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Monday, December 04, 2006

Words of Wisdom from Father Ciszek

A dear friend sent me these blessed and comforting words last evening, and perhaps one of you out there needed to hear this message just as much as I;



Do Not Worry
Fr. Walter Ciszek


Now with almost blinding clarity and simplicity, I realized I had been trying to do something with my own will and intellect that was at once too much and mostly wrong. God's will was not hidden somewhere "out there" in the situations in which I found myself; the situations themselves were His will for me. What He wanted was for me to accept these situations as from His hands, to let go of the reins and place myself entirely at His disposal. He was asking of me an act of total trust, allowing for no interference or restless striving on my part, no reservations, no exceptions, no areas where I could set conditions or seem to hesitate. He was asking a complete gift of self, nothing held back. It demanded absolute faith in God's existence, in His providence, in His concern for the minutest detail, in His power to sustain me, and in His love protecting me. It meant losing the last hidden doubt, the ultimate fear that God will not be there to bear you up. It was something like that awful eternity between anxiety and belief when a child first leans back and lets go of all support whatever—only to find that the water truly holds him up and he can float motionless and totally relaxed.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe my old parish priest wrote a book on him. I gave it to my dad for xmas last year. GOod book!

Did you recieve my email? I keep gettin them back....

eliztrin said...

Thanks, I needed that ...
Why, oh, why is trust so hard??????

Adoro Te Devote said...

Trust is really hard!

Especially when God seems to be throwing you a $2,000 bill you can't afford....

I need to read this over and over again.