Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Abandoned to Love

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

It takes great faith to trust that your sufferings are a part of God's mercy and plan for your sanctification.  As he draws you close to Himself, He will allow you to be touched by His own deepest sufferings.  The experience of abandonment is the greatest of these.  Think not, however, that they are a sign of God's displeasure.  Just the opposite.  It is because you offer yourself and entrust yourself so completely that He will make you perfect through suffering.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt , your interior sufferings are a great part of God’s very merciful plan for the sanctification of your soul. We have all gone through that winter, because “if the grain of wheat falling into the ground die not, itself remaineth alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit.” It was necessary that your soul be harrowed by suffering and that you realize that the feeling of being totally abandoned by God is the greatest of all sufferings—“ My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Without these trials, you would never be anything but a weak creature. Because you were pleasing to God, it was necessary that you be tested by hardship. . . . After the winter, spring will come, and then summer. . . .

Mélanges Marmion, p. 114

Marmion, Blessed Columba