Tuesday, October 19, 2021

de Sales: where our troubles come from

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
It was good for me to be afflicted
    so that I might learn your decrees.
The law from your mouth is more precious to me
    than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
    —Psalm 119:71-72 (NIV)
    Look well whence the trial comes, for we are often ourselves the cause of our own dryness and barrenness. A mother refuses sugar to her sickly child, and so God deprives us of consolations when they do but feed self-complacency or presumption.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, IV.xiv, p. 333 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:67,71-72; 1 Cor. 10:13; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to persevere in the trials ahead.
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