The Sanctification of Our Actions – Seventeenth Day of August
The Sanctification of Our Actions.
“He hath done all things well.” — St. Matt. 7:37.
Little actions are great when they are well done. A little action done for the glory of God, with a great desire to please Him, is more agreeable to Him than a great one performed with less fervor. We must, then, study especially to do well little things which are so easy, and which offer themselves at every moment, if we would grow in the friendship of God. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. Ignatius once said of an excellent Christian, who was a mason, that he made as many crowns in heaven as he placed stones and gave strokes of the hammer, because of the purity of his intention and the great love which animated all his work.
St. Francis Xavier was particularly attentive to do well little things. He used to say: “He who does not labor to excel in small things will never excel in great ones.”
My God, grant that I may strive to excel in small things, by doing the lease action with a great desire to please Thee.