and follow Him, as sheep do their shepherd,
even though the path leads to death.
law their master kept, or for an adopted son to rebel
against what the true son bore … Yet who was ever
afflicted with so many sufferings as He? … How
ashamed should we feel at seeking to share His joys,
but leaving Him alone in His agony! … as the King
of heaven entered His kingdom through tribulations,
we must reach it by the same path.
of the future as long as they can enjoy the present;
who care not for what profits them, but only for
what pleases them.
to Him, since you have less on earth for which to care. …
He has taken your husband from you, that He Himself
may fill his place. … Prepare yourself for that passage
from life which you have seen others take before. Spend
not the time which was given you to gain eternal life
in mourning over death. It is well to believe that our
Lord took him because he was ready for death, and
that you have been left here that you may prepare
yourself for it.
it will greatly profit your soul. … Take courage
to go on your way; you have a long road to
traverse before you can reach heaven. … I pray
and hope that our Lord Jesus Christ may accomplish
all this in your soul.
magnificently dressed and bejeweled.
He burst into tears, exclaiming: “I beseech
Thee to pardon me, O Lord, for this woman
in one day takes more trouble to please men,
than I have done in many years to please Thee!