What a great benefit it would be to us if God would plant in our hearts a holy aversion to our own satisfaction, to which nature attaches us so strongly that we desire that others would adapt themselves to us, and all succeed well with us. Let us ask Him to teach us to place all our happiness in Him, to love all that He loves, and to be pleased only with what pleases Him. -St. Vincent de Paul
A young monk asked one old in religion, why charity was not as perfect as in earlier times. “Because” replied the latter, “the ancient Fathers looked upward, and their hearts followed their eyes; but now all bend towards the earth, and seek only their own advantage.”
There is a kind of simplicity that causes a person to close his eyes to all the sentiments of nature, and to human considerations, and fix them interiorly upon the holy maxims of the Faith, that he may guide himself in every work by their means, in such a way that in all his actions, words, thoughts, interests, and vicissitudes, at all times and in all places, he may always recur to them, and do nothing except by them and according to them. This is an admirable simplicity. -St. Vincent de Paul
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).