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Diligence Has Its Merits, If You Apply It

Diligence Quote Diligence requires us to apply perseverance and organization to see a task through to the end. Ever try to do too much, and as a result, get nothing done well, because you spread yourself too thin? If you’re like me, the answer is yes! Well, Saint Francis de Sales gives us some great guidance in this matter:

Try to meet the occupations which come upon you quietly, and perform them with regularity, one after the other; for if you endeavor to do all at once, or in confusion, your spirit will be so overcharged and depressed that it will probably sink under the burden without accomplishing anything.1

We need to be patient with ourselves as well. In addition, Saint Francis is telling us to persevere in our tasks by applying a sense of order to how we perform them. By doing so, we will accomplish our goal.

And what is our ultimate goal? Our ultimate goal is to get to Heaven! We may have intermediary goals along the way on this journey of life, but our ultimate goal, when all is said and done is to get to Heaven. To accomplish our tasks, we need diligence, where Diligence is the refinement, or result of perseverance in faith.

How much diligence do you apply to your life?

How well do you persevere in faith as you journey through life? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you faithful to the Gospel teachings?
    • Do you abide by the Commandments?
      • Do you embrace the teachings of the Beatitudes, all in a perseverance of faith?
        • Or do you ignore the teachings?
          • Are you slothful in completing tasks because you find the requisites of diligence too demanding for you?

These questions should you something to think about. How diligent are you in working toward your goal of Heaven?

This post was shared with Theology is a Verb and Reconciled to You.


1 De Sales, Francis. Philothea, or an Introduction to the Devout Life. p. 152, Charlotte: St. Benedict Press – TAN Books, Print 2010In addition,

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