“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
If we regarded tribulations with the eye of the Christian, how happy would we be to be calumniated, to be looked upon as vile! Is it not an advantage to be persecuted for doing good, since Jesus Christ calls blessed those who suffer for justice? — St. Vincent de Paul.
St. Teresa never ceased to bless and praise God whenever she found an occasion to exercise patience. Returning one day from the parlor, seemingly full of joy and with a sweet serenity of countenance because she had received reproaches and abuse, one of her religious who had overheard what was said to her asked how she could feel so contented. “Thank God,” she replied, “they have said that of me which has given me much pleasure. Thank God.” It was thus that she always conducted herself upon such occasions. When she seemed more than usually happy, her religious always said among themselves: “Our mother has been receiving something good.”
O my Saviour, I believe, because Thou hast said it, that those who suffer for justice’ sake are blessed. Whenever I suffer for a good cause I will thank Thee for giving me an occasion of enriching myself for heaven.