The Consequences of Doing Things to Excess

The Consequences of Doing Things to Excess
Posted on 10/09/2017
The first is that God is not really served in the long run, as the horse worn out in the first days does not, as a rule, finish the journey.  

Second, gains that are made with this excessive eagerness are not usually kept.  “One who moves too hurriedly misses the way” (Proverbs 19:2); and if he missteps, the further he falls, for he will not stop until he has reached the bottom of the ladder.

Third, there is the danger of being careless about overloading the vessel.  There is danger, of course, in sailing it empty, as it can then be tossed about on the waves of temptation.  But there is also the danger of so overloading it as to cause it to sink.
The Letters of St. Ignatius Loyola

For all those in so many places that still fight for their lives in light of this hurricane season. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths.  Direct me in Thy truth, and teach me; for Thou art God my Savior. (Saint Peter Faber, S.J.)  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.

Short Sayings of Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J.

“Behold God beholding you…and smiling.”

“You do not have to change for God to love you.”

“Be grateful for your sins.  They are carriers of grace.”

“Say goodbye to golden yesterdays: or your heart will never learn to love the present.”  
(Fr. De Mello was a psychotherapist and spiritual director, who passed to the Lord in 1987.  His sayings drew on his experience as a therapist and from the religions of his native India.)
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