"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
I was a bit beside myself today to find this video. To hear one of my favorite poets reading his own work, with the emphases he had in mind as he composed it, is a rare treat for me.
Is this everyone's favorite poem? It certainly is one of mine.
I found this at Our Journey. There are several poetry "readings" over there!
"He guides me in right paths for His Name's sake." (Psalm 23:3)
"Since the blood of Jesus assures our entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living path He has opened up for us through (the veil meaning His flesh), and since we have a great Priest Who is over the house of God, let us draw near with utter sincerity and absolute confidence..." (Hebrews 10:19-21)
"I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life..." (Jesus in John 14:6)
(William Bliss Baker painting in US public domain)
If there is anyone who is not enlightened by this sublime magnificence of created things, he is blind.... if there is anyone who, seeing all these works of God, does not praise Him, he is dumb; if there is anyone who, from so many signs, cannot perceive God, that man is foolish.
Public domain photo BY THE WAY: I have been finding so many good quotes and pictures to "put in the breadbox" that I count it a great privilege to share them! Meanwhile, many of my "original" thoughts are being shared over at The Cloistered Heart, where we've been looking atLectio Divina.
We must abandon ourselves to the loving providence of the Sacred and lovable Heart of Jesus and let Him guide and rule us as He wishes. He will be sure to furnish us with all that is necessary for our sanctification if only we are careful to receive it according to His designs. That is sufficient.
"My heart, longing for God, feels the whole misery of exile. I keep going forward bravely - though my feet become wounded - to my homeland and, on the way, I nourish myself on the will of God. It is my food. Help me, happy inhabitants of the heavenly homeland, so that your sister may not falter on the way. Although the desert is fearful, I walk with lifted head and eyes fixed on the sun, that is to say, on the merciful heart of Jesus." (St. Faustina, Diary #886)