Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CQOD: 01/24/08 -- de Sales: patience

Christian Quotation of the Day

January 24, 2008
Feast of Fran├žois de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622
Meditation:
    Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
    -- James 5:7,8 (NIV)

Quotation:
    A really patient man neither complains nor seeks to be pitied; he will speak simply and truly of his trouble, without exaggerating its weight or bemoaning himself. If others pity him, he will accept their compassion patiently, unless they pity him for some ill he is not enduring, in which case he will say so with meekness, and abide in patience and truthfulness, combating his grief and not complaining of it.
    ... Fran├žois de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life, Rivington's, Oxford, 1876, p. 140

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a patient heart.


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