“Learn to embrace your crosses”

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“Love’s principle power is to enable the lover to suffer for the beloved object”

“Often have we felt disgust for remedies and medicines when a doctor or apothecary gives them to us, but when offered to us by some loved hand, love conquers our loathing and we take them with joy. In fact, love either removes the harsh character of suffering or makes pleasant our experience of it. […] If the martyrs had looked at their torments apart from [God’s] good pleasure, how little would they have sung in iron and amid the flames! A truly loving heart loves God’s good pleasure not only in consolations, but also in afflictions, but it loves it most of all in the cross, in pain, and labour, because love’s principle power is to enable the lover to suffer for the beloved object.”

– St. Francis De Sales

 

 

 

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