Rest in the passion of Christ, and love to dwell within His sacred wounds.
For if thou devoutly betake thyself to the wounds and precious stigmas of Jesus, thou shalt feel great comfort in tribulation; thou wilt not care much for being slighted by men, and wilt easily bear the speeches of detractors.
Christ also was despised by men in the world, and in His greatest need He was, by His acquaintances and His friends, forsaken amidst insults.
Christ was willing to suffer and to be despised, and darest thou complain of aught?
Christ had enemies and detractors, and wouldst thou have all to be thy friends and benefactors?
Whence shall thy patience be crowned, if thou meet with no adversity?
If thou wilt suffer no contradiction, how canst thou be the friend of Christ?
Endure with Christ and for Christ, if thou wouldst reign with Christ.
* This excerpt is from “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis