Diligence

We read in Ecclesiastical History that the Abbot Pambo, seeing a dancing girl gaily dressed and adorned, began to weep. Being asked why he did so, he answered: “Because, alas! I do not use as much care and diligence in seeking to please God by my works, as this girl employs in adorning herself to please men.”

What are the works upon which all our profit and all our perfection depends? All those which it is our lot to perform, but especially the ordinary ones that we do every day. These are the most frequent, and therefore upon these, more than upon others, we ought to fix our eyes, and to employ our attention and diligence. The measure of their perfection will be the measure of our own. If we do them perfectly, we shall be perfect; if imperfectly, imperfect. -Rodriguez

It is said of St. Stanislaus Kostka, that though he did only the same things that others did, yet the excellence with which he did them, made it seem that he did more.

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

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