Confidence in God – Part 2 of 2

St. Charles Borromeo was once talking with a person of rank, whom he was trying to persuade to have confidence in God in all circumstances, because He never abandons, even in the smallest things, those who put their trust in Him; and by way of proof, he related the following incident, which had happened to him a little while before.

He said that his house-steward complained of being without money, and did not know how to provide for the urgent needs of the house, and therefore requested him to be more sparing in alms and pious works, as it was by expenditure of that kind that the house was reduced to such extremity. But he replied only that he ought to trust in God, and hope for help from His Divine Majesty. This advice failed to satisfy him, and he went away much discontented. Within two hours, there arrived a bundle of letters, among which was a bill of exchange for three thousand crowns remitted to the Saint, from Spain. Sending for the steward, he gave them to him, and said: “Take them, O thou of little faith! Behold! the Lord has not abandoned us.” He added that this was truly a work of Divine Providence, for he was not expecting such a remittance, nor should it have been sent until two months later.

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

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