Into the Arms of God

Whoever casts himself into the arms of God’s providence and allows himself to be ruled, is borne to heaven in a chariot with all his crosses, so that he scarcely feels their weight. He who acts otherwise, goes on foot, dragging them with labor and weariness. -St. Bernard

The Emperor Ferdinand II said of himself: “Trials and troubles would have worn me out long ago, if I had not abandoned all my affairs, and myself as well, to Providence.”

In a city of Italy there lived a poor young girl who was bed-ridden and afflicted by many infirmities; yet, those who visited her found her always cheerful, and even the report of a threatened famine caused her no alarm. Being asked how she kept up her cheerfulness in the midst of so many miseries, she replied that all her thoughts rested upon God; that she was like a little bird under the wings of Divine Providence, and therefore she was neither afraid nor anxious about anything.

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

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