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Those who suffer for righteousness’ sake are very blessed and dear to God

1 min • Digitized on March 3, 2022

From The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales, page 202
By His friend, Jean Pierre Camus, Bishop of Belley


He was once asked which, in his opinion, was the most perfect of the eight Beatitudes. It was thought that he would answer: “The second, Blessed are the meek,” but it was not so; he gave the preference to the eighth: Blessed are they that suffer for justice’ sake. He explained his preference by saying:

The life of those who are persecuted for justice’ sake is hidden in God with Jesus Christ, and becomes conformable to His image; for was not He persecuted all through His earthly life for justice’ sake, although He fulfilled it in all its perfection?

Such persons are, as it were, shrouded by the veil which hides the countenance of God. They appear sinful, but they are just; dead, but they live; fools, but they are wise; in a word, though despised in the sight of men, they are dear to God with whom they live for ever.

Should God have given me one particle of justice, enabling me thereby to do some little good, it would be my wish that in the Day of Judgment, when all secrets are revealed, God alone should know my righteousness, and that my sinful actions should be proclaimed to all creatures.

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