Our actions have a tongue of their own;
they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For
deeds prove the lover more than words, states St. Cyril.
The Lord measures our perfection neither by
the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we
perform them, adds St. John of the Cross.
It is not the actual physical exertion that
counts towards a man's progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit
of faith with which it is undertaken, says St. Francis Xavier.
St. Augustine states that God bestows more
consideration on the purity of intention with which our actions are
performed than on the actions themselves.
An action of small value performed with
much love of God is far more excellent than one of a higher virtue done with
less love of God, St. Francis de Sales reminds us.