Attachment to One’s Reputation

Souls that are weak and too much attached to their own reputation, make a great stir and commotion, and can have no peace, if any calumny is spread against them. It is not thus with generous souls who aim at nothing except to please God. They know very well that He sees their innocence, and has it at heart more than they themselves, and therefore He will not neglect to defend them, as their greatest good requires. -St. Augustine

In a letter to Monsignor Camus, St. Francis de Sales says: “I hear that they are all tearing me to pieces in Paris, but I hope God will patch me up again as good as new, if it is necessary for His service. I do not care for any more reputation than I need for this. For, provided God be served, what does it matter whether it be by good or evil report, by the exaltation or lowering of our reputation? Let Him dispose of my name and honor as He will, since all is His. And if my abjection increases His glory, ought I not to rejoice in being cast down?”

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

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