The Sanctification of Our Actions – Sixth Day of August
The Sanctification of Our Actions.
“He hath done all things well.” — St. Matt. 7:37.
Do not be of those who place their perfection in undertaking many things, but of those whose devotion consists in doing well the little they do. It is much better to do little and do it well than to do many things and do them illy. Yes, little and good, little and god, this is best. Then let us study not to multiply our exercises, but to do more perfectly those we already perform. — St. Francis of Sales.
A great director repeated this maxim unceasingly: Short prayers said with devotion are more agreeable to God, and more useful to him who sys them, than long prayers said without devotion and with negligence. It is a good thing in itself to pray a long time, but we must pray devoutly all the time we pray.
A saint whose parents gave her the lowest offices in the house to perform, and gave her no leisure to perform any exercises of piety, was nevertheless very agreeable to God,, because she walked in His holy presence and dwelt in a manner in his heart, ceasing not to make holy aspirations.
Thou art my Saviour and my God. How guilty will I not be if, serving so good and so great a master, I do not always act for Thee, or if I perform with negligence the actions I do for Thee.