- St. Gregory -
Divine Redeemer, make me to understand that afflictions here below are as flowers which promise to bear fruits of glory, and that our tears, like sacred oil, consecrate us to immortality.
- St. Gregory -
O my Lord, may I receive in good part the strokes of Thy hand, and may I be content to see that Thou dost not spare my body from pains, for it is a great mark that Thou hast some good design over me.
- St. Lidwina -
Oh how great a grace it is to love and to suffer, to love while suffering and to suffer while loving! Let us never lose one of our crosses, but let us often say to ourselves: Courage! the time of suffering is short, the love that suffering merits is eternal.
- Bossuet -
The good God tells us that at the last day He will wipe all tears from our eyes; and doubtless the more tears there will be to wipe away, the greater will be our consolation,
- Soeur Therese -
The best of all prayers is that in which we ask that God's holy will be accomplished both in ourselves and others.
- Venerable Louis of Blois -
God, give me patience in tribulation and grace in everything to conform my will to Thine, that I may truly say, "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Blessed Thomas More -
(after having been sentenced to death)
The humiliations of the Cross are sweet to a soul which is sensible of what she owes to Him who was crucified for love of her.
- St. Bernard -
O my God be blest when you afflict me. I love to be crushed, consumed, destroyed
by Thee. Annihilate me more and more.
- General de Sonis -
No good can be accomplished save by and with the Cross.
- Venerable Mother Barat -
Let nothing disturb thee,
Let nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who hath God wanteth nothing --
Alone God sufficeth.
- St. Teresa -
Courage! Let us be generous in our sacrifices.
- Blessed Theophane Venard -
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
- Psalm xxxiv -
O my Creator, my eternal love, O my Father, my heavenly Father. Weary yet full of trust, worthless but truly loving Thee, my love and my rest are still in Thy Fidelity.
- Father Faber -
Internal peace resides, not in the senses but in the will. One keeps it in the midst of the bitterest sorrow so long as one's will remains firm and submissive.
- Fenelon -
Learn to suffer and to be silent if you wish to live in peace and to attain to great virtue.
- St. John of the Cross -
"All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might'st seek it in
All which thy child's mistake
Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee
Rise, clasp my Hand, and come! ,
- Francis Thompson -
We rejoice not only in the hope of the glory of the sons of God, but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience trial, and trial hope, and hope confoundeth not, for the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given us.
- St. Paul, Romans -
Troubles and trials God never allows but with such previous aim and actual ordering as makes them, when we bear them as we ought, bud in joy and ripen into happy harvest.
- Father Kane, S.J. -
If you wish to be a disciple of Jesus Christ you must live in suffering for "the servant is not greater than his Master."
- Venerable J. Tauler -
Lord Jesus, to Thee I confide my sorrows and I wish to bear them for Thy sake. My fears I cast into Thy Heart, my anxieties I abandon to Thee. Thou wilt look after them.
- Father Xavier Gautrelet, S.J. -
Dearest of Masters! and we go to Him and then and not before and there and not elsewhere we are at rest for His bosom is the weary man's own house, his very own delightful home.
- Father Faber -
Nothing matters in this world, except the doing of God's will.
- Mgr. Robert Hugh Benson -
Why remain thus sad and inactive? Why wear thyself out in the anguish of sadness? Be brave, arise, do violence to thyself, meditate on the Passion of Christ and thou wilt overcome thy grief.
- Blessed Henry Suso -
Death may shatter many joys, many projects, many hopes; it cannot sever the bonds which unite an immortal soul to the souls it loves immortally.
- Abbe Perreyve -
Patience, abnegation, the ready acceptance of the Cross, are the great lessons the Son of God sets before us. Those who learn them well and imprint them upon their hearts belong to the first class in the school of Jesus Crucified.
- St. Vincent de Paul -
Holy Mother Church
dedicates the month of December to the Nativity of Our Lord
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