Think how we gossip about people far less notorious than she [Mary of Bethany] and then imagine what she must have suffered. I assure you…that that better part came to her only after sore trials and great mortification—even to see her Master so much hated must have been an intolerable trial to her. And how many such trials did she not endure later, after the Lord’s death! I think myself that the reason she was not granted martyrdom was that she had already undergone it through witnessing the Lord’s death. The later years of her life, too, during which she was absent from Him, would have been years of terrible torment; so she was not always enjoying the delights of contemplation at the Lord’s feet.
-St. Teresa of Avila
Act of Hope
O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it, who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die.