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Saint Vincent de Paul said: “The works of God are almost always done little by little; they have their beginning and their progress. We must not pretend to do everything at once, in a hurry, nor think that everything is lost if we do not become perfect all at once. One must always walk, but without worrying about praying much to the Lord, and use the means suggested by the Spirit of God, without regard to the false rules of the world.”
This Saint was very slow in making up his mind; yet his slowness, which seemed to some to be excessive, never had a bad effect, it never spoiled any of the business he took on. People were universally astonished to see that he succeeded in everything he undertook. Moreover, at the same time as everything prospered for him, he acquired treasures of merit in heaven, because charity animated everything he did for his neighbor.
Here is another maxim of Saint Vincent de Paul:
The Summary of Perfection
“It is not enough to do good things, we must also do them well, following the example of Jesus Christ, of whom it is written: He did all things well. Let us apply ourselves, then, to do all our actions in the spirit of Jesus Christ, that is, in the manner in which He did His actions, striving for the same ends; otherwise all the good works in themselves that we do will bring upon us chastisement rather than reward.ˮ
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.