A Year with the Saints – 25 September


It is a great help to humility to accustom ourselves to draw from all things reflections suited to raise our hearts to God, by beholding in them all His perfections, or else the love He bears us, and our obligation to serve Him faithfully. – Scupoli

Such was the practice of Saint Francis de Sales. On beholding a beautiful landscape, he would say, “We are fields cultivated by God.” If he saw magnificent and richly adorned churches, “We are the living temples of God; then why are our souls not as well adorned with virtues?” If he looked at flowers, “When will the time come that our flowers shall change into fruit?” If he saw rare and valuable pictures, “Nothing is as beautiful as the soul made in the image of God.” If he walked in a garden, “When will that of our soul be dotted with flowers, filled with fruit, well arranged, and free from dust and rubbish?”

If he came to a fountain, “Oh, when shall we drink our fill from the fountains of the Saviour?” If to rivers, “When shall we go to God, as these waters do to the sea?” Thus he made use of all visible things to raise his soul to God.

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