What Makes You Pleasing to God

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“It is a good life that makes you pleasing to God, not high-sounding words and clever expressions. It is better to feel contrition for your sins than to know how to define it. What good is it to know the entire Bible by heart and to learn the sayings of all the philosophers if you live without grace and the Love of God?” – St. Louis de Montfort, Imitation, Book 1 Ch. 1

Deep down we know all of this. Yet, still our actions so often say the opposite.

How often do we waste time worrying about how impressive or clever we sound (especially in our status message culture) when we should be first focused on living a good life? How quickly we concern ourselves with the appearance of things and forget about the substance of the thing itself.

And now with so much information at our fingertips, we want to know so much. Yet we take the time to truly understand so little.

Don’t spend more of your life learning to define the truth than you do letting the truth define your life.

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vanessa March 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

I love the writings of St. Louis Montfort. He is always right on spot… I like this thought from his devotional book, THE INNER LIFE… a paraphrase of his quote.. ” having perfect theology about God and being able to speak and teach it eloquently, will not lead you to a deeper love of God. only self awareness with humility will lead you to a deeper love of God.”

Prayers, Penances and Sacrifices are necessary to help us grow in our spiritual life as we are growing in self awareness and true understanding of our most grievous faults.

kyledeb March 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

What writings do you recommend starting to read?

Trisha Niermeyer Potter @ Prints of Grace March 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Very well put! Who cares if we can eloquently elaborate on the Truth if it’s not in our hearts and at the center of our lives?

Linebyline March 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

I make this mistake a lot. It reminds me of something I read somewhere about how Catholics tend to over-emphasize apologetics at the expense of evangelization. We need to focus on knowing God–and helping others to know Him–first, and knowing stuff *about* Him second. It’s easy to get that backwards in the information age.

GADEL March 28, 2012 at 5:29 am

Well put brother. St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort pray for us.

kyledeb March 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I love how you ended this: “Don’t spend more of your life learning to define the truth than you do letting the truth define your life.” Best post I’ve seen published thus far, here.

TIM April 10, 2013 at 1:43 am

I think that what is important is that God loves us unconditionally, no matter what we do. He is all-loving, all-merciful. But I don’t think it is up to us to please Him by our good works. Actually, God is perfect, so we cannot add anything to Him because of our good behavior; by ourselves we cannot please him. Yes, we should do as Jesus says, love God and love one another. The former because we recognize him as our creator, and the latter because mutual love toward one another perfectly promotes our mutual wellbeing and the survival of our species as humans.

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