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Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

"This earth is a place for meriting, and therefore it is a place for suffering. Our true country, where God has prepared for us everlasting peace, is paradise. We have but a short time to stay in this world, but in this short time we have many hardships to undergo...We must suffer and all must suffer, be they just or be they sinners. Each one must carry his cross. He who carries it with patience will be saved; he who carries it with impatience will be lost. Saint Augustine remarks that the same miseries send some to paradise and others to hell. 'One and the same blow lifts the good to glory and reduces the bad to ashes.' The same saint observes: 'By the test of suffering the chaff in the Church of God is distinguished from the wheat. He that humbles himself under tribulation and is resigned to the will of God is wheat for paradise. He that grows haughty and is enraged and so forsakes God is chaff for hell.'"

--St. Alphonsus Ligouri

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