Not health ... but patience ...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sparrowshell, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. sparrowshell

    sparrowshell New Member

    I just read something that totally made me cry, so I want to share it all with you folks too ... so that you can all cry with me!! Ha ha :)

    "Father I. is constantly suffering from various illnesses. In this condition, however, he joyfully says, 'I am suffering but I do not wish to be cured. I am not asking for health, but patience. And if some day I were to ask God for my health, I would not be in my right mind.' A spiritual man even on his death bed, he would say that he could endure it all. A non-monastic person might think differently." - An Athonite Gerontikon, Sayings of the Holy Fathers of Mount Athos. Page 430.

    In this suffering and sickness, may God give me patience ...