Quotes & Themes – Resignation


Blessed are they who do not their own will on earth, for God will do it in heaven above. (Letters to Persons in Religion, III, 17)

Each one ought to cast all his care in God, who indeed sustains the whole world. (Letters to Persons in Religion, I, 1)

The infant which is within its mother’s arms needs only to let her act and to fasten itself to her neck. (Letters to Persons in Religion, V, 2)

O little cross! thou art dear to me, be­cause neither sense nor nature loves thee, but higher reason alone. (Letters to Persons in Religion, IV, 33)

Never are we reduced to such an ex­tremity, that we cannot pour forth before the divine Majesty a holy resignation to His most holy will. (Spiritual Conferences, 2)

Regard the providence of God in the contradictions which are offered to you, for God permits them in order to detach you from all things and to unite you to Himself. (Letters to Persons in Religion, V, 5)

Whosoever takes pleasure in God desires faithfully to please God, and in order to please Him, desires to resign himself to Him. (Treatise on the Love of God, Book 8, Chapter 1)

Whosoever is not attached to his in­clinations, is not impatient when they are contradicted. (Letters to Persons in the World, III, 11)

I would have lost my liberty had I not lost my liberty. (Letters to Persons in Religion, III, 31)

Often it is required to leave God for God, renouncing His sweetness to serve Him in His sorrows and travails. (Letters to Persons in Religion, II, 23)

The child readily kisses his mother when she gives him sugar; but it is a sign that he loves her greatly if he kisses her after she has given him wormwood. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part IV, Chapter 14)

There is no clearer proof of affection for a thing than distress at the loss thereof. (Introduction to the Devout Life, Part III, Chapter 14)

We must never so form our opinions as not to be ready, if necessary, willingly to give them up. (Spiritual Conferences, 14)

When we abandon everything, our Lord takes care of everything and orders every­thing. (Spiritual Conferences, 2)

When will it be that, dead before God, we shall live again to this new life in which we shall no more will to do any­thing, but shall let God will all that we have to do? (Letters to Persons in Religion, II, 4)

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