You know that since my arrival at Rome, I have been offering the Holy Mass for the success of our cause and never come before the holy sacrament without speaking of it to our Lord. I never invoke a saint without begging him to be our intercessor and even recite, if somewhat badly, certain prayers to this end such as the litanies of the saints and others similar. Moreover, I neglect no means that human prudence can suggest; I spare myself from no endeavours and allow my mind no rest in trying to second the designs of divine Providence.
Up until now, everything has succeeded beyond our hopes. Yet the good God has permitted some alarm and has left room for some anxiety but he has not taken away our confidence; on the contrary, in sorrowful moments, prayer has taken on more tenderness and I dare say almost the familiarity… of a child towards a father.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 January 1826, EO VII n 219
“Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship.” Brennan Manning