From the writings of St. Paul of the Cross


Keep your heart peaceful and contented without letting it be disturbed. If some of the dust of your imperfections clings to your spirit, don’t be upset. Let it be burned and consumed in the fire of God’s love.


I feel most deeply for you in your present trials, even though they are most precious. If you only knew the way along which God is leading you, how you would rejoice. It is a way that leads to great perfection in this life and great glory in Paradise. Have courage and don’t complain.


Accept the responsibilities you have as a father of a family. As far as you can, live in peace with the wife God has given you to be your companion. Raise your children with a holy reverence for God. But even in the midst of your domestic occupations, let love unite your interiority with God.

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