— King and Confessor
It is said of St. Edward that all who approached him endeavored to regulate their lives according to his. He was called the father of the poor and of orphans.
Blessed is the man that is found without blemish and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. — Epistle, Ecclesiasticus 31
The Imitation of Christ
The noble love of Jesus impelleth us to do great things and exciteth us always to desire that which is the more perfect.
This was Edward III, the predecessor of William the Conqueror. We do not ordinarily think of kings and great magistrates as being great saints at the same time, because we think they must necessarily be so busy, they have no time to serve God. How queer! What is serving God? It is doing our duty as well as we can, and doing that duty to please God, or because we love God and naturally want to do all things as He would like us to do them.
This idea of “doing one’s duty” is getting monotonous. Try to think of it this way: Imagine our Lord meeting you right here and now and saying: “I have several little tasks I want done today. This particular list of little tasks I should like you to do, if you will.” Have you the heart to do any of them slovenly, or to omit one or the other entirely? He will know the record this evening.
Whatever you do, do with your might:
Things done by halves are never done right.