I must really be persuaded that although God makes use of men for his works, he does not need them. And so I will make a lot more progress in what he deigns to confide to me if I live infinitely more in dependence on him and worry less about a successful outcome. A little more prayer, much less worry and control.
In line with this thought I take the resolution to manage my life in such a way as to do more praying than I have up to now. That’s where I must get used to transacting my business and that of our community, youth, etc.
As well as the morning one, in common with everybody else, I will slip away for a few moments after dinner to resume this exercise before the Blessed Sacrament so far as possible.

Retreat Notes, July-August 1816, O.W. XV n 139

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