Gina shared this with me several years ago when I was in the midst of some personal struggle and discernment. She sent it to me again a week or so ago… it’s powerful. These are words from St. Francis De Sales, a bishop and spiritual director/teacher in the Roman Catholic Church in the late 16th/early 17th Century. He did a good deal of spiritual direction with people via letters, and the words below are taken from a letter of spiritual direction with his dear friend, Jane Frances De Chantal.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
Now there’s something to pray about, reflect on and seek to live into… Amen!
P.S. How blessed am I that the one I am married to would share such a beautiful (and true) reflection with me!