A Statue Christian

December 23, 2019

He has put us like a statue in its niche.

When there is added to this simple staying some feeling that we belong completely to God, and that he is our all, we must indeed give thanks to his goodness. If a statue that had been placed in some niche in some room could speak, and was asked, Why are you there?’ it would say,

Because my master has put me here.’

Why don’t you move?’

Because he wants me to remain immovable.’

What use are you there; what do you gain by doing so?’

It is not for my profit that I am here; it is to serve and obey the will of my master.’

But you do not see him.’

No, but he sees me, and takes pleasure in seeing me where he has put me.’

Would you not like to have movement so that you could go nearer to him?’

Certainly not, except when he might command me.’

Don’t you want anything else, then?’

No, for I am where my master has placed me, and his good pleasure is the unique contentment of my being.’”

—Francis de Sales