Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On Homemaking

One of my favorite quotes, by Francois Fenelon, writing in the late 1600’s:

“The most insignificant actions cease to be such, and become good, as soon as one performs them with the intention of conforming one’s self in them to the will of God. They are often better and purer than certain actions that appear more virtuous:

First, because they are less of our own choice and more in the order of Providence when one is obliged to perform them.

Second, because they are simpler and less exposed to vain self-gratification.

Third, because if one yields to them with moderation, one finds in them more of death to one’s inclinations than in certain acts of fervor in which self-love mingles.

Finally, because these little occasions occur more frequently, and furnish a secret occasion for continually making every moment profitable.”

[I do not know which of Fenelon’s books this quote is from. I found the quote in a book called Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, a classic work on the Christian life written in 1880. Apparently back then people did not feel the need to footnote.]


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Julie said...

Just yesterday I was impressed by a quote of Fenelon in Hannah Whitall Smith's writings - also not footnoted and was wishing I knew the source. Atleast now I have a first name!