Friday, August 26, 2005

Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World

This is lovely collection of letters from St. Francis de Sales from people with questions about faith and ordinary life.

The letters are easy to read and full of simple truths. I like the short length - great for a quick read in the bathroom.

Here is an interesting quote:

Love nothing too much, not even virtues, which are lost sometimes by passing the bounds of moderation. I do not know whether you understand me, but I think so: I refer to your desires, your ardors. It is not the property of roses to be white, I think - for the red are lovelier and of sweeter smell - but it is the property of lilies.

Let us be what we are, and let us be it well, to do honor to the Master whose work we are. People laughed at the painter, who wishing to represent a horse, painted a perfect bull. The work was fine in itself, but of little credit to the workman, who had another design, and had done well by chance.

Let us be what God likes, so long as we are His, and let us not be what we want to be, if it is against His intention.

(pg. 20) Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World by St. Francis de Sales
published by Sophia Institute Press

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