The father and founder of the Oblates rejoiced when he received a letter from Joseph-Hippolyte Guibert, informing him that he had passed thru his crisis and was now at peace with following his vocation.
The letter which you have had the courtesy to write to me and which Fr. Courtès inserted in his has consoled me somewhat because I discover amongst the expressions and good sentiments that you utter clearly marked signs of the growing grace which is yours and to which you do not wish to be unfaithful…
Adieu, my good and dear friend, I pray God that after having felt the sorrows of giving birth, I may rejoice at the birth of a man and of a saint in this cherished family of God, and of which the father loves you to the same extent that you are dear to his heart.
Letter to Joseph-Hippolyte Guibert, 26 June 1823, EO VI n. 109
‘Try to give your agenda to God. Keep saying, ‘Your will be done, not mine.’ Give every part of your heart and your time to God and let God tell you what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God does not want you to destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God’s love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God’s name.” Henri J. M. Nouwen