16 August 2012

Weekly devotions from the Visitation sisters

“Here is a little model of what we should do when we are taken by surprise as we row peacefully in our little boat. When all our emotions arise to stir up a great internal storm that seems certain to overwhelm us or drag us after it, we must not wish to calm this tempest ourselves. Rather, we must gently draw near the shore, keeping our will firmly in God, and coast along the little waves. By humble knowledge of ourselves, we will reach God, who is our sure port. Let us go gently, without agitation or anxiety and without giving in to our emotions.”

St. Jane de Chantal
While waiting in a long line at the supermarket when you really need to get going so you can pick up your child from soccer practice, stop a moment to realize that getting agitated will not move the line any more quickly; by refocusing your impatience and praying for the checkout person and/or the children in the world who do not have enough to eat you will regain some peace of mind and heart.

 Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan, VHM

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