The Voice of Christ
My child, in this life you are never safe, and as
long as you live the weapons of the spirit will ever
be necessary to you. You dwell among enemies. You are
subject to attack from the right and the left. If,
therefore, you do not guard yourself from every
quarter with the shield of patience, you will not
remain long unscathed.
Moreover, if you do not steadily set your heart on
Me, with a firm will to suffer everything for My
sake, you will not be able to bear the heat of this
battle or to win the crown of the blessed. You ought,
therefore, to pass through all these things bravely
and to oppose a strong hand to whatever stands in
your way. For to him who triumphs heavenly bread is
given, while for him who is too lazy to fight there
remains much misery.
If you look for rest in this
life, how will you attain to everlasting rest?
Dispose yourself, then, not for much rest but for
great patience. Seek true peace, not on earth but in
heaven; not in men or in other creatures but in God
alone. For love of God you should undergo all things
cheerfully, all labors and sorrows, temptations and
trials, anxieties, weaknesses, necessities, injuries,
slanders, rebukes, humiliations, confusions,
corrections, and contempt. For these are helps to
virtue. These are the trials of Christ's recruit.
These form the heavenly crown. For a little brief
labor I will give an everlasting crown, and for
passing confusion, glory that is eternal.
Do you think that you will always have spiritual
consolations as you desire? My saints did not always
have them. Instead, they had many afflictions,
temptations of various kinds, and great desolation.
Yet they bore them all patiently. They placed their
confidence in God rather than in themselves, knowing
that the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be
compared with the glory that is to come. And you --
do you wish to have at once that which others have
scarcely obtained after many tears and great labors?
Wait for the Lord, act bravely, and have courage. Do
not lose trust. Do not turn back but devote your body
and soul constantly to God's glory. I will reward you
most plentifully. I will be with you in every
The Voice of Christ
MY CHILD, trust firmly in the Lord, and do not fear the judgment
of men when conscience tells you that you are upright and
innocent. For it is good and blessed to suffer such things, and
they will not weigh heavily on the humble heart that trusts in God
rather than in itself. Many men say many things, and therefore
little faith is to be put in them.
Likewise, it is impossible to
satisfy all men. Although Paul tried to please all in the Lord,
and became all things to all men, yet he made little of their
opinions. He labored abundantly for the edification and salvation
of others, as much as lay in him and as much as he could, but he
could not escape being sometimes judged and despised by others.
Therefore, he committed all to God Who knows all things, and
defended himself by his patience and humility against the tongues
of those who spoke unjustly or thought foolish things and lies, or
made accusations against him. Sometimes, indeed, he did answer
them, but only lest his silence scandalize the weak.
Who are you, then, that you should be afraid of mortal man? Today
he is here, tomorrow he is not seen. Fear God and you will not be
afraid of the terrors of men. What can anyone do to you by word or
injury? He hurts himself rather than you, and no matter who he may
be he cannot escape the judgment of God. Keep God before your
eyes, therefore, and do not quarrel with peevish words.
If it seems, then, that you are worsted and that you suffer
undeserved shame, do not repine over it and do not lessen your
crown by impatience. Look instead to heaven, to Me, Who have power
to deliver you from all disgrace and injury, and to render to
everyone according to his works.