Thursday, August 13, 2015

The spirit of abandonment draws down God's grace


Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

As frustrating as life's hardships may be, always try to live in a spirit of abandonment.  Your heart may be breaking or confusion may fill your mind, but trust that all things are order by His providence.  In this you will draw down upon yourself his grace; such as will give strength and bring sweetness in the midst of suffering.

God showers singular blessings upon a soul which has the spirit of abandonment. We can never repeat often enough how sovereignly God acts in such a soul and how it advances in holiness. He leads it by sure ways to the height of perfection. Sometimes, it is true, these ways appear to go quite in a contrary direction, but God attains His ends, ordering all things with strength and sweetness: Attingit ergo a fine usque ad finem fortiter, et disponit omnia suaviter. “All things,” said Christ Jesus again to His faithful servant Gertrude, “are ordered by the wisdom of My Providence.”

Blessed Columba Marmion.