Saturday, September 22, 2012


Don't complain if you suffer.  It is the prized and valued stone that is polished.  Does it hurt?  Allow yourself to be cut, gratefully, because God has taken you in His hands as if you were a diamond.  An ordinary pebble is not worked on like that. - St. Josemaria Escriva

     Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace.  The gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. 
                                                                           - St. Rose of Lima

Do as the storekeeper does with his merchandise; make a profit on every article.  Suffer not the loss of the tiniest fragment of the true cross.  It may only be a sting of a fly or the point of a pin that annoys you, an eccentricity of a neighbor, some unintentional slight, the insignificant loss of a penny, some restlessness of soul, a light pain in your limbs. Make a profit on every article as the grocer does, and you will soon be wealthy in God. - St. Louis Marie de Montfort

     Trials, tests and battles are meant to strengthen us, not weaken us.
                                                                                    - St. Cyprian

Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent. - St. John of the Cross

Suffer and offer up those trifling injuries, those petty inconveniences that daily befall you, this toothache, this headache, this cold, this contempt or scorn. - St. Frances de Sales

An iron is fashioned by fire and on an anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive the form which our Lord desires them to have. - St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Understand that the affliction of mankind is no penal law, for suffering is medicinal in its character. - St. Augustine

Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ. - St. John Paul II

The Lord sometimes makes you feel the weight of the cross. Although the weight seems intolerable, you are able to carry it, because the Lord, in His love and mercy extends a hand to you and gives you strength. - St. Padre Pio

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