There is no position subject to so many petty annoyances as that of the mother of a family or the mistress of a house. It frequently happens that they are interrupted many times whilst writing a letter or making out an account. What a habit of holiness, what a command over self must not one possess in order that no impatience may be shown, and that these trifling contradictions may be met with equal serenity!
To discontinue one’s work without exhibiting trouble, to reply with a smile, to wait patiently the conclusion of a long conversation, to resume calmly the interrupted work – all this is the mark of a self-possessed soul, and which God also possesses.
Oh! how much good such souls effect about them, but, alas! they are but too rare.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889