BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY

All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.” » J.R.R. Tolkien
The Blessed Virgin Mary also exemplifies the virtue of simplicity to a very high degree. Mary loved things and she loved people. They were steppingstones on the pathway of life, reminding her of God and leading her back to God. They were his gifts to be valued, not primarily for themselves, but because they originated from God. Thus in her love for things and persons, the Blessed Virgin Mary was truly simple, always aiming at God and at the fulfillment of his will. A good way to remind ourselves and to pray for the virtue of simplicity is by saying the Angelus of each day, focusing on the words: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.” Fr. Philip Dabney, CSsR
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Among those who make profession of following the maxims of Christ, simplicity ought to be held in great esteem; for, among the wise of this world there is nothing more contemptible or despicable than this. Yet it is a virtue most worthy of love, because it leads us straight to the kingdom of God, and, at the same time, wins for us the affection of men; since one who is regarded as upright, sincere, and an enemy to tricks and fraud, is loved by all, even by those who only seek from morning till night to cheat and deceive others. -----St. V. de Paul.
Simplicity is nothing but an act of charity pure and simple, which has but one sole end, that of gaining the love of God. Our soul is then truly simple, when we have no aim at all but this, in all we do. -----St. Francis de Sales.
God loves the simple, and converses with them willingly, and communicates to them the understanding of His truths, because He disposes of these at his pleasure. He does not deal thus with lofty and subtle spirits. -----St. F. de Sales.

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