The Imperfect And Perfect
In comparing the good and virtuous but imperfect Christian with one who has attained perfection, there will be manifest in the latter the habitual disposition of doing all for God. His will is stronger and inspired by nobler motives, his acts of love are more generous, more intense, more tender, and more numerous. God measures all by love; therefore, He takes more pleasure in one perfect soul than in many merely pious ones. The pious and virtuous man is a faithful, docile servant; the perfect man is the intimate friend of God. A loving, devoted friend gives more joy to the heart than a thousand good servants.
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