In these excerpts, we hear Padre Quadrupani make the case for having complete trust in God, Who lovingly cares for us.
“We should recognize and adore the will of God in everything that happens to us. The malice of men, nay of the devil himself, can cause nothing to befall us except what is permitted by God. Our divine Lord has declared that not a hair of our heads can fall unless by the will of our Heavenly Father (Mt 10:30).”
“Therefore in every condition painful to nature, whether you are afflicted by sickness, assailed by temptations, or tortured by the injustice of men, consider the divine will and say to God with a loving and submissive heart: Thy will be done: O my Saviour, do with me what Thou willest, as Thou willest, and when Thou willest.”
And here the Padre shows how our complete trust in God benefits us: “By this means we render supportable the severest pain and the most trying circumstances. . . . Like unto the wood shown to Moses, that drew from the water all its bitterness, it sweetens whatever is bitter in our lives.”
“Without this practice, so comformable to faith, and without the light and strength that result from it, the pains and afflictions of life would become unbearable. This is what Saint Philip de Neri meant when he said: ‘It rests with man to place himself even in this life either in heaven or in hell: he who suffers tribulations with patience enjoys celestial peace in advance; he who does not do so has a foretaste of the torments of hell.'”
Quotations from Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani, Light and Peace: Instructions for Devout Souls to Dispel Their Doubts and Allay Their Fears (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1898).