A Year with the Saints – 11 October


When one puts all his care on God, and rests wholly upon Him, being careful, meanwhile, to serve Him faithfully, God takes care of him; and the greater the confidence of such a one, the more the care of God extends over him; neither is there any danger of its failing, for God has an infinite love for those souls that repose in Him. Saint Francis de Sales

The same thing was once said by Our Lord to Saint Catherine of Siena: “Think of Me, and I will think of you, and take care of all your interests.”

Saint Hugo, the Bishop, said that it was his experience that the more he attended to performing well and diligently all that pertained to the worship of God, the more God provided for him in all necessary things.

More than any other, Saint Francis manifested, and still manifests, this truth, by the wonderful protection of Divine Providence which he experienced and which sustains his sons even to this day. And so, the Viaticum which he gave his companions when they were going to a distance was this verse of the Psalms: “Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He will sustain thee.” And when the Pope asked him about his means of living, he replied: “Holy Father, we have a mother truly poor, but a very rich Father.”

Taulerus relates that a servant of God, being often asked by various persons to pray for different objects, promised to do so, but sometimes forgot – and in such cases these people always obtained what they desired, and came back to thank her. Astonished at this, she said one day to the Lord: “How is it, O Lord, that Thou grantest these favors which I never asked?” And the Lord replied: “See, My daughter, on the day you gave Me your will, I gave you Mine, so that sometimes if you do not ask for a particular thing that I know you would be pleased with, I do it as if you had asked Me.”

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