Confidence – Sixth Day of October
“Have confidence.” — St. Mark 6:50.
O God of my soul, who will give me words to express clearly all that Thou givest to those who confide perfectly in Thee, and, on the contrary, all that they lose who confide in themselves, or who take pride in themselves for having been long faithful to grace and loaded with favors from Heaven? — St. Teresa.
“Lucifer, the chief of angels, fell from heaven. Judas — after having been chosen an apostle, and hearing for some years the words of eternal life from the mouth of Jesus Christ — became a deicide. Let us tremble and not cease to fear,” said a saint.
When St. Teresa abounded in consolations, she addressed herself to God as follows: “O my God, how canst Thou pour Thy graces into so unclean a vase? What! Hast Thou forgotten so quickly my sins?”
“To what do you attribute your fall?” said St. Philip Neri to those who, having served God for a length of time, accused themselves of grave faults. “Know that it is your pride. If you had been humble, you would not have fallen. If you would rise again, humble yourself much.”
My God, how good, how liberal art Thou to those who, humbling themselves, trust in Thee! I will not cease to fear, because I am weak. I will not cease to confide in Thee, because Thou art my Father.