Let all your life, every hour, be a perpetual prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord…irrespective of what the world says about that.
Let us joyfully and cheerfully dig all those little furrows which Providence has entrusted to each of us.
Let us not allow ourselves to be delayed or disturbed by ambitious thoughts which whisper in our ears, “You could do something better;” by the deceitful desires of a false zeal which would persuade us to desert our daily task; by a ridiculous desire to propagate more beautiful flowers than our neighbours.
Let us occupy ourselves with one thing alone – that is, “to do well what is our duty to do, because God requires no more from us.”
Now, this “doing well” may be summed up in four words: “act purely, actively, joyfully, completely.”
How do we please God? – By acting purely, actively, joyfully, completely.
But then we may be forgotten, despised, wrongly understood, calumniated, persecuted… What matters it? This contempt, these injuries will pass away, but the friendship of God will remain with us. And we will have merited it by our patience and fidelity.
The friendship of God!
The friendship of God! Oh! who can say all that is contained in it of sweetness, of joy, of strength, of consolation? No human friendship, in its most ardent dreams, has ever even formed the faintest idea of that sweetness of God’s friendship, rendered more sensible by the Eucharistic union in our souls.
I can also understand this expression of a loving soul: “With the prospect of heaven in a short time, and holy communion every day, how can anyone think of complaining?
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889