A Method for Turning the Other Cheek
I feel keenly…the painfulness of the ordeal to which God submits you, and the anguish your heart must feel at the wounds you receive daily. It is true, I agree, that you would need to be a saint to let such things pass and feel no kind of resentment. But if you cannot yet reach such perfection in such pin-pricking vexations, endeavor at least, first, to banish as far as may be every thought, reflection, and remark that may embitter your heart; secondly, when you cannot rid yourself of them, repeat interiorly in your most intimate soul: “O God, you have allowed this to be; may your adorable desires and decrees be accomplished in all things: I make you a sacrifice of this difficulty and all its consequences; it shall take whatever form it pleases you: you are the Master; may you be blessed for all things and in all things. Fiat!” Then add further: “For love of you, with all my heart I pardon the person who is the cause of my suffering and, to show the sincerity of my feelings towards her, I beseech you to grant her every kind of grace, blessing, and happiness.” When your heart cries out against this, say: “O God, you see my wretchedness; at least I long to have all these feelings, and I implore you for your grace.” Once you have done this, think no more of it; if unworthy sentiments continue to torment you, resign yourself to endure that torment and so comply with the divine will that allows it, contenting yourself with renewing your offering in the depths of your soul. This is a noble means of sharing in the chalice of our good Master, Jesus Christ.