Thoughts on the Patient Endurance of Sorrows and Sufferings
AN ACT OF CONFIDENCE IN GOD
by Father de la Colombiere, S.J.
[Continued from yesterday]
...I am assured, therefore, of my eternal happiness, for I firmly hope for it, and all my hope is in Thee. "In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded."
I know, alas! I know but too well that I am frail and changeable; I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue. I have seen stars fall from heaven, and pillars of the firmament totter; but these things alarm me not. While I hope in Thee I am sheltered from all misfortune, and I am sure that my trust shall endure, for I rely upon Thee to sustain this unfailing hope.
Finally, I know that my confidence can not exceed Thy bounty, and that I shall never receive less than I have hoped for from Thee. Therefore I hope that Thou wilt sustain me against my evil inclinations; that Thou wilt protect me against the most furious assaults of the evil one, and that Thou wilt cause my weakness to triumph over my most powerful enemies. I hope that Thou wilt never cease to love me, and that I shall love Thee unceasingly. "In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded."
"The eyes of the Lord behold all the earth and give strength to those who with a perfect heart trust in Him." Have mercy on me, O Lord; for my soul trusteth in Thee.
-2 Paral. xvi, 9.
Compiled and Edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance
Author of "My Prayerbook," etc.
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