Catechism Series on the Basics of the Catholic Faith
St. Francis de Sales

Simplicity – Thirteenth Day of July

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

THIRTEENTH DAY.

Continual reflection upon our faults is not pleasing in the eyes of God; it serves but to satisfy our miserable self-love. Walk simply. — St. Francis of Sales.

A young religious who desired to become perfect was constantly troubled with sentiments of fear and discouragement, because he occupied himself too much with his faults. Wishing to console himself, he opened his heart to a very virtuous religious who had had much experience. He was content to counsel him to follow the advice of the Holy Ghost, Who says: “My son, keep thy soul in meekness, do in meekness all thy works.” Fili in mansuetudine serva animam tuam, in mansuetudine perfice opera tua. He followed this advice, tasted how sweet is the Lord, and made rapid progress in perfection.

Prayer.

My God, I will, notwithstanding so many faults that are in me, preserve my soul in peace, perform in meekness all my actions, in order to taste how sweet Thou art, and to grow in Thy love continually.

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