do you look for rest when you were born to work? Resign yourself to patience
rather than to comfort, to carrying your cross rather than to enjoyment.
man in the world, if he could always have them, would not readily accept
consolation and spiritual joy, benefits which excel all earthly delights and
pleasures of the body? The latter, indeed, are either vain or base, while
spiritual joys, born of virtue and infused by God into pure minds, are alone
truly pleasant and noble.
since the moment of temptation is always nigh, since false freedom of mind and
overconfidence in self are serious obstacles to these visitations from heaven, a
man can never enjoy them just as he wishes.
does well in giving the grace of consolation, but man does evil in not returning
everything gratefully to God. Thus, the gifts of grace cannot flow in us when we
are ungrateful to the Giver, when we do not return them to the Fountainhead.
Grace is always given to him who is duly grateful, and what is wont to be given
the humble will be taken away from the proud.
do not desire consolation that robs me of contrition, nor do I care for
contemplation that leads
man who has been taught by the gift of grace, and who learns by the lash of its
withdrawal, will never dare to attribute any good to himself, but will rather
admit his poverty and emptiness. Give to God what is God's and ascribe to
yourself what is yours. Give Him thanks, then, for His grace, but place upon
yourself alone the blame and the punishment your fault deserves.
take the lowest place and the highest will be given you, for the highest cannot
exist apart from the lowest. The saints who are greatest before God are those
who consider themselves the least, and the more humble they are within
themselves, so much the more glorious they are. Since they do not desire
vainglory, they are full of truth and heavenly glory. Being established and
strengthened in God, they can by no means be proud. They attribute to God
whatever good they have received; they seek no glory from one another but only
that which comes from God alone. They desire above all things that He be praised
in themselves and in all His saints -- this is their constant purpose.
grateful, therefore, for the least gift and you will be worthy to receive a
greater. Consider the least gift as the greatest, the most contemptible as
who desires to keep the grace of God ought to be grateful when it is given and
patient when it is withdrawn. Let him pray that it return; let him be cautious
and humble lest he lose it.