Patience – Twenty-Third Day of April
“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
Be very patient when it happens that you are contradicted or crossed in conversation. These contradictions serve as occasions to practice those dear and amiable virtues which Our Saviour recommends. — St. Francis of Sales.
A servant of God, who loved contradiction, said: “It is of great advantage to be contradicted; it often shows we are wrong; it takes away perhaps an occasion of having sentiments of self-love, and gives us an opportunity of merit, by loving supernaturally those who do not think as we do.”
St. Francis of Sales said to a person who had shown him much animosity: “Although you do not love me, still I will love you; and should you deprive me of one eye, I will look upon you with kindness with the other.”
My God, grant that all that is said to me which mortifies me may tend to my sanctification and enable me to practice humility and charity.