Test Last Saturday

     Well, Jake took the test yesterday, on Saturday.  There were SO MANY APPLICANTS, more than usual.  I think his mathematical chances of getting in are 9%. 
     So in my sadness about those odds, I have leaned heavily upon this beautiful story:
     “Mother Pauline traveled to Sao Paolo to serve the most marginalized: orphans, children of slaves, and the elderly abandoned slaves. . . [But she was removed from her post by the bishop and made to work until her death as an underling.]  Pauline labored as an underling until she was recalled to a humble, hidden life at the mother house.  Diabetes claimed a finger and then an arm, and blindness followed. . . 
     “Before her death in 1942, Pauline left this testament to her sisters: ‘Be humble.  Trust always and a great deal in divine Providence; never never must you let yourselves be discouraged, despite contrary winds.  I say it again: trust in God and Mary Immaculate; be faithful and forge ahead!’  In 1991, she was canonized as the first saint of Brazil.”
     It is one thing to hear the message, “Trust in God, and do not be discouraged.”  But it is another thing to hear it from someone who was so poor, falsely accused, misunderstood, and enduring such physical hardship.  She is right!  We can trust and must trust in God!  Trusting in divine Providence–that is the key.  Nothing happens in vain.  Everything, EVERYTHING, is for a reason!