Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To serve in faith and against all human hope

When Our Lord wishes to unite a soul very closely to Him, He makes her pass through many trials.  But if this soul remits herself without reserve into His hands, He arranges everything for her greatest good, according to St. Paul's words, "All things work together for good to them that love God."  God's glory demands that we hope in Him in difficult circumstances.  To hope in God, to rest upon His bosom when things go well is not a lofty virtue and gives little glory to Him who wishes to be served by faith and against all human hope.  But always to remain convinced that God will never forsake us, in spite of the difficulties which seem to us to be insurmountable, that His Wisdom, His Love and His power will know how to find a way, that is true virtue, and the more a soul has passed through such trials, the higher she will attain, once she has definitely entered into God's service.

Dom Columba Marmion
Union with God: Letters of Spiritual Direction