"Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen."
Someone also sent me the story of St. Louis de Montfort (Thanks, T!)(She references 33 Days to Morning Glory):
St. Louis and the poor worked tirelessly over 15 months to build a huge monument to the Passion of Christ. It was a huge and magnificent work but the day before it’s dedication, individuals betrayed them and lied about its’ purpose and the government destroyed it. Louis told the people, ‘We had hoped to build a Calvary here. Let us build it in our hearts. Blessed be God.” The author goes on to say “one thing about doing the Lord’s work: It doesn’t always turn out according to our plans……Louis became an instrument used by God to accomplish even mightier works. So although his physical monument was destroyed, Louis’s teaching eventually became a huge edifice in the Church that exercised great influence…Indeed de Montfort’s passionate labors paid off in the end, even if he didn’t see the fruit himself”
On a lighter note:
Seriously, lately when I am overwhelmed with worry and need a diversion I find myself watching old 50's clips and movies of musicals on youtube. It may sound superficial and sappy but hey, we all need a bit of lightness in our lives, eh?? Here is a great clip of Donald O'Conner tap dancing in roller skates to an encouraging song sung by a little girl. Enjoy!