Misery of Men
on the Misery of Man
you are, wherever you go, you are miserable unless you turn to God. So why be
dismayed when things do not happen as you wish and desire? Is there anyone who
has everything as he wishes? No - neither I, nor you, nor any man on earth.
There is no one in the world, be he Pope or king, who does not suffer trial and
is the better off then? Surely, it is the man who will suffer something for God.
Many unstable and weak-minded people say: "See how well that man lives, how
rich, how great he is, how powerful and mighty." But you must lift up your
eyes to the riches of heaven and realize that the material goods of which they
speak are nothing. These things are uncertain and very burdensome because they
are never possessed without anxiety and fear. Man's happiness does not consist
in the possession of abundant goods; a very little is enough.
on earth is truly a misery. The more a man desires spiritual life, the more
woe to those who know not their own misery, and greater woe to those who love
this miserable and corruptible life. Some, indeed, can scarcely procure its
necessities either by work or by begging; yet they love it so much that, if they
could live here always, they would care nothing for the kingdom of God.
foolish and faithless of heart are those who are so engrossed in earthly things
as to relish nothing but what is carnal! Miserable men indeed, for in the end
they will see to their sorrow how cheap and worthless was the thing they loved.
saints of God and all devout friends of Christ did not look to what pleases the
body nor to the things that are popular from time to time. Their whole hope and
aim centred on the everlasting
not lose heart, then, my brother, in pursuing your spiritual life. There is yet
time, and your hour is not past. Why delay your purpose? Arise! Begin at once
and say: "Now is the time to act, now is the time to fight, now is the
proper time to amend."
you are troubled and afflicted, that is the time to gain merit. You must pass
through water and fire before coming to rest. Unless you do violence to yourself
you will not overcome vice.
long as we live in this fragile body, we can neither be free from sin nor live
without weariness and sorrow. Gladly would we rest from all misery, but in
losing innocence through sin we also lost true blessedness. Therefore, we must
have patience and await the mercy of God until this iniquity passes, until
mortality is swallowed up in life.
great is the frailty of human nature which is ever prone to evil! Today you
confess your sins and tomorrow you again commit the sins which you confessed.
One moment you resolve to be careful, and yet after an hour you act as though
you had made no resolution.
have cause, therefore, because of our frailty and feebleness, to humble
ourselves and never think anything great of ourselves. Through neglect we may
quickly lose that which by God's grace we