One act of resignation to the Divine will, when it ordains what is repugnant to us, is worth more than a hundred thousand successes according to our own will and pleasure. -St. Vincent de Paul
How much, in the midst of all his disasters, did holy Job merit before God, by his Dominus dedit, Dominus abstulit — The Lord hath given, and the Lord hath taken away!
St. Catherine of Genoa had no longer thoughts, affections, or desires as to anything, except to leave God to do with her, and in her, all that He might will, without any choice or resistance on her part, and that this gave her in all circumstances and occasions, a delight like that of the blessed, who have no will but that of their God.
A young girl, whom she had never seen, once appeared to St. Aldegonde, and told her, in the name of the Blessed Virgin, that she might ask what she chose, and it would be given her. But the Saint replied cheerfully, that she desired nothing, except that in all things the holy will of God should be accomplished, to which she would be resigned with all possible satisfaction and pleasure.
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).