The God of little daily matters

The choice of one’s vocation, the plan of some business of great consequence, of some work occupying much time, of some very great expenditure, the change of abode, the choice of society, and the like, deserve to be seriously pondered, in order to see what is most according to the will of God. But in little daily matters, in which even a mistake is neither of moment nor irreparable, what need is there to make a business of them, to scrutinize them, or to importunately ask advice about them? To what end should I put myself upon the rack to learn whether God would rather that I should say the Rosary or Our Lady’s Office, since there can be no such difference between them, that a great examination need be held; that I should rather go to visit the sick in the hospital than to Vespers, that I should rather go to a sermon than to a church where there is an Indulgence? Commonly there is no such importance in the one more than the other that it is worth while to make any great deliberation. We must walk in good faith and without minute consideration in such matters, and, as S. Basil says, freely choose as we like, so as not to weary our spirit, lose our time, or put ourselves in danger of disquiet, scruples, and superstition. But I mean always where there is no great disproportion between the two works, and where there is nothing of consideration on one side more than on the other.”

— St. Francis de Sales, Treatise on the Love of God, Book 8, Ch. 14.

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Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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One Response to The God of little daily matters

  1. ErnstThalmann says:

    It seems to me that, in the end, to agonize over questions of the kind described by St. Francis de Sales may represent something quite unlike scruples, rather evidence of a lack of trust in changes God may have worked in us over time by grace. In the Christian life, one comes to have more confidence in ones own initiatives as one matures, realizing that ones relation to God is real and ontic, not merely nominal and psychological as the Calvinists would have it. If we have trusted God as to our persons, we can place confidence in the work product.

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