Slow and Steady

Anything done with precipitation is never done well. Let us go slowly, for if we do but keep advancing, we shall thus go far. -St. Francis de Sales

It was thus that the Saint himself conducted all his operations. St. Philip Neri did the same, and recommended this course to his penitents, often saying: “You need not try to do every thing in a day, nor to become a Saint in a month. Prudence does not advise it.”

The works of God are performed, for the most part, little by little, and have their beginnings and their progress. We ought not to expect to do everything at once and in a hurry, nor imagine that all is lost, if success does not come in an instant; but we must advance quietly, pray much to God, and make use of the means suggested by His spirit, and never of the false maxims of the world. -St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul had a habit of proceeding in all his affairs, both in undertaking and prosecuting them, with such tranquillity that he was regarded as too slow. But experience showed that his slowness did no harm, for, to the wonder of all, he brought to a successful issue so many and such difficult affairs, that many persons together would not have been able to do as much, even if they had given their whole minds to the work. What is more, he succeeded in this way in performing all his spiritual works with fervor, and all the indifferent ones with success.

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

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