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Patience

Sunday, January 11, 2009


In your patience possess ye your souls.--LUKE xxi. 19.


The soul loses command of itself when it is impatient. Whereas, when it
submits without a murmur it possesses itself in peace, and possesses God.
To be impatient, is to desire what we have not, or not to desire what we
have. When we acquiesce in an evil, it is no longer such. Why make a real
calamity of it by resistance? Peace does not dwell in outward things, but
within the soul. We may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain,
if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from
acquiescence even in disagreeable things, not in an exemption from bearing
them.
FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FENELON.

The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself,
as our own spirit of resistance to it.
JEAN NICOLAS GROU.
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