Purity of Motive.
Branfordgirl wrote a post about failure, and its implications in the spiritual life. I left a comment to this effect:
God wants to eradicate the imperfect motive. As long as we are disappointed by “failure” or happy about success, that is a sign that some part of our motive retains the desire for approval, appreciation, some sign of success. When we are indifferent to the reactions of others, then that is a sign that our motive may be pure.
It is supposed to be about pleasing God, not ourselves, not others – and God, who can do all things with or without us, doesn’t care about success. He cares about our motive, and that should be: doing all for love of Him.
I worry about myself and others who either are disappointed by apparent failure, happy about apparent success, and who then go on to think that failure is a sign of God's predilection, and success a sign that he has abandoned us.
I think the far more important concern is purity of motive: indifference to success or failure, simply to have the desire to do all, and to do one's best, all for the love of God.
I am sure that Branfordgirl's underlying meaning, and that of writer Jean Petite, is the development of purity of motive, and not really a preference for failure.