Their union is the condition for effectiveness

August 13th 2013
For an undertaking to succeed, the mind, heart and will must work together. This unity is rarely achieved, except in great saints – and also in great criminals. That’s right, and between the great criminals, who think only of doing harm, and the great saints, who devote themselves to the good of humanity, are the bulk of human beings. Not knowing how to put their mind, heart and will at the service of a project with any consistency, they keep swinging between the paths of good and evil and do not achieve a great deal. For good as well as evil, it is necessary to give the same direction to one’s thoughts, feelings and actions, which is difficult – and people are so lazy in this regard! We are sometimes surprised that great criminals can become great saints. No, there is nothing surprising about it. An event that takes place in their life, or someone they meet, creates a tremendous upheaval in them, and to the degree that they have achieved the most difficult part of the work – the unity of their mind, heart and will – they are then able to surpass themselves in goodness as they had in evil.