An Act of Hope and Confidence in God

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February 15th is the liturgical memorial of Saint Claude La Colombière, Priest, S.J.

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My God, I believe most firmly
that Thou watchest over all who hope in Thee,
and that we can want for nothing
when we rely upon Thee in all things;
therefore I am resolved for the future to have no anxieties,
and to cast all my cares upon Thee.

People may deprive me of worldly goods and of honors;
sickness may take from me my strength
and the means of serving Thee;
I may even lose Thy grace by sin;
but my trust shall never leave me.
I will preserve it to the last moment of my life,
and the powers of hell shall seek in vain to wrestle it from me.

Let others seek happiness in their wealth, in their talents;
let them trust to the purity of their lives,
the severity of their mortifications,
to the number of their good works, the fervor of their prayers;
as for me, O my God, in my very confidence lies all my hope.
"For Thou, O Lord, singularly has settled me in hope."
This confidence can never be in vain.
"No one has hoped in the Lord and has been confounded."

I am assured, therefore, of my eternal happiness,
for I firmly hope for it, and all my hope is in Thee.
"In Thee, O Lord, I have hoped; let me never be confounded."
I know, alas! I know but too well that I am frail and changeable;
I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue.
I have seen stars fall from heaven, and pillars of firmament totter;
but these things alarm me not.
While I hope in Thee I am sheltered from all misfortune,
and I am sure that my trust shall endure,
for I rely upon Thee to sustain this unfailing hope.

Finally, I know that my confidence cannot exceed Thy bounty,
and that I shall never receive less than I have hoped for from Thee.
Therefore I hope that Thou wilt sustain me against my evil inclinations;
that Thou wilt protect me against the most furious assaults of the evil one,
and that Thou wilt cause my weakness to triumph over my most powerful enemies.
I hope that Thou wilt never cease to love me,
and that I shall love Thee unceasingly.
"In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded."

Saint Claude La Colombière, Priest, S.J.

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Bonjour père !

Alors...ça y est ! Je viens tout juste d'avoir la grâce de comprendre pourquoi les Enfants de Dieu se sentent si poussés à faire (écrire) des actes "officiels" , des déclarations formelles d'amour , d'abandon , d'espérance et de confiance : nous sommes un peuple d'alliances ! Le Seigneur a inscrit dans nos coeurs cet appel de la Spiritualité de l'Alliance, car l'Alliance , le langage juridique de la Promesse Solennelle, est celui de Dieu dans Sa Parole....alors, il nous a transmit cette "tradition" linguistique du format "juridique" ! Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux ! (Sans doute, fut-il un arc-en -ciel magnifique que j'ai vu hier qui m'a réveillé....)
Voilà, mon frère.... j'ai eu envie de partager cette petite réflexion avec vous. Cela fera un très bon livre d'ailleurs, de rassembler les "Actes" des Saints. Ce livre, il s'appellera :
"Aimer Dieu, en Actes et en Vérité: les Testaments des Saints "
Que la Vierge Marie, Foederis Arc, vous comble et vous bénisse.....En union de prière, par le Coeur Sacré de Jésus -

What a beautiful Introit! "Inveni virum secundum Cor meum qui faciet omnes voluntates meas." (Act. 13, 22) May the Sacred Heart, the Eternal High Priest, say this of all His priests!

For those who might not otherwise have access, I leave you with the beautiful (traditional) Collect:

"Domine Iesu Christe, qui beatum Claudium sacratissimi Cordis tui servum fidelem et amatorem eximium efficere dignatus es: eius nobis intercessione concede: ut eiusdem sacratissimi Cordis tui virtutibus induamur, et affectibus inflammemur."

"Lord Jesus Christ, it pleased Thee to make Blessed Claude the faithful servant and perfect friend of Thy Sacred Heart. In answer to his prayers, clothe us with the strength of Thy Sacred Heart and stir us to love as Thou lovest." - Translation from the Jesuit Missal Propers, 1968

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