A great saint once said that he knew no other perfection than loving God with all one’s heart. If we ever wish to progress in our spiritual lives, knowledge of this truth is absolutely essential.
Some contend that sanctity consists of multiplied prayers, great penances, extravagant alms, and the like. But these good things are simply the natural result of the first and only perfection, a perfect love for God.
If one mistakenly views great works as the means to perfection, he will be disheartened. And haven’t we been told that all is vanity except for the love of God? Haven’t we been told that all the good works in the world are simply a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal if they are not motivated by charity?
A soul seeking perfection must strive after one thing and one thing only: a perfect love for God.