Sunday, October 6, 2019

Be at peace (St. Francis de Sales)

   Do not look forward to the trials 
and crosses of this life with dread and fear.  
Rather, look to them with full confidence
 that as they arise, God, to whom you belong, 
will deliver you from them.  
He has guided and guarded you thus far in life.  
Do you but hold fast to his dear hand 
and He will lead you safely through all trials.  
Whenever you cannot stand, 
he will carry you lovingly in his arms.  
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.  
The same eternal Father who cares for you today 
will take good care of you tomorrow 
and every day of your life.  
Either he will shield you from suffering 
or He will give you the unfailing strength to bear it.  
Be at peace, then, 
and put aside all useless thoughts, 
vain dreads, and anxious imaginations.

--St. Francis de Sales        

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