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“Keep calm in the face of worries”

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2014/08/22 at 12:00 AM

If you fix your sight on God and thus know how to keep calm in the face of worries; if you can forget petty things, jealousies and envies, you will save a lot of energy, which you need if you are to work effectively in the service of men. (Furrow, 856)

Fight against your harshness of character, against your selfishness, your spirit of comfort and your dislikes. We have to be co-redeemers; and, besides, consider carefully that the prize you receive will bear a very direct relation to the sowing you may have done. (Furrow, 863)

The task for a Christian is to drown evil in an abundance of good. It is not a question of negative campaigns, or of being anti anything. On the contrary, we should live positively, full of optimism, with youthfulness, joy and peace. We should be understanding with everybody, with the followers of Christ and with those who abandon him, or do not know him at all. But understanding does not mean holding back, or remaining indifferent, but being active. (Furrow, 864)

A paradox: I have had fewer worries on my mind every day since I decided to follow the advice of the psalm: “Cast your cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.” And at the same time, once we have done whatever needs doing, everything can be solved more easily. (Furrow, 873)

“We have to be strong and patient and, therefore, calm and composed”

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2012/08/08 at 9:11 AM
If you fix your sight on God and thus know how to keep calm in the face of worries; if you can forget petty things, jealousies and envies, you will save a lot of energy, which you need if you are to work effectively in the service of men. (Furrow, 856)

The man who knows how to be strong will not be in a hurry to receive the reward of his virtue. He is patient. Indeed it is fortitude that teaches us to appreciate the human and divine virtue of patience. ‘“By your patience you will gain possession of your souls.” (Luke 21:19) The possession of the soul is attributed to patience, which in effect is the root and guardian of all the virtues. We secure possession of our souls through patience, for, by learning to have dominion over ourselves, we begin to possess that which we are.’ And it is this very patience that moves us to be understanding with others, for we are convinced that souls, like good wine, improve with time.

We have to be strong and patient and, therefore, calm and composed, but not with the composure of the man who buys his own tranquility at the expense of ignoring his brothers or neglecting the great task (which falls to us all) of tirelessly spreading good throughout the world. We can keep calm because there is always forgiveness and because there is a solution for everything, except death; and for the children of God, death is life. We must try to keep our peace, even if only so as to act intelligently, since the man who remains calm is able to think, to study the pros and cons, to examine judiciously the outcome of the actions he is about to undertake. He then plays his part calmly and decisively. (Friends of God, 78-79)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2011/04/09 at 2:12 PM

The past is memory; the future, imagination; we only have the present…then is when we get the grace we need to cope with our situations.

We do not get grace to cope with our imaginary worries for the future.  If and when what we worry about comes to pass, then it will be our present, then we will get the graces we need.

Today’ is the only time we can offer to God.

We need to sanctify the day and heed the many inspirations and graces which God sends us throughout the day.

We also need to concentrate on what we are doing.

Sanctity is forged by being faithful in details, in everyday things, in actions which might seem irrelevant if not vivified by grace.

God will always be there at the right time–although it may be in secret and mysterious ways.

Do not abandon God: He does not abandon you.

Mother Teresa used to say:  God speaks to us in the silence of our hearts.

You can add to that:  we need to listen with our ears and  heart.