When we find ourselves in any danger, even a grave one, we ought not to lose courage, but to trust much in the Lord; for where the peril is greater, there also is greater aid from Him who chooses to be called the Helper in dangers and tribulations. -St. Ambrose
St. Ignatius Loyola was once on board a ship in a severe storm, when the mast was broken off, and all were weeping and trembling in expectation of death. He alone was cheerful and fearless, remembering that the winds and sea obey God, and that without His permission, tempests rise not, neither can they sink any ship, and choosing for himself whatever fate God might choose for him.
There are some who so cling to their confidence in God, that they cannot abandon it even in extreme cases which appear quite hopeless.
What could be more desperate than the situation of Susanna, accused, condemned, and led out to death? Yet she trusted in the Lord, and was set free.
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).