Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Dear Friends of Hannah’s Tears,

What a treasure we have in our faith, the liturgy and the gift of
the saints. These all help to build our faith and bring us the
continued hope we need to survive each day. What a blessing
we have in the gifts of each other within the blogging
community, our parish and our family. The gift of adoption
is coming about through God’s grace and the perseverance
of a faith filled community of prayer!

This is a week to rejoice as one couple who has desired a family
is receiving this treasured gift during the Christmas Season…
Let us continue to pray for one another most especially for
those who are still waiting to hear God’s holy will for their lives.
Please find below a video from the Apostleship of Prayer and a
writing that will be a treasure for your heart and mine about
one of our treasured saints, Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her life was
a life filled with joy, sorrow, hope and God’s plan all rolled up
into one great blessing. Let us all learn to look at our
lives as a great blessings yet to be discovered.

Please send in your needs for prayer and intercession as we
communicate with our faithful religious communities that
have offered their services of prayer before Our Lord for this
ministry and that is just for you!!!

Peace, hope and love to all during this holy week of Epiphany!

Hannah’s Tears Ministry

From a conference to her spiritual daughters by Elizabeth Ann Seton

Our daily work is to do the will of God

I will tell you what is my own great help. I once read or heard that an interior life means but the continuation of our Savior’s life in us; that the great object of all his mysteries is to merit for us the grace of his interior life and communicate it to us, it being the end of his mission to lead us into the sweet land of promise, a life of constant union with himself. And what was the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do his Father’s will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.

I know what his will is by those who direct me; whatever they bid me do, if it is ever so small in itself, is the will of God for me. Then do it in the manner he wills it, not sewing an old thing as if it were new, or a new thing as if it were old; not fretting because the oven is too hot, or in a fuss because it is too cold. You understand – not flying and driving because you are hurried, not creeping like a snail because no one pushes you. Our dear Savior was never in extremes. The third object is to do his will because God wills it, that is, to be ready to quit at any moment and to do anything else to which you may be called….

You think it very hard to lead a life of such restraint unless you keep your eye of faith always open. Perseverance is a great grace. To go on gaining and advancing every day, we must be resolute, and bear and suffer as our blessed forerunners did. Which of them gained heaven without a struggle?…

What are our real trials? By what name shall we call them? One cuts herself out a cross of pride; another, one of causeless discontent; another, one of restless impatience or peevish fretfulness. But is the whole any better than children’s play if looked at with the common eye of faith? Yet we know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life, that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.

But we lack courage to keep a continual watch over nature, and therefore, year after year, with our thousand graces, multiplied resolutions, and fair promises, we run around in a circle of misery and imperfections. After a long time in the service of God, we come nearly to the point from whence we set out, and perhaps with even less ardor for penance and mortification than when we began our consecration to him.

You are now in your first setout. Be above the vain fears of nature and efforts of your enemy. You are children of eternity. Your immortal crown awaits you, and the best of Fathers waits there to reward your duty and love. You may indeed sow here in tears, but you may be sure there to reap in joy.

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