Failings and qualities

Must be placed in the service of an ideal

May 12th 2013
Everyone will tell you that qualities are better than failings, and virtues better than vices. But the truth is that qualities and virtues do not of themselves have an absolute value. Many people have great qualities, but what do they do with them? Nothing. Whereas, others have serious failings but are aware of them and want to improve, so by working on themselves every day they become able to accomplish great things. If they did not have those failings, they might not do anything. Yes, there are people who by dint of working on their failings have achieved something, whereas others, who are content with the qualities they have, take life easy. Well, you should know that heaven does not care in the slightest what we are; it looks only at what we are trying to achieve with what we have and with what is lacking in us. The only thing that matters to heaven is the work we do on ourselves to place our failings as well as our qualities in the service of a high ideal.