Resignation to the Divine Will – Part 3 of 3

When he [St. Vincent de Paul] received news that parties were endeavoring to bring law-suits and disturb his missionaries in their possessions and in houses and lands which they had acquired, his usual reply was, that nothing would succeed except what God pleased, and that as He was master of all their goods, it was just that He should dispose of them according to His divine will.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal was once asked whether, in the various dangers she had encountered by land and water in her frequent journeys, she had always hoped that God would rescue her from them. She replied that she had hoped not for rescue, but only that the Lord would do what might be for His greater glory, by freeing her from the danger, or by leaving her to perish in it, and that in this total dependence on the divine disposal, her heart remained peaceful, tranquil, and at rest.

A holy and learned man said that a soul perfectly resigned, is like a body that forms a perfect square, which stands firmly on whichever side it may be thrown.

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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