"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." — St. Augustine

No Sincere Prayer Is Left Unanswered

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No sincere prayer is left unanswered.  If He does not always give me what I want, it is because that would not be for my spiritual welfare, but in such a case, He gives me something that is just as good or something better. 

Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S 

Acquire Perfect Liberty

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Let us suppose that you turn to God with blind trust and surrender yourself unconditionally and unreservedly to Him, entirely resolved to put aside your own hopes and fears; in short, determined to wish nothing except what He wishes and to wish all that He wishes.  From this moment, you will acquire perfect liberty, and will never again be able to feel troubled or uneasy, and there is no power on earth capable of doing you violence or giving you a moment's unrest. 

St. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.

Uniting the Pain in the World With the Suffering Of Christ on the Cross

The greatest tragedy in the world, Cardinal Cushing once said, was not pain, but wasting pain.  We all suffer, everyone of us, the youngest to oldest.  We suffer loneliness, cancer, the loss of a wife, a husband, a child; we suffer misunderstandings, family conflicts, ruptured friendships, cosmetic disfigurement, mental, emotional, physical incapacities.  We suffer a sense of utter powerlessness, an empty feeling of futility.  The world is awash in pain.  How tragic if that pain is wasted; that pain can be united with the suffering of Christ on the cross to achieve enormous good. 

The Cardinal knew that Christ did not make possible the salvation of the world through his teaching, his preaching, his miracles, but by his suffering and death on the cross.  When He appeared to be utterly powerless, He was radiating the greatest power unleashed in the world.  When He was crying out, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”  He was filling billions of hearts yet to come with comfort, with peace.  I unite a headache, a backache, a heartache with Christ on the cross, and wondrous graces flow into the heart of a widow who has lost her only son in Nigeria, a lonely teenager contemplating suicide in San Francisco, a woman ravaged with cancer in New York.  My pain, trifling or overwhelming, has not gone wasted. 

 John Cardinal O'Connor, Servant of God

Now Here Is Something to Chew On

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons ) The reason why we find life so hard, mortification so difficult, and why we are incl...