Sermon quotes on Abandonment
God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.
God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas, Westminster John Knox Press.
My heart I give you, Lord, eagerly and entirely.
Abandonment to God is of more value than personal holiness!
Leonardo Da Vinci
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Francis de Sales
There are many who say to the Lord, “I give myself wholly to Thee, without any reserve,” but there are few who embrace the practice of this abandonment, which consists in receiving with a certain indifference every sort of event, as it happens in conformity with Divine Providence, as well afflictions as consolations, contempt and reproaches as honor and glory.
Louis de Montfort
We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.
Let me follow in Thy footsteps, O Jesus ! I would imitate Thee, but cannot without the aid of Thy grace! O humble and lowly Saviour, grant me the knowledge of the true Christian, and that I may willingly despise myself; let me learn the lesson so incomprehensible to the mind of man, that I must die to myself by an abandonment that shall produce true humility.
Man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.
Therese of Lisieux
My director, Jesus, does not teach me to count my acts, but to do everything for love, to refuse Him nothing, to be pleased when He gives me a chance to prove to Him that I love Him – but all this in peace – in abandonment.
The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment.
The Collected Essays of Arthur Miller, Bloomsbury Publishing.
When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him in spite of your feelings, you worship him in the deepest way.
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