Monday, October 27, 2008

Be Not Afraid

Here is something I really need to tattoo on my arm so I don't ever forget:

I do not understand your uneasiness, my dear Sister, nor why you take pleasure in tormenting yourself as you do about the future, when your faith teaches you that the future is in the hands of an infinitely good Father Who loves you more than you love yourself, and who understands what is necessary for you much better than you. ... Oh! how blind we are when we desire anything other than what God wills! He alone knows the dangers that threaten us in the future, and the helps we shall require. ... Would that this principle, thoroughly grasped, could put an end to the troubles and anxieties that are so useless and so destructive of our peace of mind and spiritual progress. Shall I never be able even with the help of grace to introduce into your soul this great principle of faith, so sweet, so consoling, so tranquillising? “Oh my God!” we ought to repeat, “may Your will be accomplished in me and never my own. May Yours be accomplished because it is infinitely just and also infinitely advantageous to me. I acknowledge that You can will nothing that is not for the greatest benefit to
Your creatures as long as they are submissive to Your commands. May my wishes never be granted if they do not agree perfectly with Yours, because in that case they would be disastrous to me. And if ever, my God, it happens that either through ignorance or passion I should persist in desiring things contrary to Your will, may I always be refused or punished, as the effect, not of Your justice, but of Your compassion and great mercy.”
(excerpted from Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ)

The election, sale of the house, my worries about the economy and my children's futures ... God knows what I need to fight the good fight and all I need to do is ask HIM!

[ht: Magnificat for today, October 27th)


Carolyn said...

Thank you, Mary. I really needed to read this today.

Leonie said...

Oh, I am saying a Hail Mary for you, for pece of mind!

Leonie said...

Sorry - should be PEACE of mind.