Louis became King of France at 13. He ruled by the Sermon on the Mount, and
was most compassionate to the poor. From the Crusades, he brought the
crown of thorns and enshrined it at the Saint-Chapelle in Paris. He wrote
this letter to his son while leading the second crusade in 1270, on his
son, always set your heart to love God, otherwise, you will not be saved.
Avoid all mortal sins and suffer every torment rather than commit mortal
adversity comes, receive it with patience, believing you deserve it. And it
will be of benefit to you. If God sends you prosperity, be humble and
thankful, so you don't come out worse. Never fight God with His own
often to a confessor who will tell you exactly your defects and what you
must do. Go to Mass without chattering; and pray to God with your heart and
lips, especially at the consecration. Help the poor, the miserable, and the
have a great burden, talk to a worthy man who is not full of vain words.
This will ease your burden.
men loyal to the Church; avoid licentiousness. Avoid the covetous.
Listen willingly to the Word of God and keep it diligently. Love all that is
good, hate all that is evil.
anyone bold to speak evil in your presence, or speak ill of others, or
disparage God or His saints. Always give thanks to God for all He has given
cause Masses to be sung for my soul and prayers to be said through the
realm; and share with me some of your good works.
you. May God and His saints defend you from all evil. May you always do His
will . And may we both be with Him after this mortal life."