Saturday, June 5, 2010

Avoid the Devil's Trap of Discouragement

"Oh, if you only knew how paltry these little nothings are about which some make such a fuss. The devil makes use of these little straws to check the progress of a soul and obstruct all the good that she is called to do. Do not let yourself be caught in these meshes. Have a large heart and pass over all these little miseries without even noticing them. Jesus should be a sufficient attraction for you to prevent your being hindered by anything whatsoever outside of Him. See everything as coming from His bounty, whether He afflicts or consoles you. It is His love that arranges everything for the benefit of His friends. Never allow yourself to be discouraged. In a few hours, or even in the twinkling of an eye, Jesus could bring you to the summit of perfection which He desires for you. But no, He prefers your own efforts and He wants you to see for yourself how hard and rugged is the way to perfection."

~ Sr. M. G., a Soul from Purgatory,
from An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory ~


Anne said...

A truely remarkable and excellent piece here. How easily we forget this sound spiritual advice! I have copied it and will carry it with me to remind myself of these truths. Not for the faint-hearted!
Thank you for including this article.

ocd sister said...

Beautiful quote! God reward you!

one grateful heart said...

God bless you both for your encouraging comments! The quoted reminder is helpful to me, but I am grateful to know that it is of benefit to you also.