Ordinary Business

In attending to ordinary business and daily needs, we should not allow ourselves to be transported by eagerness and anxiety, but take reasonable and moderate care, and then leave everything completely and entirely to the disposal and guidance of Divine Providence, giving it scope to arrange matters for its own ends, and to manifest to us God’s will. For, we may consider it certain that when God wills that an affair should succeed, delay does not spoil it; and the greater part He takes in it, the less will be left for us to do. -St. Vincent de Paul

Before making use of human means, though honorable and necessary, it was the usual custom of this Saint to have recourse to the Divine, and while recommending the matter to God, he would remain quiet and wait until God should give it an impulse to His own ends, and for His greater glory. He used to say that Providence gives good success to the plans of those who are willing to follow it, and not run in advance of it.

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

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