Not all that glitters is gold

Don’t let Satan, the astute, infernal hunter, make the magic mirror of human consolations and apparent success glitter before your eyes. Not all that glitters is gold. … He is constantly trying to trap the naïve and proud duckling in his tangled nets.

The true apostle follows a path that is not exempt from suffering and that requires much work. If his love for Christ is not solid and if he is not convinced of Christ’s love for him, his hours will be grey and restless.

Only God, who took on our human nature and became man, can fill the soul with that immense satisfaction that impulses it to shout out that supernatural war cry with St. Paul: “I am filled with encouragement, I am overflowing with joy all the more because of all our affliction!” (2 Cor. 7:4).

Just like the apostles rejoiced when they were found worthy to suffer something for Christ, we also should rejoice when Our Divine Model allows us to share in His sufferings. “Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (Jn. 15:20)

But do not fear, little flock, for I have conquered the world!