“Since your situation requires that you strenuously row on the stormy seas of this world, you must try never to swallow its water, but drink rather of the streams of God’s grace, in all your thirsts turning to that Divine source of living water with the loving trust of a child for its Mother or Father.”
–A letter of Saint Jane de Chantal to her son Celse-Benigne, in 1626, quoted in
Selected Letters of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal. (Sr. Teresa Teeling, VHM trans.) London, R and T: Washbourne, LTF, 1918, p.166. Adapted by John Graden, OSFS.
This world that God loves so much as to give his only Son Jesus for its salvation is full of tempting waters from which to drink to quench our thirsts; thirsts for recognition, affection, dignity, and happiness, love. That last one is probably the most basic: the thirst for love. But as we know, we can easily look for love in all the wrong places.
On the salt water sea, we probably know that we can’t drink the water we are sailing over no matter how thirsty we get, because its salt content would dehydrate us rather than quench our thirst. But we seem not as smart about the waters of this world. Ask yourself,
“What waters am I tempted to drink from when I’m dyin’ of thirst? Am I choosing the right source for life?”