The Book of Confidence

 

This image is venerated in the Major Seminary in Rome next to the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

O Voice of Christ, mysterious voice of grace that resoundeth in the silence of our souls, Thou softly whisper in the depths of our hearts words of sweetness and of peace. In all our misfortunes, our sufferings, that voice repeats to us the word, so often spoken by the Divine Master during His mortal life: Confidence! Confidence!

To the guilty soul, crushed beneath the weight of sin, Jesus says: “Confidence, son, thy sins are forgiven thee.” 1 Again, to the sick woman, suffering for long years from an incurable malady, who touched the hem of His garments in the firm belief that she would be cured, He said: “Confidence, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole.” 2 When His Apostles saw Him one night walking on the Lake of Gennesareth, they were terrified, thinking that it was an apparition, but He spoke to them these reassuring words: “Have confidence, it is I. Fear ye not.” 3

And, on the eve of His Passion, at the Last Supper, knowing the infinite fruits of His sacrifice, He comforted His Apostles with these words of triumph: “In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.” 4

These words, so full of tender compassion, as they fell from the divine lips, effected a wonderful transformation in those to whom they were addressed. A supernatural dew fertilized the sterility of their souls: rays of hope dissipated the gloom which darkened them; a calm serenity put their anguish to flight. “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life;” 5 “blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.” 6

Our Lord exhorts us now as He did His Apostles long ago, to have confidence in Him. Why should we refuse to hear His voice?

 The Book of Confidence by Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent is a beautiful book for us to meditate on. Order your copy today!

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