CVL Do not be afraid ; you insult God by mistrusting His Goodness ; He knows better than you what you want and are able to bear ; He will never try you beyond your strength. So I repeat it ; fear nothing, O you of little faith ! The experience of your own weakness shows you how little you can reckon on yourself or your best resolutions. Sometimes one might suppose, to see the warmth of one's feelings, that nothing could throw one back, and .then, after having exclaimed, like S. Peter, " Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee ! " one ends like him by being frightened at a servant maid, and denying our Lord ! Weak indeed we are ! but while such weakness is deplorable, the realisa- tion thereof is most useful if it strips us of all self- reliance. A weakness which we know and which humbles us is worth more than the most angelic good- ness complacently self-appropriated ! So be weak and depressed if God permits it; but at all events be humble, frank, and docile in your depression. Some day you will laugh at all your present fears, and will thank God for all that I say so harshly to drive you out of your timid prudence.