“Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” (Ps 63.7)
“As the apple tree–or any beautiful tree–among the trees of the wood, so I, my Beloved among the sons, I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song of Songs 2.3)
“So there is joy and nourishment for our souls in the shadow of our Lord. Sometimes we fear as we think of the shadow–‘They feared as they entered the cloud’ (Lk 9.34).” But after those three disciples had entered into the shadow of that cloud, they found it so wonderful that they wanted to stay there. Let us not be afraid of the shadows. Let us not be afraid of the clouds. We often meet Him in thick clouds. The shadow is the shadow of our Beloved. He is very near to the place where His shadow is.” (Amy Carmichael)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
St. Francis de Sales
December 21, 2000
“It is above all on days of weariness, sickness, impatience, temptation, spiritual dryness, and trials, during hours of sometimes terrible anguish which press upon a soul, that holy abandonment is most pleasing to God.” (Blessed Columba Marmion)
November 29, 2000
“‘The soul of the wounded calleth for help, and God does not regard it as foolish.’ Whatever the wounding be, however trivial it may appear, so that the soul would be ashamed to tell its inward distress, from whatever side the wind of unstableness blows, the soul of the wounded may call for help, and God will not regard it as foolish.” (Amy Carmichael)
I have two 600 page journals mostly filled with quotes that have struck me, moved my heart, convicted me, strengthened me. I thought I would start going through the first–the blue one–and just passing them on to you. I hope they serve the same purpose in your lives as they have in mine.
November 25, 2000:
“The pledged word of God to man is no puffball to break at a touch and scatter into dust. It is iron. It is gold, the most malleable of all metals. It is more golden than gold. It abideth imperishable for ever. If we wait till we have clear enough vision to see the expected end before we stay our mind on Him who is our Strength, we shall miss an opportunity that will never come again: we shall never know the blessing of the unoffended. Now is the time to say, ‘My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise,’ even though as we say the words there is no sense of exultation. ‘It is possible to gather gold, where it may be had, with moonlight,’ by which I understand something less helpful than daylight would be in the search and the finding of gold. By moonlight, then, let us gather our gold.” (Amy Carmichael)
When faced with oppression, I resort to this advice:
- Read the Psalms persistently.
- Make repeated acts of faith.
- Love and trust.
- Avoid focusing on feelings.
- Laugh in the face of the foe.
- Let the body do what the spirit can’t.
- Pray with praise and adoration.
- Rest in the hearts of Our Lady and her Son.