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The Sanctification of Our Actions – Twenty-Fifth Day of August

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

TWENTY-FIFTH DAY.

Still another obstacle to the well doing of our actions is trouble and solicitude. Great affairs do not distract us so much as small ones when these are numerous. This is why we must receive them peacefully, striving to do them in order one after the other, without anxiety. By so doing, they become for us occasions of much merit. — St. Francis of Sales.

It was often represented to this saint how many persons of little consideration occupied so much of his time, and with affairs of no consequence. “I know it very well,” he replied, “but what shall I do? Their little affairs seem to them to be great ones, and they desire that I console them. Can I refuse? God knows that all occupations are indifferent to me so long as they belong to His service. While doing this I am not obliged to do anything else, and is it not a great work to do the will of God?”

“He who preserves the sweetness of peace in a multiplicity of affairs is almost perfect,” said the same St. Francis of Sales.

Prayer.

My God, grant that I may never lose the sweetness of peace in the midst of concerns the most dissipating. Let me regard the accomplishment of Thy will as the great work; let all other occupations be indifferent to me.

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