Eugene’s desire to live close to God at all times, gave him a sense of serenity. His habit of constantly making himself aware of the presence of God, of living his oblation, gave him a confidence that, come what may, he was never abandoned by God in his life.
Let us continue to pray, my dear friend, and let us not cease to put our confidence in God. It is for him alone to rule and dispose all things according to his infinite wisdom for the greater glory of his name. I must admit that never in my life have I understood as well as now the value of self-surrender to God, never have I felt more disposed to put this virtue (for such it is) into practice as in the present circumstances. The true Christian should never dispense himself from this.
Oh! how well off I now find myself through having done all I could do to make a habit of it.
That does not prevent me from praying heartily to obtain what I think is good; on the contrary, I pray with more confidence, and with a kind of assurance that I will be heard.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 January 1826, EO VII n 219
“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” Martin Luther