Through Unexpected Difficulties

Whoever does not lose courage in unexpected difficulties, but immediately has recourse to God with confidence, shows that this virtue is well rooted in his heart. -Rodriguez

We read in the Lives of the Fathers that St. Columban, standing, one day, without any thought of danger, suddenly saw twelve wolves coming up to him. They surrounded him, and finally began to nibble at his garments. He was not, however, at all alarmed, and did nothing but invoke God in these words: “Deus, in adjutorium meum intende. Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina” [God, come to my assistance. Lord, hasten to help me.] upon which the wolves immediately fled.

The Abbot Theodore was asked whether he should be afraid if he heard on a sudden a loud crash and a terrible tumult. “No;” he answered, “if the world should fall in ruins, and earth and sky be blended together, Theodore would not be afraid.”

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

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