Wednesday, September 20, 2017

de Sales: bearing our crosses

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Feast of John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, & his Companions, Martyrs, 1871
    [Jesus:] “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
    —Matthew 5:11 (NIV)
    Do not desire crosses, unless you have borne those already laid upon you well—it is an abuse to long after martyrdom while unable to bear an insult patiently.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, III.xxxvii, p. 269 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:11; 10:38; 16:24; 27:39; Mark 8:34; 10:21; Luke 9:23-24; 14:27; 1 Pet. 2:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remind me not to shirk today’s duty for tomorrow’s grand plan.
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