Perfect Resignation

Abraham Grapheus as Job by Jacob Jordaens via wikimedia commons

My God, I do not know what must come to me today.
But I am certain that nothing can happen to me
    that you have not foreseen, decreed, and ordained
    from all eternity.
That is sufficient for me.
I adore your impenetrable and eternal designs,
    to which I submit with all my heart.
I desire, I accept them all, and I unite my sacrifice
    to that of Jesus Christ, my divine Savior.
I ask in his name and through his infinite merits,
    patience in my trials, and perfection and entire submission
    to all that comes to me by your good pleasure.

St. Joseph Pignatelli, 1737-1811, restorer of the Society of Jesus


For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

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