The Confidence of St. Vincent de Paul

When the will of God is clearly seen in any affair, no matter how difficult, it should be undertaken with intrepidity, and pursued with constancy even to the end, however many and great may be the obstacles which oppose it. For the providence of God never fails those things that are undertaken by His order. -St. Vincent de Paul

When this Saint had begun an undertaking and felt sure that it was the will of God, he never abandoned it, for any opposition that might intervene. Instead of becoming disheartened, he only showed the greatest constancy and resolution, the more he was harassed and opposed by creatures.

One of his priests having written to this Saint that plans were on foot to supplant his Congregation, and that persons of influence were supporting these evil designs, he gave this reply: “Let us establish and settle ourselves firmly in total dependence upon God’s providence, and then not allow our minds to be overshadowed by these useless apprehensions, for nothing will happen contrary to His holy will.”

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

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