MEDITATION OF THE DAY
Courage from Christ
I am availing myself of my very first spare moments…to thank you for your New Year’s greetings and to revive your confidence for the future of the work entrusted to us, notwithstanding its manifold trials during the year of 1864. I know full well that these troubles have caused you no little worry. Besides, it is my binding duty to encourage you to remain firm in fidelity to your vocation, in order that by withstanding the illusions of the devil and the allurements of the world or the flesh, you may obtain the reward that has been promised to virtue.
Be not surprised, then, at the violent storm that has been stirred up against the Congregation of Holy Cross by the enemy of all good…. For my own part, reverend fathers and dear brothers, I am not the least surprised by all these trials. Thanks be to God, they have only increased my confidence in him who alone has founded and maintained this congregation. He it is who will expand it more and more, provided we do not lend a helping hand to the devil who would destroy it because he sees us snatching souls from him….
Hence, I am not surprised at the snares he lays for your faith, but Jesus Christ is faithful, and he will not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength,…he will command the winds and the storm and we shall have once more the calm of bygone days. This peace of mind and heart has already made itself felt.
Blessed Basil Moreau
Blessed Basil († 1873) was a French priest and the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, of which Saint André Bessette was also a member. / From Basil Moreau: Essential Writings: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of the Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. © 2014, Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. Published by Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN. All rights reserved.