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Conformity to the Will of God – Ninth Day of December

Conformity to the Will of God.

“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39

NINTH DAY.

You have not attained that purity which you should have, so long as you are not constantly, entirely, and joyously submissive to the will of God in all things, even in those the most repugnant. — St. Francis of Sales.

The congregation of St. Vincent de Paul, having met with a loss of some consideration, the saint wrote as follows to one of his friends: “Being one of our most intimate friends, I must acquaint you with a loss with which we have recently met: it is not an evil that has befallen us, but a favor which we have received from God, and for which you will help us to return thanks to Him. I call the afflictions, which He sends us, favors and benefits, particularly when they are well received. It is in His infinite goodness that He has ordered this loss, and He gives us grace to accept it with perfect and entire resignation — I may say with the same joy we would have felt had He sent some great prosperity.”

Prayer.

My God, I love adversity as well as prosperity, because it is Thou Who sendest it. I thank Thee for all.

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