Thursday, January 24, 2019

de Sales: trials

Thursday, January 24, 2019
    Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622
    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
    —James 1:19-20 (NIV)
    Be patient, not only with respect to the main trials which beset you, but also under the accidental and accessory annoyances which arise out of them. We often find people who imagine themselves ready to accept a trial in itself who are impatient of its consequences.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, III.iii, p. 137-138 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 1:19-20; Matt. 5:22; Eph. 4:26; Col. 1:10-12; 3:15; Jas. 5:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Grant me patience, Lord.
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