For the Glory of God

With those who are perfect and walk with simplicity, there is nothing small and contemptible, if it be a thing that pleases God; for the pleasure of God is the object at which alone they aim, and which is the reason, the measure, and the reward of all their occupations, actions, and plans; and so, in whatever they find this, it is for them a great and important thing. -Rodriguez

This is the reason why St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. John Berchmans, St. Mary Magdalen di Pazzi, and so many others, were so observant even of the least Rule, so exact in all their ordinary occupations, and so careful to perform well every work trusted to them, however trifling it might be.

Let us beware of worldly sentiments, for often by the pretext of zeal or the glory of God, they cause us to adopt plans which never proceeded from Him. and will not be prospered by His Divine Majesty. -St. Vincent de Paul

One of his priests having expressed the opinion to this Saint, that it would have been well to begin the Missions on the estates of some well-known man of rank, he answered thus: “Your idea seems to me human, and contrary to Christian simplicity. May God keep us from doing anything for such low ends. The Divine Goodness requires of us that we should never do well to make ourselves esteemed, but that all our actions should be directed to God alone.”

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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