Wednesday, May 22, 2024

St. Isaac: the purpose of illness

Thursday, May 23, 2024
    Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
    —2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
    When you are ill say: “Blessed are those who have found the purpose set by God in these things which He inflicts for our profit.” God brings illness for the health of the soul.
    ... St. Isaac of Syria (d. c. 700), fifth discourse, On Ascetical Life, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1989, p. 88 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 4:17; Ps. 119:67,71; Matt. 5:4; John 9:2-3; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:18; Jas. 5:15; 1 Pet. 1:6; 5:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase my faith in Your mercy.
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