January 29 St. Sabinian of Troyes

…as frequently as you can, you should lift up your heart to our Saviour, making some acts like the following:

  1. Accepting this sorrow from his hand, as if you saw Him actually laying it upon your head.
  2. Offering yourself to suffer still more.
  3. Conjuring Him, by the merit of His torments, to accept these little inconveniences which you endure in union with the pains which He suffered on the cross.
  4. Declaring that you wish not only to suffer, but to love and caress these evils, being sent from so good and so kind a father.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Prayer in Time of Sickness

O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering; teach me to understand my suffering as You do; to bear in in union with You, to offer it with You to atone for my sins, and to bring Your grace to souls in need. Calm my fears; increase my trust. May I gladly accept Your holy will and become more like You in trial. If it be your will, restore me to health so that I may work for Your honor and glory and salvation of all.

Amen.