St. Francis de Sales

Simplicity – Seventeenth Day of July

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


Those who are perfect and walk with simplicity do nothing but what is agreeable to God, because they seek in all things to please Him; such is the end of all their occupations and of all their actions. To please God is their only ambition, hence the great merit they acquire in performing the least action. — Rodriguez.

“To what do you apply yourself most?” asked someone of a great servant of God. He replied: “To be able to say with Jesus Christ, ‘I do always that which is agreeable to my Father’.”

It is related of the celebrated Father Rileyra that during all his life he was as exact in keeping every point of the Rule as he had been in the time of his novitiate; he wished only to please God. It was in this path that St. Louis Gonzaga, St. John Berchmans, St. Magdalene of Pazzi, and so many others have been sanctified.


Lord, let the end of all my actions be to please Thee. The only aim of my life is, after the example of my Saviour, to do what is agreeable to Thee.

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