The Hands of God

One great means of preserving a constant peace and tranquillity of heart, is to receive all things as coming from the hands of God, whatever they may be, and in whatever way they may come. -St. Dorotheus

St. Catherine of Sienna once asked the Lord the way to obtain true peace of heart, and He answered: “It is to believe that all that happens in the world, comes by the order and disposal of God, and that He never makes anything happen to any one that is not best for him.”

It is told of St. Macarius that he was never seen angry or melancholy, but that he always appeared cheerful, and possessed of a heavenly gayety. The cause of this was, that he received all that happened to him as coming from the hands of God.

St. Francis de Sales was once shamefully abused by a certain gentleman, in presence of a Religious, who was so amazed at his patience that he took the first opportunity of asking him how he could bear so many insults with so much tranquillity. “Do you not perceive,” he replied, “that God has foreseen from all eternity the grace He would bestow on me, that I might bear these reproaches willingly? And would you not have me drink this chalice, which has been prepared for me by the hands of so good a Father.”

We read of the venerable Mother Seraphina that in any trial or misfortune that happened to her, all she did was to praise and bless God. She often said: “God is our Father, and whatever He does, all is for our advantage. If this had not been for our good, it would not have happened.”

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

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