Meekness – Twenty-Five Day of May
Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.
Can there be anything really worthy of disturbing our peace? Should the universe be overthrown, I would not trouble myself. There is nothing in the world that can be compared to peace of heart. Let us do nothing which might endanger our losing it. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. Martin was once attacked by a scoundrel who attempted to take his life. He was about to strike the saint with his sword, when, perceiving the saint did not fear him, he said: “What! You are not afraid?” “No,” said St Martin, “all you can do is to take my life. Death is not an evil, I desire it; it will put me in possession of a sovereign good.”
St. Vincent de Paul and St. Francis of Sales never tried to do good by the power of their authority alone, fearing to lose their peace of soul; besides, they knew that the good which is done with an unwilling heart does not long continue. The means they made use of were sweetness and persuasion, begging at the same time that He Who is Master of hearts would give success to that which they undertook for His glory.
My God, give me a good conscience, and peace of heart, which is its fruit. Grant me grace to preserve it in all my occupations, tribulations, and temptations.