When any one reposes all his confidence in God, God continually exercises a special protection over him. -St. Vincent de Paul
For this reason, St. Vincent de Paul was never cast down or discouraged in all the afflictions, crosses, and vexatious accidents which befell him or his priests; but he remained always full of confidence in God, with a perfect evenness of temper, and constant abandonment to Divine Providence. And, what is more, he rejoiced to find himself in such difficulties, as they gave him opportunity to exercise a more perfect, absolute, and total dependence on the Divine will.
The Emperor Ferdinand II, hearing some remarks about the bad state of the times, said: “Let us do our part, and then leave ourselves and our affairs to the government of God, who will dispose everything well.” And when any disaster was feared, he would say, “The Lord will provide.”
It is true that Joseph and Job in the Old Testament suffered great trials, but how incredibly greater were the advantages they derived from them!
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).