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ON SUFFERING


 


 

AFFLICTIONS

Whatever affliction good men and bad men do suffer together in this life, it does not prove the persons undistinct because they both do jointly endure like pains; for as in one fire gold shinet h and chaff smoketh, and as under one flail the straw is bruised and the ear cleared; nor is lees and the oil confused because they are both pressed in one press, so likewise one and the same violence of affliction proveth, purifieth and melteth the good and condemneth, wasteth and casteth out the bad. And thus, in one and the same distress do the wicked offend God by detestation and blasphemy, and the good do glorify Him by praise and prayer.  

St. Augustine

 

 



(12-28-03)

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