23rd April


If we are tried and even overwhelmed by evils, this brings our thoughts down from the clouds, and forces us willy-nilly to recognise what we really are, without illusions. So the sense of our own wretchedness is by grace made the means of leading us to God. For when we find nothing in ourselves but wretchedness, and nothing in the world outside us but tribulation, then our hearts, which cannot do without goodness and love, at last turn to God, out of a sort of happy necessity (of which grace makes use), and we abandon ourselves to Him. We then come to acknowledge Him as our only good, and feel profoundly the truth of those words of Christ, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest”.

Calvario, 23.09.32


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