If you encounter some adversity, bless the Lord who has disposed things
thus for your good; think that you deserve it all, and more, and that
you are unworthy of every consolation. With all simplicity, ask the
Lord to free you from these hardships, if it is his will; otherwise, ask
him to give you strength to draw merit from this difficulty.
In time of trial, do not seek external consolation,
especially when you know that God sent this adversity to humiliate you
and break your pride and presumption; rather, say with the royal
prophet: “It is good for me to be afflicted, so that I may learn your
decrees” (Ps 119:71).
Be humble and meek with all, but especially with those for whom you feel
a certain repugnance and aversion. Do not say as some do: “May God
forbid me from hating that person, but I do not want him around, nor do I
want to have anything to do with him.” This repugnance comes from
pride and from not having conquered your proud nature and self-love with
the weapon of grace.
If your nature and self-love were to let themselves be
moved by grace, they would soon see all difficulties vanish by true
humility, and you would patiently endure even the most unkind and
As manifestações externas de amor devem nascer do coração e prolongar-se
com o testemunho da conduta cristã. Se fomos renovados com a recepção
do Corpo do Senhor, temos de o manifestar com obras. Que os nossos
pensamentos sejam sinceros: de paz, de entrega, de serviço. Que as
nossas palavras sejam verdadeiras, claras, oportunas; que saibam
consolar e ajudar, que saibam sobretudo levar aos outros a luz de Deus.
Que as nossas acções sejam coerentes, eficazes, acertadas.
Anger is a despicable vice; it should not be allowed in anyone,
especially in persons with interior life. Anger takes its roots and
derives its violence from pride. Exert effort, therefore, to build up a
reservoir of sweetness; thus, even if someone offends you, you will be
able to keep calm. In these cases, do not harbor or kindle in your
heart sentiments of aversion or revenge against your offender; forgive
him wholeheartedly; be convinced that you could have no better chance
than this to obtain forgiveness from God for having offended Him. This
humble endurance will earn you merit for heaven.
If someone disturbs you often and mortifies you on purpose with insults
and humiliations, do not get angry; consider him an instrument which God
uses in his mercy for your improvement, to cure the deep-rooted wound
of your pride.