15th December

Today saw another routine chemo clinic in Cork. Slow drive each way with dark, wet roads.

The Brievary had a passage entitled ‘On peace and humility’ from the serviceChristian classic ‘The Imitation of Christ.” Here are some excerpts:

Do not worry about who is and is not on your side: simply make sure that God is with you in all you do.  Have a clear conscience, and God will defend you. For if God chooses to help you, no malice can do you harm.

If you know how to suffer in silence, without doubt you will receive the help of the Lord. He knows when and how he will free you, so resign yourself into his care.

If you are a slave to your feelings, you will see good actions as bad, and you will easily believe the worst; a good and peaceful man will see good in everything.

Whoever is truly at peace is not plagued by suspicion. Whoever is discontented and disturbed will be blown about by gusts of suspicion: he cannot rest and will not let others rest either. He often says what he should not say, and fails to do what it would be best to do. He knows what other people ought to do, but not what he should be doing himself.

Worry about your own behaviour first; you can worry about other people later.  You are good at making excuses for your own behaviour and showing it in the best light, but you do not want to accept the excuses of others. It would be fairer for you to accuse yourself and excuse your brother.  If you want other people to put up with you, put up with them first.

The Lord guides the humble in the right path; he teaches his way to the poor. His ways are faithfulness and love for those who keep his covenant and will. (Ps 24:9)