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To be in this world but not of this world.

Therefore, let us not sleep as others do; but let us watch, and be sober (1Thess5:6)

My child, said a priest to a young girl whom he blessed as she was about to enter the world after years of pious convent education; my child, you will find all through life, at almost every step, an angel of God, who will present himself to you under a thousand forms, offering you true happiness, but always asking something from you in return.

He is called the angel of sacrifice.

Do not refuse him what he will ask from you.

God has put into his hands immense treasures of pure joy, from which he will return a hundredfold all that you give him.

From you, who are still young, he will demand but little: a glance which would only serve to gratify your curiosity; an object of no real value, to which you are too strongly attached; a reading [or viewing] which might have fostered your self-indulgence; some word, some arrangement of your appearance, the only object of which is to please.

My child, do not deny him what he asks of you.

If you refuse him once, you will lose your strength to grant him later what he will grant imperiously.

You will hardly believe me, perhaps, but my experience is this: When we accustom ourselves to give, we become so infatuated with giving that we can never cease.

And whilst we are always giving, he gives also, and his are godly gifts, if we but learn it.

O my child! the more sacrifices we make on earth, the happier we become.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889 (headings in bold added)



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“The abandonment of ourselves to God is the virtue of virtues; it is the flower of charity, the odour of humility, the merit, it would seem, of patience, the fruit of perseverance. Great indeed is this virtue, and worthy to be practised only by the most cherished children of God.

‘Father,’ said our sweet Saviour on the cross, ‘into thy hands I commend my Spirit.’ He wished to say, it is true that ‘all is consummated’ and that ‘I have accomplished everything which You commanded’; nevertheless, if it is Your will that I should still remain on this cross to suffer still further, I am satisfied; ‘into thy hands I commend my Spirit,’ do with It as thou wilt.

We also should act thus on all occasions, whether we suffer, or rejoice at some good fortune. We should allow ourselves to be led according to the good pleasure of the divine will, regardless of our own wishes.”
– St Francis de Sales


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“It is not our own efforts, but God, Who gives us interior peace and recollection. Once we have abandoned ourselves entirely to Him, nothing can disturb us.

Exterior occupations, regulated by Him, become as steps by which we may approach Him. If we were in the midst of a desert, and were not entirely abandoned to His amiable guidance, we should experience distractions and contradictions, just as if all the affairs of the world had fallen upon our shoulders.

Let us not rely, then, either on solitude or on our good intentions, but solely upon God, the source of all our well-being. Let us give ourselves to Him with that generous and perfect confidence, which He demands of us, for He is pleased to take entire charge of the affairs of those who love Him.

Let us not plead unworthiness, it would be an insult to God. He receives us such as we are, and renders us later as such as He wishes us to be. If we were to wait till we were worthy to love Him and give ourselves to Him, our whole life would pass in lamenting our unworthiness and, at the hour of death, we should not have yet begun. God does not love us because we deserve it, but because He is infinitely good.”
– Milley, S.J.


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