Virtue of Simplicity – Ninth Day of July
“Be simple as doves.” — St. Matt. 10:16.
When a man has done all that God requires of him towards the success of a thing, if he has simplicity, he is tranquil, whether it is a success or not. — St. Vincent de Paul.
Marie-Henri Boudon, who often repeated these words, “God alone, always God alone,” in order that he might do nothing but for God, was calumniated and horribly persecuted. But he did not lose his peace of soul. Far from being afflicted or complaining, he blessed God and thanked Him. “God wishes to try me or to chastise me in His mercy,” he said. “Should I not consider myself happy to be treated thus by Him?”
How, O my God, is it that my heart, which is so small, does not content itself with Thee alone, Who art infinite good, Who art all good? Thee alone, my God, Thee alone — I wish for Thee alone. Give Thyself to me, and do with me as Thou wilt. I will obey Thee and thank Thee for all.