CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OF GOD
“We should bear patiently all the trial of life – infirmities, sufferings, reverses of fortune, family losses, affronts, persecutions, in a word, all adversities. Understand this well: the evils of this life are so many proofs that God loves us, and wishes to save us.
Let us understand also that involuntary mortifications, such as He Himself sends us, are more meritorious in the eyes of God than those which we undertake of our own choice.
Let us, then, be patient and resigned in sickness. This is the devotion of devotions. If we cannot meditate at such a time, let us look upon Jesus crucified, offering Him our sufferings in union with His own. And when we are warned of the approach of death, let us accept it calmly, in a spirit of sacrifice, that is, declaring that we are willing to die to please Jesus Christ. We should not desire to live longer in order to do penance. Let us accept death with perfect resignation; this is the best of all penances.”
– Laverty & Son (eds), 1905