Friday, February 28, 2014

To Veil One's Suffering with Joy . . .

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

To veil one's suffering with joy so that by the grace of God it may become a source of consolation or affection for others is truly precious and beautiful.  However, you must hold your sorrow as a kind of sacred trust; hidden from the eyes of others in order that the Beloved may manifest himself through it as and how He wills.

Trust that the Beloved will not leave you wanting but will provide for your needs and send you those individuals capable of seeing through to the soul with a sympathy that leaves its own blessing.  However, learn to trust most of all in the Beloved Himself who knows and shares in every burden you carry.

To transform one's suffering into joy for others, to cover it with a veil that only allows to show through what could become consolation or affection.  May God alone know that which He alone has willed and the burden He has given us.

The intensity of certain sorrows makes them almost sacred and compels them to be hidden from the eyes of men.  In the depths of the soul where they take refuge, with God for their sole witness, they can be discovered only by seekers of souls, those who know how to penetrate the living depths of a person and who, as beneficent visitors, leave behind them the alms of religious sympathy.  Such well-doers are rare, and "He who seethe in secret" is often enough the only confidant of our interior distress.

Elisabeth Leseur
Daily Thoughts (1899-1906)