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St. Francis de Sales presenting a book to three nuns

Meekness – Thirty-First Day of May

Meekness

Learn of Me that I am meek and humble of heart. St. Matt. 11:29.

THIRTHY-FIRST DAY.

A great means to preserve one’s peace and tranquility of heart continually is to receive as coming from the hands of God all things, whatever they may be and in whatever manner they come. — St. Dorothy.

“You are astonished because I suffer with tranquility what you have just heard,” said St. Francis of Sales to a religious who had witnessed injurious language addressed to him. “Do you not see that God has ordained, from all eternity, the grace He has given me to support voluntarily this opprobrium? Should I not drink the chalice which has been prepared by the hands of so good a Father?”

“There does not fall a single hair from our head without the order or permission of our heavenly Father. To know this clearly and perfectly,” said a great servant of God, “is what renders a soul happy on earth. The cross which would be hell becomes a paradise to those to whom Our Saviour gives a knowledge of this truth.”

St. Teresa, having learned that a vessel laden with provisions and goods, bought at Valerne for her monastery, had been lost, gathered her daughters before the Blessed Sacrament to praise and thank God. “I rejoice,” she said. “God has willed it; He is Master. It has been done by the hand of God.”

Prayer.

Nothing happens, O my God, but by Thy order or permission. All is done by Thy hands. I will look upon everything that happens as coming from Thee. I will not cease to bless Thee in all. Thou art the master; Thou art my God.

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