Thoughts on the Patient Endurance of Sorrows and Sufferings
TRULY A PATIENT MAN [continued]
In your patience you shall possess your souls.
-Luke xxi, 19.
...God has so disposed things that we may learn to bear one another's burdens; for there is no man without defect, no man without his burden, no man sufficient for himself, no man wise enough for himself; but we must support one another, comfort one another, assist, instruct, and admonish one another.
But how great each one's virtue is, best appears by occasion of adversity; for, occasions do not make a man frail, but show what he is.
Thou knowest well enough how to excuse and color thy own doings, and thou wilt not take the excuses of others.
It were more just that thou shouldst accuse thyself and excuse thy brother.
If thou wilt be borne with, bear also with another.
See how far thou art yet from true charity and humility, which knows not how to be angry with anyone, or to have indignation against anyone but one's self.
It is no great thing to be able to converse with them that are good and meek, for this is naturally pleasing to all. And everyone would willingly have peace and love those best that agree with them.
But to live peaceably with those that are harsh and perverse, or disorderly, or such as oppose us, is a great grace, and highly commendable and manly.
He who knows how to suffer, will enjoy much peace.
Such a one is conqueror of himself and lord of the world, a friend of Christ, and an heir of heaven.....[continued tomorrow]
Compiled and Edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance
Author of "My Prayerbook," etc.
1937, Benziger Brothers
Printers to the Holy Apostolic See