The Saints Teach Us How to Trust God

 

...We are completely dependent on God‟s mercy and grace. We must trust that God wants to save us and that He will give us the resources we need to cope with life‟s chal-lenges and to achieve our eternal destiny. The saints had a profound awareness of the Lord‟s presence in their lives—so profound that they didn‟t seek miraculous confirmation or run after wonders and signs. Once, during the reign of St. Louis IX of France, when Mass was being said in the palace chapel, a miracle occurred during the Consecration: Jesus appeared visibly at the altar, in the form of a beautiful child. Everyone there gazed on Him in wonderful awe and contemplation, recognizing this miracle as a proof the Real Presence. Someone hurried to tell the king, who was absent, so that he might come and witness the event. But Louis declined, explaining, “I firmly believe already that Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. He has said it, and that is sufficient; I do not wish to lose the merit of my faith by going to see this miracle.” 

God meets our spiritual needs, just as He promised. He also provides for our physical needs, as long as we place our trust in Him. St. John of the Cross, on being informed by the cook in his monastery that there was no food for the following day, answered, “Leave to God the care of providing food. Tomorrow is far enough off; He is well able to take care of us.” The next morning there was still no food—until a wealthy benefactor came to the door. He explained that he had dreamed the previous night that the monks might be in need and had brought enough food and supplies to sustain them, just in case that was so. 

...Trusting God means believing in His care for us even when evil seems to be gaining the upper hand—a point understood by the sixth-century abbot, St. Stephen of Rieti. When a wicked man burned down the barns holding all the monastery‟s corn, the monks exclaimed to Stephen, “Alas for what has come upon you!” The abbot answered, “No, say rather, „Alas, for what has come upon him that did this deed,‟ for no harm has befall-en me.” As Stephen knew, God‟s providential care is far greater than any human treach-ery. 

According to St. Albert the Great, “The greater and more persistent your confidence in God, the more abundantly you will receive all that you ask.” This point is echoed by St. Teresa of Avila, who reassures us, “God is full of compassion and never fails those who are afflicted and despised, if they trust in Him alone.” 

If, indeed, we are trying to do God‟s work, instead of our own, we need not fear the re-sults. The Lord is an expert at solving problems and providing for us in our need (even to the point of working miracles, if need be). The one thing He can‟t do, however, is force us to trust in Him. If we freely choose to do this, we‟re cooperating with His grace, and the results are guaranteed to be wonderful and amazing. 

St. Rose of Lima was afraid of the dark—a trait she inherited from her mother. Her moth-er and father once went looking for her after dark. This had an effect on Rose, who thought, “How is this? My mother, who is as timid as I, feels safe in the company of her husband. And am I afraid, accompanied by my Spouse, who without ever leaving me, is continually at my side and in my heart?” From then on, St. Rose no longer feared any-thing. You can benefit from her experience by continually reminding yourself that Jesus is with you, which means that you have nothing to fear. 

St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “Those who hearts are enlarged by confidence in God run swiftly on the path of perfection. They not only run, they fly; because, having placed all their hope in the Lord, they are no longer weak as they once were. They become strong with the strength of God, which is given to all who put their trust in Him.” 

(excerpt from the article The Saints Teach Us How to Trust God, by Fr. Joseph M. Esper; to view the article in its entirety, visit catholicexchange.com)