An Act of Abandonment

Saint Francis De Sales

O my God, I thank you and I praise
 you for accomplishing your holy
 and all-lovable will without any regard for mine.
 With my whole heart,
 in spite of my heart,
 do I receive this cross I feared so much!

 It is the cross of Your choice,
 the cross of Your love.
 I venerate it;
 nor for anything in the world
 would I wish that it had not come,
 since You willed it.

 I keep it with gratitude and with joy,
 as I do everything that comes from Your hand;
 and I shall strive to carry it without letting it drag,
 with all the respect
 and all the affection which Your works deserve.


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