…as frequently as you can, you should lift up your heart to our Saviour, making some acts like the following:
- Accepting this sorrow from his hand, as if you saw Him actually laying it upon your head.
- Offering yourself to suffer still more.
- 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.
- 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.