In her secret diary, Elisabeth Leseur (1866-1914) wrote about her husband Felix’s hostility to her faith:
“To hear one’s ideas and beliefs perpetually criticized, to know them misunderstood, to have prejudice and ignorance against one, is to some extent to suffer persecution for justice’s sake.”
She realized that God alone saw her deep and secret suffering, and sometimes she experienced the most sweet compensation.
“When I want to pour out my soul I go to Him, and whether at church or in the silence of my room, He brings me increased strength and fills me with joy greater than any words can say.”
Elisabeth longed for Felix to share her spiritual journey. But she found that it was enough that God alone could penetrate to the depth and sensitivity of her soul.
Coffee/tea thought: As Elisabeth did, may we find it enough to experience God alone.
Ref: The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur: The Woman Whose Goodness Changed Her Husband from Atheist to Priest (2002)