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The Holy Family in Prayer

One must want good with patience

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

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