A Year with the Saints – 12 December


When shall it be that we shall taste the sweetness of the Divine Will in all that happens to us, considering in everything only His good pleasure, by whom it is certain that adversity is sent with as much love as prosperity, and as much for our good? When shall we cast ourselves unreservedly into the arms of our most loving Father in Heaven, leaving to Him the care of ourselves and of our affairs, and reserving only the desire of pleasing Him, and of serving Him well in all that we can? – Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

When Saint Peter was about to hold a disputation with Simon Magus, he received word from his opponent that on account of important business, he should be obliged to defer the debate for three days. Saint Clement, who had just been converted and who was with Saint Peter, was grieved at this delay. But Saint Peter consoled him by saying: “My son, it is to be expected of the heathens that they will be troubled when things do not turn according to their wishes; but for us, who know that the Lord guides and disposes all things, we ought in all cases to abide in great peace and consolation. I will show you that this event which displeases you is in reality for your good, for if the discussion had taken place now, you would have understood but little of it; but later you will understand it better, for in the meantime I will instruct you so that you will be able to derive greater advantage from it. So, for the future, beware of separating yourself from the Divine Will, and always be sure that whatever happens will be for the best.” We read of the wife of a soldier, who used to say when a misfortune happened to anyone, “It will be the best thing for him.” She made the same remark on the occasion of her husband’s losing an eye. Some time after, it happened that the king was near death, and, according to the custom of the country, someone was chosen to honor his death by dying with him. It happened that this soldier was chosen, but when he was informed of his ill-fortune, he immediately said: “But no! It is not proper that so great a king should have a one-eyed man for his companion in death!” This was approved by all, so that the loss of an eye was no evil, but a great piece of good fortune.

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