The Virtue of the Little

What I am reading this week: December 2, 2010

“St Francis de Sales says that great virtues and small fidelities are like salt or sugar. Sugar has a more exquisite taste, but is not used so often. On the contrary, salt enters into all food necessary to life. The great virtues are rare, the occasion for them seldom comes… The small occasions are unexpected. They return every moment. They place us constantly at odds with our pride, our idleness, our scorn, our quickness and our chagrin. They come to break our own will in all things, and leave us no reserve.  If we want to be faithful in these small things, nature never has time to breath, and we must die to all our inclinations… It is, however, only by faithfulness in the little things that the grace of true love sustains us, and distinguishes itself from the passing favors of human nature.

Christian Perfection
by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon


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Jim Kane

I am a hubby to my wife of over 30 years, dad to two university students, caregiver to his mom, a minister, cat dad to Hanna who we adopted from our local animal shelter, a life-long aviation fan, and a reader and blogger. I began this blog in 2008 and post my book reviews, messages to my congregation, prayers, and other things as well. Thank you for stopping by!

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