St. Francis de Sales

Simplicity – Fifth Day of July

“Be simple as doves.” — St. Matt. 10:16.


God loves the simple; He converses willingly with them, He communicates to them the knowledge of His truths, because He disposes of that to whom He pleases. It is not thus He deals with those who are not simple-minded. — St. Vincent de Paul.

Experience confirms this truth, said St. Vincent, because we often see that the spirit of religion is not ordinarily found among the wise and prudent of this world, but among the poor and simple, whom God enriches with a lively and practical faith, which enable them to believe and relish the words of eternal life.

St. Ambrose, in the funeral oration which he made over his brother St. Satyre, remarked, among his other virtues, the simplicity of a child; which, he said, shone in him as clearly as if one looked in a mirror, and which must have made him very dear to God, Who, being by His nature very simple, necessarily loves those who possess this virtue.


My God, I desire simplicity, because Thou loves souls who are simple; Thou makest Thyself known to them, and the more one is enlightened on Thy perfections and Thy love, the more one loves Thee.

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