A Servant of God

St Gertrude by Miguel Cabrera

A servant of God signifies one who has a great charity towards his neighbor, and an inviolable resolution to follow in everything the Divine will; who bears with his own deficiencies, and patiently supports the imperfections of others. -St. Francis de Sales

The whole life of this Saint, as well as of St. Vincent de Paul, was but a faithful and continual exercise of these virtues, on the occasions which every day presented themselves. In this way they both became great servants of God.

When St. Gertrude was, one day, mourning over a little fault into which she was accustomed to fall at times, she earnestly entreated the Lord to free her from it. But He said to her, with great sweetness: “Would you wish that I should be deprived of a great honor and you yourself of a great reward? Know that every time one perceives a fault of his own and resolves to avoid it for the future, he gains a great reward; and as often as he keeps himself from falling into it again for My sake, he does Me as much honor as a valiant soldier does his king, when he fights manfully against his enemies and conquers them.”

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

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