Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916), hermit and missionary in the Sahara Meditations on the Gospel concerning the principal virtues (1896)
"She has offered her whole livelihood"
*To give thanks to God in all circumstances is truly a difficult thing to do. It is truly an act of humility to hand oneself over to the Lord and accept ones difficulties and circumstances with an attitude of thanksgiving. The lives of the Saints are a testimony to that gratitude. They all learned the same thing. It does not mean we will always feel wonderful but that our interior attitude will be one which will turn towards God despite the problems or the circumstances and difficulties we find ourselves troubled with. I have certainly not put this into practice as much as I would like but complaining and mumbling to ourselves doesn't exactly bring us peace or joy. It is a sacrifice to give thanks too especially when one is faced with many trials. It is the narrow path, this way of abandonment and complete trust, but a surer way to Peace and ultimately Joy.