A Year with the Saints – 18 October


When the will of God is clearly seen in any affair, no matter how difficult, it should be undertaken with intrepidity and pursued with constancy even to the end, however many and great may be the obstacles which oppose it. For the providence of God never fails those things that are undertaken by His order. Saint Vincent de Paul

When this Saint had begun an undertaking and felt sure that it was the will of God he never abandoned it for any opposition that might intervene. Instead of becoming disheartened, he only showed the greatest constancy and resolution, the more he was harassed and opposed by creatures.

When Saint Charles had weighed any enterprise he was about to commence, prudently and maturely, and judged it good for the service of God – though it might seem to others sure to fail – he began and prosecuted it with great courage, and always with success.

Saint Francis de Sales says that Saint Jane Frances de Chantal showed a most courageous and generous soul in continuing undertakings with which God had inspired her.

When Saint Francis Xavier saw that the honor of God called him, he went without fearing difficulties or dangers of any kind. And so he attempted nothing which he did not continue, and began nothing which he did not pursue to the end.

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