Book: The story of a Soul

Thus, for instance, if you are telling one of the Sisters something you think entertaining, and she should interrupt to tell you something else, show yourself interested, even though in reality her story may not interest you in the least.  Be careful, also, not to try to resume what you were saying.  In this way you will leave recreation filled with a great interior peace and endowed with fresh strength for the practice of virtue, because you have not sought to please yourself, but others.  If only we could realize what we gain by self-denial in all things. (loc 2890)

You are complaining of what should be your greatest happiness.  If you fought only when you felt eagerness, where would be your merit?  What does it matter, even if you are devoid of courage, provided you act as though you possessed it?  If you feel too lazy to pick up a bit of thread, and yet do so for love of Jesus, you acquire more merit than for a much nobler action done in a moment of fervor.  Instead of grieving, be glad that, by allowing you to feel your own weakness, Our Lord is furnishing you with an opportunity of saving a greater number of souls. (loc 2930)

When misunderstood and judged unfavorably, what benefit do we derive from defending ourselves?  Leave things as they are, and say nothing.  It is so sweet to allow ourselves to be judged anyhow, rightly or wrongly. (loc 2965)



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