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The quote in the title above is attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order. It even says so in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2834). And yet I have found yesterday that there are some who say that what St. Ignatius actually said is almost exactly the opposite.
The exact quote according to what I read is this:
Let this be the first rule of your undertakings: confide in God as if the success of those undertakings depended completely upon you and not at all upon God; nonetheless give your whole self to the undertakings as if you yourself would be doing nothing in them but God alone would be doing everything.
If one reads the above closely, what it says is practically "Pray as if everything depended on you and work as if everything depended on God." The best explanation for it that I found is this:
Now, the sources I read (I cannot find the first online article that alerted me to this, but the rest can be found through Google) only mentions that the Jesuit scholar John W. Padberg attributed this saying to the founder of the Jesuits, but did not cite any work of St Ignatius or of Padberg.
However, as another aphorism says, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." I have always thought the saying at the title is the true saying of St Ignatius, and I have tried to practice it always. Yet when I tried the opposite, to "pray as if everything depended on you and work as if everything depended on God," I became almost immediately convinced that THIS is the right way to view my relationship with God, because it actually made sense in my heart and soul. It is hard to explain, but I now know why St Paul was able to say
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If you have always practiced and believed in the saying "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on You," I challenge you to do the opposite, and see if it will help you. Let us know what happened.
God bless you all.
You'll have to provide a link to your sources.
Sorry but there are many errors/misquotes on public web sites and/or statements taken out of context - which can change the meaning.
The CCC quote only is correct regarding 2834.* "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."*
All other quotes you state are from where?
Your suppostions without providing facts make it impossible to respond to in any intelligent/accurate way.
Bloggers on google can be OK or in serious error. Don't believe everything you read in the media. But search out the facts yourself.