in this nation.