I am sorry to see you suffer so long. What gives me some ease and
sweetens the feeling I have about your griefs, is that they are
proof of God's love for you. See your pains in that view and you
will bear them more easily. In your case, it is my opinion that,
at this point, you should discontinue human remedies and resign
yourself entirely to the providence of God. Perhaps He waits only
for that resignation and perfect faith in Him to cure you. Since,
in spite of all the care you have taken, treatment has proved
unsuccessful and your malady still increases, wait no longer. Put
yourself entirely in His hands and expect all from Him.
I told you in my last letter that He sometimes permits bodily
discomforts to cure the distempers of the soul. Have courage. Make
a virtue of necessity. Do not ask God for deliverance from your
pain. Instead, out of love for Him, ask for the strength to
resolutely bear all that He pleases, and as long as He pleases.
Such prayers are hard at first, but they are very pleasing to God,
and become sweet to those that love Him.
Love sweetens pains. And when one loves God, one suffers for His
sake with joy and courage. Do so, I beseech you. Comfort yourself
with Him. He is the only physician for all our illnesses. He is
the Father of the afflicted and always ready to help us. He loves
us infinitely more than we can imagine. Love Him in return and
seek no consolation elsewhere. I hope you will soon receive His
I will help you with my prayers, poor as they are, and shall
always be yours in our Lord.