I just started to read “Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence” by Raymond Arroyo. And this is the powerful quote by Saint Francis de Sales that Raymond uses to begin the first chapter.
“We need to suffer patiently not only the burden of being ill, but being ill with the particular illness that God wants for us, among the people that He wants us to be with, and with the discomfort that He permits us to experience.” -Saint Francis de Sales
This reminds me of a shirt made by Proud Catholic Company that references a homily given by Father Luke Fletcher of The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The shirt reads “SSG=G” which stands for “Suffering Surrendered to God equals Glory”. What a beautiful way of describing the sufferings of this present life.
This makes me recall what Saint Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us” (Romans 8:18).
We are all faced with trials and tribulations in this pilgrimage we call life. But we can never lose hope. NEVER!! Jesus himself commands us to “take courage” (John 16:33). And so we must.
“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33).