Simplicity – Twenty-Fourth Day of July
“Be simple as doves.” — St. Matt. 10:16.
When you have to deal with persons who have no simplicity, the best means to win them to God is to treat them with much frankness and simplicity, because this is the spirit of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He who is destined to glorify Our Saviour must act with this spirit. — St. Vincent de Paul.
The saint, upon giving a charge to one of his priests, said to him: “You are going to a country where it is said the people are noted for artifice and dissimulation. If they are such, the best means to gain them to God will be to act with great simplicity. The maxims of the Gospel are entirely opposed to those of the world; therefore, going to them in the service of God, you should act according to the spirit of the Son of God, which is full of uprightness and sincerity.” Some time after establishing in this province a house of the congregation, he placed over it a Superior whose character shone with frankness and candor. He loved with much tenderness those who possessed in a high degree the virtue of simplicity.
O my divine Saviour, fill me with Thy spirit; grant that I may never speak or act contrary to it.