Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,
The path to hope is one that we are not willing to take, for it means allowing yourself to live in the unhappiness that so often can feels like it is crushing you. Things become very simple at those moments and the more your unhappiness crushes you, the more you discover it crushes you against God. Nothing exist between you and Him when your life the nadir of its sufferings.
So often we approach life as something we own or as if we are the source of it; but suffering reveals that it is a "gratuitous gift" and not the product of "anxious, personal industry." When we begin to see this, hope blooms and we realize finally that we had been repressing it. And so Daughters, entrust yourselves to God rather than seeking to make Him enter your plans. Let hope be liberated in you.
It is when you are the most unhappy that you will find yourselves the most happy. Never will you have known greater peace, simplification, and fervor than when you are completely unhappy. The weight of your unhappiness crushes you, but against God, to the point of not leaving any space between Him and you. Your powerlessness, your total misery will make your liberation. You will learn then that existence is a gratuitous gift and not an anxious personal industry. And the intensity of the hope which will bloom so simply in your heart will reveal to you the violence with which you had repressed it until then.
You will know that nothing was more natural to you than to entrust yourself, whereas you were trying to use even your first move of confidence towards God in order not to entrust yourself truly to him, but to try to make him enter into your plans, like a pawn on your chessboard. It is only when you accepted to be a pawn in his hand and in his plan, that you liberated hope and his action.