Thursday, 17 March 2011

Imitation 8

A certain anxious person, who was often wavering between hope and fear, being overcome with grief, had prostrated himself in prayer before an altar in the church. He thought over these things, saying to himself: 'If I did but know that I will persevere'; and soon he heard within himself this answer from God: 'And if you did know this, what would you do? Do now what you would do then, and you will be free from care.' And immediately, being consoled and fortified, he entrusted himself to the divine will, and his anxious wavering stopped. Neither was he concerned anymore to seek to know what should happen to him hereafter; but he rather studied to inquire what was the pleasure and the perfect will of God, for the beginning and the fulfilling of every good work.

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