Trusting in the Divine Will

As the Lord knows for what we all are adapted, He gives to all their positions as be sees to be most for His own glory, for their salvation, and the good of their neighbors. Our mistake, then, is in not submitting ourselves totally to whatever He wishes to do with us. -St. Teresa

The Lord, one day, gave St. Francis Borgia the choice of life or death for his wife, who was seriously ill. But he replied with emotion, “Why, O Lord, commit to my judgment what lies solely in Thy power? What concerns me is to follow Thy holy will in all things, since no one knows better than Thou what is best for me. Do, then, what is most pleasing to Thee, not only with my wife, but with my children also, and with myself. Fiat voluntas Tua!

A blind man earnestly entreated St. Vedastus, on the day of his festival, to give him sight, and obtained it. Then, continuing his prayer, he said that he would not have asked it, except as a help towards his salvation, when it was immediately taken away again.

The same thing happened to another, who was cured of a painful infirmity by the intercession of St. Thomas of Canterbury, but who protested to the Saint that if health was not best for him, he did not desire it. Upon this, his previous illness instantly returned, at which he felt no disappointment.

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

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