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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Manning to Gladstone on The Death of Caroline Manning

"God has been graciously pleased to lead me into a way that is desert, and to bid me to serve Him with entire surrender of myself."

And a few years later he wrote to Samuel Wilberforce concerning Caroline Manning's death: "For my part, I doubt if anything else would have made me so love and yearn for the unseen world as to counterpoise the stifling hold with which the world we see and act in weighs one down."

This is an exact example of one giving one's will to God, even in grief and loss, and railing, in some pagan manner, about fate or doom. Manning saw that God's will was for him "to toil in Christ's Church in warfare here on earth."

A Cardinal of the Church Militant.....