Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The road less travelled

Liz, was kind enough to send this to me as a comment but I've decided to publish the entire text as today's post since I think it so relevent not only for me but for a planet of human beings living in terribly troubled times.

It certainly magnified for me the peace I have as a result of my relationship with my Creator.

Thank you Liz, a beautiful piece bringing beautiful peace.

From "Self abandoment to Divine Providence" Caussade, Jean Pierre de, SJ.

"Why do you take pleasure in tormenting yourself, as you might do over the future, when your faith teaches you that the future is in the hands of a Father who is infinitely good, who loves you more than you love yourself and who understands your interests far better than you?

Have you forgotten that everything that happens is directed by the orders of divine Providence?

But if we know this how can we hesitate to remain in a state of humble submission, in the most trifling and as in the greatest events, to all that God wishes or permits? How blind we are when we desire anything other than what God wishes.

He alone knows the dangers which threaten us in the future and the help which we shall need.. I am firmly convinced that we should all be lost if God gave us all our desires, and that is why, as Saint Augustine says, God, in his mercy and compassion for our blindness, does not always grant our prayers, and sometimes gives us the contrary of what we ask, as being in reality better for us.

In truth, I often think that nearly all of us are in this world in the position of poor sick people who in their frenzy of delirium ask for the very thing that would cause their death and who have to be refused out of pure charity and an enlightened pity.

"My God, if this truth were once for all well known, with what blind self-abandonment should we not submit ourselves to your divine Providence. What peace and tranquility of heart we should enjoy in every circumstance, not only regarding external events, but also with reference to our interior states of soul........Amen

7 comments:

juli gets happy said...

Thank you for sharing it with us, Dougal.

It is very meaningful.

Juli

dougal said...

Thank you for reading and appreciating it Juli.

Marbella said...

We need to just enjoy today, do the best we can, and forget to worry ourselves silly over tomorrow. Such a good blog today. Hope all´s well with you Dougal.
Lynda
p.s. is the infection better?

Shari Kraft said...

Wow! That was pretty deep! Loved it! :)

dougal said...

Lynda,yhank you. I'm seeing the nuerosurgeon tomorrow so I'll report back on my blog

shari, so glad you enjoyed it.

~liz said...

I'm humbled and honored that you chose to use the comment and daily reading that I shared. The Lords word always bears fruit. It pleases me greatly because it proves His presence. Continued Blessings to you and your full recovery.

dougal said...

The Lord always bears fruit..Liz, absolutely.