BLESSED ARE THEY WHO SUFFER PERSECUTION FOR JUSTICE SAKE

The Lord, in subjecting us to the combat,

wishes us to understand

that we pursue a great good,

since conquest cost us so dear.

What would be the grief of a miser

if he had spent his time and money in cultivating a vine,

and if, at the moment of highest promise,

it was destroyed by hail!

But if the hailstones were of gold,

how he would rejoice, since the gain would far exceed the loss!

Now, suffering and

contempt are pure gold,

nay, pearls of infinite price,

for those who know how to bear them with faith

and Christian patience.

(J S 1905)

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