“I earnestly admonish you, therefore, my brothers, to look after your spiritual well-being with judicious concern. Death is certain; life is short and vanishes like smoke. Fix your minds, then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us, he came down from heaven to redeem us. For our sake he endured every torment of body and soul and shrank from no bodily pain. He himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. We, then, are to be patient in adversity.”

— St. Francis of Paola

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“The mystery of suffering is that out of this weakness and emptiness, out of this less than ideal life, can come incredible graces. Christ is the key to transforming suffering into much more of an ideal life than you could ever imagine. Transforming a less than ideal life into real life is one of the great secrets that Christ wants to give you.”

-from When You Suffer

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