Possess Your Soul in Patience

Our Lord has declared: ‘In patience you shall possess your souls.’ There is great happiness in possessing one’s soul; the more complete our patience, the more completely will we possess our souls. Remember that our Lord saved us through suffering and patience. Thus it is appropriate that we, for our part, should work out our salvation through sufferings and afflictions, bearing injuries and contradictions with great calm and serenity.

— From an Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

 

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