Wednesday, January 24, 2018

de Sales: patience

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622
    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)
    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.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, III.iii, p. 140 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 5:7-8; Ps. 37:7; 130:5; Hab. 2:3; Rom. 4:2; 12:12; 2 Cor. 4:17; Gal. 5:22; Heb. 10:35-39
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a patient heart.
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