Joy and Strength 04/02

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luke xvi. lo.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Matt. v. 48.

PERFECTION in outward conduct consists not in extraordinary things; but in doing common things extraordinarily well. Neglect nothing; the most trivial action may be performed to ourselves, or performed to God. If love be in your heart, your whole life may be one continual exercise of it. Oh, if we did but love others ! How easily the least thing, the shutting of a door gently, the walking softly, speaking low, not making a noise, or the choice of a seat, so as to leave the most convenient to others, might become occasions of its exercise.
Mere Angelique Arnauld.

He is wont to carry on His hidden dealings with the soul by means of what we should call very little things. He requires an absolute purity of heart in those with whom He vouchsafes to dwell, and a spirit of self-sacrifice which is ever ready to offer all things, however seemingly small, to Him.
Abbe Guillore.

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