from Jesse’s Café Américain:
Ok. Maybe later.
“Rome and the whole pagan world was mad.
But those who had had enough of transgression and madness, those who were trampled upon, those whose lives were misery and oppression, all the weighed down, all the sad, all the unfortunate, came to hear the wonderful tidings of God, who out of love for men had given Himself to be crucified and redeem their sins.
When they found a God whom they could love, they had found that which the society of the time could not give any one— happiness and love.”
Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis, 1905
“When you serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in times of adversity. Cling to Him, forsake Him not; thus will your future be great. Accept what befalls you; in crushing misfortune be patient. For, as gold is refined by fire, so too are worthy men in the crucible of adversity. Trust God and He will help you. Make straight your ways and hope in Him. You who fear the Lord, wait for His mercy. Do not turn away, lest you may fall.