Monday, 11 June 2007


It is good for us to encounter troubles and adversities from time to time, for trouble often compels a man to search his own heart. It reminds him that he is an exile here, and that he can put his trust in nothing in this world. Such things are an aid to humility and preserve us from pride and vainglory.
Banish discouragement from your heart as best you can, and if trouble comes, never let it depress or hinder you for long. At least bear it bravely if you cannot bear it cheerfully.Even if you are reluctant to bear it, and feel indignant, yet control yourself, and let no rash words escape you that may harm others. The violence of your feelings will soon subside and grace return. Be of good heart and steel yourself to endure greater trials. All is not lost, however often you feel tempted or sorely troubled: you are human, not an angel.
To my dear friends: I may be arrested in limbo awhile yet.

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