Daniel 13:22-23 “I am completely trapped,” Susanna groaned. “If I yield, it will be my death; if I refuse, I cannot escape your power. Yet it is better for me to fall into your power without guilt than to sin before the Lord.”
“My child, very few of my children have the moral fortitude and faith to take this stand. Ponder well my servant’s example for if you were to fail for lack of courage, my sorrow would be great. But, my child, there is no need to rely on your own courage. The power and strength of the Holy Spirit are with you. No one who calls on the Holy Spirit in this time of trial will be left unaided. Ask through his Bride, the Blessed Virgin, and have every confidence of being heard.”
O Lord, your mercy is unfathomable. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful! Only in you is our courage adequate, and in you it is more than adequate–it is infinite. Thanks be to you, O Breath of Love, giver of gifts, lover of souls. Be with us, O Lord! Amen.