Vincent de Paul

Let us beware of complaints, resentments, and evil-speaking against those who are ill-disposed to us, discontented with us, or hostile to our plans and arrangements, or who even persecute us with injuries, insults, and calumnies. Rather let us go on treating them as cordially as at first, or more so, as far as possible showing them esteem, always speaking well of them, doing them good, serving them on occasion, even to the point of taking shame and disgrace upon ourselves, if necessary to save their honor. All this ought to be done, first, to overcome evil with good, according to the teaching of the Apostles; and secondly, because they are our allies rather than our adversaries, as they aid us to destroy self-love, which is our greatest foe; and since it is they who give us an opportunity to gain merit, they ought to be considered our dearest friends.

 

Johanna Spyri

God certainly knows of some happiness for us which He is going to bring out of the trouble, only we must have patience and not run away. And then all at once something happens and we see clearly ourselves that God has had some good thought in His mind all along; but because we cannot see things beforehand, and only know how dreadfully miserable we are, we think it is always going to be so.

Tom Zawacki

I’ve got bad news and good news. The bad news is that we’re about to be tested. The good news is, I know what questions will be on the test, and I’m willing to share them with you.
Here are the 10 questions:
1. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Love.
b. Choose not to love.
2. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Forgive.
b. Choose not to forgive.
3. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Gossip.
b. Choose not to gossip.
4. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Be merciful.
b. Choose not to be merciful.
5. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Extend grace.
b. Choose not to extend grace.
6. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Embrace change.
b. Resist change.
7. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Think the best of others.
b. Think the worst of others.
8. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Trust God.
b. Choose not to trust God.
9. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Quit.
b. Choose not to quit.
10. In your current circumstances your best way forward is to:
a. Risk.
b. Choose not to Risk.