us to do all that we can towards it and to ask that He will do, in our aid, the share of it that we cannot do.'’ Ah, if you should have to work, to strive, to suffer, to die, even to die upon a cross if God wills it, do not for a moment doubt that the power lies for you already in His hand, if he has not already placed it in yours—the grace to die, to suffer, to strive, to conquer.
But I do not stop at asking you to expect only what is indispensable, from God. Have you ever found God stopping short at what is absolutely necessary? He certainly might do so, and if He did would still do what is just, holy and adorable. But does He ever? Has He ever done it with you? Ah, if ever He has, I will tell you when it was—in the day and hour when your trust in Him failed. David dares to say, “With the perverse Thou wilt be perverse;” that is, towards him who comes to Thee crookedly Thou wilt advance crookedly. How much the more then might one say, “with him who shuts his heart up from Thee, Thy heart will be shut up” and that every distrustful heart closes God's hand. Expect then, unwaveringly, from God an abundance of grace.
- Msgr. Gay
In union with the perfect confidence and hope that the holy and Blessed Virgin Mary placed in Thee, do I hope,
- St. Pius V