Patience – Twentieth Day of April
“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
Be assured that we shall obtain more grace and merit in one day by suffering patiently the afflictions which come to us from God or from our neighbor than we could acquire in ten years by mortifications and other exercises which are of our own choice. — St. Francis of Sales.
A great servant of god who suffered much made use of the following prayer: “Lord, if Thou augment my pains, augment my patience.” “Courage,” he would say; “with a little patience the good thief paid all his debts and gained heaven.”
Lord, I will not cease to fortify myself and to bless Thee for my afflictions, to pay the debt, which I have contracted against Thy justice for my sins, and to gain heaven, of which I have made myself unworthy.