Oh! how happy is he who can have recourse to work and prayer in sad and desponding hours! – work, which powerfully distracts us, and prayer, which brings us sweet repose.
At such times, writes a holy soul, who had suffered much, I lay my complaints before God, as a child lays them before its mother. I become calmer when I have told Him all, and I can repeat with a more courageous heart the prayer of St Frances de Chantel, who certainly suffered more than I:
“Thy will be done to-day and for ever, O my God! without an “if” or a “but”
When I have said this, I hasten to occupy myself busily at my work, lest a murmur should arise in my heart.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889