Tuesday, August 18, 2009
book found, and thus the Gerhard quote
"O Lord, guard the vine that is Your church (Psalm 80:14) in which that seed is sown... If it seems good to You to squeeze this vine's clusters of grapes in the winepress of the cross for a time and to subject them to affliction, may they first become ripe by the fervor of Your grace so they may produce the sweetest fruit of faith and patience. Whatever is placed on the young root is changed in the clusters of grapes into the sweetest juice of the vine. Cause our souls to change the ridicule, persecution, praise, and whatever else befalls us in this world into the wine of faith, hope, and love and into the fruit of patience and humility." (Meditations on Divine Mercy, pg. 133-4).