Thought for the Day – 16 June – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Steadfastness in Suffering
“When we feel depressed or when we are tempted to strike out angrily against human injustice and misunderstanding, there are two considerations which should help us to be patient.
- The first, is the reflection, that everything comes to us from God, or is at least permitted by Him.
Why should we rebel against the will of God?
Jesus was innocence itself yet He willed to suffer for love of us.
Are we unwilling to suffer for love of Him?
- The second, is the realisation, that we are sinners who have offended God many times and deserve to be punished.
It is necessary to accept patiently, all the sufferings which God sends us in expiation ofour sins.
“We are receiving what our deeds deserved” (Lk 23:41).
Above all, we ought to resolve, never to give way to anger in word or deed when we are offended.
On these occasions, we should wait until we have calmed down and have asked God for peace of mind.
Before we do anything, we need time for reflection and prayer.
If we act in this way, we shall not have to be sorry afterwards.
Patience can help us to achieve anything and will eventually help us to gain Heaven.”