[On Leading Others
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;
[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
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.
Imitation of 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
for the First Week