June 26, 2011

Pax Inter Mutationes (Peace Amidst Change)

"Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them. He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you everyday.  He will either shield you from suffering, or He will give you strength to bear it.  Be at peace and put aside anxious thoughts and imaginations." (St. Francis de Sales)
"Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but He was asleep.  They came and woke Him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!'  He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?' Then He got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm."  (Matthew 8:24-26)