Patience – Twenty-Seventh Day of April
“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
Those who aspire to perfection must be careful never to say, “I was right; I have not deserved to be treated in such a manner.” If you will carry only a cross that is supported by reason, you will never become perfect. — St. Teresa.
A servant of God was once much afflicted on account of calumnies reported of him, in consequence of which he was persecuted by some, despised by others. Full of bitterness of soul, he addressed himself to God: “I my Saviour,” he said, “how long wilt Thou permit that I be treated thus? Thou knowest that I am not guilty of that with which they accuse me.” He thought he saw Jesus Christ covered with wounds, and to hear these words: “And I, for what fault have I been treated thus?” At this sight, upon hearing these words, he regarded it as a happiness to be calumniated, persecuted, despised; he would not, he said, exchange his condition with that of the greatest king on earth.
O my Saviour, Who wast treated so shamefully without having committed any fault, grant that I may consider it a happiness to suffer for Thee. Ought the disciple of a Man-God not rejoice to be treated like his divine Master?