Saturday, March 5, 2011

Meditation for First Saturday from St. Therese: The Agony in the Garden

                                            (Agony in the Garden by Ludovicio Caracci)

The following is taken from the General Correspondence  of St. Therese Vol. II.  pp 1041-42

Resignation to the Will of God

"...I am doing all that is within my power to obtain the graces necessary for you; these graces certainly will be granted to you since Our Lord never asks sacrifices from us above our strength.  At times, it is true, this divine Savior makes us feel all the bitterness of the chalice that He is offering our soul.  When He asks the sacrifice of all that is dearest in the world, it is impossible, without a very special grace, not to cry out like Him in the garden of agony: Father, let this chalice pass from me...however, may Your Will be done and not Mine.  

   It is very consoling to think that Jesus, the Strong God, know our weaknesses, that He trembled at the sight of the bitter chalice, this chalice that He had in the past so ardently desired to drink...."

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