Monday, February 07, 2011

"Hell is full of Good Intentions"

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There are two sorts of good wills. The one says, "I would do well, but it give me trouble, and I will not do it." The other, "I wish to do well, but I have not as much power as I have will; it is this which holds me back." The first fills Hell, the second Paradise. The first only begins to will and to desire, but it does not finish willing. Its desires have not enough courage; they are only abortions of will, and that is why it fills Hell. But the second produces entire and well formed desires; it is for this that Daniel was called a "man of desires..."
- St. Francis de Sales, Thy Will Be Done, Sophia Press


Mary333 said...

This is a great quote, Esther.

Esther G. said...

Mary, I thought it meant something a little different.