The Great Direction
We have no bond of union except the bond of charity, which is the bond of perfection. As Salesians we strive to unite ourselves with God in everything we do. In order to achieve that union, de Sales recommends making a “Direction of Intention” at the beginning of all of our actions, both interior and exterior, asking for God’s grace and offering back to Him all the good that our action may accomplish.
A Direction of Intention is an interior statement like this:
“Lord God, grant me the help of Your grace. I offer to You all of the good that I might do in this action. I will strive to bear with interior peace and meekness of heart all of the trouble which I may meet in it, as coming from Your fatherly hand. For I know it is Your intention to make me merit by this means so as to reward me afterwards out of the abundance of Your love.”