Friday, June 19, 2009

Principles and Practices - June 20


Simplicity leads us directly to God without - being stopped by self-interest or human respect; it makes us speak and act without dissimulation or artifice; and it not only embraces within itself truth and purity of intention, but it is a guardian also against all duplicity. It governs our speech, making us utter what we feel inwardly. It directs our actions, making us work purely for God in all business, whether temporal or spiritual, and exercises piety without the least taint of hypoc­risy or artifice, or of vain pretentions; and provided only His Divine Majesty be glorified, it cares not what men say or think.

-St. Vincent de Paul.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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