Patience – Fifth Day of April
“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
Our Lord is accustomed to recompense by some tribulation the services of those who love Him. Tribulations are of an inestimable price to those who love Thee, O my God! What would one not give to know their value! — St. Teresa.
When the Venerable Palafox had done some good work, and saw that he was calumniated or received some other cross, he said: “I do not receive in this world the reward of that which I do for God; it is a sign that He will fully recompense me in heaven.”
My God, grant that I may be so convinced that crosses are favors that when I suffer nothing I may be afflicted that my Saviour regards me as unworthy to suffer something for Him; and when I have a cross to bear, it will be with joy to be treated as one of His friends.