|Ecstasy of Saint Francis by Caravaggio, c.1595|
...Know that the virtue of patience is the one that most assures us of perfection; and if we must have patience with others, so we must with ourselves. Those w ho aspire to the pure love of God have not so much need of patience with others as with themselves. We must suffer our imperfection in order to have perfection. I say suffer, not love or pet; humility feeds on this suffering.
St. Francis de Sales' They Will Be Done!, Sophia Press