St. Placid and Companions
This saint, when only four years old, was committed to the care of St. Benedict who loved to take Placid with him when God gave him miracles to work. St. Placid became a monk, built a monastery and was put to death by barbarians.
The white-robed army of martyrs praises Thee, O Lord. — Gradual of the Feast
The Imitation of Christ
He that seeketh anything else but simply God, and the salvation of his soul, will find nothing but trouble and sorrow. And he who doth not strive to be the least and subject to all, cannot long remain in peace.
St. Placid began living in a monastery when he was still a very young child. Being good does not seem to have taken the joy out of his life anymore than it does out of your life, as you notice on days when you make special effort.
Have you ever said to yourself “Some time I am going to get into the habit of going to Mass each morning,” etc. Do that right now, today. You will never again be as young as you are today.
As the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined. — Pope