I pity you much. It will be a great relief if you can leave the
care of your affairs to M-- and spend the remainder of your life
only in worshipping God. He requires no great matters of us; a
little remembrance of Him from time to time, a little adoration.
Sometimes to pray for His grace. Sometimes to offer Him your
sufferings. And sometimes to return Him thanks for the favors He
has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles.
Console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart
to Him at your meals and when you are in company. The least little
remembrance will always be pleasing to Him.
You need not cry very loud. He is nearer to us than we are aware.
And we do not always have to be in church to be with God. We may
make an oratory of our heart so we can, from time to time, retire
to converse with Him in meekness, humility, and love. Every one is
capable of such familiar conversation with God, some more, some
less. He knows what we can do.
Let us begin then. Perhaps He expects but one generous resolution
on our part. Have courage. We have but little time to live. You
are nearly sixty-four, and I am almost eighty. Let us live and die
with God. Sufferings will be sweet and pleasant while we are with
Him. Without Him, the greatest pleasures will be a cruel
punishment to us. May He be blessed by all.
Gradually become accustomed to worship Him in this way; to beg His
grace, to offer Him your heart from time to time; in the midst of
your business, even every moment if you can. Do not always
scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules or particular forms
of devotion. Instead, act in faith with love and humility.
You may assure M-- of my poor prayers, and that I am their
servant, and yours particularly.