They indeed advance most of all others in virtue who strive manfully to overcome those things which they find more troublesome or contrary to them. For there a man makes greater progress and merits greater grace, where he overcomes himself more, and mortifies himself in spirit.
-Bk. I, ch. xxv.
How I would have loved the office of infirmarian! I know it requires great self-denial, but the thought of Our Lord's words: I was sick and you visited me (Matt. XXV, 36), would have inspired me to do the work with love.
"Now you have to carry round little cups," she said to a novice to encourage her, "but soon it will be Our Lord's turn, for He says that passing he will minister unto them" (Luke xii, 36).
-Esprit de Sainte Therese.
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Adapted from Just For Today(©1943 Burns & Oates)
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