Prologue

Jan. 1—May 2—Sept. 1

Listen, my son, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your
heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s
advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom
you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.

To you, therefore, my words are now addressed, whoever you may be, who
are renouncing your own will to do battle under the Lord Christ, the
true King, and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.

And first of all, whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with
most earnest prayer to perfect it, that He who has now deigned to count
us among His sons may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds. For
we must always so serve Him with the good things He has given us, that
He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children, nor ever as a
dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions, deliver us to everlasting
punishment as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.