St. Francis de Sales

Simplicity – Sixteenth Day of July

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


What benefit would it be for us if God had planted in our hearts a holy aversion for all that nature seeks with such ardor? Or if every one accommodated themselves to us, or if everything succeeded with us? Let us pray God that He teach us to place in Him all our happiness, to love all that He loves, and only find agreeable that which pleases Him. — St. Vincent de Paul.

A young anchorite asked of his master why charity was not as perfect in our day as sit formerly was. This was the answer: “Christians in early times looked up to heaven, and elevated their hearts; but now all incline towards the earth, seeking only their own advantage.”


My God, give me a holy aversion for all that nature so ardently seeks. Grant that I may put my hopes in Thee, that I love what Thou lovest, and that what pleases me be agreeable to Thee.

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