Worth Repeating {8/12/14}

11 Aug

This is a weekly series where I share quotes, sayings and verses that I enjoyed and found to be worth repeating.worth_repeating

Travis was looking for a book to read on his work trip yesterday and I came across a book I never finished but had enjoyed immensely called “He Leadeth Me” by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. Walter was captured by the Russians during World War II and held prisoner as a “Vatican spy” for 23 years. Here is one thing he learned:

“The simple soul who each day makes a morning offering of ‘all the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day’–and who then acts upon it by accepting unquestioningly and responding lovingly to all the situations of the day as truly sent by God–has perceived with an almost childlike faith the profound truth about the will of God. To predict what God’s will is going to be, to rationalize about what his will must be, is at once a work of human folly and yet the subtlest of all temptations. The plain and simple truth is that his will is what he actually wills to send us each day, in the way of circumstances, places, people, and problems. The trick is to learn to see that–not just in theory, or not just occasionally in a flash of insight granted by God’s grace, but every day.  …

The temptation is to overlook these things, precisely because they are so constant, so petty, so humdrum and routine, and to seek to discover instead some other and nobler ‘will of God’ in the abstract that better fits our notion of what his will should be.  …

…To labor day in and day out to make [this] the sole principle by which our every action is guided and toward which we aim, is to come to know at last true joy and peace of heart, secure in the knowledge we are attempting always and in everything to do God’s will…” (39-40).

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