The Sanctification of Our Actions – Second Day of August
The Sanctification of Our Actions.
“He hath done all things well.” — St. Matt. 7:37.
It does not suffice to do good things. We must do more; we must do them well, after the example of Jesus Christ, of Whom it is written: He hath done all things well. Let us, then, study to perform all our actions in the spirit of Jesus Christ; that is, in the manner He performed His actions, proposing to ourselves the same end; otherwise, every work, good perhaps in itself, will bring upon us punishment rather than rewards. — St. Vincent de Paul.
St. John Berchmans performed all his actions in the manner, time, and place, and for the end he should do them, that it might be said of each one of his actions: Behold an action perfectly done!
St. Ignatius perceiving that a Brother of his society acted with much negligence, asked him for whom he performed his actions. The Brother replied that he performed them for God. “If you performed them for man, the evil would not be so great; but what disorder to act in the manner you do, working for so great a Master as God!”
My God, grant that I may do all things well; that I may do them in the spirit of my Saviour, for the same end. Grant me the grace to perform them with exactitude and fervor.