Above all

17 December 2021

If we want to please God and, through faith, become his heirs, and be called his children, begotten by the Holy Spirit, we have to acquire, above all else forbearance and patience. We have to bear bravely the sorrows, the afflictions, and all the vicissitudes that find us. That is to say, we have to bear the bodily ills, all the different forms of suffering, the ridicule and the insults that befall us.

Saint Efraim the Syrian