The Road To Perfection
Abbot Moses, having met with a monk called Zachary, asked him to tell him what he should do to acquire perfection. The latter, confused and full of astonishment at such a question, fell at his feet, saying, 'Why, Father Abbot, do you ask that of me which I ought to learn of you?'
'Wonder not,' replied the Abbot, 'for, as I have seen the Holy Ghost descend upon you, I am obliged to put you this question.'
Finding himself thus compelled, Zachary drew off his cowl, and, casting it on the ground, began to trample it underfoot, saying, 'Until one is thus trodden underfoot by temptations and crosses, he cannot be a perfect monk.'
So, too, as long as you have not been the butt of many tribulations, you cannot hope to make much progress in Christian perfection. Bear, then, patiently with affliction, in its diverse shapes; and the more you find yourself burdened, the closet will you cleave unto God by a holy conformity to His will.
-J. B. Scaramelli, S.J.
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