Discontent and murmuring arise in souls, in families, and in communities, in proportion as the Spirit of God disappears from them.
So do we see the face contract, the lips painfully pressed, and sighs escaping from the breast, when the air necessary to life leaves the lungs…
God is that peaceful joy which outwardly manifests itself by resignation.
When God is within us we are satisfied with everything.
Certainly everything does not go according to our liking, but we accept all with a good grace.
Thus some change in the house where we reside, or in the rule which we have accepted, disarranged the habits to which we have been accustomed, and we are often tempted to complain. If God is within us, He will say to us: “Change your habits quietly, in a month you will think no more of the past.”
Such an order, such a task imposed on us, wounds our self-love, and we are tempted to protest, and perhaps to refuse submission. If God is within us, He will say to us: “Accept with simplicity; I shall remain with you in order to aid you.”
Certain surroundings displease us, some companions which are forced upon us cause in us a feeling of repulsion, and we are tempted to appear cold and make ourselves disagreeable. If God is with us, He will say to us: “Continue to be smiling and pleasant; I myself will reward you for the weariness you have to endure…”
If you would know whether a person possess God, see if she complain not when exposed to annoyances and trials.”
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889