In Foster’s modern translation of an excerpt from François Fénelon’s Christian Perfection we hear the author’s thoughts on the folly of not whole-heartedly releasing ourselves to the will of God. Here Fénelon teaches that we withhold our complete surrender at the cost of, among other things, our own happiness and comfort.

What folly to fear to be too entirely God’s! It is to fear to be too happy. It is to fear to love God’s will in all things. It is fear to have too much courage in the crosses which are inevitable, too much comfort in God’s love, and too much detachment from the passions which make us miserable.