Friday, November 28, 2008

The Greatest Saint

"Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who
prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives most alms, or is most
eminent for temperance, chastity, or justice; but it is he who is always
thankful to God, who wills every thing that God wills, who receives every
thing as an instance of God's goodness, and has a heart always ready to
praise God for it….

If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness, and
all perfection he must tell you to make a rule to yourself, to thank and
praise God for everything that happens to you…..

And for this reason I exhort you to this method in your devotion, that
every day be made a day of thanksgiving and that the spirit of murmur and
discontent be unable to enter into the heart which is so often employed in
singing the praises of God."

William Law (1686 – 1761), Wholly for God, edited by Andrew Murray