For the love of God

Daily Reading for March 10

He told me that God always gave us light in our doubts when we had no other design but to please Him and to act for His love.

That our sanctification did not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for God’s sake which commonly we do for our own. That it was lamentable to see how many people mistook the means for the end, addicting themselves to certain works, which they performed very imperfectly, by reason of their human or selfish regards.

That the most excellent method which he had found of going to God was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men, and (as far as we are capable) purely for the love of God . . . .

That we ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, for He regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed. . . .

“The time of business,” said he, “does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”

From a conversation held on 25 November 1667, in The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

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