If illness presents itself, and if persecution, exterior and interior trials, temptation, and even death itself present themselves to us, let’s say to them, ‘Welcome, celestial favors, graces from God, holy trials coming from a paternal and all-loving hand for my benefit; I receive you with a heart filled with respect, submission, and confidence toward the one who sends you; I abandon myself to you in order to give myself to Him.’ So then, let’s enter into these sentiments, my dear confreres; above all, like this new martyr, let’s have the greatest confidence in the assistance of Our Lord…
Vincent de Paul (Volume: 11 | Page#: 290) Martyrdom of Pedro Borguny in Algiers, 1654 or 1655
What is the greatest temptation I face as a Vincentian?
Quotes sources: Saint Vincent de Paul / Correspondence, Conferences, Documents; Brooklyn, NY: New City Press, 1999; Pierre Coste, Editor. Spiritual writings of Louise de Marillac. Edited and translated from the original French edition by Louise Sullivan, D.C. Brooklyn, New York: New City Press, 1991.