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On Enduring Injuries and the Proof of Patience [3]

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May 20, 2023, 3:50:13 AM5/20/23
On Enduring Injuries and the Proof of Patience [3]

You are not truly patient if you will only endure what you think
fit, and only from those whom you like. A truly patient man does not
consider by whom he is tried, whether by his superior, his equal, or
his inferior; whether by a good and holy man, or by a perverse and
wicked person. But however great or frequent the trial that besets
him, and by whatever agency it comes, he accepts it gladly as from the
hand of God, and counts it all gain.
--Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Bk 3, Ch 19

20 May – St Austregisilus of Bourges

Bishop of Bourges from 612 to 624. Priest, Monk, Abbot Born in c 551
in Bourges, France and died in 624 of natural causes. Patronage –
Bourges, France. Also known as – Aoustrille, Austregesilio, Outril,

Austregisilus was born of noble but not very wealthy parents in
Bourges and when he was about 24, he was sent to live at the Court of
King Saint Guntram (died c 592).

There, according to his Vita, he was falsely accused of forging an
authorisation for one of the Courtiers and was ordered to fight a duel
to prove his innocence. By Divine intervention, it is reported, his
slanderer was kicked to death by his own horse on the morning of the
ordeal. Austregisilus then left the Court, became a Monk and a Priest
and was appointed Abbot of St Nicetius Monastery in Lyon.

He was Consecrated Bishop of Bourges on 13 February 612. In October
614 he attended a Synod which met at Paris and his name appears eighth
in the list of 79 Bishops who signed the Decrees.

He is reported to have granted a hermitage at Bourges to St Amandus,
who became his disciple and later became the zealous and effective
missionary to Flanders, known as the “Apostle of Belgium.” He Ordained
St Sulpitius the Pious as cleric of his Church, then Deacon and Priest
and appointed him Director of his Episcopal school and finally his
successor as Bishop of Bourges. The French villages of Saint-Outrille
and Saint-Aoustrille are named after him.

“And everyone who has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father,
or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My Name’s sake, shall
receive a hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting.” – Matthew

REFLECTION – “Seek for nothing, desiring to enter for love of Jesus,
with detachment, emptiness and poverty in everything in this world.
You will never have to do with necessities greater than those to which
you made your heart yield itself – for the poor in spirit are most
happy and joyful in a state of privation and he who has set his heart
on nothing, finds satisfaction everywhere.
The poor in spirit (Mt 5:3) give generously all they have and their
pleasure consists in being thus deprived of everything for God’s sake
and out of love to their neighbour … Not only do temporal goods – the
delights and tastes of the senses – hinder and thwart the way of God
but spiritual delights and consolations also, if sought for or clung
to eagerly, disturb the way of virtue.”
– St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
(Spiritual maxims, nos. 352, 355,356, 364; 1693 edition).

Bible Quote:
7 For who distinguisheth thee? Or what hast thou that thou hast not
received? And if thou hast received, why dost thou glory, as if thou
hadst not received it? [1 Corinthians 4:7] DRV

Saint Quote:
We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and
direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to
be our teachers and guides.
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas

Prayer To Saint Michael For Powerful Aid

Glorious Prince of the heavenly hosts
and victor over rebellious spirits,
be mindful of me who am so weak and sinful
and yet so prone to pride and ambition.
Lend me, I pray,
thy powerful aid in every temptation and difficulty,
and above all do not forsake me
in my last struggle with the powers of evil.

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