Patience – Second Day of April
“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
If you have nothing to suffer for God, be assured that you have not commenced to be one of His servants. The Apostle plainly tells us that those who would live piously in Jesus Christ must suffer persecution. — St. Augustine.
St. Francis Xavier, while at Lisbon, was afflicted to see that everything prospered with him. He was afraid that God was not pleased with him when He favored him with no cross. And when sufferings were sent to him, he would exclaim: “Still more, my God, still more!”
Lord, look with compassion upon Thy servant for whom Jesus Christ has suffered and died upon the cross. Grant that I may carry with patience, gratitude, and love all my crosses; Thou sendest them but to purify me and give me an occasion of merit.