|Compassion by Adolphe-William Bouguereau|
That we may be able to practice patience to advantage in all our tribulations, we must be fully persuaded that every trail comes from the hands of God, either directly or indirectly through men; we must therefore render God thanks whenever we are beset with sorrows, and accept, with gladness of heart, of every event, prosperous or adverse, that proceeds from Him, knowing that all happens by His disposition for our welfare:
To them that love God all things work together unto good. In addition to this, it is well in our tribulations to glace a moment at that hell which we have formerly deserved: for assuredly all the pains of this life are incomparably smaller th an the awful pains of hell. But above all, prayer, by which we gain the divine assistance, is the great means to suffer patiently all affliction, scorn, and contradictions; and is that which will furnish us with the strength, which we have not of ourselves.
The saints were persuaded of this; they recommended themselves to God, and so overcame every kind of torments and persecutions.
- The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus Liguori
Noctural Adoration Society Letter, November 2010