The sufferings of this life are not worthy of comparing to the Rewards of Eternal Life

January 8, 2022 • 1 min

From The Sinner’s Guide, page 445
By Venerable Louis of Granada

Nevertheless there are Christians, perfectly conformed to the divine will in prosperity, whose submission vanishes at the approach of adversity. They are like cowards, who vaunt their courage in time of peace, but throw down their arms and fly at the first sound of battle.

Life is full of combats and trials. Strengthen your soul, therefore, by salutary reflections, that in the hour of conflict you may be perfectly submissive to the divine will.

Remember that the sufferings of this life bear no proportion to the rewards of the next. The happiness of Heaven is so great, so unspeakable, that we would gladly purchase one hour of its enjoyment by the sacrifice of all earthly pleasures and by the endurance of all earthly sorrows.

But we have not to buy it even at this rate, for, as the Apostle says, “that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.” [2 Cor. iv. 17.]

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