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Simplicity – Twenty-Seventh Day of July

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

TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY.

It is the nature of the dove to do all for his mate. When she is hatching, she leaves to him the care of all that she needs. O delicious law! To do nothing but for God, and to please Him, and to repose entirely in Him! — St. Francis of Sales.

St. Vincent de Paul was continually working for the glory of God, and providing for the needs of his neighbor for the glory of God, without thinking of his own interests or those of his congregation, whose success he had placed entirely in the hands of God.

St. jane Frances, according to St. Francis of Sales, might be compared to those doves that bathe and regard themselves in the brooks, beautifying themselves not so much to be beautiful, as to please their mates which they love. She sought not to purify herself for the sake of being pure and adorned with virtue; she did all to please Our Saviour, Whom she loved. She wished to please Him to so great an extent that, if ugliness were as agreeable to the eyes of her divine Spouse as beauty, she would not have loved beauty more than ugliness.

Prayer.

My God, I will do all for Thee, to please Thee, and to rest in Thee. I wish to please Thee because I love Thee.

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