Sanctifying the Ordinary
In eating, sleeping, recreation, conversation, and in the daily duties of our state in life we have an opportunity to please or displease God. De Sales encourages us to always attempt to please him especially in the most common and simple things. He explains how and why to do it. When we please God day-to-day we become zealous for the sanctification of the world. We show our zeal in three ways:
1. When we take steps to suppress evil,
2. When we give good example, and
3. When we are patient and long-suffering in
order to restrain and avoid evil.
Zeal is constant, gentle, diligent, and equally friendly and untiring. True zeal is a child of love.