Friday being the day of Our Lord’s Passion, it is good to commemorate it not only by abstaining from meat, or practicing some other penance, but by meditating on his suffering, its salvific power, and the charity that moved him to embrace it.
St. Ambrose bids us follow Christ’s example in this above all:
Love ought to exist in us in such a fashion that we are not called away from Christ by any dangers.
No storm, no profound danger, no fear of death or of punishment diminishes the strength of love; in such happenings as we are tested, in them lies the happy life, even though it is deluged by many dangers.
For the wise person is not broken by bodily ills, nor is he disturbed by misfortunes, but he remains happy even amid troubles.
For the happy life doe not lie in bodily pleasure, but in a conscience pure of every stain of sin, and in the mind of the one who knows that the good is also the pleasurable, even though it is harsh, and that what is shameful does not give delight, even though it is sweet.
The cravings of our spiritual sweet tooth are never quenched without chewing the bitter rind covering the fruits of paradise.
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