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Saint Alphonsus – we must all be martyrs, either of the sword, or of patience

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In keeping with the previous couple of posts, some exegesis on suffering from St. Alphonsus I found helpful.  I pray you do, as well.  Minimal commentary on this one, I probably say too much as it is:

He that loves God in suffering earns a double reward in paradise.  St. Vincent de Paul said that it was a great misfortune to be free from suffering in this life. And he added, that a congregation or an individual that does not suffer, and is applauded by all the world, is not far from a fall. [AHEM cough-choke-gag]  It 06956ce2b3was on this account that St. Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid, lest God had forgotten him.  St. John Chrysostom says, that when God endows a man with the grace of suffering, he gives him a greater grace than that of…

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