"To the Greater Glory of God." The words of St Ignatius of Loyola, according to the bulletin of St Ignatius' Church this week:
"IF GOD CAUSES you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity.
Do not let any occasion of gaining merit pass without taking care to draw some spiritual profit from it; as, for example, from a sharp word which someone may say to you; from an act of obedience imposed against your will; from an opportunity which may occur to humble yourself, or to practise charity, sweetness and patience. All of these occasions are gain for you, and you should seek to procure them; and at the close of that day, when the greatest number of them have come to you, you should go to rest most cheerful and pleased, as the merchant does on the day when he had had most chance for making money; for on that day business has prospered with him."
REMINDED ME of two things: my sister's favorite Buddhist saying (which recommends that we be grateful to "enemies" who made us suffer) and Mencius' famous saying:
天之降大任於斯人也， (Heaven, when it is about to place a great responsibility on a man,)
必先苦其心志，勞其筋骨，(always first tests his resolution, wears out his sinews and bones with toil,)
餓其體膚，空乏其身，(exposes his body to starvation, subjects him to extreme poverty,)
行拂亂其所為 , 所以動心忍性，(frustrates his efforts so as to stimulate his mind, toughen his nature)
增益其所不能。(and make good his deficiencies.)
Only problem is: This is easier to "understand and admire" than to "imitate and practise".