God was all-complete… but it has been His will to bring about His purposes by the beings He has created.

We are all created to His glory. We are created to do His will. 

I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man,

God knows me and calls me by my name. God has created me to do Him some definite service; 

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I never may know it in this life,  but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, … I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,

I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,  while not intending it,  if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.

My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us.

He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He {302} may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink,
hide the future from me – still He knows what He is about.

O Emmanuel,… I give myself to Thee.  I trust Thee wholly. Thou art wiser than I – more loving to me than I myself.

Design to fulfil Thy high purposes in me whatever they be – work in and through me. I am born to serve Thee, to be Thine, to be Thy instrument. Let me be Thy blind instrument.

I ask not to see – I ask not to know – I ask simply to be used.

Blessed John Henry Newman

http://www.newmanreader.org/works/meditations/meditations
Blessed John H Newman: Part III, Meditations on Christian Doctrine with a Visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

‘Virtue is its own reward,
and brings with it the truest
and highest pleasure;
but if we cultivate it only
for pleasure’s sake,
we are selfish, not religious,
and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never
have the virtue.’

John Henry Newman 


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