The Character of Our Actions

All our good and all our evil certainly lies in the character of our actions. As they are, so are we; for we are the tree, and they the fruit, and, therefore, they prove what each one is. -St. Augustine

St. Aloysius Gonzaga set down in writing a resolution that he would do all in his power that every one of his actions might be good, and bring him nearer to God.

St. Bonaventure used to excite himself and others to constant occupation in good works, by often repeating this beautiful sentiment: Every hour that we waste in sloth, we lose a glory equal to the good works we might have performed in it.

St. Ignatius asked a lay-brother who was doing his work with much negligence, for whom he did it. And when the latter replied that it was for God, — “Now,” said the Saint, “if you were working for men, it would not be so bad; but if you are working for so great a Lord as God, it is a very great fault to do it as you do.”

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

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