First, Happy Feast Day to all who celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius!
The last several days have been a bit unusual for me. I’ve been spending a lot of time with a friend who has been and continues to be a spiritual guide for many people and groups. She’s had some very serious health issues over the past year or so, and it seems that it’s just one thing after another…very difficult to see such frailty in a loved one. Anyway, on my retreat, I spent a little time with one of the documents written by the Jesuit who brought our first 6 sisters together to found the Sisters of St. Joseph. And the last few days staying with my friend during a few acute episodes have brought to mind the following maxim…I’ll have to share it with her to see if it resonates with her… Anyway, please keep B. in your prayers.
The Maxims of Perfection (Jean-Pierre Medaille)
Sufferings accepted well
are like the wood
which serves to kindle the fire of love.
To the extent that you endure faithfully
and make good use of your crosses, you will see
the sacred fire of love grow in your heart.
Souls who have this great love
are usually led through great sufferings.
Grasp this truth and profit from it.
A great fire cannot keep burning unless someone continues to throw wood on it.
Likewise, to sustain a great love of God throughout life
it is necessary to endure great sufferings.