There are some whose confidence in God is so strong that they cannot abandon it even in extreme or desperate cases. Oh, how dear to God are those souls, and how much He helps them!
Although Emperor Ferdinand II saw his enemies leagued against him and his lands devastated, he never lost confidence in God, but always said: "God will see me safely through this storm." Nor was he disappointed, because when his cause seemed most desperate he won a great victory over all his enemies.
"All the things that the world loves, such as delights, honors, praise and riches, are for me a cross; and all the things that the world considers a cross, I approach and kiss with great affection." St. Bernard