Be Not Anxious

Christ said: “Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on. . . . Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, O ye of little faith?” (Lk 12:22-28)

“What should cause us any anxiety if we are in the state of grace? Eternity belongs to us as heirs of heaven, and here on earth God will provide for all our necessities. We may ‘cast all our care upon Him, for He hath care of us’ (1 Pt 5:7). Though God may not see fit to answer our prayers for temporal blessings and prosperity, we can trust Him with absolute confidence to know what is best for us. Too often, so weak are we, the things we crave for most ardently in this life would advance us least in the path of salvation, and perhaps lead us to eternal ruin. In our own estimation we are wise, but what are we in the sight of God? Truth is often veiled from our eyes. We must estimate it by faith and by the Divine Light.”

“Though God waits for man to attain his manhood in his eternal home before sharing His heavenly kingdom with him, yet even in this life He gives him a foretaste of the joys that are to come, of the peace that is above all understanding, and the assurance that around him are ‘the everlasting arms.'”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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