You may make the most complete and absolute offering of yourself to God to bear every pain He may wish to send. Renew this frequently and place yourself in His hands as His willing victim to be immolated on the altar of sacrifice. But it is better not to ask directly for great sufferings; few of the saints did so.
COMMENT: Today’s quote from Fr Doyle may perhaps be difficult to understand for most of us. We love our comfort and we, naturally, desire to keep our comfort.
But Fr Doyle, like many of the canonised saints, didn’t just live on the natural level – he lived supernaturally as well. One of the characteristics of a growth in sanctity is a complete abandonment to the will of God, and an acceptance of sufferings if these should be His will. At the very least, according to St Ignatius, we should be indifferent to sickness and health, poverty or riches, popularity or rejection… But once again, for most of us this is hard, and we can but pray for an increase in our faith and trust in God’s gentle Providence.