And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not
come: but woe to him through whom they come. It were better for him,
that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea,
than that he should scandalize one of these little ones.
[On Brotherly Correction]
Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him:
and if he do penance, forgive him. And if he sin against thee seven
times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee,
saying, I repent; forgive him.
[The Power of Faith]
And the apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith. And the Lord
said: If you had faith like to a grain of mustard seed, you might say
to this mulberry tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou transplanted into
the sea: and it would obey you.
But which of you having a servant ploughing, or feeding cattle, will
say to him, when he is come from the field: Immediately go, sit down to
meat: And will not rather say to him: Make ready my supper, and gird
thyself, and serve me, whilst I eat and drink, and afterwards thou
shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant, for doing the things
which he commanded him? I think not. So you also, when you shall have
done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable
servants; we have done that which we ought to do.
Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 47
That All Grievous Things Are to Be Endured For the Sake of Eternal Life
My son, be not
wearied out by the labors which thou hast undertaken for My sake, nor
let tribulation cast thee down ever at all; but let My promise
strengthen and comfort thee under every circumstance. I am well able to
reward thee, above all measure and degree. Thou shalt not long toil
here, nor always be oppressed with griefs. Wait a little while, and
thou shalt see a speedy end of thine evils.
Prayers for the First Week