Live + Jesus!
As we enter into another change of season, perhaps, we can spend some time to reflect on these words of Saint Francis de Sales : “Do not worry about tomorow. The same everlasting Father who loves and cares for you today , will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.” All of us have had or will have an experience in our lives when these words will take on a very deep meaning for us. I have recently read a reflection written by Father Richard DeLillio OSFS about an actress who was one day praying in a church as she was dreading a medical report from her doctor. On her way out her eyes fell upon these words for the first time that were inscribed over a door. She put her faith in them and was brought to full recovery as she was given “the unfailing strength our everlasting Father has promised us.”
Over the past months, I, also, have had to face a medical concern. ( The reason why I have not been very faithful in posting journals !) These words of Saint Francis de Sales have become very real to me. Through trustful surrender, the prayerful and loving support of each of you, I have been graced to experience the truth of these words in a very meaningful way: that our heavenly Father does give us an “unfailing strength ” to endure what of ourselves we know we could never have endured.
Another reflection that has crossed my path is on the “power of the faith of our loved ones” ….. it was the faith of the friends of the paralytic man who lowered him from the hole in the roof to the feet of Jesus that obtained his cure. In trusting in God’s providence over us, in trusting in the prayerful support of our family and friends, grace will overflow into our lives and into our hearts when we most need it and together we will give “glory to the power of prayer”, trust and surrender .
“Do what you can, God will do the rest.” Saint Francis de Sales
GOD BE PRAISED !