The Sanctification of Our Actions – Twenty-Third Day of August

The Sanctification of Our Actions.
“He hath done all things well.” — St. Matt. 7:37.

TWENTY-THIRD DAY.

A second obstacle to the goodness of our actions is precipitation. Look well to this fault, which is a capital enemy of true devotion. No action done with precipitation is well done. Those who are travelling find it best to go always with an equal step. — St. Francis of Sales.

St. Philip Neri often said to those whom he directed in the paths of salvation: “We must not wish to do all in one day, nor desire to become a canonized saint in the space of a month. Discretion is opposed to it.”

Be self-possessed, said another wise director of consciences, in all that you do. You will by this avoid many faults. One does that fast enough which is well done, Sat cito si sat bene.

Prayer.

My God, teach me to be self-possessed. I will moderate my haste, my activity in all things, that I may do well what I ought to do. I will follow not the movement of nature but grace, to offer continually to God some sacrifice.

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