|[Once] when I saw how much my confessor was to suffer because of this work which God was going to carry out through him, fear seized me for the moment, and I said to the Lord, "Jesus, this is your affair, so why are You acting this toward him? It seems to me that You are making difficulties for him while at the same time ordering him to act." Write that by day and by night My gaze is fixed on him, and I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake. (86)|
|(Advice of the Rev. Dr. Sopocko) If the things you are telling me really come from God, prepare your soul for great suffering. You will encounter disapproval and persecution. They will look upon you as a hysteric and an eccentric, but the Lord will lavish His graces upon you. True works of God always meet opposition and are marked by suffering. If God wants to accomplish something, sooner or later he will do so in spite of the difficulties. Your part, in the meantime, is to arm yourself with great patience. (270)|
|I have learned that the greatest power is hidden in patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years. Patience is linked to meekness. (1514)|
|O my Jesus, I now understand that if You demand something from a soul, You also inspire the superiors to allow us to fulfil Your demands, even though it sometimes happens that we do not receive permission at once, and our patience is then put to the test... (1568)|
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