St Claude De la Colombiere – Heroic Hope – Feast Day Feb. 15
My God, I’m so persuaded that You watch over all who
hope in You and nothing can be lacking to those who
await from You all things, that I have determined to
live from now on without any concern, letting go and
giving You all of my anxieties.
I will sleep and rest in peace because You, O Lord,
and only You, have secured my hope.
Men can deprive me of possessions and reputation;
illnesses can take away my strength and means to serve You;
I myself can lose Your grace because of sin;
but I will not lose my hope;
I will conserve it until the last instant of my life
and all the efforts from demons trying to take it away
from me will be useless.
I will sleep and rest in peace. May others expect
happiness in their richness and talents;
some may lean on the innocence of their lives,
or the rigor of their penitence, or above all
on the amount of their good works,
or the fervor of their prayers.
As for myself Lord, all my confidence is my confidence itself.
Because You Lord, only You have secured my hope.
No one has been deceived by this confidence.
No one who has waited in the Lord has been frustrated in their confidence.
Therefore, I am sure that I will be eternally happy
because I firmly hope to be;
and because You, Oh, My God, are in Whom I expect all.
In You I hope Lord, and never will I be confused.
I know very well . . . too well that I am fragile and inconstant,
I know well the power of temptations against the most firm virtue;
I have seen the stars fall from heaven
and columns from the firmament;
but none of this can frighten me.
As long as I maintain firm my hope,
I will be conserved from all calamities;
and I am sure to hope always,
because I hope the same in this unchanging hope.
In conclusion, I am sure that I cannot hope in excess in You
and that I will receive all that I would have hoped for in You.
Therefore, I know You will sustain me
on the most rapid and slippery slopes,
that You will strengthen me against the assaults
and make my weakness triumph
over the most tremendous enemies.
I hope You will always love me and I will love you without interruption;
to take once and for all my hope as far as it can reach.
I hope in You and only in You!
Oh, My Creator!
In time and for all eternity.
St. Claude de la Columbiere, pray for us and for the Holy Father.
Theology of the heart- Life of the Saints
Biography…Act of Confidence…Homily of Canonization….John Paul II’s Address to Jesuits…Article on the Saint’s life…