The Virtue of Simplicity
In his Spiritual Conferences to the Visitation Nuns, St. Francis de Sales helped the members of his new and growing community to have patience with their inadequacies and to learn gradually the spirit of the Order.
The Founder held the quality of simplicity in high esteem and encouraged its development within the spiritual lives of the Sisters.
He said “Simplicity banishes from the soul that solicitous care which so needlessly urges many to seek out various exercises and means to enable them to love God. An act of simple charity, which allows us to have no other aim in all our actions but the one deisire of pleasing God, is simplicity.
The virtue of simplicity is opposed to cunning. Simplicity considers only whether it is expedient to say or do a thing and then sets to work at once to do it (or not) without wasting time in debating the question.
It is indeed true that your well being depends on your allowing yourself to be guided and governed by the Spirit of God without reserve. This is the aim of that true simplicity which Our Lord recommends so highly, “be ye simple as doves”
We should abandon and submit ourr whole soul, actions, and successes to the good pleasure of God, by a love of perfect and entire confidence, relying wholly on the mercy and care of that eternal love which divine Providence has for them.”