Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bl. Palafox on Suffering with a Spiritual Intention

Since you must suffer in your temporal labors, make these works spiritual. Suffer for God, and then you will find happiness. Whatever you suffer with a holy disposition is a crown; without that disposition, it is a torment.... The spiritual man does not consider his days more painful, but more delightful than the days of the lost and dissolute man. In the life of the spirit, suffering is not suffering, but joy.


Source: Bl. Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, Varón de deseos, "Breve Exortacion á La Vida Espiritual," nn. 5, 9, quoted in John G. Arintero, The Mystical Evolution, trans. Jordan Aumann (Rockford, IL: TAN Books, 1978), 2:44.

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