Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fenelon - Acceptance of God's Will

Bear all the annoyances of your present condition, which is full of inconveniences and discomfort, in a penitential spirit; these are the penances God assigns you, and far more useful than what you may choose for yourself. The best state to be in is that in which God's hand holds you; do not look beyond it; think only of accepting everything from moment to moment, in the spirit of self denial and self-renunciation. But this acquiescence should be full of trust in God, who loves you more the less he spares you.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right

If I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

--- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
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