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The consoler

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Pages: 198

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Joseph Lambillotte

Excerpt from book: you, that you might for ever enjoy its unutterable happiness. Well! this same God. in order to bring you to this eternal beatitude, now presents you a somewhat bitter chalice: will you refuse to 'll,ink it ? AFFLICTIONS ABE SENT TO US BY GOD FOR OUR GREATER GOOD. 1. St. Clement, Pope, in the writings he has left us on the first century of the Church, tells us that St. Peter was often pleased to mention in conversation, the touching instances of the kindness and charity of Jesus Christ during His life on earth. He used to shed tears of love, when he called to mind the tenderness of this Man-God, who watched over the wants of His Apostles, as a kind mother watches over her children. Ho often related with particular affection, how our Divine Saviour, in the journeys they took through the villages and towns of Judea, often came to visit them during the night, with the solicitude of a father, to see if they had covering enough, if they were exposed to the cold : and when He saw them suffering, He spared nothing to relieve them. He deprived Himself of rest, and passed the night in thinkingabout the comfort and well-being of His disciples. What charity! What tenderness ! Well, this is what He does for you now: yes, do not doubt it, He is always with you, night and day. He sees all that you suffer: he counts all your sighs, every moan of your heart: and if He does not cure you in your sickness, it is because He knows that it would not be to your advantage, and because He wishes you to acquire additional merit. He acted thus with His Apostles : He foretold them all they would have to suffer for His natne: and not one of His apostles did He spare, they had all to pass through the fire and sword of persecution: but their faith was their support. They believed what their good Master ...  

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