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The Sanctification of Our Actions – First Day of August

The Sanctification of Our Actions.
“He hath done all things well.” — St. Matt. 7:37.

FIRST DAY.

We are what our works are. According as our works are good or bad, we are good or bad; for we are the trees, and our works the fruit. It is by the fruit one judges of the quality of the tree. — St. Augustine.

A servant of God who was near his last end exclaimed: “I know now perfectly what is most essential towards becoming holy and saving our souls. It is to do all our actions well for the love of God.”

St. Bonaventure animated himself as well as others to give themselves to all kinds of good works by often repeating this maxim: “We lose as much glory in an hour passed in idleness as we would have gained in an hour spent in good works.”

In a little book belonging to St. Louis Gonzaga was found this resolution written by his own hand, which he had taken and which he kept: “I will place all my care in doing my actions well, that they may bring me to God.”

Prayer.

My God, I will neglect nothing to do as perfectly as possible all my actions. I wish that there be none which is not agreeable to Thee, and desire them to merit heaven for me.

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