Sunday, October 28, 2012
Amid These Difficulties
"Even if you do not feel much confidence, you must still not fail to make acts of it, saying to Our Lord:
'Although, dear Lord, I have no feeling of confidence in You, I know all the same that You are my God, that I am wholly Yours, and that I have no hope but in Your goodness; therefore I abandon myself, with all that I have and am, into Your hands.'
"It is always in our power to make these acts. Though there may be difficulty, there is never impossibility. It is on these occasions and amid these difficulties that we ought to show fidelity to Our Lord, for though we make these acts without fervor and without satisfaction to ourselves, we must not distress ourselves about that.... if the heart did not will it, the lips would not will it; the lips would not utter a word. Having done this, be at peace...'"
St. Francis de Sales, Conferences
Painting: Karl Julius von Leypold, Wanderer im Sturm