The following reflection comes from “Set Your Heart Free” by Francis de Sales.
My Day Begins
With persistent caring our heavenly Father is forever planting in our hearts
gentle inspirations that he hopes will awaken and kindle in us
a desire for his heavenly love.
gratefully, reverently, and without hesitation.
Listen to them meekly. Cultivate the love you feel.
Finding joy in these inspirations
may not seem like much, but it is a great step.
For even though such delight
falls far short of complete commitment to his love,
it still demonstrates that we are moving,
however slowly, however cautiously, in the right direction.
Do not forget, however,
that perfection lies in acting on these inspirations,
for if, after welcoming them gladly,
we fail to act on them, we greatly offend God
and trivialise his goodness.
Do not stop, therefore, with his inspirations,
but follow through on them fully, lovingly and ceaselessly.
For then our Father who is under no obligation to us,
may hold himself obliged by our love.
A consent that remains nestled in the heart
and produces no outward results is like a vine that bears no fruit.
God love you