Simplicity – Twenty-Third Day of July
“Be simple as doves.” — St. Matt. 10:16.
We love ourselves too much, we act with too much human prudence, consulting too rarely our faith. How great is our folly! How great a wrong we do ourselves in thus acting! It is not thus that the saints have conducted themselves. — St. Teresa.
St. Francis Xavier, upon going to India, was given the title of Apostolic Legate; nevertheless, during the voyage, while on the vessel, he would not permit anyone to was his linen, considering it not abasement to do it himself. Some one remarked to him that it was degrading to his dignity. He replied: “There is but one thing which is vile and unworthy of a Christian: it is sin.”
My God, grant that I may never forget this sentence: There is nothing vile but sin.