A Trusting Heart is a Peaceful Heart!
Alexandra Clark | The Daily Knight
Peace to Men of Goodwill.
The holy Archbishop of Cambria, who said of himself, "If the worst comes to the worst, I will put up with it all; and in the depths of the worst, I will find my peace in an entire self-abandonment."
Yes! The gift is in the present!
That is, God gives us the present moment to obtain His graces, and please Him by doing His will.
Our peace comes to us the more we follow and do God's will. God being all Good and all knowing, our trust in Him should not falter, but we should have confidence in all that He wills for us.
"The present moment is always full of infinite treasures; it contains far more than you have the capacity to hold. Faith is the measure; what you find in the present moment will be according to the measure of your faith. Love also is the measure: the more your heart loves, the more it desires, and the more it desires the more it finds. The will of God presents itself at each instant like an immense ocean which the desire of your heart cannot empty, although it will receive of that ocean the measure to which you can expand itself by faith, confidence and love," (In Love with the Divine Outcast by anonymous Carmelite).
Therefore, our confidence in God is the key to true peace of heart. A peace which the world cannot give, and cannot take. Self abandonment is the equivalent to having confidence. We abandoned ourselves and give ourselves to God to do His will. We should not be self-confident, but God-confident!
This is what Christ also taught us to do in praying the Our Father....Thy will be done....in praying for His will be done we are abandoning our selfish will to do the perfect will of the Good God!
What joy and peace are ours for our total confidence in God! Our abandonment to His Heart!
We shall toil and sacrifice in this vail of years, but God arranges everything.
"And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints," (Romans 8:28).
“Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8).
Our hope in God, and our trust and confidence in Him will determine the peace and joy we have in our heart regardless of what is going on in the world.
In St. Mechtilde's Book, we find that Jesus said to her: “It is a special source of joy to me that men trust in my kindness and rely upon me. And consequently, I will specially succour in this life, and reward in the next life to an extent greater than he deserves, whoever greatly yet humbly trusts in me. The more anyone trusts in me and avails himself of my bounty, the more he will thereby profit, especially as it is impossible for a man not to obtain what he piously believes to have been promised him and hopes to obtain. And so, it is very useful for a man to hope for great things from me, and to put his trust completely in Me.”
We must have complete surrender of trust to the Divine Heart, and His Good Will, then peace and joy will fill our poor hearts more than we can imagine!!!!
May the Joy of the Christ Child fill our hearts now and forever! Amen!
Prayer of abandonment to the Will of God by St. John Eudes:
Oh Jesus, I renounce myself, my own mind, my self-love and all that pertains to me. I give myself to Thee, to Thy Holy Ghost and Thy Divine love, in order to carry out what I'm about to do, through Thee, under the guidance of Thy Spirit and Thy Pure Love. Amen
Prayer to the Sacred Heart to do God's Will by St. Gertrude:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasury of Divinity, and glowing furnace of Love, Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary. Oh adorable and glorious Savior consume my heart with that burning fire that ever inflames Thy heart. Pour down on my soul those graces that flow from Thy Love . Let my heart be so United to Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine may in all things be conformed to Thine. May Thy will be the rule of both my desires and my actions, amen.
ACT OF CONFIDENCE By Rev. Claude De La Colombiere, S.J.
My God, I believe so firmly that Thou watchest over all who hope in Thee, and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon Thee in all things, that I am resolved for the future to have no anxieties, and to cast all my cares upon Thee. ' ' In peace in the self-same I will sleep and I will yest ; for Thou, Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope." Men may deprive me of worldly goods and of lionors; sickness may take from me my strength and the means of serving Thee; I may even lose Thy grace by sin: but my trust shall never leave me; I will preserve it to the last moment of my life, and the powers of hell shall seek in vain to wrest it from me, '" In peace in the self-same J will sleep and I will rest^ Let others seek happiness in their wealth, in their talents; let them trust to the purity of their lives, the severity of their mortifications, to the number of their good works, the fervor of their prayers; as for me, O my God, in my very confidence lies all my hope. “For Thou. O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope." This confidence can never be vain." No one has hoped in the Lord and has been confounded." I am assured, therefore, of my eternal happiness, for I firmly hope for it, and all my hope is in Thee. "Thee, Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded." I know, alas! I know but too well that I am weak and unstable; I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue. I have seen Stars fall from heaven, and pillars of the firmament falter; 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 cannot 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. Amen!